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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
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Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
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Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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18 Comments

  1. April 2, 2020 / 11:58 am

    I like using mirrors outdoors. I see you have one with your bench. I think they are a great idea.
    Porches screened or open are great places to place one. I do worry about birds slamming into them but that happens with my windows as well.
    I use a mirror frame that can take rain or that I don’t mind ruining the frame in the weather.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 2, 2020 / 2:35 pm

      They are so enchanting outside, aren’t they? We haven’t noticed mirrors slamming into ours (I have a couple outdoors!); but the birds do linger at them, and I’m always hoping to catch a squirrel or chipmunk in the act. 🙂 Wishing you peace, friend.

  2. Lisa D.
    April 2, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    I love the sweet kitten clinging to the branch, and the bicycles, are wonderful Michelle, but what I really crave is a Vespa. That would truly make my heart sing! Thank you for the wonderful post. Take care and stay healthy.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 2, 2020 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you for reading, Lisa. I have never taken a Vespa for a spin, but I can see why you’re dreaming of one! Wishing you days of gentle comfort and meaning. xox

  3. April 2, 2020 / 1:15 pm

    So many fun ideas here! I really enjoy the birds that congregate at my fountain. Now I feel compelled to make them a bird house. Thanks for the helpful video. And, thanks for the kind shout-out and link to my Pandemic Penny Pinching Pointers! So appreciate that! Stay well.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 2, 2020 / 2:32 pm

      Oh how I wish we lived closer, Celia. I have so much to learn from you, and your creative ventures always engage my senses. Thank you for inspiring us and turning our attention to practical matters at home. You’re a gem.

  4. Kathie Johnson
    April 3, 2020 / 4:13 am

    Is that your “House Beautiful?” I have never seen another like the one I found antiquing one day! It was long ago, but it is a special treasure. It makes my heart smile that you might have one too! Peace be with you as well. ☺️

    • Michele
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 4:57 pm

      It sure is! I bought it at an antique shop years ago and treasure it. How fun that you have one as well. Thank goodness there are those of us who see these treasures as worth saving! 🙂

  5. April 16, 2020 / 9:52 am

    That’s so special you made a birdhouse in honor of your dear friend. Every time a blue jay visits our bird feeders I think of my Grandmother.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 16, 2020 / 5:51 pm

      What a wonderful way our loved ones remain with us. I never tire of watching the birds out there, and they are my only pets right now with the squirrels and deer. 🙂

  6. Carol
    July 20, 2021 / 6:50 am

    I love the window bird feeder, except when the squirrels discover it.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 20, 2021 / 6:19 pm

      Right! Hahahaha. We have so many squirrels here – they are the entertainment year round!

  7. Elizabeth
    July 20, 2021 / 7:36 am

    Oh Michele, what a beautiful post. When I read about your Beautiful friend it made me cry. Thank you for your insights and kindness.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 20, 2021 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much for reading with tenderness – memories of my friend are fresh and clear, and what a gift it was to reminisce with her at the end. xox

  8. July 20, 2021 / 9:11 am

    Michelle thank you for the lovely trip to Paris. It was a wonderful way to start my day on the deck with a cup of coffee. And, as always thank you for the poignant thoughts.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 20, 2021 / 6:17 pm

      I’m so glad that little stroll pleased you as it did me. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping here and commenting, friend.

  9. Amy
    July 20, 2021 / 3:22 pm

    So much goodness in this post! I look forward to watching the videos later when I have more time…especially the stroll in Paris. Loved your story about your dear friend’s love of feeding wildlife and enjoying that till the end…nature can be so calming/comforting. You are such a good friend & love the birdhouse made in her memory & especially love your encouragement to be willing to create awkward moments by saying the loving things now! I agree wholeheartedly, my friend❤️

    • Michele
      Author
      July 20, 2021 / 6:14 pm

      I know you get it, Amy. The second half of life we glean all these important secrets so it’s a blessing to have lived long enough to learn them. Thanks for taking time out of your day for the journey here, and I hope you like the videos!

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