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19 March, 2011

Need Some Inspiration? It's Spring Open House!

020 Need some inspiration for Spring?  It’s time for the open house at my favorite flea/antique market…the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta, Georgia!  My thrifting buddy Linda at Nina’s Nest and I are headed that way today. Want to come along? You’ll be greeted by this lovely garden room as you come in the door! Gotta love that fountain!

017 And look at this display composed of old architectural pieces! Do you see the lamps…made out of corbels! And I want that wonderful old rusty urn!

049 Of course, there will be bunnies…like this one made of faux hydrangeas…isn’t he cute?…

045 …and this pretty bunny pillow! Love the brown and green together!

046 And we can’t forget bird’s nests filled with eggs…like these wonderful salt and pepper shakers…

022 …or starring in this oh-so-springy wreath! Hmmm..my wheels are turning on a way to copy this one!

039And here are some more eggs!  Isn’t this black and white display so simple and yet so pretty? The ribbon and the little pops of greenery really add interest, don’t they?

029 And there are lots of springy colors…as in these wonderful rag balls! I may need to copy these, too!

048 I love this very frenchy garden chair with its springy yellow toile fabric!

036 But it’s not just springiness that inspires me! Let me show you around a little. For the demijohn addicts, here’s a display of several of them centered around a great old basket!

031 For the cherub lovers, here’s an unusual cherub hook and a sweet cherub face!

030 Now if you know me, you know I love mice wearing clothes..weird, but true! lol So I was tempted by this little book…until  I realized they were squirrels! Sooo…I left it for someone who loves squirrels wearing clothes! Is that you?

041 I have a few favorites I visit each time I come here…like this lug bowl from Ronce les Bains, France… but it is never on sale…sigh!

050 I also peek in on this bouillotte lamp…the twin to mine…only it’s $70 and mine was $18! Woo hoo!

038 And I also always pay this a visit…but what is it? A candle holder? An ink well? What do you think?

044 I have to run by this display of transferware…visual overload! Too much input! Too much temptation! lol

051But I think this is my favorite display in the whole store…do you see why?  It has all of the elements needed for ultimate frenchiness...lavender in a rusty old zinc bucket, mercury glass lamps, piles of old monogrammed linens and a plate of grapes and cheese. Add a pastoral scene complete with a flock of sheep and I feel like I am in Provence…ahhh! 

024 And then finally I saw this…for only $9.99! Are you thinking what I am thinking? It would look great in…

IMG_3135 …my frenchy pink and green toile bedroom! Sooo...before I knew it, it hopped in my cart!

urn And followed me home and...voilà…here it is! It looks like it was just made for me, doesn’t it? 

IMG_3153In fact, our co-hostess, the lovely Miss Isabella, thinks it is just purrfect!
To see the open house through my friend Linda’s eyes, just visit her blog Nina’s Nest to see what she has posted!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Spring inspiration!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Jill at French Cupboard for Voilà! French Inspiration on Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!

90 comments:

  1. Can I go shopping with you next time? I saw so many things in your photos that just might have made their way into my cart. The rabbit that looked like he was made of Hydrangea blossoms really caught by eye. Glad you had a fun time!

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  2. So I scrolling down thinking, nice, nice, lovin' the bunny pillow... and my eyes almost fell out when I got to the transferware pic! How fun! Happy Spring Weekend Debbie:@)

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  3. Omg.....I loved the tour...I want to go there so bad, shopping with you would be a blast and expensive. I loved everything!

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  4. I'm in love with the pretty little paper bunny and the bunny pillow. I'm also in love with that shop, oh my! What I wouldn't give to be able to browse and shop there.

    Gizzie and Gabby send their purry kisses to Isabella and Gizzie's twin.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. Hi Debbie....your pics are GREAT! It's so funny that we took almost all different pics - crazy! I love your commentary. Come on over and see my boring commentary :)I totally missed the sheep picture - love it! And the French iron chair with the toile - I missed that too. Hmmm, we'll have to go back! Linda

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  6. Oh,Debbie. I wish I was able to go. Look what I missed! I am going to have to go one day soon. I see so many pretties. I bet that bucket of lavender was expensive or it was probably sold separately. Have a great weekend. I am painting, of course.

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  7. I love your blog and always throwing in a shot of your co hostesses makes me smile and chuckle. Wish I could meet you and them! Anyway...on to the shopping spree...I want the pastoral pic of the sheep. I'm crazy for sheep! Also I like animals dressed in outfits but if you love mice then you need the books in the Brambley Hedge series. All the darling mice and stories drawn by Jill Barklem. Maybe you could deal with the shop owner on the lug bowl since it's been sitting there for so long unsold. hmmm. Thanks for sharing such a fun shop!

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  8. I love it all. Thanks to you and your "co-host" for sharing it all.

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  9. Thank you for posting those pictures! I go SO MUCH inspiration from them!

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  10. That's it I"M MOVING TO GEORGIA!!! Debbie you guy's have the best little antique shops! Boy did I see a lot of pretties that would have come home with me. That second picture down I wanted everything in it!! Love the urn you purchased it's perfect for that pretty green bedroom of yours. Have a great weekend, Martina

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  11. Debbie. LOVE the inspiration photos of Queen of Hearts. Great vignettes and that transferware display made me want to run, too for the same reasons. LOL
    But my most inspiration comes from photos of your beautiful home. The little green urn with the pink and green hydrangea is perfect for your bedroom.
    I hope you have a great weekend and I'm hopping over to Linda's blog to see her. Hugs.

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  12. what fun treasures..thanks for taking us along..

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  13. Debbie, This post is a treat and puts me in the mood to maybe do a little treasuring hunting myself this weekend. Your find for your pink and green bedroom is perfect, and what a deal! This was all eye candy.......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  14. You asked what the ceramic item was. I believe it might be a ceiling electric light fixture. I have one that looks like that.

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  15. Deb what a fun day you and Linda had!!! Love it, your pretty little hydrangea is perfect for your room. The mystery piece looks like it might have been a light fixture for the ceiling at one point, just guessing here, I really have no idea,but it is pretty cool. Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend, always fun shopping along vicariously. Kathysue

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  16. What a great place to spend a day...my favorite of all the things you have shown...the painting of the sheep, I just love it. I wouldn't mind poking around all that gorgeous transferware, though.
    Actually, I lied!...Miss Isabella's photo is my favorite...she sure is beautiful, Debbie.

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  17. Thanks for the shopping trip Deb; I saved so much money by shopping virtually :).Lots of things to love and covet.

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  18. Thanks so much for this beautiful shopping spree that didn't cost me a dime. Oh, I wish I could go to that shop. I see a lot of things that would be mine, including that beautiful little baby of yours. She is so precious and such a camera ham.

    Thanks for always making my day a little brighter with your lovely posts.

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  19. Looks you had a great day!! Your purchase was indeed PUURRRFECT!!
    Sure wish we had nice antique stores like that around here...

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  20. Oooh! That kiity looks just like my Shenanigan! xoxo
    I am stealing ideas as fast as I can go! I must have that cherub hook! How? I am calling now! LOL!

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  21. I'd lose my mind in a shop like this! I love everything! Spring is definitely in the air there...all the bunnies and squirrels! I love what you came home with...anything else??!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  22. I am so sad. I just called...they don't ship. *sniffle*

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  23. Who knew an addiction could be contagious?

    BEAUTIFUL everything! Feeling very inspired for spring!

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  24. Oh my word Debbie, so many pretty things. I would love to shop there if I had a ton of money. Everything is just gorgeous. Love that pastoral scene with the sheep. Wonderful. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  25. Debbie, you should come on down here to Meriwether County to shop at the antique mall on Hwy. 41, Warm Springs, and Pretty Primitives, Manchester. I am here now on a family visit. I've been to the mall only once and bought only 1 item there. I've been inside Pretty Primitives several times but never bought anything. There is also an antique store in downtown Warm Springs.
    I've been to My Favorite Place several times and have told them you posted on your blog what a good place it is. They are very thankful for the free advertising!

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  26. Hi Debbie, I didn't realize that you are in the Atlanta area too. Queen of Hearts is one of my favorites.....and we like the same transferware booth. What a collection of dishes. Thanks for sharing......I have a store in Woodstock.....so if you are ever out this way, please be sure and stop in and say "HI"! Have a great weekend.....Lynn

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  27. Thank you for the shopping trip/tour. You did show lots of lovies, and I think I would have bought the book. I don't have a squirrel piece, but this book would be the perfect first piece of a collection!!! Your urn is perfect in your room!!!

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  28. That does it! I'll be in Roswell in April and I'm going to Queen of Hearts! What a great tour. Love the perfect little urn that you bought. It looks as if it were made for your room. And good to see the co-hostess again. She's always a treat.

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  29. Thank you for taking us shopping with you, I loved it. And tell Miss Isabella that I think she's just lovely.

    Now, I must go see Nina's take on the shopping trip.

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  30. What a great place to shop! Stopping by from Deb's.....

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  31. I believe the mystery piece is a light for an old house. We used to have them in our victorian house. Maybe it was repurposed as a candle holder.

    Neat place to shop, thanks for sharing! Next time I'm in the area I will check it out.

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  32. Debbie, What a fabulous place. I would love to back my SUV up to the front door and load it down with some of these pretties. I love the lavender in the pail and your new floral arrangement is wonderful!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  33. What a great place, you could get lost there, so many fun things! I love what you got, it's perfect.
    Miss Isabella fits into the decor of the room, her eyes are a beautiful color :)

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  34. What a fun tour Deb!
    That is one neat store!
    And your new purchase is just perfect...you have such great ideas and creativity too!
    Have a great week!
    Cindy

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  35. What a neat store. I would stay there forever just admiring everything. Thanks for the virtual shopping tour, Debbie. Your purchase is really so perfect for your guest room and very reasonably priced.....Christine

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  36. What a fun shopping trip! I so need some inspiration right now, we have family coming in two weeks to surprise Mom for her birthday and the house looks like a cyclone hit it! Love the arrangement you got - it is SO perfect for your bedroom. Hope you have a wonderful week. Is your weather gorgeous right now? I spent yesterday opening windows wide and letting the breeze in, it was perfect. Hugs, Kat

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  37. Debbie,
    I have not been to this shop in several years. so thanks for taking me along with you...the flowers look outstanding in your bedroom.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  38. Debbie, fun to go along shopping with you. You are always a dear to take along your camera to include us. Some day I'm going to do some real hands on shopping at The Queen of Hearts. Love the new piece for your bedroom. It is perfect! ~ Sarah

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  39. Hey Debbie! Thanks for stopping by this morning! I did NOT know your daughter is expecting her third child, YOUR third grandson! WOW ~ You must be elated...and busy! I know you are a great helper to her, like I am to my daughter and son with our grandies. When is the baby due? Aren't you taking your oldest grandson to France this summer? I have wanted to get to the Alpharetta Queen of Hearts for some time now. I hope to soon, Johnny loves it as well. LOVED the visit with you today and I totally think you made the Best CHOICE picking up that silk arrangement for your room. When you have a free afternoon coming up, let me know and I'll ask for a couple hours off from work. I'd love to come see all these touches you've made to your place since I was there last. Your photos are always so breathtaking. You make the coffee and I'll bring the scones! Okay? Hugs friend! :)

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  40. Beautiful inspiration Debbie! I loved seeing your room again, too!

    That piece you asked about reminds me of an art deco type ceiling fixture. Other than that, I have no idea.

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  41. Debbie I would go nuts in that store!! So many wonderful things! Alas there aren't any that artful anywhere in my area. I had (and sold) that same exact bouillotte lamp! And your hydrangea plant does indeed look like it was made for your bedroom! Thanks for taking me shopping with you! I was drooling a lot *winks* Vanna

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  42. Such a vast array of pretties to behold!
    Brenda

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  43. Please take me shopping with you sometime! I loved everything I saw but I really had a thing for that bunny. Another little one on the way?! Congratulations! Hi to the staff!

    xo, Bonnie

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  44. What a super store! I'd spend the day there and be looking for every peace and every item...course I'll be shopping to, probaly the bunny pillow, the salt and papper egg shakes and lots of transfer...for sure! Thank you for sharing so much fun!
    XO
    FABBY

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  45. I loved taking the tour with you on your shopping trip, Debbie. I saw lots of pretties that I would have been snatching up! Love your urn of hydrangeas in the bedroom. :-)
    hugs, Sue

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  46. Glad I'm at the Open House via the computer....cause I want it all! Your bedroom is wonderful...so pretty!

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  47. I think we all need to go on a shopping spree together!First stop for me would be the booth with all the pretty plates. I'd have a HARD time resisting that one! My mom has one of those bowls like you wanted, which she picked up many years ago while visiting France. Hers has a different design and her name is on it, but the colors and overall design are the same. She loves hers too.

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  48. What a lovely stroll!! I just love antique shopping! Usually I come home with nothing, but I can spend hours dreaming up what I'd do with this piece or that. :)

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  49. Oh my gosh! Miss Isabella tiny paws are just too much! She is precious!!!

    m ^..^

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  50. I like it that you link to a lot of parties. (Me too!) Tell me you looked closer at the transfer ware...

    http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2011/03/art-in-bloom-flowers.html

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  51. Debbie this post is just chuck full of all kinds of great inspiration!! Thank you!! I do love that wreath and the rabbit is so darling too!

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  52. Yes, please, I'll take it all! Everything is so lovely, springy and wonderful.

    I'm dropping by from Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage.

    Hope you have a lovely week :O)

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  53. What sweet things! I love that Hydrangea Bunny, I think I would have splurged on that!
    You know that large divided bowl I showed in my last post? It is from France, from a child's wash set. Candy ID'd it for me!

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  54. Wow! What beautiful things. And you did good. Love the pink and green, perfect for your room. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  55. Debbie,
    My friend and I just did the same thing this weekend. Like you, many things could have and one certainly should have followed me home. I will probably be heading back that way soon! I adore visiting with your co-hostess. Miss Isabella looks lovely in this Spring Open House post. Tona of inspiration!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  56. Fabulous! I saw MANY things that I would have wanted to take home! The hydrangeas are perfect in your room!

    I loved the cherub too and that bunny pillow!

    Lou Cinda

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  57. Great find! It looks perfect in your room. Thanks for taking me on the tour. I loved it all ...and would have never left the transfer ware.

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  58. So many pretty things! I would LOVE to shop there...I might have to arrange a trip to Georgia some day just to go there!
    I LOVE the bunny pillow and that display of transferware the most....oh so gorgeous!!!

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  59. Hi Debbie! Yes, ma'am, that pretty floral was made for you bedroom. It's so lovely! What a bunch of loveliness to feast my tiny peepers on this morning. I do believe pretty little Isabella wants to crawl under the covers of your nicely made bed and take a little snooze! :)
    Are you coming to my cupboard party? I hope you will.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  60. GREAT photos! Looks like a FAB place to shop!!! LOVE Spring!!!

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  61. I am so jealous you get to go and I have to stay home. Drop by my blog soon and say hello. Have a fun trip and hope you find many treasures. Richard at My Old Historic House

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  62. Debbie, There is so much inspiration in this post. I could spend hours looking at all the great spring things. The bunny pillow is adorable and the nest salt and pepper shakers is just over-the-top!
    I love your beautiful pink and green toile bedroom. Gorgeous!
    What a WONDERFUL stop!
    Yvonne

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  63. Thanks so much for the tour of this shop. I see things I want to copy there too. The hydrangea rabbit and that nest wreath for sure! I wish I was close enough to shop there. Love your bedroom and oh...your sweet cat.

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  64. Just lovely! Going to this store through your eyes was very inspiring and relaxing (sometimes I need to just pretend to go somewhere else!). I think I agree with you that the lavender, mercury lamps and all of that scene was the best!

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  65. Debbie, I wanted to drop by again to thank you for joining my party and sharing the tour of this wonderful shop.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  66. OMG, that's it...I'm going to take a weekend day trip to Alpharetta to go to this flea market! My sister and I are going to spend the weekend in McDonough to check out all of the towns in the Sherman Trail Yard sale. Have you heard of it?

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  67. So much eye candy! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. WHOA...that's some beautiful stuff going on here. I love it all and the flowers...yep, I do believe they were made just for your pretty bedroom room.

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  69. What a great store, thanks for the fab tour. those rag balls are so cute, and I just LOVE Miss Isabella. cutie pie kitty!
    Thanks for linking up to the party!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  70. All those urns were calling to me and I live two hours away!

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  71. What a fun place to visit! I love those rag balls, let me know if you make some! They are so cute! Thanks for joining my last JFF! hugs, Linda

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  72. Debbie fun big time drooling trip you took us on ha ha!! The flowers are perfect for your Fenchy bedroom...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  73. Hi Debbie,

    That fountain needs to come live with me! What a beauty...along with all the other goodies you've shown. I'm visiting for French Inspiration Thursday.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  74. A fantastic tour ... tons and tons of French inspiration here!!! Lot's of ideas, my wheels are spinning too!

    I think the white "thing" is an old ceiling light fixture ... looks like it's been converted into a candle holder.

    Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    Jill

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  75. So much beauty I wouldn't know where to start. Yes, the addition to your bedroom is purrfect. I think Isabella looks like she was made just for you, too. Have a great day, Deb. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  76. Oh I adore that floral bunny!

    I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  77. Debbie,
    What a wonderful shop! Love that bunny out of hydrangeas. It was all fabulous! Love your hydrangeas and they look perfect for your bedroom. Thanks for linking up!
    Sherry

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  78. Since we can't all be there with you gals, it was so much fun sharing a virtual tour! What a wonderful shop!! Love your hydrangeas and they look just perfect in your room. Great post!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  79. You should totally be in Victoria magazine (my personal dream). Absolutely beautiful shop. Every pic is my favorite. I could gush more so just tweet me sometime if you ever need a lift;)
    -Bethanie

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  80. Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:)

    Hope to see you next Wednesday!

    xoxokara

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  81. Gorgeous inspirations Debbie!! I love the frenchy garden chair- the amazing display of transferware and that fantastic frenchy display with the lavender!! So fantastic! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

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  82. Hey Deb
    your on my blog again... too funny.
    Come wish CC a Happy Birthday when you get a chance.
    I know your having perfect weather, not here : (
    Think of you often.
    Love Claudie
    xoxoxo

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  83. Too many beautiful things we want in this world! Give me a few of these and I shall be happy forever!
    ~Shirley

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  84. Love this it looks great, that shop was be-u-tiful
    Penny

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  85. What a wonderful shopping experience Debbie. I saw soooo many temptations in that store. Love seeing all of their vignettes. Your hydrangea urn is so pretty, and yes, it is perfect in the bedroom. I love the toile fabric on that chair seat. I know you are going to copy some of these treasures. I can't wait to see what you do. Thank you for linking up. Have a great weekend. laurie

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  86. I forgot to tell you that Isabella's green eyes are purrfect in that bedroom too! She's a beauty. laurie

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  87. What a fabulous open house! Stunning displays. The transferware display is sensory overload!

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  88. What a great outing! Wish I lived close enough to go. I so love the transferware; would have had to run also! lol I would have snatched the coffee pot in pic with bunny! The pic before the transferware is a light fixture! My great-aunt had the same type in her old Victorian house.
    I"m a new follower and hope you'll link up to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie