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Hello friends!

With Christmas almost here I thought I would share some Inspiration…

just in case you haven’t decorated yet…

just.like.me.

mixed greens+house dressing

I know, it’s crazy!

Me

And I love to decorate!

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But it’s not too late!

This weekend I have high expectations to get some Christmas on!

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Really anything green can be a part of Christmas.

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I did, however, add a glass glitter swag and a wreath from Costco to my booth at the #montanaantiquemall

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And had a wonderful time making a wreath at a local floral studio :)

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Remember on “It’s a Wonderful Life” how they are decorating on Christmas Eve?

There is still hope for me yet!

Merry Christmas

Blessings,

Cindy

p.s. You can find me on instagram…

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cable knit + faux fur

Hello friends!

December is here and with it is winter…

and so are all things warm, cozy and furry!

Cable knit is not new,  but I love it when someone takes something thats been around for a long time and makes it new.

Gone are the images of old granny sitting in her rocker knitting the winter away!

Not that there is anything wrong with that, I happen to have a stack of knitted and crocheted blankets from my granny,

however…

these are fresh, young and goregous!

Modern Wool has done a fantastic job making knited wares very hip and well, modern.

Cable knit doesn’t just come in sweaters anymore,

Throws, pillows, poufs and ottomans are wearing it.
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Often paired with faux fur this is a must have combination!

caable knit + faux fur

cable knit + faux fur

Faux furs are often draped on chairs adding an extra layer of coziness…

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The texture is amazing!

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With Christmas season in full swing, be sure to add something knitted or furry on your gift giving list!

Most importantly, with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas…

take time to curl up with a hot cup of coffee, a warm and cozy blanket

and reflect on what Christmas is really about!

Blessings,

Cindyxo

p.s. to catch up on things between posts you can always follow me on instagram

my user name is french_grey!

 

Hello friends.

Looking for some inspiration for your Thanksgiving table?

I am.

There are some key elememts to setting a great table.

1. Natural elements.

There needs to be something green or natural on the table, whether it is plant, flower or some organic object from nature.

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2. Candlelight.

Nothing adds more ambiance than candles on the table.

Somehow everything feels more festive with candlelight dancing around the room.

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3. Linen

Cloth napkins are a must, but linen takes it to the next level.

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The idea of printing the menu and using it as a napkin ring is pure brillance

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4. Special tableware.

Several years ago I found a set of Spode brown transferware plates with turkeys on them at TJMaxx.

I’m sure you remember seeing them.

I.love.them.

I know it is seems silly to store plates for one day of the year, but to my family it means Thanksgiving.

So #4 is whatever is special to your family and the traditions you have created over the years.

Put it on the table.

It is a day of remembrance and thankfulness. I also use the silver I inheirited from my mother.

She is no longer with us but somehow when we use the silver we always think of her.

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5. Thank you’s

Something you can write on to share the things you are thankful for.

Actually writing and sharing verbally with those you love is the greatest act of thankfulness you can do.

It can be as simple as a sheet of paper that everyone writes something down, or a thankful tree with thanks for leaves.

Whatever it is, taking the time in this fast paced, plugged in,

“stop the world I wanna get off” road race, looking back over the past year and counting your blessings

is the best way to spend this one day a year we call Thanksgiving.

President Lincoln thought so too.

Thanks Abe.

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So start early gathering these 5 things to make your Thanksgiving table special.

It is worth the planning, time and effort to set a meaningful and memorable table for those you love!

Blessings,

Cindy

all images via pinterest

You can find me on http://instagram.com/french_grey

dark + dusky

Hello freinds.

With fall in full swing I tend to enjoy dark and dusky interiors, and since my house is mostly white I am enjoying via pinterest!

I don’t know about every one else, but I like a variety of styles. More specifically I like elements of styles.

So today I am crushing on these…

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Black painted walls..

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against rustic brick walls black accents add a layer of interest

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Some gorgeous black linen…

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Love the way the white linen pops in this dark interior.

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black urns and chandy’s balance beautifully with weathered wood walls

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Now, since I live in Montana where it feels like we have 7 months of winter…

or least the lack of sunshine of winter…

I could probably never paint a wall or even a whole room black, but I love the way it adds that dusky feel.

Maybe California? Florida? Texas?

So I suppose for now I will crush from afar, and pin a whole board black!

Thank goodness for pinterest :)

Blessings to you during this month thankfulness,

Cindy

french grey:

Whether they are ‘sheds” big game animals drop every year or “fake” ones on the market today, you can still find this design element today!

Originally posted on French Grey:

Antlers.

I will be the first to admit that I didn’t exactly, how do you say, “like” them for a very long time.

But, I am a person (though I don’t really like to admit this) who is influenced by media.

More specifically, design publications.

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Now, I have always loved objects of nature. Bird nests, pine cones, driftwood, lichen covered rocks and twigs, and more recently sea shells and coral.

But antlers?

These have always represented big game hunting to me. And I am surrounded by big game hunting territory! People travel from all over the world for the opportunity to hunt elk, mule deer, moose, etc. in what seems like my backyard. I even know guys who go antler hunting in the spring to find sheds that the animals loose every year.

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So naturally, the local decor is influenced by the region……

Lodge style.

Very lodge…

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workspaces

Hello!

While I continue to sort out the whole “hacked” thing I have had to take a good look at the way I do things. Not being very tech savvy, I have been spending time redoing passwords, bank accounts, etc. to be sure there have not been any other compromises.

I also took a good look at my office.

Or is it a guest room?

Or both.

Combining the two can be tricky business, but it can be done. Since I have another guest bedroom this space has needs to function as an office first.

To start it needs a great work table, really any great table will do. You can go out and buy a desk unit with every element figured out for you, but what fun is that?!

black table

industrial table

reclaimed wood/industrial

white table

industrial loft

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With plenty of storage…

Lately I have been into cubbies, little drawers and an industrial vibe…

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Shelves are an obvious source for storage when styled and fitted with interesting boxes, baskets and objects of interest.

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Well, this is a great place to start and I hope you are as inspired as I am to get busy! I will post my little office as I go…. so stay tuned :)

By the way, I have finally jumped on the instagram bandwagon and you can find me with the user name french_grey !

Blessings,

Cindy

i’ve been hacked

Hello dearest friends,

It’s true. My facebook page has been hacked. or stolen I should say.

Please unlike from that page for I fear that if you go to any of the links “they” have posted it will, no doubt, be a virus. Now I would love to go on a huge rant over the lack of support on facebook, let’s just suffice to say when someone hacks your account they change your email address so you cannot log in to report it hacked. A giant tailspin with no results.

Words truely cannot express the sense of loss I am experiencing over a silly page, but I had built that page over 3 years and it grew with me as my style and tastes elvolved as a true designer.

I am in the process of creating a new account and page, and would appreciate your support. I never solicited “likes” and don’t wish to now, but it took along time to reach 142,000 likes.

And please remember it is french(dash)grey.com …..

Somehow I think that silly little dash is going to help me!!

Blessings to you all and thank you,

With much sincerety,

Cindy

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