Category Archives: France

Contemporary Tiles and the Middle Ages

Sometimes my mind connects the dots in unexpected ways.  I visited ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York over the weekend.  You would think I’d be all mid-mod and forward thinking. But no. I fell for these concrete tiles … Read more

LABELS: France, Gardens, Landscape Design, paving pattern 2 Comments

Andre le Notre: Four Hundred Years Strong

I’m taking sides with Andre le Notre.  Four hundred years ago he was practicing a type of landscape design that is still valid and revered today.  It’s handmade, skillfully practiced, and incredibly beautiful.  It is the antithesis of today’s trend … Read more

LABELS: formal gardens, France, Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design 12 Comments

More Garden Travel–Sort of.

In a few days I’ll be travelling for a couple of weeks.  This time, it’s not a garden/landscape related event, but one of my own invention.  My first stop will be Paris (as in France, not Texas). I lived in … Read more

LABELS: France, Gardens, Morocco 3 Comments

Hubert de Givenchy and Gardens

Hubert de Givenchy is better known his couture creations for Audrey Hepurn than he is as a champion of gardens.  But champion he is. Upon retirement in 1995, he was a key player in the restoration of the Potager du … Read more

LABELS: France, Gardens, Planting Design 2 Comments

Virtual Wanderlust…Le Pavillion de Galon

Every now and then I get sucked in.  I wander off my intended path and Voila! I find something wonderful, better yet when the possibility exists to stay there.  I love the gardens at Le Pavillon de Galon, a bed … Read more

LABELS: Dining al fresco, France, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design 1 Comment

Where the Bubbly Reigns…

A hillside in French champagne country–Happy New Year!

LABELS: France, Seasons, Travel Leave a comment

Long ago I lived in Lille…France that is

I have long been fascinated with all things French. I even went so far, years ago, to live there for a while. Not in romantic Paris or sunkissed Aix en Provence, with its fields of lavender, but rainy, industrial Lille. … Read more

LABELS: France, Garden Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 3 Comments