Sunday, August 28, 2011

~ French Toile Box ~

Hi friends
I hope you've had a wonderful week so far
I recently purchased this beautiful antique french toile fabric box from a seller in France
I took a few photos to share with you

I love french toile
A touch of red is nice in my home decor full of whites

I think its such a pretty addition to my french farmhouse decor
You can find amazing french items for fair prices at:

The next few weeks are going to be very busy around here at 425
The kiddos are starting school this week!
Yay!! :)
And thank you again for all of the sweet comments on my last post
Have a wonderful last few weeks of summer friends!!
*I will be back with a giveaway!!!!*

Thursday, August 18, 2011

~ Pastels and Whites ~ Fleurs ~ A favourite blog too..~

Hi Friends
These photos are from a few of my previous posts
I love the mixture of the pastels with the fleurs and all of my whites
My favourite is the first photo of my little Claire  :)

The next few photos are from my Easter post~This was my Easter table setting

The  fleurs were picked from my yard right before the Easter dinner

This next photo shows my Easter Mantel vignette ~ And more fleurs ( I like to use "fleurs" more than "flowers")  ~  French is so much prettier to write  and I only know a few words .. lol

Claire loves to make appearances on my blog  :)

I love the purple fleurs against all the white in these photos

I'm sure most of you have already seen these photos..hope you dont mind seeing them again
 As Summer is coming to an end I wanted to share these light and airy photos
Pastels ,fleurs and whites....a few of my favorites ~

On another note  I want to share a favourite blog of mine ~ My friend Rozmeen's blog: Pastels and Whites

(Pastels and Whites)

(Pastels and Whites)

Rozmeen has such an eye for beauty, is so sweet and has a wonderful shop too~ Pastels and Whites


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

~ Fleurs ~ Whimsical Whites ~

If you know me you know I love flowers ~ Fleurs
My friend who is the owner of Whimsical Whites did my sister in law's flowers for her wedding last weekend. I used some of the flowers in my french zinc pots and took a few photos today.
If you are looking for a talented florist in Seattle,WA  I highly recommend Whimsical Whites
(also my favourite antique shop)
Here is her blog

Simple and beautiful
(the wedding was 4 days ago and they are still so pretty)

My sister in law had these mason jar arrangements on every table
It was beautiful

( Wedding pic ~ I'm 2nd from the left ~love the blue ~matched the flowers perfect )
*sorry so blurry*

I came across a site called Fleurs de France located in Sonoma
You should check out their gorgeous arrangements

Hope you have a wonderful week friends

Sunday, August 14, 2011

~ French Linen Lavender Pillows ~

I created a vignette using my favourite french linen lavender pillows

I loved mixing the roses, old french bottle and antique french parcel with the lavender pillows and the antique chippy wooden garden trug
The glass with the beautiful detailing is actually a plastic tumbler I purchased at Target recently

French linen lavender pillows purchased here

Hope you had a wonderful weekend friends


Saturday, August 13, 2011

~ Dreamy Whites ~

Antique French Green Salt Box
(Dreamy Whites)
Hi friends
I wanted to let you know of a very generous giveaway at Dreamy Whites
Maria is giving away a $200.00 giftcard to her beautiful shop
I love Maria's blog and have enjoyed shopping her online shop for lavender bundles and lavender pillows made from french linens and grainsacks
(French Farmhouse 425)
Some of the lavender pillows I've purchased
They smell amazing
(French Farmhouse 425)

Antique French Watering Can
(Dreamy Whites)
 Maria also sells antique french baskets, zinc pitchers, french enamelware and many more french and handmade items

Be sure to visit Dreamy Whites and enter for your chance to win!!

1920's French Hat Box & Lavender Gift Set
(Dreamy Whites)

 I have a very busy week and weekend coming up so I will be absent from blogging until next week or so
Hope you have a wonderful weekend friends

Friday, August 12, 2011

~ A Thrifty French Farmhouse Find ~ (A Repost)

As you all probably know I LOVE thrifting
A few of my favorite thriftshops are Goodwill and Value Village

I usually go thrifting a few times a week if I have spare time while running errands etc
I was so excited when I found this vintage zinc flower bucket at Goodwill

And for $1.99 I had to bring it home with me
It is perfect for dried or fresh cut flowers and fits in perfectly with my french farmhouse style
If you've never tried thrifting you should visit a local thriftshop and see what you find

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on my bistro chairs in my last post
I hope you are having a wonderful week


Monday, August 8, 2011

~ French Zinc Pots & A Winner ~ & Bliss Farm Antiques ~

I love decorating and creating vignettes with antique french zinc pots
I have a few from France and just purchased some from Belgium recently
They are so simple and yet have so much character and charm
I love their patina
You can find them on Etsy occasionally and one of my favourite shops White Flower Farmhouse

On another note:

The winner of my Ruffled Linens Giveaway is...
Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo

Congrats Lolo!!! Please email me @:  with your info

Thank you to everyone who entered

And speaking of giveaways you don't want to miss out on the lovely french giveaway at:

(Just click on the image above)

Just look at the amazing french and french inspired items

Have a wonderful week friends

Thursday, August 4, 2011

~ French Canning Jars ~

Ever since seeing old french canning jars on Maria's blog Dreamy Whites I have been interested in them.
When I found four of them that an ebay seller listed I knew I had to buy them
I'm so glad I did

Each jar is unique and so much prettier and larger than I expected
I love the different hues of green

You can find old french canning jars in Maria's shop ~ Ebay ~ or Etsy

Hope you are having a wonderful week and be sure to enter my Ruffled Linens Giveaway if you haven't already. I will be choosing a winner this weekend!

~ Ruffled Linens Giveaway @ French Farmhouse 425 ~ Now Closed~

(Ruffled Linens)

One of my favorite Etsy shops I have discovered is Ruffled Linens
I did a blog post about Christiana and her beautiful linens a while ago. (post here) I am so happy to let you know that Christiana is so generously giving away not one but two (2) of her beautiful ruffled linen pillow shams to one of my friends/readers

(Ruffled Linens)

If you would like to enter my giveaway just simply leave a comment
For a 2nd entry you can share the giveaway on your blog or become a follower / let me know if you are already a friend/follower
*Please note:This giveaway is open to my friends/readers outside the US too *
Everyone is welcome to enter :)

(This is how I used one of her ruffled linen pillowcases as a chair cover on one of my bistro chairs)

If you would like to know why I love Christiana and her shop so much please read this post
I will pick a winner using this weekend

Hope you have a wonderful week friends and good luck!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

~ She LOVES it ~

(my mother in law)

Hi friends
Just a quick post to let you know
she LOVES her new room!
It was so sweet she told us it was the prettiest room she's ever stayed in.

Thanks so much everyone who left such nice comments on my guest room post yesterday