Monday, July 28, 2014

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving,and tolerant of the weak. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

Last Day of Home Design...

 Last Friday we finally finished up a lovely home for a customer. Our focus was on her bedrooms and bathrooms...pulling them together and making them beautiful! One of my favorite things was this Navajo woman drawing in her bathroom...we worked up a simple twiggy blossoming arrangement next to her in the master bath.
 Love these African hides thrown across the floor and leather ottoman...they ground and warm this large master bedroom...
Sitting collection worked up at end of bed...a collection of special items from travels are displayed on this small table. May you enjoy your new home and relax just a little now!

JDL Magazine | 8th issue 2014

 Fresh off the press and now available at Bonnes Amies…The Jeanne d’Arc Living Magazine is a 95% advertisement free monthly lifestyle magazine filled with creative DIY ideas, simple recipes, captivating articles and beautiful photography of inspiring homes, vintage flea market décor and crafts, nostalgic European garden designs and flower arrangements – all in the French and Nordic country decorating style. It is currently being translated into eight different languages and distributed worldwide mainly Europe. 8th Issue 2014...Please see options below you can purchase and pick up at store for $16.95 or we will gladly mail to you for $18.95.


A Birthday Celebration...

A summer celebration at an English farmhouse with a Texas Twist! Going to a dear friends house for a birthday party and leaving inspired and rejuvenated...and the urge to clean and rearrange my house as soon as I get home!  Thank you for the lovely breakfast I feel loved. Above a fresh bouquet of beautiful summer sunflowers and wild purple sage from farmers market intermixed with some farmhouse goodness love it dearly!
This is a beautiful summer setting love the fresh strawberries and mint water being served out of large glass jar and ruby red pitcher...
 Strawberries Romanoff served in blue and white english mammy in the background watching over.
 Bright yellow sunflowers and blue and white china so pretty! Everyone got their own ancient and wonderful cowbell to take home!
 Beautiful large glass cloche on table...details details details

 Spinach quiche, basil garlic sauted tomatoes, and the strawberries romanoff delicious and wonderful!
And here we are enjoying our delicious breakfast...I'm sorry girls I just had to bring my camera!
A quaint knook in her kitchen filled with mementos...
 Love her hand painted black hutch in front of this brick wall surrounded by wonderful baskets, pitchforks, and special mementos from her travels and family....
Check out all of the little sheep tucked under this glass cloche...

This beautiful deer head is always decorated beautifully for each season and is so majestic overlooking her living area.

 This vintage old chicken feeder tied in the bow is wonderful love it. Perfect for a girl that loves her chickens and who just inherited a few more that were snuck in the back gate...
 Roseanna's italian cream cake placed on my grandmother's china and covered tightly in this sweet glass is delicious anytime of the day even breakfast!

 A backyard of beauty and perfection...a simple and small space used to the max.

Until next time....

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

A great summer morning breakfast! Our Blueberry Jam is one of our well-loved items from the kitchen and always makes a recipe fantastic! You won't be disappointed!
Blueberry Stuffed French Toast
1 loaf of French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (8 ounces or 5 cups)
1-8 oz. package of cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup Wild Maine Blueberry Jam
6 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup milk
Blueberry Syrup:
1/2 cup Wild Maine Blueberry Jam (We have plenty in stock at Bonnes Amies!)
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. butter
A dash of cinnamon

Grease a deep-dish pie pan.
Place half of the French bread cubes in the bottom of the prepared pie dish.
Equally distribute the cream cheese cubes, fresh blueberries, and Wild Maine Blueberry Jam over the top of the bread cubes.
Top with remaining bread cubes.
In a medium size bowl combine the eggs, maple syrup and milk. Whisk until uniform. Pour over bread mixture.
Place in refrigerator several hours or preferably overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake approximately 15-30 minutes more, or until the casserole is set and the top is golden.
While the casserole bakes, combine the syrup ingredients in a small sauce-pan and heat over low heat on the stovetop.
Drizzle over each serving.

The cutest & petite LAMPS Ever!

We are always on the search for petite lamps and if you have ever looked for one you know they are sometimes not easy to come across! They are especially needed for kitchens, under cabinets, in bookcases, or to fit on a narrow counterspace in a bathroom...Loving this new line of small lamps and not only are the lamps unique and beautiful the shades are special as well! Many of the shades for instance may have tweed fabric on the outside and striped ticking on the inside very detailed and prices are great! Most have arrived in pairs if you think you need two tiny lamps...
Lamps range in size from 12.5" to 14" tall and priced in $40-$50 range come try one out!

Spode Dog Dishes, Canister, & Large Platter

One of my favorite items in the shop right now and what a wonderful surprise this would be for the dog lover in your life! Since we are partial to dogs and appreciate brown transferware we love love these Spode dog bowls, dog biscuit canister, and wonderful large dog platter. These 32 ounce dog bowls from the Hunting Dogs Collections features the Black Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the Flat Coated Pointer, and the English Springer Spaniel. Dog Bowls $85.00 each  Dog Canister $84.00
This 17.5 inch rectangular platter from the Hunting Dogs Collections features the Black Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the Flat Coated Pointer, and the English Springer Spaniel one of my favorite platters. The details and colors are vivid and beautiful! $136.00

Beautiful Beds Goodnight Sleep Tight...

Need help designing your bedroom for a new look or for the upcoming season? Come in and let us help you pick out some of these beautiful bedding selections in wonderful textiles, bright hues, rustic patterns antique and contemporary themes...Look through our catalogue we are able to custom order these pieces shown and much more. There is nothing quite as nice as climbing into a beautiful & soft bed at night...
Bowmen is one and only plum color collection. Its made of soft cotton and has delicate ruffled circles for fun frilly look. The Euro have circle pattern made from ruffles and standard and king shams have multiple circles made out of ruffles.For a striking fusion between of old-world sophistication and bold modernism, combine the country vintage prints of the Bouquet Gard Duvet with the ruffled Bowmen cotton Quilt. Oversized ruffles on the accompanying shams texture the delicate French design reproduced on our cotton flex duvet cover. Hand quilted in large circles, the two deep tones of the quilt are comfortably earthy.
All Linen 100% Quilt with contempory square quilting. Every wash makes this quilt softer, It comes prewashed and is machine washable. Available in 6 colors- Natural, White, Charcoal Brown, Walnut Brown, Steel Blue and Gray
Fun colors and prints combined to create this amazing Carrie collection. Features bold colors and prints throughout the front side of quilt. Reverse side is solid hot pink. Made of 100% soft cotton and filled with cotton. Machine washable, making it fast and easy care.
Beautiful textiles, bright hues, rustic patterns antique and contemporary themes, riveting textures and intricate handcrafted detail converge in our charming, original bedding collections. With an omnipresent nod to tradition and a modern twist of their own, these versatile, eye-catching quilts, duvet covers, shams and pillows are like style chameleons—able to complement almost any décor aesthetic. Luscious linens, touchable knits, feminine ruffles, elegant quilting-these are some of the textural touches that makes our collection of cotton and linen sheets, shams, duvets, and throws a delight to have on your bed all year long.
Select from a range of solids, stripes and prints. Many even have special touches like scalloped edges and intricate embroidery details or choose our children bedding that will make little ones dreams come true—or at least ensure the sweetest of dreams. Conveniently machine-washable and low-maintenance, all quilts, shams and duvets are made from 100% cotton or Linen and other fabrics, and most of them come pre-washed to avoid shrinkage.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Design Day #2

The second design day...the concentration was on her beautiful sunny dining room, his office, and the open large kitchen to the living area. What a wonderfully eclectic mix they have-a very personal and warm home!

A collection of Spode wildlife plates were hung over this beautiful oil all of their artwork focused around this antique Chinese hand painted cabinet.

 A collection of rustic and woodsy items was displayed and arranged above her oven-simple yet interesting!
 Touches of red in the kitchen for a punch of color...

 Loved these rustic old iron shutters leaning up against the pretty cream plastered walls...
 Looking into the dining room from the entry beautiful!

 Simple summer design she is planning on entertaining more in her dining room.
 Bookcase filled with a few special books and unique pieces they have collected...
Love the cowhide underneath his desk and African mounts in his office very neat.