Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Gardens At Nemours Mansion

Hi everyone...  I hope you are all had the chance to enjoy this amazing weekend.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  Warm, sunny and bright.  A perfect summer weekend although it is now fall but I am not going to complain about it.  And it seemed as if everyone was out trying to catch those last warm sunny days around here.

Yesterday, we visited the spectacular Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Former home of Alfred and Alicia DuPont.   The mansion design of the mansion is in the late-18th- century style and was built by Carrere and Hastings, a prestigious New York architectural firm.  It is truly a work of art.  A labor of love and a true homage to Mr. DuPont's French roots.

The estate has the most developed and largest French Formal Gardens in North America.   The design was patterned after the gardens of Versailles surrounding the Petit Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped with plantings, fountains, pools, a carillon tower, statuary and a pavilion surrounded by naturalized woodlands.

What a gorgeous home and spectacular gardens.  So much beauty and history to enjoy.  Timeless style and breathtaking splendor.































































































I hope you enjoyed the tour sweet friends.

Wishing you a  lovely Sunday.

Janet

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Inspired Tablescape

Happy fall everyone.  As crisp and cool autumnal breezes make their entry, it is nature's vivid color palette that inspires me.  New wreaths hand on the doors, mums are perfectly placed on our front steps and new welcome mats decorate all entrance doors.  Hubby replanting all window boxes and planters with flowers in bright yellows, oranges and purples....  Color has certainly arrived at our home.

While at the farm picking our pumpkins, I came across a gorgeous field of wild flowers...  Some of the prettiest sunflowers, heleniums, asters, and painted daisies I have ever seen.  What a glorious display.  And I got to pick each and every flower displayed in this spectacular autumn inspired flower arrangement that I put together yesterday. 

This tablescape combines all the magnificent colors that are on this lovely flower arrangement.  All colors of the season.  A pale yellow tablecloth bring soft light to the table.  Bright yellow and burnt orange plates go perfectly with my center piece .  Wooden plate chargers and delicate floral napkins transform the table from plain  and bare to happy and inviting.

Perfect for easy entertaining.    





























































Wishing you a wonderful Autumn,

Janet






Sunday, September 21, 2014

Favorite Books - The French Inspired Home

Hello everyone.  I hope your weekend is going well.  I just can't believe it is the middle of September already.  I am still working on my fall decor and a few small projects around the house.  I am into organizing all of my closets right now.  So it is one room at a time.  The basement will be my largest one to take on so that one I will be leave for last.  It is all part of simplifying life.

Today I wanted to share this beautiful book by Carolyn Westbrook, The French Inspired Home. It is full of so many romantic and inspiring images.  Delicate fabrics, worn furniture, lighting, patina and vintage accessories are just a few of the elements that will keep you engaged and captivated with each turn of a page.  I knew I would fall in love with this book the minute I saw the cover.

Painted furniture, crystal chandeliers and pearls draping on a concrete angel are some of the little unique details that make this book a favorite...   It is is a mix of glamour, elegance and romance.  Yet easy and comfortable.  Just the way I love my home to feel.

Here are a few of the books pages for you to enjoy.  I hope you like the tour....





























































Wishing you a lovely Sunday.  

Thank you for visiting me today.  It makes me truly happy to read your lovely comments.

Janet