Hello, friends! I’m sure you all know and follow fabulous Sharon Santoni at My French Country Home? Sharon’s dream lifestyle inspires so many of us to find our own charming manor house in Normandy or elsewhere in beautiful France. Could anything be more perfect than her home (above)? She is also the author of My Stylish French Girlfriends which is available here and here and here or wherever fine books are sold.
Sharon is launching a new project for women who have a special place in their hearts for France and marvelous French products: a quarterly subscription box of desirable and timeless French gifts for home, garden and for you! My Stylish French Box will ship in limited editions four times a year to the US from France. Gifts are full-sized products from iconic French luxury brands. It sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? See all the details and pricing here.
You can be assured that every item is hand-picked by Sharon, who, more than anyone I know, understands about living stylishly in the French manner.
And be sure to pick up Sharon’s book! Meet 20 beautiful, creative French women who live with passion in grand chateaux, charming little country cottages or Parisian apartments. Available here and here and here or wherever fine books are sold.
Hello, dear friends! My new book, Paris in Bloom, releases in just a few weeks! I’m bringing you a sneak peek and sharing some very exciting news. My publisher and I have been working behind the scenes and I can now announce that every person that pre-orders Paris in Bloom before March 14 will receive an exclusive 8×10 gift print, signed by me, of this previously unreleased image:
I love this image as it conjures up a perfect spring day in Paris but it didn’t make in the final book due to space (I submitted too many photos!). However, I am so happy to be able to give it away to you now! There are no plans to release this as a print in my shops so this will be the only opportunity to own it. AND you’ll also receive an autographed ex libris book plate to place in the front of your book.
Already pre-ordered? Thank you! Just fill out the form with proof of purchase and you’ll receive your print and book plate.
And now for the sneak peek!
So much more inside the pages of the book! When I was creating it, I imagined taking all of you on a wonderful tour of my favorite floral destinations in Paris.
I can’t thank you enough for all your support and encouragement throughout the years! I’ll be signing prints to get them ready to send out to you. I can’t wait for you to see the book and receive your print and book plate!
Today I’m bringing you the most magical, imaginative floral designs! Last summer I had the privilege of photographing the breathtaking creations of internationally recognized stylist Laura Dowling, many of which now appear in her new book Floral Diplomacy at the White House. Laura served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015, managing the floral decor for thousands of White House events, artistically using the medium of flowers for diplomatic and symbolic communication. The bouquets you see here incorporate her signature use of seasonal, local-grown flowers and hand-made containers composed of moss and leaves, and were photographed in natural settings in the Pacific Northwest, where Laura is originally from.
Floral Diplomacy at the White House is now available and is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the workings of the White House and the use of the universal language of flowers as a diplomatic tool. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and I’m very proud to have been a small part of it.
We had such wonderful day, surrounded by flowers and natural beauty. Laura is one of the loveliest and most gracious people I’ve ever met and is continuing her mission to share “floral diplomacy” through design commissions, book projects and international speaking engagements. For the latest from Laura, visit her here on Instagram.
Coming up, more news on book releases, travel and new flower projects. Wishing you a joyful weekend!