Monday, September 20, 2010

Enjoying Autumn.....

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French).  Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns, the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.The alternative word fall is now mostly a North American English word used to reference this time of year. FALL has to be my most favorite time of year. I love the change in colors and the crisp fresh air that only comes with the fall. For some beautiful pictures of fall in Canada click on the following link: .

Fall is also a great time for decorating.  With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner and then Halloween this is the perfect time to introduce some fall colors. Incorporating colors like yellow, red, orange, gold and brown into your color scheme will allow you to transition easily from summer into fall.  Fall "Garden Mums" are a great and inexpensive way to introduce fall colors. Whether you buy cut flowers for a table arrangement or the whole plant for your outdoor planters, they can add that punch of color to your fall decorating.  
Another great way to add fall color is with a fall wreath to hang on either your front door or wall or use as a table centerpiece.  

This link provides some great ideas on how to create your own fall wreath:    

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Maria's Place"....

My talented friend Maria (she creates wonderful things using vintage tin tiles) has such a lovely, quaint and vintage inspired home. She is a collector of sorts and has surrounded herself with all the things she loves, the old....the rusty....the worn....sometimes finding new uses for the things she has collected, creating a space that is warm and inviting.  Below are pictures of her lovely home that I wanted to share with you:   

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

(established July/2008)