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!


I'm linking to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
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  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.

  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.


  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

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

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

    Happy Blue Monday!

  6. This is an absolutely beautiful post.

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

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

  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

  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.


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

  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

  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

  14. Just beautiful! That plate pattern is stunning!

  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.

  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!! :)

  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.

  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

  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.

  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

  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:-))

  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,

  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..

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

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

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

  27. Exquisite post! Where did you get those blue rose napkins rings?

  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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