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.
2. Boxwood in planters – I transplanted some small boxwood shrubs and like them so much I might do more.
3. Oiled wood paired with charcoal grey
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.
5. Painted furniture – Some furniture was subtly painted and distressed and others were intricately decorated; I can find a place for both.
6. Blue – True blue, French blue, blue, blue, Bluuuuuueee!
Kitchens are blue which apparently horrifies some of the designers at Budeke’s in Columbia (who recommended against a blue kitchen).
The French sky is SUPER blue.
(“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.
I’m sure ALL future sinks at The Glade will have tall spigots.
8. Linen – While silk was generally used for the curtains, linen was often used as upholstery.
(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.
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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