20 April 2014

{ les pivoines printanier }

Who does not love a peony? or a whole bunch of them? It is a little early in the season... peonies generally bloom around here and in Provence in May...but having just returned from our local nursery, I have peonies on my mind. Here is a little sampling of peonies in artistic forms for a little springtime lift to your Easter weekend.

I would love to grow them in my garden, but have not ventured there yet. My friend, Trish Allen of Trouvais, is passionate about her peonies, and has given me some advice. For now, I'll enjoy others' labors of love! and learn all about Paeonia here.  

Trois Pivoines by Sophiecreations

I love this budding peony painting on rustic wood!

Pivoines Printaniers tableware at Caravane

peony'd fabrics from Return to China {Retour de Chine}
...the peony is said to have originated in China

 Peonies Wallpaper  could anything be more cheerful!

 Stunning Peony painting by French artist

 Beautiful Peonies paintings by French artist Sophie Adde; first
discovered her on Hidden in France
this beautiful peony just seems to say: 

"Happy Easter, Happy Spring.
Happy, happy Everything"  

poem written by my daughter Lisa when she was four years old}

I've tried to credit all art; where I didn't, I could not find the
link... if this is your art please let me know and I will
give full credit for your stunning work

25 March 2014

The Calendar Says Spring is Here...

..but when the temp is minus 2 degrees in Vermont, as my friends there have told me, you have to wonder? No daffodils poking through the snow this week..the first full week of spring.

Here at home, however, it is all about the spring time... and our visit to Filoli last Sunday was just what stuffy, wintered rooms needed... a breath of fresh air! So I invite all my East Coast friends who are expecting yet another frozen week to come feast your eyes on nature's early springtime show here in Northern California at the gorgeous gardens of Filoli, just a few miles from our home in Silicon Valley. Chris, Lisa and I were there together and had such a gorgeous time. Wish you were here! And take heart, spring really really will come!

all photos Kit Golson iPhone

09 March 2014

Our Little Provence Village..

I am so excited we sold out our Chic Provence Design Tour 2014 this spring.. and are now dreaming of our little village in Provence, our home there, the things we will see... come take a little peek with me, and plan to join me next year!

wrapping myself in gorgeous Souleaido fabric...the day is off
to a good start!

an early morning peek outside at linens drying on the line...

our patio before breakfast is set up....

lace curtains in charmingly shuttered window...

dappled sunshine on the old stone wall of the villa...

our handsome side entry door...perfect spot for un cafe...

while in the village center Cafe de Longchamp will do nicely....

while we gaze at the 19th C. townhouse...
and spy hat mannequins in one of the hundreds of
antiques shops in town...
and this beautiful fragment of vintage paisley wool...

or vintage garden things from this outdoor brocante...

while French couples head off for a day's work...

having left their things drying in the window...

getting organized for the day ahead...

we'll just pick up a beautiful shopping basket...

all photos by Steven McCormick

24 February 2014

You Can Still Join Us!! Chic Provence Design Tour

Dear Chic Provence Readers,

I have just two spots left on this year's

Chic Provence Design Tour
May 17 - 23, 2014

Which means that I have room for 
YOU, cherie, to come with us
for the trip of a lifetime! and 
bring a friend!

I know you love Provence,
you dream of shopping the most famous flea market and 
the best antiques shops in all of France,
with someone with an insider's knowledge
in Provence

I know you want to luxuriate in a gorgeous, 
200 year old restored farmhouse villa in a 
beautiful huge bedroom with your private bath, 
in Provence, 

I know you dream of your own talented French chef
for incredible French cuisine and wines as well
as culinary lessons in a 13th C. chateau kitchen
in Provence,

and I know you want an effortlessly fabulous week 
where all the details, driving, shipping, even photo coaching
have been taken care of for you.
in Provence

Carpe Diem!

see details and what happy guests have to say:
download registration forms here 

Register right away...deadline is March 2, next Sunday 
so act quickly!

Email me for a special consideration for my faithful
Chic Provence Readers!

skype me: kitgolson
call or text me:  650-302-6883

all photos by Kit Golson iPhone
the beautiful large Fountainhead...
that is from
Authentic Provence!

14 February 2014

To My Valentines...

Because I love you all... a special
for Chic Provence Readers!!

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever
come to you without leaving happier" ~ 
Mother Teresa


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