Holidays, Home Decor

Share Your Style #363

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #363, friends! We have lots of great features to share with you.

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Thursday, y’all! Well, yesterday got away from me with trying to get two posts out for you, but… I hope you enjoyed reading about my daughter’s and my trip to Versailles this past July! We had the best time, took hundreds of photographs, and wish we could have spent more time in France, but, next time!!

So, let’s get to this week’s features, shall we?

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

The name says it all, folks! ~ Visiting Le Château de Versailles{igh}… Amy and I had the best time in France, and for me, Versailles was the culmination of a great first trip to a country I have wanted to visit for forty years. Please stop by and leave me a comment, share some photos and enjoy!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

First up this week from Debra from Common Ground is this lovely
Fall Carts and Wagons and a Porch Peek! Love this cart and its bounty!!!
Cheryl from Sew Can Do brings us a really sweet post ~ Fun and Easy DIY Fall Sensory Bin ~ Perfect for one’s children, for students at school who love to touch things and for students who need sensory input (we used them in our Life Skills classes; also for students who are on the spectrum). Really fun!!!
You’ll love what her son said.
Lynne at Thrifting Wonderland shared a beautiful tablescape here in this post ~ Hello October Table Setting. Gorgeous!!! Lynne also has a fun entryway post, too, which you might like to check out ~
Autumn Entranceway Vignette.
Aging with Ardor shared these inspirational thoughts about the greatest travel experience we will ever take ~ The Trip of a Lifetime. Awesome!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shares A Little Bit of Fall in the Kitchen. Fun!!!
DeeDee from Clover House has some Halloween fun for us in this post ~ Meet My Skellies. Loving these boots!!!
The 70’s are back in this DIY crafty post by Maya of The Little Treasures Crochet and Crafts ~ It’s Poncho Season!!! Happy memories of a bright yellow poncho I had in elementary school.
black leggings outfit, kimono style, Shelbee on the Edge
Congratulations to Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge on becoming Certified as Reiki Level II Practitioner!! ~ Stop by and leave some love for Shelbee, won’t you?
Dingle-Peninsula-Ireland-trip-Dunmore-Head-coastline
And to finish our post Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shares more from her trip in her post ~ Ireland Trip to Cobh, Blarney and Dingle Peninsula. Beautiful scenery!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Thanks for stopping over on a Thursday!

Barb 🙂

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Home Decor

Visiting le Château de Versailles{igh}!

Bonjour and rebonjour (hello again), mes amies!! As we enjoy these early days of fall, it feels like a good time for another visit to France with you. Today we will tour Le Château de Versailles… Grab a hot cup of thé or café, a croissant or other pastry, and let’s settle in for some amazingness!!!…

A bust of Marie Antoinette in her salon at Versailles. This was up on the bedroom’s fireplace mantel…

For this adventure, on our last day in France, after my niece and new nephew’s wedding the weekend before, we took a hired taxi service up to the castle and took a pre-paid tour of the castle and a beginning tour of the gardens which my daughter found and arranged on-line…

Technically, this was Day 7 of my daughter’s and my trip to France, so yes, these posts are out of order chronologically, but this feels like the best time for this post to come out!

The main street as you come into the city of Versailles, you take a left-hand turn and voilá, here is your view! Versailles is MASSIVE!

My daughter and I planned to visit Versailles on our second day in France, but there weren’t any tours available. So, she booked us an intimate tour with five other people plus our tour guide.

Our guide took us on a 2+ hour tour through the main center section of the Versailles museum, to King Louis XV and Queen Marie Antoinette’s bedrooms. Now, King Louis XV came later and wasn’t married to Marie Antoinette; his father, King Louis XIV was. But, since they are the two royals everyone remembers, these are the two bedrooms everyone sees and which were recreated at Versailles when the castle was restored as a museum, after the French Revolution.

Street view at the end of the day, but perfect to show how large Versailles really is.

We met our guide at the local Starbucks (can you believe it?), which was in a lovely, shaded area to the left of this photograph above, next to a small café.

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Outside the neighboring café

We talked about what was going on at the time of the French Revolution, about the politics of the time, and how Versailles was a political statement to the world as well as being “home.”

The wide angle lens does not make us look thin… Yes, the camera does add weight! Lol!!
Walking up towards the main entrance in the center of the Versailles complex.

As you enter the main residence and the anterooms, everything speaks of the power of the aristocracy and if you wanted anything, you had to go through the king to ask for it.

Parts of Versailles are under renovation, as you can see here to the left. We learned from our guide that even the gold which had been on top of this part of the castle had been stripped during the Revolution. This is faux gilding but still impressive!

One of the anterooms prior to going into the king’s private suite.

Ambassadors from other countries (late 1700’s up to the Revolution in May 1789- November 1790) who were brought into these rooms saw France and its king(s) as symbols of power, wealth, and influence.

A different kind view of The Hall of Mirrors ~ I wanted to capture a look people don’t usually see as they usually see the long part of the room with the views out to the back formal gardens. I was going for a sideways shot and I’m pretty happy with it.

Here in the Hall of Mirrors, symbols of Louis IV, the Sun King, appear up on the wall along with other symbols of the Heavens, astrological symbols, paintings from mythology (of which my brilliant daughter was able to share with us about Poseidon, Apollo, Zeus and many more!) ~ especially the incredible ceiling paintings!

If I remember correctly, this fireplace and its surround are original to the palace. The pink marble piers flanking the fireplace are also original.

During the Revolution, as the aristocracy and bourgeois classes were overthrown, often times beheaded, and sent into exile, the Place de Versailles was stripped of its furniture, chandeliers and all of the gilding work, but much of the plasterwork remained. So, as the palace was being restored, the “gilding” which was put back is just gold paint. Real gold was just too prohibitive a cost to add back!

Many of the furnishings were taken by members of the bourgeoisie as “souvenirs” but unerringly that act of wanting to own something owned by the king and queen helped save some of the original pieces. Much of what is in Versailles isn’t original but are pieces original to the period.

I can’t tell you where most of these tapestries and paintings are located as we rushed through many of the rooms, but just the opulence of the palace is something!

Loved the roses in this wall covering!
My favorite architectural photograph!

I was really excited to finally know what is French Bleu! It is this lovely soft blue-grey color which pairs beautifully with gold. One of the houses Mr. Ethereal and I looked at, when we were house hunting in Texas almost four years ago now, had a couple of chandeliers in it plus 1970’s wood paneling with good wood moulding.

If we had purchased that house in Lewisville on the very outskirts of Highland Village, I would have sanded those walls and painted my favorite Dove Grey and done gilding on the moulding… Just like this!

A closer look at this alcove ceiling painting. Check out the dentil moulding and the gorgeous columns and capitals atop them!

I do think about doing this in our living room and dining room areas in our current home… 😉

And Marie Antoinette’s chambre… sigh!

Here is the soft grey-blue with gold. So pretty! I loved this room!!! I could live here no problem, how about you??

Marie loved roses!

A bed worthy of a queen ~ part of Marie Antoinette’s bedroom. Some of the bedding in the rooms is original.

Here is the bust of Marie Antoinette upon the fireplace mantel in her bedroom. Funny, I think of her as wearing those hats with ships built into them! I did buy a book about her life from the giftshop written in French.

I figured that getting it in French would help me work on reading and speaking the language better. My suitcase was just light enough to be put on the airplane without paying extra with all of the books I bought (plus what clothes and shoes I’d brought with me!).

An orangish-red was Louis XV favorite color and the flocked velvet wallpapers were recreated much as the originals had been in his bedroom.

I know the bed curtains in King Louis XV’s room is original. I don’t remember how they survived or if they were returned by someone who took them for safekeeping, but pretty cool that Versailles has them!

King Louis XV’s bedroom. The bed is not original but the bed curtains are. The tapestry “blanket” is period and may also be original.

The king’s bedroom is set up as it would have been with places for visitors to sit, and those with the king’s favor sat closest to his bed.

I think this painting may have hung across the room from King Louis XV’s bed, but I may be totally wrong. It may have been on another wall or in an antechamber. Beautiful, though!
More of the little footstools for courtiers waiting to see the king.

A painting of Marie Antoinette with her children hung on the right hand wall. This was described also as a promotional piece as Marie was known as to not be very hands-on with her children, but rather nannies took care of them.

This painting was made to show her as a concerned, caring mother.

Louis XV apparently loved to dance ~ who knew he was so skilled? He was quite athletic and this painting was to show his athleticism and to show that he was very much into the arts.
Louis is the central figure.

As I spoke about earlier, the paintings were meant to impress and many show depictions of war. Here in this painting, King Louis is the main figure and he is depicted as a god.

Part of a painting which had these sweet children and their dog!

Louis banished the Catholic church from France as there was a power struggle between the Pope and the king and, of course, the king wanted to be top dog. When he did this, he got rid of God, per sé, and placed himself as a god, which shows in several paintings. We learned these facts from our tour guide.

Another painting showing a war image with its horse and chariot, and a herald. Love it!!!

Le Roi himself!

Versailles really needs more restoration, of which I was really surprised. Sadly, I think that the Louvre gets all the monetary donations and Versailles just doesn’t get enough to really take care of it.

I felt like the palace rooms inside were opulent, but the grounds outside were rather shabby. This is where I think Versailles could spend a little more of their monies, but that’s just me.

It was our last day and by then we were pretty tired, and ready to go home. Jet lag and the time difference finally had caught up with me by that Tuesday!

This painting may portray Zeus up in the heavens…

Versailles has incredible paintings on its ceilings and along its walls. I loved the mythology portrayed throughout the castle!

Visiting Versailles was a treat and a really nice way to end our time in France!

My time in the gift shop was long as the line was long. Turns out if I hadn’t followed our guide inside when he went in to pick up some gifts for us, I wouldn’t have been able to shop at all. Once outside, you weren’t allowed back in. 🙁

Next we headed into the gardens, but really there was less than an hour to try and see them. Our driver was coming to pick us up at 6:00p.m. so Amy went to meet him and I RAN through the garden snapping photos as fast as I could.

A little peak through the Hall of Mirrors’ windows out into the gardens…

So this will be all for today, friends! I’ll share the gardens next time, and in a further episode I will share our time in Grenoble, a beautiful city in the mountainous region of Val d’Isere.

Jusqu’à la prochaine fois,

until next time

Barb 🙂

Home Decor, Recipes, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #362

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #362! We have lots of great features to share with you.

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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No posts this week for you. I spent that earlier part of last week cleaning up after Yoda’s unhappy tummy issues and then the rest just being tired from shelving hundreds of pounds of books. I’m loving the new position in the library at my school but it is very tiring physically! This girl is getting old, drat it… The body just can’t handle what it used to.

So, let’s get to this week’s features, shall we?

And here are this week’s featured posts…

autumnal pumpkin decor
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life brings us this fun craft idea for fall ~ Chalkboard Pumpkin Tabletop DIY. She shares how to make them and also some other fun chalkboard ideas, too!
Newcomer Penny of Penny’s Passion shared her lovely fall mantel… 2022 Fall Mantel.
So many beautiful ideas here! Welcome Penny to the French Ethereal family!!
easy slow cooker black bean soup in a white bowl with 2 spoons
Elizabeth from Pinecones and Acorns shared this perfect fall recipe for Easy Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup. Wonderful!
Our second mantel post for you this week is from our other friend Penny from Penny’s Treasures and she shared this beautiful all-white fall look on hers ~
White Pumpkin Autumn Mantel. Magical!!
Fresh Apple Cake Recipe @ http://treatntrick.blogspot.com
Nora from Trick ‘n’ Treat posted up this luscious Fresh Apple Cake and I’d say it’s a winner!! Aren’t you hungry for a slice?!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy Wednesday to you,

Barb 🙂

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Holidays, Home Decor

Share Your Style #361

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #361, friends! We have lots of great features to share with you.

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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It has been a week, friends. Yoda is feeling better, but we’ve had five days of off-and-on poopy messes in our kitchen and dining area. Thankfully, Yoda is getting better. After three different days of cleaning up, I am grateful for Yoda’s improvement.

Thank you for your well wishes! 🙂

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Front Porch Fall Fix-Up ~ Two Ways! ~ This month’s Pinterest Challenge shares lots of good ideas to decorate your porches for fall!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

fall foyer styling
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared this ethereal post ~ Fall Foyer of Styling. Lovely!!!
purple-Halloween-table-black-bat-folded-napkin
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz brings out a lovely tablescape for us in her post ~
Gone Batty: A Black, White and Purple Halloween Table. Love it!!!
From Common Ground, Debra shares this awesome autumnal basket ~ Vintage Laundry Basket for a Fall Centerpiece. Gorgeous!!!
One small crystal ball with a skull inside and two small ones mounted on terra cotta pots with small glitter skulls inside.
Niki from Life As a Leo Wife shared this Halloween tutorial in this post ~ Make Your Own Crystal Balls for Halloween.
Want to make some clever decorator pies?? Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa shares this really creative decorative pie tutorial ~ Faux Mini Pie ~ So realistic, you’d want to eat it!
17 Tasty Bonfire Night Recipes Everyone Will Love
Claire Justine shares this post packed with 17 Bonfire Recipe Ideas ~ yum!!!!!
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shares a artistic post here ~ Postcards from the Lake: Road Trip to Harbor Springs. Check out what she writes about these beautiful draft horses… 🙂
Niky from The House on Silverado has a wonderful recipe to share in her post ~
Easy Whipped Ricotta Cheese Crostini with Honey and Walnuts. Looking delicious!!!
all about the hat, bohemian style, kimono over maxi dress, thrifted fashion
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is the Mad Hatter in this chapeaux-filled post ~
All About Hats and Your Own Twist Link Up Party #48. Loving Shelbee’s here!!!
Wendy from WM Design House rounds out our features with this post sharing a
DIY Cornucopia. Pretty and fun to make!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking,

Barb 🙂

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Home Decor, Pinterest Challenge

Front Porch Fall Fix-Up ~ Two Ways!

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge, friends! Our host Cindy of County Road 407 has picked a wonderful porch for us to use as our inspiration. Our photograph comes from Rachel and Kevin Quenzer at Sugar Maple Farmhouse…

Fall front porch decor and inspiration

Fall Front Porch Decor Inspiration

If you are just coming over from Laura’s at Everyday Edits, isn’t her porch pretty with all of its pumpkins?? Love it!! I personally have been sooo looking forward to this one (PC) as even though our front porch is small, it’s big on heart! And with the end-of-season sales, Mr. Ethereal and I picked up a new set of all-weather wicker including two chairs with back pillows and cushions in a soft teal, matching ottomans, plus a small table to set in between.

But first let’s talk about today’s challenge, shall we?

Taking a good look at our inspiration photo, Rachel and Kevin have several pieces of:

  • warm wood-toned furniture
  • throw rugs and pillows with stripes and nubby textures
  • shocks of corn stalks and potted fall flowers
  • and, of course, a massive amount of cream and orange pumpkins!

Here is how our front porch looked the first fall after we had moved in. I’ve been feeling pumpkin stacks for a couple of years now, but this year I think we will change things up a bit!

Look #1 – Our Fall Front Porch

I’ve made a big change to our front porch wrought iron chair since last fall by painting it! So this is Look #1, with just a simple pumpkin displayed on this chair. Striking all on its own!

Loving this!

Here in North Texas, pumpkins are just becoming available, so I used only a sprinkling of Baby Boo pumpkins and the one big Connecticut Field pumpkin on our front porch. Mr. Ethereal picked this big guy up at Costco for me. He’s a keeper! <3

Here’s our first look in full! The basket of little Baby Boos wasn’t in place yet but you will see them in just a couple of photos… 🙂

These urns are planted with yellow lantana (2 plants this side, 3 in the other), blue lobelia (1 each planter) and three pink pentas in each. Loving this color combination!

The flowers I’ve used are both real and faux. From a YouTube gardener I follow, I learned a basic rule of thumb when gardening is to plant flowers, perennials and shrubs which bloom in blues, pinks, yellows and orange. I think I’ve ticked all the boxes here colorwise!

When I arrived home from work last Friday evening, a small Carpenter bee was hovering by my front door. Guess he liked this color combination, too!!

Look #2 – Our Fall Front Porch now

Just by changing out the chair, we have a whole new feel to the front porch! The teal of the pillow and cushion on the new all-weather wicker chairs brings out the blues in the two lobelias, making them much more visible now in the planters. We found this set of two wicker chairs (my Titanic chairs!), two matching ottomans and a small round table combination as a great end-of-season buy at Lowe’s! 🙂

Simply changing out the chair really gives a whole new look to our front porch. Adding a soft throw brings a little more of a fall look as well as a bit of the soft carpet look from our inspiration photo. That’s my fall front porch two ways, friends!!

Now let’s check out Carol’s from Bluesky at Home. I know you are going to love how her porch turned out! Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will visit everyone on today’s tour. <3

Happy fall, y’all,

Barb 🙂

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DIY Projects, Home Decor

Share Your Style #360

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #360, friends! So many good features to share this evening, it’s hard to choose!!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Wednesday, y’all! Last weekend was BUSY! I drove down to Corsicana, Texas about 2 1/2 hours away for an IOOF State Assembly meeting where I took lots of notes as Secretary. Drove back mid-Saturday afternoon and then returned with my husband to the Denton Blues Festival. The music was terrific, the food was delicious and we made some good money towards next year’s scholarships.

If you’ve never heard of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF; and Rebekahs), it is a service organization a lot like the VFW, the Masonic Lodge and others. Anyway, we worked the Blues Festival again on Sunday until arriving home around 9:00p.m. TIRED hit me today and thankfully our school had its monthly teachers’ meetings in the afternoon, so… Classified staff (everyone who isn’t Administration or a teacher) could leave early and use personal or comp time. I slept for 1 1/2 hours… A great nap! 😀

So, anyway, nothing new except a quick photograph from the Blues Festival… Still working on other posts. <3

One of the first bands which I saw on Saturday evening… Good music!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

I love how one simple change to a room begets another! Debra from Common Ground shares her subtle fall changes here in this post ~ Boho Quilted Throw in the Garden Room. Love this throw and what’s on the coffee table, too!
Ann of Apple Street Cottage is back with this fun mash-up of pumpkin-y craft ideas in her post ~ Dollar Store Pumpkins Four Ways. Adorable ideas!!!
Newcomer Anita from Stampin’ With Anita shared this sweet fall-inspired card to create! Love how cute the mice are!!! ~ New Design Team. Welcome, Anita to the French Ethereal family!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland brings us another of her lovely tablescapes in this post ~ Uncomplicated Fall Table Setting. Love the cherry colors!!!
first day of school, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings us two great posts: The Essential Back-to-School Checklist and 7 Ways to Surprise Your Disney-Loving Friends. Don’t her two sons look awesome?!! It is that back to class time for so many students and staff… Hard to believe we have been in-school now for over a month! We began the second week of August around here in North Texas. 🙂
Good summer transition for the workplace, Sally from Within a World of My Own shared several fashionable looks in her post ~ Brown Crop Pants Outfits for Warm Fall Weather. Love ’em!!!
The best 9 front porch decor ideas for fall
Looking for some fall porch ideas? Look no further than this post ~ The Best 9 Porch Ideas for Fall ~ from Wendy at WM Design House. Love the soft pumpkin colors paired with graphic greats, black and white!!!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her sweet fall look in this post ~
The Enchanted Forest on the Buffet. Love the idea of using things which can be used in multiple season!! Lovely and you’ll have to check out Penny’s post to see THE CUTEST mushrooms and toadstools (I never know which is which so I never pick in the wild or my yard 😉 ).
Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas with Roses and Hydrageas in Aged Urns-The Crowned Goat
And let’s finish this week’s features with a soft fall design by CoCo from The Crowned Goat ~ Five Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel. Love it!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Enjoy the party, everyone! And Happy Fall, y’all!!!

Barb 🙂

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Home Decor, Recipes, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #358

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #358! We have lots of great features to share with you.

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Whew-y, we had awesome autumn posts this past week, thank you so much! I worked on a few myself for the blog and here is my second for fall… The first was last week’s Pinterest Challenge ~ Let’s Decorate Pretty Fall Baskets with Pumpkins and Roses.

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

From Summer to Fall Hanging Basket ~ to see this finished basket, follow the link. 🙂

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Ireland-vacation-Kilkenny-River-Nore
This was an amazing year for traveling, folks! Our friend Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared this incredible post ~ Ireland Vacation: 12 Day Itinerary in Emerald Isle. On the bucket list!!!
MaryJo from Master “Pieces” of My Life shared this luscious looking late summer/early fall Refreshing 3-Melon Salad with Lime and Mint. Yum!!!
Lori from Dining Delight is back with this soft and comforting tableau in this post ~ Early Fall Pear-Themed Tablescape. Love the soft colors and pretty tartan napkins!!
Debra from Common Ground shared her lovely table vignette ~ Late Summer Sunflowers in Bloom. Sooo pretty!!! Don’t you just love the sweet sheep who is grazing nearby? 🙂
Awww! This little piggy stayed home from the market to help usher in fall decor over at Penny’s Treasures ~ How I’m Adding Fall Warmth to Our Home (Despite My Love Affair with All White). Totally pretty and totally do-able! <3
This post from Shelbee at Shelbee On the Edge tickes soooo many boxes (travel to Hawai’i, music, spirit of aloha… sigh!) ~ Do stop by and check out Shelbee’s post!
Songful Style: Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. He had an amazing voice…
On another note, if you haven’t seen Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates, where this song features, you simply MUST!!!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared her wonderful finds in this post ~
August Thrift Store Adventure. Love love love the peacock plate!!!
Want to know how to clean oven racks the easy way? See the best cleaning method for the dirty racks using dryer sheets and hot water!
Stephanie from Lamberts Lately shared this post just in time for fall cleaning ~ How to Clean Oven Racks. Love this!!!
And because we all love sunflowers… Had to share CoCo’s post from The Crowned Goat ~ Quick and Easy Pink Sunflower Arrangement and a fun blog hop to visit!
Maya from The Little Treasures shares her latest pattern for this fun summery Frida Top. Adorable for the young crowd and under a suit jacket… A great look to go into fall!
Like saying we are going thrifting or thrift-shopping, up in Michigan Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy and folks up that way go… Elking!!! Love this! Isn’t he gorgeous?!! Postcards from the Lake: Elking.
Last but not least, Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shares a little summer reality of the ups and downs of life (and gas prices!) ~
What Does a Recession Mean to Me?

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Thank you, y’all! Happy Wednesday!!!

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Home Decor, Pinterest Challenge

Let’s Decorate Pretty Fall Baskets with Pumpkins and Roses

Welcome, friends, to this month’s Pinterest Challenge! For an early fall decorating idea, we are creating beautiful autumn baskets with you in mind using all the bounty of the season…

As always, I want to thank Cindy from County Road 407 for leading our team of happy basket enthusiasts! If you are just coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits and/or this is your first time here, welcome!!

Isn’t Laura’s basket styling just beautiful?!! She is a navy girl all the way! No, not the military way (though her father-in-law is a retired colonel), but in that she LOVES navy as her favorite color. Check out her beautiful home!!!

Today’s inspiration comes from a post written by Janelle Trinette. Janelle’s style features lots of neutrals and woods with loads of nubby textures, which really stands out in her decor. She uses a lot of sisal and bark which gives her decorating scheme a real outdoorsy look. Recently I read a post she wrote about hiking Bryce Canyon in Utah (it was good!) ~ on my bucket list of fun places to go see and hike!

Interestingly, we shared Janelle’s photograph of a stacked pumpkin in one of last year’s Pinterest Challenges when we decorated our mantels and you can see that photograph here.

My recreation can be found here: An Early Fall Mantel Refresh.

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This is a second photograph from Janelle’s post.

I love that in this year’s inspiration photo so much texture was used with wood cuts, the nubby basket, the cat tails and wheat, and, of course, the sweet faux pumpkins!

Of course, I also went nuts over the ultra cool door…

Totally adorable and as soon as I saw it, I thought…

“I have a door!”

My son Peter and I picked up this grey-green door during the Great Recession of 2008. We were just heading home after a Scouting event, and someone was changing out their front door after buying a bank-repo house near a friends’ home. So, we hauled this door home in our Sequoia.

It was always meant to become the front door of a future she shed… 😉 Hubby has moved it around as needed through our moves and it has been perfect for protecting things on shelving inside our current garage ~ until I needed it (now!).

This challenge inspired me to work on the door a couple of weekends ago adding new hardware and door knobs which I have had forever! Just so it could be a backdrop… 😀

My next thought was

“I have a large basket!” which I picked up on sale at Target a year or so ago. I love using it in winter to store firewood in it near our fireplace. Recently, it was used as a laundry hamper for my mother-in-law when she stayed with us through the winter.

I had a lot of fun pulling together things to create my basket scene!

Here I’ve layered in bamboo poles inside a Texas star-hung plastic basket behind the nubby willow basket. This takes the place of the grasses and reeds in Janelle’s photo.

pumpkin stack!

It was over 100 degrees when I was putting all of this together, but pulling all of my favorite decorated white and light colored pumpkins out of the attic gave me a burst of joy and energy!

Fall is coming, friends!!! And this past weekend’s rainy weather is a small taste of fall weather… 🙂

Next, I added our bridesmaid’s basket on top of this bistro table to hold dried roses and a small bouquet of lavender. Paired with one of my “mistake” pumpkins made back around 2014.

I love the nubby “string of pearls” look of the Cinderella pumpkin (made by dripping Gorilla Glue on it and adding sparkle glitter) next to the roses and natural grass basket.

And I have a nice big garden shed!!

(Couldn’t get our shed builder to go for my door idea, though. Oh, well!) Our shed really is used for all things garden and it is the perfect spot for us to decorate for today’s Pinterest Challenge.

It just required me to move a few things around (Mr. Ethereal’s storage and some tools in black and yellow plastic storage tubs from my inlaws’ former home in California). Tools he needs to go through and decided what to keep and what can go.

Which is why it was a challenge to get a similar photograph to our inspiration piece!

I couldn’t back up too far… (haha) Too much stuff behind me, lol!! 😉

I was also inspired to rehang this little chandelier we used in our Prairie Home RV! It is hung off of a little wrought iron bird hanger found years ago at Walmart.

Happy fall decorating, everyone!

I hope this post has inspired you to take stock of what you have laying around the house, and to pick out pieces to bring your fall decor together in a fresh new way…. Everything you see here was something I already had, so $0.00 were spent on this challenge! Always a win!!

Thanks, y’all, for stopping by! Up next is Niky from The House on Silverado with her fall basket rendition; her basket vignette looks so nice, don’t you agree?!!

Enjoy the rest of the tour!

And here’s to cooler weather,

Barb 🙂

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DIY Projects, Home Decor

How to Glam-Up Your Vintage Door

Welcome, friends! It’s back-to-school-time and with that I am finally feeling the need to do some fun DIY/crafting projects. 🙂 Today I am sharing how to glam-up an old door I have had in my stash since 2008…

Tools needed for this project

  • drill and drill bits – for wood and metal
  • scroll saw or jig saw to cut out small wood pieces as needed
  • pliers and screw drivers
  • wood glue (I used regular wood glue and Gorilla wood glue), paintable and stainable
  • blue painter’s tape
  • sand paper
  • sanded grout, paintable and stainable
  • paint and paint brushes, various sizes
  • black spray paint
  • antique/vintage hardware escutcheons and glass doorknobs plus center hardware

How to begin?

Start with cleaning your door with a little soap and water (or even just plain water) on a damp cloth, then wipe the door dry. I took my time cleaning the windows with glass cleaner and to clean the lead pieces.

Next, I used a little Lemon Pledge on the stained side of the door (the original outside of this door), and then began figuring out what needed to be done to prep the door for new hardware. 😉

I gathered a drill and drill bits, some old screws (from a box of screws and closet hanger hardware we have had since our first home closet rebuild), and five craft and chalk paint containers from my craft room.

The escutcheons (decorative but purposeful flat door pieces to go behind doorknobs) I picked up at Second Impressions Antique Store in South Dakota when Mr. Ethereal and I were driving home from Peter and Justine’s wedding in 2016.

I am soooo glad that I found those escutcheons since I have had this pair of antique glass door knobs waiting in my stash of goodies for over 20 years! It is nice to finally be able to use these pieces on this door project.

Many of these things I had intended to go on a future birdhouse (back then), but you know how that goes… Eventually you use them where you need them, regardless of the original thought you had for them, lol!

Hubby used a super large, round paddle bit to drill these circles for me! 🙂

The first things which had to be fixed on this door were the big gaping holes where contemporary door hardware used to sit. I asked Mr. Ethereal if he’d help me drill some round inserts from a leftover 2″ x 4″ we had.

The grout shows here on the backside of the door as I was staining it and adding paint striations to help “blend it in.”

They ended up a little smaller than needed, but a bunch of globs of Gorilla wood glue and regular wood glue helped fill in the gaps. I placed blue painter’s tape around to catch any drips and to contain the glue while it dried.

When the glue was mostly dry, I filled in the backside of the inserts and remaining gaps with sanded grout. Let dry completely/overnight.

Painting

Next, I mixed various shades of chalk and acrylic paints on a folded paper towel in medium grey, teal, light teal (more of a white), black and brown to create a hue close to the green side of the door.

On the backside, I used some old stain we had in a reddish tint to color the grout then added brown paint and later some tiny vertical brown lines to try and “match” the grain of the oak door.

You can just see some of the paint attempts made to match to door (practically impossible!). It’s not great but at least there isn’t light tan anymore from the grout and wood inserts! 🙂

Adding the Hardware

I grabbed four 1/2″ all-purpose screws from the leftovers box and used the driver drill to screw the white escutcheon on the green side of the door, making sure the piece was aligned vertically with the door edge.

The backside escutcheon will be added after drilling the doorknob hole.

Testing out the door knob in its freshly drilled hole!

Drilling the door knob hole

By adding the front escutcheon first (the white one), I was able to use its door knob hole as the template to drill through the door. Once drilled, I tested the door knob to see if I needed to drill out more or to straighten it.

It’s a little off, as I didn’t have a jig to keep the drill bit completely square, but it’s not going to be used as an actual door, just as an accent piece, so it’s fine. 🙂

Adding the back escutcheon

This particular escutcheon is meant to be embedded into the door, for safety purposes, for the original lock to function. I didn’t want to bevel out the door, which could have been done but I haven’t done that before. We actually have wood carving tools, but I thought I’d add a piece of wood to the back to take up the surrounding space instead.

Using a scroll saw is a lot like using a sewing machine. You have to move whatever you are cutting around the blade, much like you move fabric around a stationary sewing needle.

To cut out the inner piece without going through the outer edges of the wood, turn off the saw, undo the tension (top knob at the back of the arm) and undo the saw blade knob (the one zooming up and down, on the lower-right at the front of the arm. 🙂

Drill a pilot hole through the center of the inner square to begin the inner cutting.

Then, push down on the front-top of the needle housing and the blade will easily pull out. Slip the blade through the drilled hole, reattach the needle, tighten the blade knob plus the tension knob, and saw away!

I realized I’d have to bevel the edges after (or during) the cutting process, so I did that after seeing if I needed to cut off any more wood.

Rechecking the cuts…

It took about an hour to fine-tune this wood insert, a little sanding, then it was ready to set into the black escutcheon and screw onto the backside of the door.

I took a little time out to spray paint the wood black, let it dry out in the 95 degree heat while eating lunch, then aligned the pieces on the door. Painting the wood piece black helps it to not be so visible when the door is viewed from the side.

Upon figuring out where the doorknob hole needed to be, and where the escutcheon needed to be placed (to cover over some of the filled door holes), I realized the escutcheon needed to be drilled.

Mr. Ethereal helped me drill through the lower part of the inner metal creating a hole for the doorknob center hardware.

Had to use the pliers to remove the one short screw which didn’t work and wouldn’t come out without a little assistance. 🙂

Going back to the hardware box, I pulled out more 1/2″ screws, but they were too short to hold the escutcheon on the door, now with the wood piece taking up space.

Adding (4) thin 1″ wood screws worked perfectly! And they were galvanized and a bit black with age ~ absolute perfection…

And that’s all there is to glamming up your vintage door! Please share doors with me which you have redone, I’d love to see them. 🙂

Happy creating, friends,

Barb 🙂

DIY Projects, Home Decor, Travel

Share Your Style #355

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #354! We have lots of great features to share with you.

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

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Happy Wednesday, y’all! Would you believe… We have been having rain showers yesterday and today?!! Such a treat after 50+ days of over 100 degrees of heat! I actually woke up to 75 degrees this morning; it was soooo nice!

Well, I’ve posted up a little more of our trip to France for you this week, but onward from that post, I’ll take a break for a week or so just so you won’t get bored with so many travel photos. I am working in the garden shed this week, getting ready for August’s Pinterest Challenge. And I am ready for a little fall cleaning indoors so expect a living room post soon!

Well, let’s get on to this week’s features and my share for you…

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

France’s Cinematic Views: Day 2 in Paris’ 7th, 8th and 1st Arrondissements ~ Come check out the cool military museum I walked by, the Place de Concorde, a shopping mall and Paris’ beautiful Opéra National de Paris.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

We are beginning this week’s featured posts with this fun one from Debra from Common Ground. She is sharing a collection of Christmas ideas for you to kick-start your thoughts on how you will decorate this upcoming holiday season ~ Christmas in July Ideas and Inspiration.
Wendy from The Inspired Eater shared her post ~ 15 Ways to Transform into a Smart Eating Traveler. Great pearls of wisdom!!
Meagan from Decorative Inspirations brings us an End of Summer Home Tour ~ A Touch of Yellow and Purple. Love this color combination, don’t you?!!
Niki from Life as a Leo Wife shared this fun tutorial for a DIY Chapstick Holder. Perfect project to make any time of the year!
Sandra from Dinner at Eight shares her gorgeous summer tablescape with us in this post ~ A Wisteria Garden Table. Love the purples and blues!!! Soooo pretty!
Neutral Sweater Tank and Denim Skirt
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer brings us this fun summertime outfit to keep cool ~ Neutral Sweater Tank and Denim Skirt. Love it!!!
Lynne of Thrifting Wonderland fame shares her fun thrift shop find in this post ~
One Change or Two… A Whole New Look! Looking great!!!
how to repurpose old picture frames
I love this idea! Carol from Bluesky at Home warms up her home with
How to Repurpose Old Picture Frames. So fresh!!!
I HAD to include this sweet creative crafting idea with you especially since school is starting up…Cheryl from Sew Can Do shared how she created all these totally cute “toys” for her kids to play with ~ DIY Post Office Play Fun for Preschoolers.
Just precious! Definitely one to share, pin and save!!!
DIY Window Valance is this unique post by Libbie at A Life Unfolding. Love these sweet plant vases hung this way!!

And that’s it for this week’s features! A nice diverse grouping to share with you. 🙂

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb 🙂

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