{Lovely Finds} From Paris

You guys haven’t been over in ages

so come on in…and of course, I have

made a few changes!

You will know with certainty pod people

have snatched your pointe-shoed bloggy friend

should her rooms remain stagnant

for more than a season.

The studio with swing and piano.

Shabby Chic wool rug, table found curbside,

and the canvases always be a changin.

I love my new French apron and dishtowel from

Tina at The Enchanted Home…underneath

my daily breakfast (yogurt, berries, homemade

granola) it classes up the joint.

The formal dining room is still a headache.

Still soooo not sexy.

It doesn’t feel like me, but it’s not a

priority to re-style it right now so

I’m using the table as

an inspiration board with ideas

for collages to create.

Handmade lace, sheets, and clothing thrifted in Paris

mingle with antique French documents going

back to the 1500s.

You can see a little of the original LULU DK art

I bought at One King’s Lane…yes yes yes, prints

are great, but have you lived with original art?

Say from my very own lil shop?

I’m tellin ya. You will be hooked.

Everybody who visits falls in love with these guys.

They are Sonny Angels from

one of the animal collections.

I spotted them in a highend Paris shop

window, and since they were for display only,

I couldn’t wait to gettogoogling

and collect my own.

Will this cutout of me and my sis in the

depression-era goblet inspire a legion of

copycats to dress their china hutch


*shakes Magic 8 Ball*



Teeny peek at a new etagere, but I still need

to style the shelves so this is all you get for

now cuz it’s not photoworthy yet.

Step into the kitchen where I’m

only sharing a fuzzy peek at new counter stools

my husband brought home because he felt

humiliated by

the poor condition of those with which

we were making do

(since so many teens use this

kitchen, and there are a few things I

enjoy more than babysitting fabulous

vulnerable Belgian linen seats and wielding

my wooden spoon).

This is Ina Garten’s apple crisp

I made in

individual ramekins for

super fun girlfriends this weekend,

but we’re sharing.

This was us on my deck last time we frolicked.

What’s beside my bed right now…

this fabulous teaser of a mini mag from heaven.

Still with me?

Want me to play us out with one

of my freshly written ballads

for the insane?

That will require a little more

prodding and a good Pinot,


How the heck are you, and would you

like your crisp a la mode?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. February 25, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    The house looks great. How did the apple crisps turn out from her book? I haven't made them yet. With everyone smiling they must have been good! – Tonya

  2. February 25, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    Love the pics – especially the ones of the girly bunch! 🙂

  3. February 25, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Ahhhhwwww!! I feel so at home! I almost get emotional, Michele. Very pretty, interesting and personal. I LOVE your home. And I LOVE you. Thank you for sharing.

    Your counter chairs look lovely. I am also on the hunt for some. Can't decide if I am going modern or more traditional…

    Hugs to you.


    P.S Pretty girlies too!

  4. February 25, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Hi Michelle, Love your vintage french mix! Your rooms are simply beautiful as well as your stylish sense of design… I am your latest follower and look forward to visiting again soon. Pam

  5. February 25, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    Your inimitable style is chic, fresh and approachable! I love how creatively and successfully you mixed new and old. Thanks for the tour, my friend. Your home is as beautiful as you!

  6. February 25, 2013 / 8:53 pm

    I'm with you, I have to change my home constantly because I have design ADHD…… 🙂 You have a wonderful neutral backdrop to make that possible. And btw, I LOVE the cutout of you and your sister and maybe I might just give it a try. 😉

  7. February 25, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    I LOVE your house… It's so calm, and there are so many soulful and fun things tucked into surprising places. The artwork over the sofa is wonderful too. What a fun post…


  8. February 25, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    Loved the peek through your windows! Have a question…what color paint is on your dining room walls? Love the color and the monogram stenciling.

  9. February 25, 2013 / 10:50 pm

    Oh…I loved seeing this tour of your home. Everything is so lovely! Loved the big lantern in the living room with the lights in it….I think I must copy that! But loved everything…..thanks so much for linking up at my party!

  10. February 25, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    the apple crisp was great! it's her recipe with pears and apples but this time i used only apples. there's a lot of citrus flavor in her recipe.

    it's Benjamin Moore's white sand. still love this color, and it's the main color throughout our home.

  11. February 25, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    Oh Michele-
    Such a lovely post filled with beautiful things! I am in love with the little angels, and the lace is stunning. I am hungry now, so I will have to have something apple worthy.

  12. February 25, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Oh, you will make
    those bits and pieces
    S I N G, yes you will!

    Even though you aren't
    feeling the love, I'm a
    tad envious that you have
    a dining hutch. Our dining
    room has three walls of
    windows, so no big hutch
    for me, only a buffet. I
    love the idea of the twinkle
    lights inside : )

    Happy Monday, girlie!

    xo Suzanne

  13. February 25, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    Your home is so beautiful and cool at the same time..how do you manage that? Oh yea..you are a cool chic, forgot for a second. All your goodies are soooo beautiful, the linens the etched glasses, makes my heart beat faster so happy my apron is amongst such fine company:) That apple crisp has my sweet tooth in high gear all of a sudden…one of my favorite desserts! Fun post…

  14. February 26, 2013 / 12:03 am

    Thanks for the paint info…having a hard time deciding paint colors.

  15. February 26, 2013 / 12:30 am

    it's an awesome neutral color to live with, lindsay. beachy and warm like perfect sand.


  16. February 26, 2013 / 2:27 am

    absolutely sublime! each room is personal, dimensional –so chic! I'm not sold that you have an kids running through those gorgeous milky white interiors-they look much too perfect!

  17. February 26, 2013 / 3:49 am

    What treasures you have on your dining room table!Thanks for the peek inside your beautiful home:). Jen ps- Love your etsy shop!

  18. February 26, 2013 / 4:43 am

    white is super easy to live with. it's all we have known for years!


  19. February 26, 2013 / 5:13 am

    How I love this blog!!!

  20. February 26, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    Fresh prettiness overload!!!! What a wonderful home you have – and I want that swing 🙂
    Happy Tuesday from the enchanted oven.

  21. February 26, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Hey gorgeous :). Such a beautiful and warm home you have! I've had those apple crisps.. So good, yes??!!


  22. February 26, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    So warm and inviting your home is my lovely one! It's always a pleasure to 'stop by' 😉 xxx

  23. February 27, 2013 / 1:22 am

    I know I've told you this before, but I ADORRRRRE that swing in your studio, Michele!! What a brilliantly creative idea! Your home just oozes French elegance mixed perfectly with sweet whimsy, my friend! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  24. February 27, 2013 / 3:37 am

    lovely indeed!!!
    girlfriend, out of the park and can i say i am drooling over your french documents!
    after all this eye candy i have one complaint…….we need the granola recipe!

  25. February 27, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    THat is exactly how I pictured it to be!! That swing is fantastic!!!
    Love it all, xo Karolyn

  26. February 27, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    I have adapted other lazy granola recipes found online to my own taste…here's Michele's Lazy Granola Recipe:

    ½ cup melted butter or organic coconut oil (it's awesome so seek it out if you're new to it)
    ¾ cup brown sugar
    ½ cup honey or maple syrup
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    6 cups old fashioned oatmeal
    2 cups corn flakes

    Optional yummy add-ins (I like dried cranberries and cherries, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, yogurt covered raisins, nuts, whatev tingles.).

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter or nonstick spray. Measure out the oats and cornflakes in a large mixing bowl. Toss. Dissolve the brown sugar and honey/syrup in the butter/coconut oil by heating it (I do this in the microwave in a glass measuring cup, but on the range is okay too). Add vanilla and cinnamon to the measuring cup. Pour over oat/cereal mixture and mix gently but thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Then turn off oven and forget about it for 3 to 4 hours (overnight will work too). Remove from oven then gently break up granola and add your goodies. Store in ziplock bags. Enjoy!

  27. February 27, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Hello from Adorned From Above Link Up. I am stopping in to say hello and a pleasure to meet you. I would love it if you would stop by my blog and follow it as well. I also have a Blog Hop going on until Monday March 4th. Feel free to sign up. http://www.ashleychapmandesigns.blogspot.com

  28. February 28, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    Stunning! I could never have something so shabby chic but I ADORE it. Lovely pics.

  29. March 1, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    The swing is awesome and everything is so cozy and welcoming! Love it all!


  30. March 2, 2013 / 5:28 am

    Oh what a fun post! And did you say antique French documents from the 1500s? I'm drooling! I also want those pieces of lace and the white piano with those little white lights! I'm looking forward to seeing your newly styled shelves….
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  31. March 7, 2013 / 2:12 am


    Love all of it…your neutrals are peaceful. Christmas lights, a swing…just a happy place your home, isn't it?

    I'm sharing this post with my readers tonight at Creative Juice, and pinning some of your photos to my home board at Pinterest.

    My best,

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