Sunday, October 30, 2016

Restoration Hardware and Aidan Gray Copycat Chandeliers

Today's post is about Aidan Gray Chandeliers and the copycat versions that Restoration Hardware has! I first realized a similarity in my French Farmhouse Tour post!  I erroneously thought the chandelier was Aidan Gray, but I was informed by the designer that it was actually Restoration Hardware.  
As I am building a French farmhouse, I am extremely interested in lower cost copycats!  
Then, some months later, my mom was looking at another chandelieand noted it was almost exactly the same as the Aidan Gray one.  
Aidan Gray Copycat Chandeliers for Less by Restoration Hardware

Friday, October 28, 2016

Holidays, Instagram Party, and more!

Disneyland during Halloweentime
Well, last weekend I went to Disneyland!  We spent 1 day there. It was a little weekend trip.  We met some family down there and had a blast.  The park was super crowded but that was okay.  Have you ever been during Halloweentime? If not, you should go. They decorate the park with pumpkins and it is super cute. See, look at it below (picture is from the Disney website!)

Thinking about Thanksgiving
So I have been dreaming of different tablescapes I could put together for the Thanksgiving table this year.  I love French Country Decor, so I was thinking, what is a French country Thanksgiving? Then it occurred to me, wait, Thanksgiving is actually extremely American.  Do they have Thanksgiving in France? No, of course not!  So perhaps the proper wording would be, French-Canadian Country Decor for Thanksgiving. As French speaking Canada celebrates Thanksgiving.  Well, whatever.
Now it seems silly to call my Thanksgiving table "French country"!

Is it time for Christmas yet???
I am SO EXCITED to decorate for Christmas but I promised my husband I wouldn't decorate until after October 31.  Which means I can officially dig out my Christmas decor in just several days.  I see it creeping in the stores and I am trying not to buy things just yet because I have so many boxes I can't even remember what I have!

 I was thinking about getting a few of these cheap wreaths to hang in our window for outside decor.  I am going to string some lights in them.

Spotted... Diptyque Christmas Candles!!
I was shopping at Nordstrom's this week when I spotted the Holiday limited editions of Diptyque candles!!!! Aren't they SO ADORABLE. The boxes are fantastic all by themselves. Then you open them up and the candles are in vibrant colors with cute drawings on them! Just look at the gingerbread man below!
The red candle is épices et délices, which is a spicy gingerbread scent.  You can get the big one here and the little one here.  I bought this one mainly because I am a little obsessed with that gingerbread man.

The next candle is Le Roi Sapin... it smells of pine forest. You can get the big one here and the little candle here.  It smelled really good, but it did not beat my FAVORITE Christmas Pine Tree Candle which is Thymes "Frasier Fir".
The last candle is Un Encens... it smells of vanilla, incense, and wood. You can get the big candle here or the little candle here. This one had a really nice scent, didn't have an overpowering holiday scent to me.

 There is a holiday trio gift set of all three candles here.

I have teamed up with two other fantastic bloggers to start a brand new weekly hashtag party celebrating French Country Decor!
If you love French Country decor then this party is for you!!  Simply post an original pic that is French Country inspired and tag it with #FrenchDecorGirls! 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Halloween with Thursday Favorite Things!

Happy Halloween!!!  This is our last party before Halloween and I have rounded up some Halloween treats and decor. Have a look around and get inspired for Halloween parties this weekend! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This Year's Favorite Halloween Party Ideas

I've rounded up some of my favorite Halloween party tricks and treats for the year!

Aren't these Halloween cutouts fun?  Just cutout some spooky shapes on black paper and back light them in the window! I love this idea! Source is from flickr.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spooky Cat Halloween Table

Happy Halloween! Now, you will need all of the luck you can get on this Halloween night as there is a table full of black cats crossing your path!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Christmas, White House china, and more! Five on Friday

I don't know about you guys but I am EXHAUSTED this week. TGIF.  I have been working like a mad dog and today is my 9th day of work in a row! I finally have a full weekend to rest now!

White House China
I was perusing some pictures of the White House State Dinner this week and I was studying their table settings when I noticed something... I have the same pink goblets!
Do you see the pink goblet just above the knives? 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Favorites - Thursday Favorite Things

Can you believe we are already halfway through October?? I can't!! I'm starting to think about Thanksgiving menus... Anyway, here were a few of my favorites from last week's party!  If you missed it, I did a guest post at Katherine's Corner this week so check it out if you haven't already! And while you're there, say Hi to Katherine!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spooky Ghost Hot Chocolate at Katherine's Corner!

I am SO EXCITED today because Katherine at Katherine's Corner asked me to guest post over at her blog today!  
For this year's Halloween treat, I made these spooky ghost meringues that float on top of your hot chocolate! Aren't the adorable??  The recipe has no tricks involved! (ha!). To get the recipe and see more pictures, please visit my post at Katherine's Corner!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween House Tour

Boo!!  Come on in to this year's Halloween House Tour!  Keep your eyes open for ghosts and bats! And don't let the black cat cross your path! 
Halloween Decor Ideas

Friday, October 14, 2016

Instagram Feature, and more - Five on Friday

So last week on Instagram my Apple Pie was featured on Better Homes and Gardens!!  I woke up one morning and noticed all of the sudden I had a bunch of new followers and I couldn't figure out why... then I thought, oh! I think something must have gone viral! And I was right!!  This was pretty cool for me because I have never had anything featured on such a large platform! Thank you, Better Homes & Gardens!!
Below here is the proof!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice - Thursday Favorite Things

Wow! I completely lost track of time and did not even realize it was Wednesday!!!  I had to hurry and get this post out!  This week I am focusing on PUMPKIN SPICE!!  Do you all love pumpkin spice? I really love it. I just bought some pumpkin spice oatmeal at the store and... I didn't like it.  Which is a giant fail for me as I love love love pumpkin spice! 
Pumpkin Spice Ideas

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pumpkin Bread for Breakfast

I *love* pumpkin bread. I have made it 4 times (I think) so far since September.  I thought I'd share a little vignette I enjoyed one morning while munching on the bread.  
the best pumpkin bread

Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Pumpkin Festival in Germany

This year I had another opportunity to visit the World's Largest Pumpkin Festival! It is held every year at Schloss Ludgwigsburg in Ludgwigsburg, Germany (just outside of Stuttgart). 
We went stumbled upon it by accident in 2013 and when we decided to go to Europe this past September we made sure it was part of our itinerary again! 
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Friday, October 7, 2016

Home Updates, Paris Fashion Week, Christmas, and more!!

I have a lot to share today! LOTS of pictures! 

House Updates - Choosing a Fireplace Mantel
Earlier in the year I wrote about how I am going to have a freestanding fireplace in my house with floor-to-ceiling rock work.  
I have been working hard to pick a fireplace mantel because apparently the builder needs to know for framing design and stuff.

Initially I thought I wanted a plain French fireplace like the classic Provence-type fireplace, below:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rustic Fall Centerpiece Decor with Owls

With every season I change the decor in the center of our ridiculously oversized kitchen island. I have to crawl on top the counter to place the owls in the center!  
I love decorating for Fall with my owls.  I have slowly added to the collection, but I think I am done collecting them.  I've had these pieces for years now.
Rustic Fall decor with owls, Steiff bears, acorns, and candles

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

I am sharing with you today my FAVORITE apple pie recipe.  I have been making this recipe for several years and I still think it is the best apple pie recipe EVER! 
The BEST homemade apple pie recipe - seriously, I have been making this for years and get rave review from everyone!