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Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Little French Vignette

Bon jour, Mes Amis!
Today I thought I would share with you a petite French themed vignette that I've created, inside our tv console.

 Isn't this sleeping angel just darling?  She was given to me by a sweet blogging friend after the loss of our beloved cocker spaniel, Emily.  I just love and treasure her, and it brings me great comfort.  
Propped up on a little iron easel, I've added a black and white postcard of Notre Dame, one of my very favorite sites in all of Paris.
 What could be more French than the Eiffel Tower?  I've added this little one, which I purchased on a trip to Paris, beneath the cutest little glass cloche.  My mom recently gave me the silver pedestal dish, which was a wedding anniversary gift to my parents many years ago.  It has developed the perfect amount of patina, which I love so much!
 A few years ago, I created a pair of Frenchy decoupaged platters, which were so fun to make!  I began with large wooden plates which I picked up at a thrift store.  After painting the back sides and the front edges creamy white, I then decoupaged pages torn from a vintage French book.
 Topping them off are a beautiful fleur de lis and crown, images that I found over at the Graphics Fairy (love!).

 I just realized that I never did show you our console, which is in our living room.  Last year, we had searched high and low for many months for just the right piece for our flat screen tv (sure don't miss our clunky big ol' tv!).
Initially, I was thinking of an armoire to hide the tv.  Because lets face it, a tv is not all that attractive!
Then I finally realized that our tv would look dwarfed inside of a large armoire!

 As luck would have it, hubby found an amazing custom built furniture store when he was down in 
Franklin, Tennessee last fall.  Hubby was describing this very console to me over the phone, as I was looking at it on line.  I absolutely loved it!  So, after I chose the specifics (color, leg style, doors, etc) he placed an order for one right away!  All the while, I was keeping my fingers crossed that I would love it as much in person as I did in the photos!
 So, the following week, hubby flew down (he's a retired airline employee, so we get to fly for free), rented a van,  picked it up, and brought it home!  We are so happy with it, it was worth the search and effort to get it!  It is very solid, heavy, and well built.  I especially love the bead board doors, and curvy fat legs.
Now I just need to find a way to hide those unsightly cords that you see inside, on the lower shelf!!
That's it for today, looking forward to getting caught up with all of you!


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

What a lovely console Donna! It was worth and trip to get it to your lovely abode. You've done a great job styling it with French flair.
Oooh la la!

Susie said...

love your french vignette.xoxo,Susie

Tete said...

Love all your frenchy things, and that sleeping angel is so sweet. How nice for someone to send her to you when you needed her most.
Love your console! I have been looking at one so much like that but in black. I figure the tv won't stand out as much if its all black. ??? Maybe. The one I have my eye on has the bead board doors and ball feet.
I have a bone to pick with you! You have seemed to have spilled your glitter all over the Mother's Day card section at our Walmart here! I couldn't get within 6 feet of that section without an anxiety attack...I looked at my hubby and said- 'the evil glitter queen's been here!' LOL Have a great day sweetie!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, Oh I just love your darling vignette you created with the so chic Frenchy decor. Oh the little sleeping angel looks so sweet there.
The french plates you created are fabulous. I love them.
What a gorgeous TV console too. I love it, in fact, our master bedroom furniture is made very similar in cream with wood tone tops.
Love the whole look here and the shelf is darling. It is amazing what you can find out of town and bring home.

Have a great evening my friend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie
p.s. oh I had to lol at the glitter story from Tete. LOL too funny!

Bente said...

What a beautiful vignette, Donna. I just love that sleeping angel.

Hugs from me

Grammy Goodwill said...

I love your French vignette. You continue to inspire me to try some of your ideas. I've seen lots of projects using graphics, but I've yet to try any. Coming soon......I hope.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The console is perfect, Donna...I bet you were thrilled! Love the vignette!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

So cute, Donna. Love that sleeping angel.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your French vignette is wonderful. I have a small Eiffel Tower my daughter brought me from Paris many years ago and I treasure it. Now I'll add my own souvenir to the mix after my trip in Sept!

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I love your pretty vignette. The deco platters are so cute. Love everything French!
We are also in search of a cabinet for the flat screen and I love the one you had made for your home. Perfect!


sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I love your pretty vignette. The deco platters are so cute. Love everything French!
We are also in search of a cabinet for the flat screen and I love the one you had made for your home. Perfect!


Gail said...

What a great vignette Donna ! TV and hi-fi cupboards can be so boring but you have made yours look tres jolie...have a nice weekend...Gail x

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a great little spot. I love the effiel tower in the silver and cloche. Of course I love it! I have a nod to Paris myself on my living room shelf right now. In honor of our anniversary and days we spent yearly in Paris. I bet it is a beautiful Mothers Day there today. One year we were there On mothers day, the candy stores were wonderful with all the gorgeous treats wrapped so pretty..which I brought back to my mom.

20 North Ora said...

A perfect spot for your little French vignette.