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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Welcome to My New Home







Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

  It has been a while since I've posted anything.  I recently moved to my new home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which was built in the 1800's.  Fredericksburg is located about an hour south of Washington, DC, and about an hour north of Richmond, VA.  This is an area steeped in history.  The farm where George Washington grew up is near, and the home that he bought for his mother is just a few blocks away.  It's also the site of many civil war battles.  

  The old town area is lovely and located on the Rappahanock River.  I'm looking forward to exploring the area more.  And as I do, I will share it with you.

  It has taken me a while to unpack everything and find the right spot for it, but I've finally (almost) finished, with the help of my nieces who came from North Carolina to help me. 
  I love the charm of this old home, ten foot ceilings, ten inch moldings, and three fireplaces. Today I will share some photos of my living area.

The moldings are so pretty I didn't want to cover them

Door moldings

10 inch moldings




If you have followed our blog this will be familiar

















Until I find the right coffee table, I'm using two end tables
               



                         





I always use my shells when decorating, part of growing up near the ocean
I always use my shells when decorating, part of growing up near the ocean


 Blue and white goes wherever I go, and in every room



     Thank you so much for the visit.  I've really missed all of my blogger friends.  Please join me next time to view my dining room.  Have a wonderful week.


Till Nest Time,

Jeannie



Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Make the Scene Mondays Alderberry Hill
 Masterpiece Mondays @ Boogie Board Cottage
Motivate Me Monday Keeping It Simple
Tuesday
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ Our Delightful Home
 Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
The Inspiration Board @ Carolyn's Homework

Totally Transformed Tuesday @ PJH Designs
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 

Home Wednesdays @ Rose Chintz Cottage
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Before and After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House
Blissful  Whites Wednesday @ Timewashed

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

What's it Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
 Wordless Wednesday @ Crafty Spices
Under $100. Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

 

Thursday
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
Throwback Thursday @ Glitter Glue and Paint
Time Travel Thursday @ @ Brambleberry Cottage
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
 Friday
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @ Bermideen's Tea Time Blog
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Stylish Friday Finds @ A Stylish Interior
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Saturday
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors
Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life On Lakeshore Drive
Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff @ Twig Studios
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Mantle





Hello again from The French Hen's Nest





The Nest is a buzz of Christmas activity! I want to show you my 2012 fireplace mantle decorations.








I wanted to do things differently this year than in years past.  I picked up the glass domes (cloches?) from Goodwill during the year.  They were the domes over cheap anniversary clocksI paid about $3.00 for each.  Inside I have place little bottle brush trees with Epsom salts for snow.





My favorite things on the mantle are the two artificial amaryllis I have centered in front of the blue transferware plates.  I picked these up at Belk Dept Store last week for 50% off- $8.00 each!


The silver candlesticks I also bought during the year at Goodwill for $4.00 each.  They were black when I bought them but I knew they were shiny underneath.




 

I completely changed the wreath from last year after seeing the beautiful ornament wreaths on so many blogs. The wreath  I originally hung had gold fruit and a gold bow but you could hardly see it against the gold framed mirror.  I took it down and stripped it and added the ornaments and the gold bow.  

I hung the wreath over the mirror but it didn't look right so I removed the mirror.  Then I realized I like the mirror alone without the wreath so I took the wreath down and re-hung the mirror. 


  

My garland is artificial and I have twisted two together to make it thicker.  I used the trimmings from the bottom of our Christmas tree and other greenery from the yard to tuck in here and there for added  realism and scent.  I have white miniature lights running through the garland and it is very beautiful lit up after dark.



Just wanted to show you some acorns I painted gold and silver and am displaying in silver candy dishes on my coffee table.  Aren't they pretty?  






Well, that is my mantle and I am pleased with it for now.  I never leave things alone in the weeks before Christmas, do you?

I would love to hear what you think about my Christmas mantle.

Thank you for visiting the French Hens and have a beautiful day!




Be blessed,
Linda

We're partying with 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday @ At The Pickett Fence
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique




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Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Decorations II


Hello Again from The French Hen's Nest   







This is a post from last year, but the decorations are so good that
I thought I'd post it again, since Halloween is just around the corner.  Hope that you enjoy it, and maybe get an idea or two. 


   During one of my walks this weekend, I came across some fantastically decorated homes.  Thought I would share them with you.

                   





  
                                      Blackbirds everywhere!
 



 





                        Boooooo
                                                             I love the colored pictures in the window


                                                                    


I applaud these people for all of the effort that went into these designs.  I like all of them, but have to say love the black birds.
After seeing these, I actually went to Michaels to buy a few!

Can you imagine having to remove all of these because of the hurricane? (this was last year - 2012)
We are going through it right now (Sunday evening).  Who has ever
 heard of a hurricane in late October? In Washington DC?

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Till Next Time,
Jeannie

Sharing with some of these great parties...
Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Give me The Goods Monday @ Rain on a Tin Roof
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Make the Scene Mondays Alderberry Hill
More The Merrier DIY Home Sweet Home
Block Party Keeping It Simple
Tuesday
Brag About It Tuesday @ Be Betsy
Cottage Style Linky Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ Our Delightful Home
 Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
The Inspiration Board @ Carolyn's Homework
Totally Transformed Tuesday @ PJH Designs
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
Cottage Garden Party @ Fishtail Cottage
Home Wednesdays @ Rose Chintz Cottage
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Thursday
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
Throwback Thursday @ Glitter Glue and Paint
Time Travel Thursday @ @ Brambleberry Cottage
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
 Friday
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @ Bermideen's Tea Time Blog
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Stylish Friday Finds @ A Stylish Interior
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Saturday
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors
Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life On Lakeshore Drive
Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff @ Twig Studios
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall at La Bella Luce




Hello Again From The French Hen's Nest,

    As you may know, I'm still staying with my daughter, which means that I don't get to decorate as I usually would for Fall.  And I was thinking this morning, that I always find inspiration at  La Bella Luce, because it's always decorated beautifully for each season.  I knew that I would find Fall decorations, and other lovely items there, and I certainly wasn't disappointed.  I'm going to share some of the photos I took today, hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed being there.
  


  Just a reminder, La Bella Luce is located in Historic Clifton, Va.  Ginger was holding down the fort today.  The chandeliers and antiques are imported from Italy and France.  Also it is owned, and managed by military wives.  I absolutely love their decorating style, and would encourage anyone visiting the DC area to take a little trip to La Bella Luce.

There is a candle in there!

I pulled it up so that you can see it.








Love the way the front porch is decorated



This would be so pretty on my daughter's table




The dining table is dressed for Fall as well

Love the chocolate cake candle


The mantle says that Halloween is on it's way

Love the iron blackbirds


Aren't these pillows great?

A little taste of Tuscany



The Fall leaves look so pretty on the chandelier


Pretty bench at the top of the stairs

Blue and white are always a favorite

This chandelier is gorgeous, it would look great in my house

Pretty blue teapot

   I have many more photos, which I will put in another post.  I just wanted to feel the Fall.   Thank you 
La Bella Luce.

Till Nest Time,

Jeannie



Sharing with some of these great parties...
Monday
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Give me The Goods Monday @ Rain on a Tin Roof
Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Make the Scene Mondays Alderberry Hill
More The Merrier DIY Home Sweet Home
Block Party Keeping It Simple
Tuesday
Brag About It Tuesday @ Be Betsy
Cottage Style Linky Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ Our Delightful Home
 Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
The Inspiration Board @ Carolyn's Homework
Totally Transformed Tuesday @ PJH Designs
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
Cottage Garden Party @ Fishtail Cottage
Home Wednesdays @ Rose Chintz Cottage
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Thursday
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Think Tank Thursday @ Joyful Homemaking
Throwback Thursday @ Glitter Glue and Paint
Time Travel Thursday @ @ Brambleberry Cottage
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
 Friday
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @ Bermideen's Tea Time Blog
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Stylish Friday Finds @ A Stylish Interior
What have you Redone @ Redoux Interiors
Saturday
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors
Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life On Lakeshore Drive
Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff @ Twig Studios

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