Finding French Inspiration…

the pastry case at Rockafellas 
Everything this year is
coming out French…

I’m finding French~inspired items
everywhere I go…

When we went out for dinner about a month ago, 
and finding
Rockafellas Restaurant
which is not exactly a French bistro
but does have a patisserie case 
plum full of perfect French pastries!
It’s more pastrami sandwiches with try-tip roast
thrown in for yummy deliciousness
than a fancy French restaurant
but it had that essence…
{loving the black & white awning over the front door!}

I brought home two French cookies called
biscuits or galettes 
and an enormous rocky road cake for 
our family to try.

The cake was wonderfully chocolatey
and these cookies
were light and buttery!
Perfect with a cup of tea…

Then I found these sweet little paper blocks with 
French wording on them over at
Joann Fabrics.

In April, our son and his university track and field team flew out to California
for several college track meets and I stayed at the
Holiday Inn Buena Park.
Out in their back garden courtyard,
I found this lovely sitting area.
More French-inspired etherealness!

Here are a few more pieces I think of
when thinking of…

French style…
More from 
Joanne Fabrics.

Target also has new 
Shabby Chic items
in their bedding department
and I always find French~
inspired goods there!
Baskets are also big again this year
and Target has a bunch!

This chandelier I found on Pinterest, I think. 
Years ago I found a similar one in an antique shop in Idaho.
It was about $100 and a little smaller
but the same glass~style bobeche candle drip~catchers…
{I knew I should have bought it then!}

Of course we couldn’t leave off roses!
Makes me think of Empress Josephine’s garden
and the hundreds of rose bushes
she had surrounding her
La Petite Malmaison.
You can click on the link above to visit there…
Redouté was her botanist and would paint the roses
he pollenated and grew there,
those that we see forever blooming
in his watercolor prints and paintings…

Lastly, another shot of these ethereal purple blooms!
I know there are many types of lavender
being in California most of the time
and never having been to France,
{though I almost got to go there for a weekend when I was 19
and an exchange student to Germany!}
I’m not sure if this is a type of lavender or not.
There are tiny lavender bells on this flowering bush
and bees were buzzing around
trying to drink up its pollen.
Quite lovely!

Until we meet again, à bientôt,

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