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,

G

 

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

G

Return to the Sanctuary

Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) and Leonardo da Vinci roses at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) and Leonardo da Vinci roses

Autumn has arrived and with it the time for our annual journey to the Southern Hemisphere to central Chile to visit family and friends. Once again, I am so, so lucky to stay a few days with my dear friend María Cecilia in her mountain sanctuary in the Andean foothills. The beauty and magic she has created here, and so generously shares, is breathtaking and transporting. This year, my timing was perfect to witness and capture her abundant roses at their peak. I have photographed rose gardens all over the world but, truly, none compares to hers.

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Arches are covered and heavy with fragrant, perfect blooms.

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Terrace at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Private terrace off one of the bedrooms in Maria Cecilia’s home

Her home is a dream of serenity, beauty and stylish creativity.

Mon Jardin et Ma Maison Rose at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

 

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Rose at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

María Cecilia photographed in her rose garden in El Arrayan, Chile, by Georgianna Lane

Here is my dear friend, such a beautiful spirit, amongst her roses. One day soon, she will be leaving this property for a new adventure, a new creation – let’s all wish her so much love, joy and happiness.

Roses at the Chilean home of María Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of María Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the Chilean home of María Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

My previous post from María Cecelia’s garden last year is here.

Thank you, as always, for your visits. I will be posting more this week from Chile, including the stunning coast and more of my friend’s amazing roses. You can also see so much more of María Cecilia’s home at her blog. I honestly can never thank her enough for all she shares with so many of us around the world. I am greatly privileged to know her.

much love,

G

p. s. I’m posting daily on Instagram, too, @georgiannalane. Hope to see you there!

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