Monday, April 21, 2008

Living with Timeless Objects

As promised in a previous post, I wanted to tell you about the book "The New French Decor" that Donnie Volkart had suggested during the Gone to Texas Show. When I first saw the book, I really wanted to find a bookstore that was open that night and buy it, but being the patient person that I am (who am I kidding), I had to wait until I found a bookstore that had it. It really has a lot of great display ideas and it's full of French inspired objects and assemblages.

I'm not sure what it was that caught my eye with this display, maybe it's that they took old photos and glued them to cardstock and they seemed so life-like perched in this cabinet:

All these shades of white, different as each object is, just works:

Of course if you've read my blog for any time, you know I'm a huge garden anything fan and I love how this urn is just filled to the brim. As Carol of Raised In Cotton said in her "post, #7. Everything looks COOL in a huge white garden urn~deer horns to shells". I couldn't agree with her more:

I love ladders; what a cool idea to set one beside a bed instead of a standard night stand:

Anything hung on a clothes line gets my vote:

How I wish this is what my garden looked like!!

The ultimate garden retreat must have a chandelier:

More assemblages:

This book has so much more to offer. I've already had several friends email and call and has ordered the book just from the previous post. I think you'll really enjoy it. Let me know what you think.


  1. Thank you for sharing - I think I'm going to have to run out and get this book first thing tomorrow am. Loving your blog!!!!!!!

  2. love, love, love this book too! if you like this one, check out 'the new 18th century style' same author..same great photo syling, with the same french flea market style..

  3. What a beautiful book! I will have to have a look in Australia for it. I love that you have made your photos bigger....everything looks so beautiful instantly, if you know what I mean.
    Such an inspiring blog. I sit here thinking about what I can do in my house and garden to make it more special.
    Happiness to you, Angela.

  4. I love Trillard & Lalande!!
    There is also a French version
    "Secrets d'Interieurs", has some different photos. There are a few other books they have collaborated on. They were all available at Amazon.
    Aren't they Fabulous!!!!

  5. Hi Theresa! Love all your latest posts including this one! I am going to order the book from Amazon. Looked like it has a different cover now. Stay sweet!

    Huge Hug!


  6. Absolutely Looooovvvvvveeeee, this book, Lulu got it yesterday and we poured over it for hours, It is the best book I have ever seen. I especially like the picture of the odder. And you are correct every garden must have a chandelier, and every closet, and kitchen and oh sorry. 2chippys Lauri

  7. thank you(!!!) for recommending this book! i'll have to find a copy for myself ~ everything looks lovely!

  8. Hey,
    I Look on Amazon and the cover is different, is it the same book? Let me know.
    Thanks Sharon Farmer

  9. I got my copy just after you posted about it the first time, I love it! I have (The New 18th Century Style)by the same author, and it is great also.

  10. What gorgeous things and ideas! I too have "The New 18th Century Stle" at home and get inspired every time I look at it! Love the 3-D pictures on the shelves - I'd like to try that out!!
    Thanks for sharing everything!!
    Karla & Karrie

  11. This looks like a book I would enjoy very much! I love all the photos you added!


  12. looks like you sold another book. I'm gonna have to get that one.

  13. I'm giddy! I adore garden junque decor. This book will be like decorating porn ! Yikes. Can I say that?
    Got to go Amazon myself one.

  14. LOVE this book! When we got it in at work (and hubby wonders why I have no paycheck!) I snapped one up immediately! The cover alone got me. Its one of those that you can sit with a cup of coffee and just browse and browse.


  15. This book is a great source of inspiration!! It's also a Sunday morning with coffee book. The photo styling is superb and the pictures are large so you can see every little detail. This is a "must have it" book!

    Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

  16. Anita @ the Pink Funny FarmMay 19, 2008 at 11:08:00 PM CDT

    I just love your blog and all of the photos! I love your comment about spending your $$$ on yardsales to help the economy!


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