Tuesday, April 2, 2013

French Inspired


How do you all get inspired?  What are your best sources?  I wanted you to talk to me today about this.

Have some coffee with me.   Where do you get your inspiration for your decorating.

I live in a really rural area with very few magazine racks and very few resources in the library.  My best ideas have come from you.  The blogs are a wonderful way to see what is going on.

I joined Courtney last week for Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage and she had a post about her inspirations and the first book she featured was The French Inspired Home by Carolyn Westbrook.  Of course I had heard of this book before on blogs, but I have looked for it for awhile and not found it, so I ordered it.   I am now so inspired, this book was beautiful.  Some images from the book below, photography by Keith Scott Morton.

 This was very Shabby Chic, I get this look.


 How beautiful is this?

 Wouldn't you like to blog here?

All the photos above from the book: The French Inspired Room by Carolyn Westbrook.

 A few parting shots from me.  Thanks for stopping by for coffee, please leave a comment sharing your favorite inspirations. This is another re-post.  I am doing some housekeeping on the blog and sharing some favorite posts this week that fit the season.


I will link to;
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
The Scoop Party at Cedar Hill Ranch  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stonegable 
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs


bj said...

I have this beautiful book, too.
So many of the rooms just take my breath away..but not sure I could actually live in them, day in and day out. We are such casual people, living out here in West Texas.
I adore getting ideas from catalogs and mostly, BLOGS. :))

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful and inspirtional!

- The Tablescaper

Sherry said...

The French inspired room looks like a wonderful book. I have been inspired by many books and magazines over the years. I still love the Romantic Homes Magazine. Cottage Living was one of my all time favorites and I still spend time thumbing through old issues. Victoria magazine and all of their books are great and of course I have learned so much and been inspired by blogs these past few months. You have inspired me to do a post, it has been over a week.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How very pretty Sherry...I also love to see blogs to see how others decorate and the things that they make always overwhelmes me...Hugs and smiles Gloria

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I love these beautiful photos and I'm going to have to find her book. You are so right, the blogs are so very inspiring.


The Charm of Home said...

Thank you for commenting. I really wanted to know where you guys were looking for inspiration. I also love Romantic Homes, Victoria, Country Living, and Traditional Home. That is about all we have around my neck of the woods. I recently discovered the website of Restoration Hardware and of course I love Pottery Barn. Sources have dried up somewhat at this time. Magazines I could find 2 years ago just aren't around anymore. Thanks for giving me your sources it is my best reference yet!

Blondie's Journal said...

I have really been wanting this book but I still need some time to look at the ones that hubby gave me for Christmas. So, thanks for sharing the pictures. Isn't honeysuckle a funny name for this shade of pink?

I usually order my books from Amazon.com. They have the best prices and ship really fast. Check them out.

Oh, I love your pretty china. I'd love to have coffee with you!


Carolyn said...

You set a pretty table and I love the photos of your tulips!
I don't have that book yet but it does look inspiring. I too find lots of inspiration on all the beautiful blogs out there-yours included!


Debbie said...

I love that mirror with all the crystal and candles on it!! That's beautiful.

For decorating, I get my inspiration from blogland these days more than any place else. In fact, I've been inspired by you more than once!

Red Couch Recipes said...

What an interesting book. I drool over the pink bureau. Sherry, I do think the blogs are a great way to be inspired. There are so many creative and talented people, like yourself. Joni

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Your photographs of those tulips and the tablescape with the toile and checks plus all the other elements is just stunning, and your photography... fabulous! We could all learn something from YOU!

This book does look inspirational, and I will be sure to check it out.

Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...


Sheila :-)

Marie Arden said...

Love the table and the book looks wonderful. Anything French is always a delight.Come visit my pink blog this is my first time joining in on TT. Marie Arden Pink Living

Lori said...

I love all the natural colored wood pieces. So warm and cozy.

Tricia said...

Your tulips look gorgeous in that silver coffeepot! They are so artfully arranged! I love the black and white linens, too. I also enjoy looking through beautiful design books!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Gorgeous inspiration here! I guess I get my inspiration from other blogs, magazines, and catalogs.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Ok, I drooled all over the place. I love every picture. They are all just wonderful and such great inspiration and eye candy. The office with the deer head made me think of the theme I am going to use for the guest room. All of your comments and suggestions for the room were so wonderful. Gave me tons to think about. I also went to the sites you suggested and drooled some more. Thanks for the help, I love getting input, helps steer me in the right direction. Hugs, Marty

Sue said...

Love the tulips! I get inspired everywhere. Sometimes it is in nature, it can be some item I find at a thrift store, certainly from magazines and blogs. I think if you open your eyes you can find ideas anywhere!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the table.

Beautiful inspiration, also.

Alycia Nichols said...

Your French-inspired tablescape is beautiful with the gorgeous toile table covering. Hmmmm....toile. Toile generally depicts the countryside. Countryside...rural. Hmmm...!!!Living in a rural area, I would think that you could find TONS of inspiration all around you!!! Rural areas have all the elements that take us back to a simpler time with nature all around (instead of concrete and towering buildings and honking horns!). I can't tell from your profile what age group you fall in, but I am old enough to remember when as children we let our imaginations rule our creativity. That's what I imagine rural living would inspire. Trends are cool, but I'll bet you have a TON of great ideas in your head that are just dying to get out!!! And we wanna see 'em! Have a great weekend!!!!!

Ellen said...

Oh thank you for the Sherry Inspired Coffee! You have set a Beautiful table! I love the black and white check with the silver coffee pot blooming gorgeous tulips. Stunning, just stunning.

Thanks for opening the book to share the pictures. I was wondering what it looked like in there. Now I really want my own copy of it!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

so many lovely inspirations---thanks for sharing them all!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sherry thanks for coming by my dear friend..glad you liked the baby pics..girl I just fell in love with them when I seen them..Many Blessings to you..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Linda said...

I really enjoyed all of your pictures! I like french country decorating. Please enter me in your giveaway. thank you

Debbiedoos said...

Sherry that was a gorgeous post, with some fantastic photos. I love French everything! Have a wonderful weekend.

Wanda Lee said...

Hello Sherry,

What a wonderful post!..,

I love this 'French Inspired' book; I have seen it lately reviewed quite a few times now and adore those fabulous images every time I see it!

Please enter me in your giveaway..,

.., ( I love your blog banner by the way; the pictures are all so pretty and cheerful)!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Unknown said...

Oh, how pretty all those beautiful homes are. I love the French look too. I want to change my style to French Country..but I own a home full of Traditional..Guess I will keep what I have and drool over all other designs..too bad we can't have multi homes! LOL!

Decor To Adore said...

I too have this book and just adore all of the images within. I find so much inspiration just waiting within its pages.

......Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

The photos are wonderful (no interest in the cowboy/boy room!) The dark china hutch has inspired me to look at an option for our built-in kitchen china hutch. Maybe charcoal would work with its leaded glass windows! Thanks

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there Sherry~ Oh I am so glad you got this book!!! I just ADORE it as well-it is filled with so much inspiration!!! Thanks for coming by and sharing at Feathered Nest Friday and for the sweet shout out for my blog too! Hugs, Courtney

xinex said...

These photos are gorgeous, Sherry! Very inspiring!...Christine

Entertaining Women said...

I don't have this beautifl book...yet. Thank you for sharing a peak. Cherry Kay

Lizabeth said...

Hi- I'm new to your blog and I already like it! I have a couple of french decorating inspiration books too, but not this one. I'm glad you took on your husbands dare and dared to blog! :) Liz

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Now those pictures are inspiring and your photos are beautiful! Love the tulips!
Blogs are great inspiration, always new and pretty ideas to swoon over!

Micupoftea said...

We get our inspiration and ideas from Catalogs and visiting model homes!

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

What a pretty book.

My bungalow is pretty small...I can't decorate very much, but occasionally I'll but This Old House magazine or there is one called ( I think ) Cottages and Bungalows. Growing up and then when I was young raising a family I'd always buy Country Living magazine but it's not worth the price anymore....it is far different and more modern than country.

Other than a few magazines here and there I mostly enjoy looking at bloggers decor ! :)

Kerry@homecrushblog.com said...

I love your tulips in the silver teapot! Going to have to dig out my silver teapot now and work that into a little vignette!

Cristina Garay said...

Beautiful inspiration! Your pics are very pretty too!

Unknown said...

Sherry your tulips are beautiful. I have picked this book up several times but now ... I might have to just buy it! :)


PJH Designs said...

I'm always inspired by my fellow bloggers. But I love Romantic Country and Romantic Homes magazine. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.

Peggy~PJH Designs