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Monday, October 25, 2010

French Blue


I have visited France a few times. Enough to know I could never have my fill of the lace-filled blue-shuttered windows and doors shown on the cover of  The Heart of France, a book Victoria magazine first promoted in the October issue  of 2000.




I've never gone on a shopping trip per se. I'm a light traveler, and begrudge carrying anything harder to pack than linens. Therefore I count anything else from France in my household collections as a cherished souvenir.


Including my French Decorating books of which I have a few.  This one is among my favorites. Leafing through its pages lets me stroll through my day recalling walks I took through beautiful village squares and avenues. Here's my vignette ode to French Blue!









Wishing you a bit of Victoria beauty in YOUR day!
Thanks for stopping by! Au Revoir, and Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

I'm linking to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
A Delightsome Life for Victoria-A Return to Loveliness
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

30 comments:

  1. I love this shade of blue! Very nice. I need to check this book out of the library. I already had it on my to-do list.
    Sherry

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  2. I don't have that book but it looks beautiful-I love the lace and blue shutters too.
    Your blue and white plate is pretty too.

    Carolyn

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  3. I missed Blue Monday today, but had to stop in to see your post. I may have to look for that book, too! And I love your vignette... the plate is beautiful. ...Karen

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  4. Thanks for making my day tres belle ~ I needed that (:

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  5. What a beautiful print on your plate, and I love the soft blue color.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  6. This is an absolutely beautiful post.

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  7. Your plate is lovely and I love the napkin with it also!! Veery pretty!

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  8. So beautiful!! The blue and white is such a soothing combination. Great job!

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  9. Jacqueline, your blue dish is such a unique blue. I love it & your elegant presentations of the blues accompanying ...

    Have a BOO-TEA-FUL week!
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  10. French Blue is so pretty and I really love your pretty pattern.
    I wish I still have that issue, but it's long gone.

    I also wish I could go to France again.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  11. Well you pulled at my decorating heart strings, beautiful blue and white. Love it, thanks for sharing.

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  12. You french blues are so beautiful. I love the color and feeling you get when you are surrounded by soft blues and whites.
    Wonderful post- Tete

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  13. So pretty. Your pretty blue and white are gorgeous and your linens are stunning. Love the book too. I really need to get that one. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Just beautiful! That plate pattern is stunning!

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  15. What a calming and relaxing post! The shades of blue in your plate were so soothing. . .just what I needed after a hetic day of 'Christmas decorating' at the store! Thank you for such a lovely post.
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  16. Gorgeous vignette!! I love your blue transferware!! I have red and green but have really been thinking about starting the blue collection too!! Just gorgeous!! I'll have to check out that book too!! :)

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  17. I can understand your cherishing all these goodies. Anything from France is costly. I was there once, and too high class. You have a very nice assortment from there.

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  18. Just beautiful girl...I so love french blue and even have my kitchen sink done in it ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  19. oh Dear Jacqui.. you always inspire me in many ways.. love your post today.. blue and lace and beautiful china can't go wrong! I got to find the book you showed here! love to read the book! this is totally beautiful post and make my day! thanks for sharing.
    xo
    fitty

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  20. Hi Jacqueline...

    Ohhh yes...have to love those beautiful french blues! That is such a lovely plate and that beautiful linen napkin...gorgeous! That looks like such a great book...I'll have to look for a copy! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  21. Hi Jacqueline... We should never go book shopping together, cause we would always grab the same ones!!! Ha... I have that one too and adore it though I have never been so lucky to visit France:-))) Love your vignette, the blue plate is amazing so soft and dreamy:-))
    Bella

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  22. Hello Jacqueline! When I grow up I want to be you! I'd love to visit France - I believe I have walked some of those streets in my dreams. I love that book and others that celebrate the beauty of France - that shade of blue in the plate is wonderful. I believe I find shards in my yard with that shade and pattern - just love everything!
    I always appreciate your posts and you joining me at A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  23. I love your rendition of french blue.. It's really quite exquisite. I spent 13 years growing up in France and to this day love lace and old windows..

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  24. Lovely blue vignette, Jacqueline- it is so ethereal. Gorgeous napkin and plate. :-)

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  25. I love the pictures in this post. Making a note of the book to check my local library.

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  26. Beautiful vignette! I don't have a copy of this one, but I think I need it. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  27. Exquisite post! Where did you get those blue rose napkins rings?
    Diana
    http://www.thegardencottagebnb.com

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  28. That is one of my favorite decorating books.

    I am browsing your blog looking for ideas for white linen pillows. I am making pillows for my garden bench. I made a blue and white cushion and I want some lovely white pillows. Just looking at your blog gave me a couple of ideas.

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