Book Review: Sharon Santoni’s My French Country Home

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

Bonjour, dear friends! I have a treat for you today. If you love all things French, no doubt you’ve been following Sharon Santoni’s dream blog, My French Country Home, for years, as I have. With beautiful imagery and evocative writing, Sharon brings us in to her idyllic world in the Normandy countryside. And now, an entire year of her romantic life and entertaining style is captured and presented in a truly stunning new book, My French Country Home: Entertaining through the Seasons.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

Sharon’s beautiful home in Normandy. (photo © Franck Schmitt)

The substantial, large format volume, illustrated with glorious photographs by Franck Schmitt, offers wonderful stories of two decades of the history of their lives, including how Sharon found the house.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

Interspersed with entertaining, floral and menu inspiration, every page invites you in to enjoy this lovely atmosphere as if you were right there.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

A favorite section of mine describes the magnificent magnolia tree that is a focal point in the garden each spring.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

Sharon is known for her beautiful floral arrangements, all components sourced right from the property.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

(photo © Franck Schmitt)

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

(photo © Franck Schmitt)

This image shows just a portion of a magical forest feast staged in the woods.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

Winter’s still beauty is exquisitely represented.

My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni

I’m so delighted to add this inspiring book to my French library and know you will be, too!

My French Country Home: Entertaining through the Seasons
by Sharon Santoni, photographs by Franck Schmitt
Published by Gibbs Smith (who also publish my book Vintage Roses)

Info and purchase here.

À bientôt!

with love,

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Ten Gorgeous Roses – and a Book Signing!

David Austin Rose Munstead Wood by Georgianna Lane

Hello, friends! Hoping this finds you well and bringing you bouquets of incredibly beautiful roses that can be grown in most any garden. AND news that I’ll be speaking and signing books in Seattle next weekend at Barnes and Noble, Northgate, 8/19, 7:00 pm! Details below but first, the roses!

David Austin Rose Anne Boleyn photographed by Georgianna Lane

Romantic David Austin Roses, above ‘Anne Boleyn’, below ‘Port Sunlight’

David Austin Rose Port Sunlight photographed by Georgianna Lane

Rosa Penelope by Georgianna Lane

Above, ‘Penelope’, below, David Austin rose ‘Boscobel’

David Austin Rose Boscobel photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose Olivia Rose Austin photographed by Georgianna Lane

Above, David Austin Rose ‘Olivia Rose Austin’, below, ‘The Fairy’

Rose The Fairy photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose Lady Emma Hamilton photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Roses, above, ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, below, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’

David Austin Rose Gertrude Jekyll photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose A Shropshire Lad photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin roses, above, ‘A Shropshire Lad’, below, ‘Munstead Wood’

David Austin Rose Munstead Wood photographed by Georgianna Lane

I hope these have given you some inspiration for your own gardens!

And now for the event! I’ll be speaking about Paris and flowers, signing both my books, Paris in Bloom and Vintage Roses, and giving away prints to all attendees, so, if you are in the Seattle area then, I would love to see you!

Barnes and Noble Northgate
401 NE Northgate Way

Seattle, WA 98125
August 19th  7:00 pm

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead!

xo

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Cherry Blossoms in Paris

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Bonjour, dear friends! This newest report on spring in Paris features the beautiful Kwanzan cherry trees, which are becoming more and more popular throughout the city. The season was very early this year and sadly, the blossoms are nearly gone but I wanted to share with you a tour of some of the beauty of the last few weeks. This first location, Square Jean XXIII at Notre Dame, is one I’ve shared before and is featured on the cover of my book, Paris in Bloom.

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

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The trees beautifully frame one of the rose windows of the cathedral.

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

 

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

When the petals fall, for a day or two, the ground becomes covered in pink “snow.”

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

I took a copy of the book to visit my trees on the cover. :)

Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Sweet, poetic images are everywhere, like these delicate blossoms on the vintage bench.

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Across the street from Notre Dame is the famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. I’m thrilled that my book is for sale here! The tiny square in front of the store has several fairly young cherry trees that add even more romance to the setting.

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Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

And through the misty blossoms, you can see the towers of Notre Dame and hear the bells chime on the hour, a magic and unforgettable memory.

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Cherry blossoms in Paris by Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom

Some other locations around the city for Kwanzan cherry blossoms.

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This one is Square Gabriel Pierné, a charming and peaceful spot where the benches are in the form of open books.

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And lastly, just 20 minutes by train from Paris, lies the darling village of Sceaux and its magnificent Chateau. The massive gardens feature a magnificent orchard of Kwanzan cherry trees which is beyond breathtaking. I was fortunate to visit last year when the blossoms were at their peak. But due to space, the images did not appear in Paris in Bloom.

Therefore, I’m very pleased to share with you a free 32-page e-book that I created to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of this enchanting park. To receive your copy, simply click here and download the PDF. I hope you enjoy it!

Cherry Blossoms at Parc de Sceaux by Georgianna Lane

Be sure to visit the previous posts in this series, Magnolias in Paris, and Magnolias in Paris, Part II. The next post will feature wisteria in Paris!

For all my recommendations on blooming in Paris, pick up a copy of Paris in Bloom! Stockists are listed here for all countries.

Wishing you each a beautiful weekend!

À bientôt!

xx

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