Saturday, August 27, 2011

French farmhouse style in Old Fair Oaks, California


One of my favorite shops to visit for pure inspiration is The Bungalow, a lavender- scented shop located in Old Fair Oaks Village, California. If you love vintage pieces in your garden or one-of-a-kind items for your home, you should check it out. You don’t need to be a shabby chic fan to appreciate the mossy patina on a lovely urn, or the intricate carving on a worn gilded mirror. I recently visited on a gorgeous, sunny August afternoon to see what I’d find.


How about this vintage crystal chandelier? I have images of reading Jane Austen underneath it; in a bed filled with fluffy pillows and crumbs from this yummy lemon cake.


Apothecary jars and silver urns are filled with goodies and placed everywhere.


Ralph Lauren interiors are filled with these vintage suitcases. You can also get fun ideas HERE.


There’s lots of creamy white wood mixed with French pieces.

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 Religious pictures, statues and crosses blend beautifully with old tarnished silver.


I can’t decide what I want more, the “romance” necklace or the mannequin.

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I’ve been looking for pillows with muted script on them. And I love old alarm clocks. They remind me that Time is a Gift.


I think these aged terracotta pots would be perfect for a dinner party in the garden. You can fill each one with moss, stick in a plant label with a nametag attached, and set them at individual place settings. Or, simply put votive candles in them and set them down the middle of the table with fresh flowers. You can see lovely table settings HERE, and see centerpieces for an outdoor party HERE.


And do you need an idea for a hostess gift? You can stop in and buy some star fish soap, tie it up in a simple piece of muslin with a white grosgrain ribbon. Or, create a special gift for a friend by wrapping up this lovely book, Anne Morrow’s Gift from the Sea, to go along with the soap. Place these in a small basket with a few sea shells and a scented candle. Voila!

I hope you find beauty in your own life today. Possibly in a place like this, or maybe not; maybe the beauty you’ll see today will be created by you….

Thanks for visiting!

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



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