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:


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.


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.



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

Lodge style.

Very lodge…

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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

work table

With plenty of storage…

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





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



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 !



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,


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summer’s bounty

Nothing pleases more than harvesting our bounty from the garden.Tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, lettuces, carrots and beets. Well almost everything except…

Green beans.

Of all the summer garden chores I think I like picking green beans the least.

Maybe despise it.


Somehow the rows seem so far apart when planting, yet they manage to grow into one large green blob. I know, I know. We have been organic gardening for over 30 years but still manage to forget.

Gardening is after all an art of trial and error.

Let me fill you in on the task of picking beans. First and foremost it must be stated that they are masters of camouflage. When your are bent over with all the blood rushing to your head, the stalks and beans look the same. You have to literally manhandle the plant to search for the fruit, and you always miss some,


Those said for “hiders” turn into behemoths in about a day!


green beans

So now you are trying to pick the good, bad and gigantic, along with a little plant matter to boot.

Did I mention that the ant pile I stepped on wasn’t too happy that I was picking beans either.

Now, when the kids were still living at home I naturally passed this task off to them, and of course we still had to process “them” too.

On a recent visit from my daughter I offered up produce from the garden (on a u-pick condition of course) and she steered clear of the green beans!! We had a great laugh about it and how we used to use freezer bags and suck the air out with a straw! Not exactly the best method, but it got the job done, giving us a winters worth of beans.

Did I mention that my kids now hate (well hate may be kinda stong) green beans. Not the pale soggy ones that come in a can, but fresh ones that squeek on your teeth. Certainly these by Ina Garten look pretty good!

barefoot contessa

Fresh eggs… no thank you. Too many years cleaning poop off eggs, they want “store eggs”.

I hope they realize that this is “cool” now. Just walk through your local farmers market and check out those prices!!


Garden rant over.

I have checked out the prices of green beans at the market, and they are worth it.
After all, money doesn’t just grow on trees……or plants.
But if it did, you would still have to pick it!!

Count your blessings.
Cindy xo
Oh, and by the way, I bought a food sealer. No more straws.

Hello friends!

It has been one year since we sold our home and started building our new one.

Now, I would love to say that everything is finished and we are living in domestic bliss, however, such is not the case.

After taking about 7 months off (hubby had another project to complete), we have begun work again!

In the meanwhile, we’ve been staring at everything that needs to be done, and we, meaning me, each have our own ideas of what should be first, so we had to prioritize !

One of the projects I am eager to start is actually going backwards !! I have always loved the look of open shelves in the kitchen, but totally capitulated going with upper cabinetry, with the ever present re-sale mantra going on in my own head. So needless to say I have been obsessing dreaming of open shelves.

 subway tile

I am also wanting to put subway tile in as a back splash, and the two just seem to go hand in hand!

Sometimes I am a little late to the party, but this is something that can easily be done after the fact.


I have one upper cabinet that is situated between the window and glass door, that can be moved to the laundry room creating the perfect place to add this element.

tile dark grout

One of benefits of taking our time is that I have plenty of time to decide, not counting budget constraints, on what to pick for some of the finishing touches.

tile pantry

simple one shelf

 Of course it also means that I can keep changing I mind every time I see something I like!! In fact I have picked three different light fixtures for the island and can’t seem to pull the trigger on any of them!


And the great debate between rustic reclaimed wood for the shelves….

small shelves+lighting

Or something in a metal wrought iron fashion…

steel shelving

steel+wood shelf

subway tile wood counter

Both equally beautiful when paired with the smooth white tile…

subway tile dark wood

Even this small nook looks great with the simple addition of a shelf.

small space shelf

rustic wood shelf

reclaimed wood shelf

 In Darryl Carter’s kitchen rustic shelves are tucked into nooks…

darryl carter

And this stunning beauty elevated and placed center stage…

darryl carter shelves

 Lauren Liess placed a free standing unit on top of the counter on each side of the range…

lauren liess

Maybe a combination of the two, kind of a Restoration Hardware industrial look…

rustic shelves

We’ll see… not exactly top on the list, but like Scarlet O’Hara says….

I’ll worry about that tomorrow!!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods…




moroccan rugs


You know when you buy a new car and suddenly you see the same car everywhere?

 Well, that’s what has happened to me, only it’s a rug!

I know I’ve noticed them before, but suddenly I am nuts about it.

And I must have one. It will be perfect on our polished concrete floors in the family room.


I really like how they are used in a variety of designs styles….

they are classic, yet fresh, with a nod to modern

I really love this living space and how it anchors the leather and linen with the rustic coffee table

gorge rug

And of course I stated seeing them everywhere!!

rug + rustic table

rug+pouf+coffee table

floating shelve

scandi + rug


As I cruised around online I found several, and as I went to order they were out of stock!! You know that just makes me want it more…


flourish design


moroccan rug

We are still waiting to get some more heavy machinery in to finish the grade around the house, after our record snowfall and subsequent flooding, we have some drainage issues.

Needless to say, it has this gardener very frustrated!!

I want to dig…

I want to plant…

So for now, I will buy a rug :)



hello again

Hello friends!

It’s been awhile so I thought we should catch up!

Grab a cup of joe, and lets get started….

cup a joe

Progress on the house has been at a snails pace due weather and exhaustion. Building your own home is the ultimate DIY project, and once we lost “our” ( and by our I mean his) momentum after the holidays, it’s been hard to get back at it! Of course it’s hard to wrangle tools and such is sub-zero temps and a record snowfall. It is also quite convenient that there is always a very good reason why the tools need to stay at the other job sight….. hmmmm

Anyways, while I’ve been away I made an impromptu road trip to Texas with a dear friend. Actually we missed our flight in the middle of airline chaos, and decided

“hey let’s just throw our bags in the car and drive!”

“oh wait, it’s kinda starting to snow”

and we just had the “are you going to pack a coat?” conversation resulting in “No”.

So a quick swing through the TJ Maxx clearance section yielded a coat, blanket and ear warmers. So we were ready drive out into the desolate landscape!!

Long story short, the trip went fast but well, and I brought home two granite counter tops with sinks for the bathrooms! Cheap! One is installed (pictures from phone…ugh) and I will do a more detailed post at a later date.

photo (1)

 The other is sitting in place waiting for faucets, tile, mirrors and lighting.

I have been spending time on pinterest and crushing on natural, rustic wood elements…


rustic bench

rustic wood mirror

kit table

rustic island

Especially love designer Wendy Owen’s home


wendy owen table

wo pav

I have been adding to my French bread board collection…

Especially after seeing these at Patina Farm!

pt bread board

I found one of these …

bread rustic

Even though the house isn’t complete, I have been slowly unpacking….




Digging out some beautiful French urns I found at Farm Chicks last summer!

Like these…


And bringing some greenery in to fight the winter blues…

urn + succulents

zinc + boxwood

And a little color..


paris flower shop

So these are just a few things I’ve been up to lately.

Since most areas just need trim, I have always felt that you should  have something beautiful for your eyes to rest on.

Therefore, I am ignoring the “unfinished” parts and focusing on what is done.


It would be nice to have at least one room completely done…

pretty please?

Blessings to you all, and thanks for hangin’ in there with me!



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