Trip to France: Inspiration for The Glade

Today is my 300th daily post. It sort of snuck up on me, kind of like Christmas did this year.

I just rediscovered my travel journal from our trip to France in which I had noted things I’d like to incorporate into life at The Glade.  Certainly not an exhaustive list but  some French elements that I enjoyed during our visit.

1.  Olive trees – I love the dusty look of the foliage. I’m not sure olive trees are hardy in Maryland but a few in planters would be awesome.

Small, medium and large olive trees are everywhere

2. Boxwood in planters – I transplanted some small boxwood shrubs and like them so much I might do more.

Notice all the potted plants including boxwood.
Notice all the potted plants including boxwood.

3. Oiled wood paired with charcoal grey

Old wood and grey stone – a great combination

4.  Many shades of grey – Greys are used both indoors and out, in shades both dark and light, warm and cool, on floors, walls, furniture, clothing, etc.

Greys of Paris

5. Painted furniture – Some furniture was subtly painted and distressed and others were intricately decorated; I can find a place for both.

I love the finish on this Grange buffet.

6. Blue – True blue, French blue, blue, blue, Bluuuuuueee!

The enamel street sign is a pervasive blue in Paris.

Kitchens are blue which apparently horrifies some of the designers at Budeke’s in Columbia (who recommended against a blue kitchen).

The penthouse kitchen near the Eiffel Tower was blue.

The French sky is SUPER blue.

The sky above the ancient walls of Mont Saint Michel.

(“French blues” might be a post in itself.)

7.  Tall spigot over the sink – Both kitchen and bathroom sinks had tall spigots and we found them very convenient to use.

Even this tiny sink has a tall spigot.

I’m sure ALL future sinks at The Glade will have tall spigots.

We used the spigot as a towel rack.

8.  Linen – While silk was generally used for the curtains, linen was often used as upholstery.

Linen is equally useful for tailored upholstery or flowing slipcovers.

(The photo above is linked here.)

9.  Photo of the Eiffel Tower – We took many photos of the Eiffel Tower from many diffrent perspectives. It fascinates.

I have a special project planned for this photo of the Eiffel Tower.

10. Lavender, not the color but the flower .  .  . and the fragrance.

One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to see the world and use it as inspiration for a lifestyle that’s both individual and universal at the same time.

What inspires you? Or is is the question who?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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