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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Stylish French Box

I recently received this beautiful box on my desk from the lovely Sharon Santoni. A few years ago I discovered Sharon's instagram feed and got completely sucked it. She lives in the most extraordinarily charming French cottage that I have every seen. It looks like it is straight out of a storybook and her blog and photos are filled to the brim with all the beauty that you imagine the French countryside is filled with. It is quite literally the stuff of my dreams and I cannot wait to visit someday and see it all in person. Here is her incredible home in Normandy:

Sharon came up with the idea to start a subscription box filled with beautiful and authentic French gifts, called My Stylish French Box. Each quarter one of these gorgeous boxes will arrive on your doorstep filled with a selection of Sharon's favorite French items "that share her love for French decor, cooking, antique hunting beauty and entertaining." Each box is created to inspire you and to help you bring a special and unique French touch to your own home! I love that they offer the option for a year subscription or you also have the option of just purchasing one!

I carried my box into the kitchen and set it on the table and the girls and I had so much fun unpacking it! The box itself is absolutely beautiful and I have it on display in my office. 

I love their logo! 

And love the feeling of opening a very special and delicately wrapped gift! 

The first thing you see once you've unwrapped the tissue is this beautifully designed card that describes what is in your box.

The photography and detail in the card is beautiful and I loved getting to read about each item that went into the box and the details around it. It was things like that that just put the whole experience so over the top and the attention to detail was absolutely incredible!

The box comes packed very carefully and it was amazing how much stuff they were able to put inside!

One of my favorite concepts was the "something old" and "something new" boxes! 

These darling antique French liqueur glasses are perfect to be used at tiny bud vases. Although Lola immediately fell in love with them and has been using them to drink out of for basically every meal since we opened the box so I am not sure I will ever get to use them that way (and everyone that has been at our house in the house in the last week can attest just how obsessed she is with them - haha!)

My favorite items were these sketch books. They are the most beautiful sketch books I have ever owned and I can't say enough about them. I also loved the pencils that came with them.

These Fragonard soaps are also amazing:

We also loved the beautiful handmade porcelain cup that was created by Justine Lacoste and her husband Jean. And the Cire Trudon candle smells heavenly. The company was founded in 1643 back in the early days of Louis XIV's reign. It's this kind of history that makes this box so special. And the scented cameo is so sweet.

These boxes make the perfect gift for any Francophile in your life or just as a special treat for yourself. I highly recommend heading on over to check out their website and signing up for their next box which goes out in May. And spend some time exploring though Sharon's blog, although I am warning you, be prepared to spend hours pouring through all of her beautiful images and all things French! 

We hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

This post was sponsored by My Stylish French Box. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Our Master Bedroom with Some Updates

One of the first rooms I painted when we moved into our home back in November was our master bedroom. I went with White Dove which wasn't a very exciting color choice but I liked the idea that it would allow me to mix things up a little bit color-wise in here because at the time I was undecided what directly I wanted to go. When we moved in I pretty much put all of the brown items from the den/study in our last house in here and I really liked how it looked overall but I didn't like how it flowed with the master bathroom which has lots of marble and gray and white tones. It was nice though having a space that felt put together though. Once we got a bit more settled though and I started working on the bonus room I ended up moving all of the brown stuff into that room (we haven't shared it yet because I still have some more projects I want to finish up in there but you can see a few little peeks on our @dearlilliedaily instagram account). Once I did that I moved some of our navy and cream pillows and throws up here and added a couple more that I found at Target and I like how that flows with our master bathroom. I just painted the walls in there a very dark navyish black color. I am hoping to hang the light fixture in there tomorrow and then take photos of that later this week so hopefully will have those to share soon. So overall I feel like our master bedroom and bathroom now have a much more cohesive look plus I like how it flows from the upstairs hallway (there is a picture of that a few images down in this post).

I love this navy and cream rug we found at HomeGoods. When we found the correct size rug for our living room we moved it up here to see how it would look up here. Unfortunately due to the fact that the rug itself weighs a ton and so does the bed we got it rather awkwardly stuck underneath and that's how it's staying until we have time to remove the mattresses and flip the bed up to get the rug underneath better, which seeing how that's something I can't do on my own it may be a while before it gets done. I layered our cowhide rug over on one side of it to help balance it a little bit. So basically what I am saying is don't judge to harshly on the rug placement - ha!

I took most of these photos a couple of weeks ago and things have already changed a little bit in here, the large mirror is now downstairs in my office and there's a piece of artwork there now. And the "creepy lady" (I actually like her a lot but I think I am the only one) has found a different spot now and there's a wedding photo of ours up there now (I took a few photos of that and they are sprinkled in the post). The trunk is at the end of our bed for now and will stay there until I find the right sized bench which has turned out to be little bit trickier than I thought it would be.

Here's one of our wedding photos that has replaced the painting of the lady. 

And here is the look from the hallway into our room:

You can see a little bit of our master bathroom through that doorway:

Master Bedroom Source List:

Wall Color - White Dove by Benjamin Moore in Eggshell
Trim - Existing but will eventually be painted with Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss
Doors - Existing but will be painted Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss
Nightstands - Joss and Main
Lamps - HomeGoods (similar ones here) 
Navy and Cream Rug - HomeGoods (similar here and here
Tall Wood Dresser - Joss and Main five or six years ago 
Dog Bookends - Birch Lane
Chair - Local Furniture Outlet on Clearance several years ago
Pillow in Chair - Target
Throw in Chair - HomeGoods (similar here)
Bed - Ballard Designs - fabric 10 oz linen natural
Cable Knit Euro Shams - Soft Surroundings in White 
Large Navy and Cream Pillows - HomeGoods (similar here and here)
Midnight Colored Velvet Pillow - HomeGoods (similar here
White Coverlet - IKEA
Duvet Insert - Target
Throw on Bed - HomeGoods
Gold Clutch - MooRoo 10-12 years ago
Scarf - Joyfolie
Watch - Michael's  
Frame - Gift years and years ago
Trophy Urns - The Arrows Nest (similar ones can be found here and here)
Jewelry Box - Vintage Gift
Mirrored Chest - Haynes Furniture 7 or so years ago (can be found here)
Mirror above Chest - Restoration Hardware ten years ago
Candlestick Holders - Balsam Hill several years ago
Drapery Panels - IKEA Ritva Panels
Drapery Rods - Target 
Trunk - antique shop twelve years ago 
Cream Pillow on Trunk - Joss and Main years ago
Mini Pom pom pillow on trunk - Target

We hope you have a wonderful Monday! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Scented Kitchen Candles

We are excited to share with you some new kitchen candles sent to us by etúHOME. They are specifically created for the kitchen with all sorts of delicious blends customized to be reminiscent of their favorite European cities. Their candles are made from the finest essential oils created in Grasse, France, which is the perfume capitol of the world. The essential oils are hand mixed with a blend of high-quality mineral and vegetable waxes. Used together, this customized blend guarantees the candle's longevity and keeps the scent powerful each time you burn it plus it helps keep an elegant and smooth appearance. My two favorites were the Palermo and Geneve.

The Palermo is according to their website,  "a fresh and sparkling scent comes alive with a simple combination of lemon and ginger. Palermo, which was once entirely a citrus grove, is renowned for its wonderful lemons. Its nickname, Conca d’Oro, means Bowl of Gold and references the abundance of lemon trees that once covered the city. Our candle pairs this zesty lemon fragrance with the spicy notes of the ginger root creating the perfect scent to fill your kitchen before your guests arrive. Ease your mind and refresh the air you breathe with this lively scent." And I can definitely attest to what a beautiful fresh and citrusy scent is has and I love how it makes the kitchen smell. 

My other favorite is the Geneve, which I am sure comes as no surprise as it is a chocolate and hazelnut mix.  Here is how they describe it, "On the southern tip of Lac Leman lies the beautiful city of Geneva surrounded by the Alps with views of the stunning Mont Blanc. During the 17th century, chocolate making began in Switzerland. World renowned for its quality, Swiss chocolate is often paired with hazelnuts, which give texture to the creamy confection. The classic combination of dark chocolate and toasted hazelnuts creates a complex scent that is bitter without being overpowering. Light this candle, and you will be instantly transported to a Swiss chalet high in the show-covered Alps." I thought it was a sweet smelling candle and loved how it made our house feel. 

    Not only do the candles smell divine I absolutely love the simple elegant jar and the beautiful packaging of them! 

    They also carry this large size which is absolutely gorgeous! 

    They sell lots of other beautiful hand-crafted European items as well like this cake stand and cloche.

    Be sure to head on over and check out their beautiful website! And have a fabulous weekend! 

    Kitchen and Breakfast Area Source List:

    Cabinet Color - existing (I am pretty sure it is Lampblack by Benjamin Moore)
    Wall Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Eggshell
    Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss
    Counters - existing but some form of granite
    Kitchen Table - Joss and Main (right now the top is resting on this side table we already owned while we await the arrival of the base)
    Round Back Chairs - World Market
    Gold Lantern - Lighting Design (you call one of their showrooms to order)
    Wood Bookcase with Glass Doors - Wayfair
    Church Painting - Deann
    Window Seat - Custom Built
    Pillows on Window Seat - HomeGoods
    Throw on Window Seat - HomeGoods
    Faux Fur on Window Seat - Ikea

    Source List for Cake Stand Photos:

    Wall Color - Dove White by Benjamin Moore in eggshell
    Door Color - Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semigloss
    Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semigloss
    Cake Stand - EtuHome
    Demijon Cloche - EtuHome
    Table Runner - Pottery Barn 
    Chair - World Market
    Pillow - Birch Lane 
    Goblets - Birch Lane 
    Urn used as Vase - The Arrow's Nest

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