Thursday, January 18, 2018


Around The House

We are definitely in the middle of winter with temps in the teens. With a dusting of snow on the ground I decided to add a few touches of tartan around the house along with a few things  I enjoy during the winter months

I love white flowers during cold months. These look pretty sitting on the fireplace hearth

A faux arrangement in the living room

White candles on the buffet

I have to show you my sister's score, MacKenzie-Childs had a great sale with Frosty marked down. Last time I looked he was back full price! Isn't he the cutest!

Do you see his eyes, coal!

After Christmas I love to get The French Hutch back to normal

These Tartan chargers were a gift. I plan to set a table using tartan plates and placemats

A tartan lunchbox holds a maidenhair fern from Christmas

The tray holds a few collectibles with a little faux greenery. I love a little sparkle on the kitchen island

A favorite Juliska pattern dresses the back hutch. Enjoyed from Christmas through Valentine's Day with sweet winter scenes

Frosty is usually a great 
reminder it is winter. This year we don't need any reminders. Remember, we have snow on the ground!

In the Dining room displaying more Juliska, Blue Delf and Flint

Flint Chargers

Dinner plates Anthropologie

Juliska Winter Frolic

Living Room looks a little sad with the Christmas tree packed away

And, Dining room is back to normal

The study looks bigger with the tree down but happy to get everything packed away

My bedroom without the holiday duvet. I haven't added any winter linens, yet!

A guest room with a dark quilt for winter
Paintings here are by my daughter-in-law and in the foyer, my sister

And another guest room (Connor's room when he's here) with tartan linens and comforter and Connor's stuffed animals he says he is finished with. I gave him these over the years and he brought all of them back to me! 

These are the tartan stockings I hang here for Christmas 

My tartan school bag I keep next to the antique teachers desk. My sister found it at American Girl many years ago. It holds a reader, tablet and crayons. 

Well there you have a little winter tour of  some of my home. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped in.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Thank you dear friends

As we approach the end of 2017 I want to thank all of you who visit The French Hutch, those who leave comments and those who visit with me through emails and telephone calls. I am truly grateful for your friendship, encouragement and support. I was so blessed this year of 2017 to get to meet more of my blogging friends. I look forward to seeing you in 2018!

December has been a busy month for us. Since it is so cold this New Years Eve we plan to welcome the new year by staying in for a cozy dinner. I've set a table for two in front of our Christmas tree. On the menu, eggplant parmigiana and green salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette. And, of course a glass of bubbly at the stroke of midnight!

The Tablescape

One of my favorite places to shop for Christmas decorations is Pottery Barn kids. I found this exquisite peacock made from real peacock feathers half price after Christmas. Funny how collections begin, I have bought peacocks made with feathers for the last three or four years and just realized I have a collection! I plan to use this peacock under the white tabletop tree. After using it here for a tablescape I will place it under the tree since it's still up. We leave our Christmas decorations up until the day after New Year's Day.

China and stems are from Anthropologie
Napkin rings from Pottery Barn
Gold and silver runner from a local garden and gift shop
Flatware Louisiana by Oneida

After sunset

These next photos and paragraph are from one of my favorite New Year's Eve tablescapes and post.

I’ve set a place for you tonight at my New Year’s Eve table, along with places for loved ones and friends from long ago. So please join us for a toast at the stroke of midnight as we remember days gone by, and look forward to the start of a new year. In the words of Robert Burns, "let’s sing that sweet song:

For Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

I always have a silver tray filled with champagne flutes for ringing in the new year.

Welcome be ye that are here,
Welcome all and make good cheer,
Welcome all, another year.
                             ~author unknown 

And here’s to you, old friends and new alike. Saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in 2018!