DIY Projects, Holidays, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Share Your Style #368

Welcome friends to this week’s Share Your Style #368! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? Neither can I…

I am super happy to have a week off next week to enjoy a little cooking, a lot of house cleaning (ick!), some reading and blogging, finishing up painting in our spare bedroom/office, and visiting with family!!!

Well, I worked on a couple of posts but didn’t get any finished, so… Let’s see what fun features you all have for us…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

COLOR ME BLESSED - COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS #coloring #relaxation #CountYourBlessings #ColoringBooks #AdultColoringBooks #BibleColoringBooks #ChristianColoringBooks
Dee from Grammy’s Grid shares the joy of coloring in this fun coloring book post ~ perfect for Thankgiving placemats and/or little gifts for your guests ~
Color Me Blessed Count Your Blessings.
Wendy from The Inspired Eater shared five pearls of wisdom on keeping weight off (isn’t that soooo needed over the holidays??) over a lifetime and links it to this lovely photograph ~ How to Lose the Shame After You’ve Gone Cookie Monster on Your Lifestyle. Yep… I think everyone needs this advice at some point/points in our lives! 🙂
Debra from Common Ground shared a refresh here in her lovely fall/Thanksgiving centerpiece post ~ Paint Refreshed Tote for a Farm Table Vignette. Love it!!!
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland shares this fun almost monochromatic Thanksgiving tablescape in her post Casual November Thrifted Tablescape. Love the whole ethnic look!!!
Niki over at The House on Silverado shares this yummy breakfast/dessert recipe ~
Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish ~ totally YUM!!!
Rita from Panoply shares her beautiful Thanksgiving table in this perfect post ~
Homeland Merriment Thanksgiving. Love this combination of plates and chargers!!! Gorgeous!
Sherry from My Journey Back shares her bright, fun blankets in this post ~ Thursday Crochet Project Update. Love how they are turning out!!
How to make a caramel apple fruit turkey for your thanksgiving celebration this year.
Old friend Kendra from A Proverb 31 Wife brings us this adorable DIY post for your Thanksgiving buffet table ~ Carmel Apple Fruit Turkey. Fun to make with your kids!!!
three kids laughing at a pumpkin patch with text overlay - easy ways to teach kids gratitude
Newcomer Charlene from Hessun Academy shares her Tips to Teach Kids Gratitude + a free gratitude journal to print. Great ideas!!! Welcome, Charlene!! 🙂
Turkey Rice Krispie Treats
Our next newcomer is Melissa from Everyday Savvy and she brings us these adorable Rice Krispie Treat Pops. So fun to make with your grands and any kids still living at home!! So loving all of your Thanksgiving ideas, friends!! Welcome, Melissa!!
And last up for this week comes to us from Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge who shares this look back at 10 Memories of the Holiday Season Link Up on the Edge (and a 10 on the 10th!). Love this little guy Archie in his Christmas jammies!!

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, dear friends!

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Share Your Style #367

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #367, dear friends! We have lots of great features for 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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Well, we are well into the month of November. Can you believe that there are only two weeks until Thanksgiving? Me neither.

Seems like it was just summertime, not more than halfway through fall already. Well, with Thanksgiving quick upon our heels, you know there will be a plethora of Thanksgiving ideas to inspire you!

Plus, thank you for your service to all of our military and veterans! We appreciate you!!

Now let’s check out…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Thanksgiving-turkey-painted-glass-wearing-pilgrim-hat
First up this week is this fun craft idea from Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz ~
Paint Thanksgiving Turkey Glasses as Table Favors. I am loving these!!!
Debra from Common Ground shares a post with transitional decor spanning from early fall to Christmas ~ totally wonderful ideas!!! ~
Christmas Trees and Pumpkins: Can They Be Friends?
persian cat
Newcomer Cats & Dogs (Pets876.blogspot.com) shares this sweet kitty in one of many posts featuring different breeds of… cats and dogs ~
Kitty Persian Cat.. <3 Animals are such a part of our holidays and homes, this little fur friend just begged a feature spot! Welcome!!!
tips for a Thanksgiving mantel
Carol from Bluesky at Home brings us 9 Tips for a Thanksgiving Mantel in 30 Minutes. Love all those turkeys!!
Fall Winter Coat Trends
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer shares this post of warm weather gear ~
Fall Winter Coat Trends ~ fun!!!
Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
Sally from Within a World of My Own shares this fashionable scarf worn several ways ~ perfect for wearing at Thanksgiving dinner! How to Wear a Heavy Scarf in Fall for SIA (Style Imitating Art): The Guitar by Juan Gris. You’ll get a little history lesson here, too!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland brings us a lovingly set table for Thanksgiving… Beautiful in soft browns and a bright pop of pink roses! ~ Setting a Table with Chocolate Brown.
Lynne also shared this wonderful walk through the woods… Dressed for fall. Lovely way to sum up the season!

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.

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Share Your Style #366

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #366, 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 Wednesday, everyone! Sorry this is getting up later than usual; I sat down, ate dinner, then fell asleep right in the middle of writing. Does this ever happen to you? Work is fun with the students at school, but, man, I do get tired. 😉

Well, let’s check out his week’s features, shall we? I hope you had a lovely Halloween/All Souls Day weekend!!

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

Happy All Souls Day + Reeses Spider Recipe ~ just a fun little post for you!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

cranberry, orange, basil garland hanging on window
Cindy from County Road 407 shares How to Make an Easy Yet Impressive Autumn Garland with Cranberries. Soooo pretty and I can imagine its wonderful scent!!!
haunted-Halloween-owl-chandelier
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shares this cutie hoot-hooting about in this post ~ Spooky Spellbound Halloween Centerpiece & Table. Fun ideas to save for next year’s Halloween!
Debra from Common Ground brings out a taste of transition towards Thanksgiving in this pumpkin perfect display ~ French Cottage Kitchen Niche for Fall. Love it!!! I love the white with the orange…
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shares about her final trip for the season to the lake house and a trip to a local farmer’s market… Postcards from the Lake: A Fond Farewell and a Recipe. Come check out Jeanie’s baked squash recipe, yum!!!
And the first Christmas post of the season… from Penny of Penny’s Treasures! Penny shares a look at Creating Christmas in the Studio. This tree is soooo pretty (which is why I shared it so early!). Beautiful!!!
Oh my goodness, how cute?!!! Cheryl over at Sew Can Do brings us her two cuties in her post ~ Little Shepherd and Sheep Costumes, which includes patterns laid out on a cutting mat so you can create your own. Just perfect!!! Baby Jesus will love having these two boys attend his birth… <3
Halloween outfit, Corpse Bride meets Beetlejuice, little white dress, striped duster, Shelbee on the Edge
I am totally cracking up!!! Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings out her zaniness in this fun dress-up post ~ We Heart Halloween (Tim Burton Style!) & Your Own Twist Link Up #49 (*a newer blog link party, in case you don’t know about it yet!). I love Shelbee’s fun style!!!

“Beetle, beetle something… Beetle breakfast? Beetle orange? Beetlejuice!!!”

outdoor fall tablescapes
Wendy from WM Design House brings us 10 Fall Tablescapes that are Easy and Beautiful. I would agree!! Gorgeous ways to decorate for all our fall soirées!
This image of a jack-o-lantern topped with a crow is the invitation to visit Halloween in the Baker's Rack. www.redshuttercottage.com
Newcomer Kristine from Red Shutter Cottage welcomes us to her home in this sweet and slightly spooky post ~ Halloween in the Baker’s Rack. Too cute!!! Welcome, Kristine to the French Ethereal family! <3
DeeDee over at Clover House shared her sweet chickens in this fun fall post ~ Farmhouse Thanksgiving Decor Ideas. Great ideas all!!!
Sandra from Dinner at Eight decks out her whole dining room table to share these fun ideas for Halloween in her post ~ A Tour of All-Hallows Village. It’s a spooking good time there! Love the dogs!!!

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 beginning of November, everyone!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #365

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #365, dear friends!! It’s all about fall features this week…

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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We had a couple of days of rain over the past week and just having an inch or so has really perked up all of our plants! How about you? How is your fall garden doing? Our garden beds have enjoyed a second growing season with the advent of cooler weather. Sooo nice to see plants which were really suffering are now really happy…

Well, getting perennials planted in the ground and taking cuttings of existing plants are what I have been doing a lot of this fall, when I have time. So nice that we have had a long fall season with no freezes yet!

Other than that, what all have you been up to? Hopefully you are enjoying good fall weather in your neck of the woods!!

Let’s check out this week’s features…

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

Pumpkins, Pinecones & Cranberries ~ a Fall Centerpiece ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge using cranberries in our recipes, decor or crafts.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

First up is this cutie from Steph Creates ~ DIY Harvest Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece. Love how cute this pumpkin turned out!!! Plus, with Stephanie’s easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip out this fun pumpkin craft in an afternoon.
Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe For Autumn And Halloween
Claire from Claire Justine’s new channel ~ Claire’s World ~ shares this delicious recipe for Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe. Can’t wait to make this!!
Niky from The House on Silverado shares this fun Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath (DIY). Adorable!!!
An October Mantel with Snow Owls is a mid-fall creation Debra from Common Ground has shared. Love these sweet owls!!!
Our last feature this week is from DeeDee from Clover House who brings us her Front Porch Decor for Fall and Halloween. Stunning!!! And her kitty is pretty cute, too. <3

Honorable Mention

Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shared her RV trip to Bishop, California in her post about making German-Style Potato Salad with Extra Bacon. I’m sorry that I couldn’t pull in any of her photos because of the writing wanted to come instead, but her recipe looks great! Stop on by to check out Amber’s post and see some of the Eastern Sierra mountain range, part of central California and right next to Nevada (think high desert).

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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Share Your Style #364

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #364, friends! Lots of wonderful 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 Wednesday evening to you all!! My mother-in-law stopped by as I was prepping for this post, so up a bit later than I’d like, but that’s how things roll around here. ;)’ Last night we had our first night in the high-30’s, and I worked until after dusk getting plants covered and some moved into the big shed/greenhouse. It was a busy couple of hours running a power cord through a window again and making insulation pieces to fit in the vents to keep the cold out, but now the shed is ready for winter. 🙂

So, that’s what’s going on around here lately. I do have a post to share soon with how our garden looks with the new flower beds dug and more perennials and small trees planted. It’s coming along nicely!

Let’s check out this week’s features… It’s all about Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve with some fun and mildly spooky ideas to inspire!! We have a Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) table display at school surrounded by books which work for the season, and it’s fun to see how this week’s post fits in with that theme, too!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

halloween table styling
Too funny! Love this cute table setting from Maryjo from Master “Pieces” of My Life!!
Great title, too ~ Bone Appetit Tablescape. Hee hee! Makes me think of that poem,
“Come on in, take off your skin and rattle around in your bones…”
purple-Halloween-table-black-bat-folded-napkin
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz had a similar idea in her fun tablescape ~ Gone Batty: Black, White and Purple Tablescape. So adorable!!!
French Floral Dress in Istanbul
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer shared a story about her dainty French Floral Dress as part of her trip to Istanbul (a nice series of stories, if you haven’t hopped over to Jennifer’s site before.) Perfect for hot weather! I love clothes which travel and wear well. <3
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared this fun Spooky Witch’s Potion Buffet and it’s adorable!!! Perfect blend of spooky, creepy and fun!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures has used perfectly soft fall colors to decorate her Halloween bar in this post ~ Spooky After School Snack Board. Cute!!!
Bagel Breakfast Sliders
Newcomer Estelle from Homemade on a Weeknight shared the perfect snack to feature at your next Halloween/Day of the Dead/All Souls Day party in her post ~
Bagel Breakfast Sliders. Serious yum!!! Welcome, Estelle!!!
Debra from Common Ground brings us her beautiful antique decorated for fall ~ Dough Bowl Pumpkin Centerpiece on the Sideboard. Simply beautiful!!
And our final feature for this week comes from our second newcomer to Share Your Style, Aria at Cottage Shoppe.com ~ 8 Clever Craft Room Solutions. Love these!!!
Welcome, Aria!!

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.

Enjoy the party, ghouls and gals,

Barb 😉

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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… 💜

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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!

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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… 💜

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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. 💜

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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… 💜

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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,

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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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