A Trip to France and Sunday Morning Coffee

It is hard to believe I was on one of the most amazing trips two years ago. Today, I can’t help looking back at our Provence trip.

My best friend Maryliz and I spent ten days in Provence with a small group of amazing women, and we had the most fantastic time. Thanks for joining me for Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun. And happy Father’s Day!

L and Ml Lavender Fields
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A Day in Provence

Maryliz and I traveled to Provence two years ago for a fantastic vintage flea market shopping trip. It was a lifetime trip, and we loved it so much!

Brocante Shopping in Provence 4

I love that everything I bought in France has found homes in our Pasadena house and Ventura. Here is one of the vintage chandeliers I purchased for our beach house kitchen!

Our kitchen at the beach house with a hanging vintage chandelier, table and chairs, white cabinets, tile, and countertops.

We took the trip with French Larkspur, and Tracey is a fantastic host. Her trips are all small and so wonderful. The apartment we stayed at was incredible.

Settling In on Our First Day in Provence France

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If you want to read about our trip to Provence, here are some blog posts highlighting our trip!

List of Favorite Things from France

My Top Ten List of Favorite Things from the Provence Trip

I can’t stop thinking about our Provence trip and thought it might be fun to share a list of my favorite things about our Provence trip. It wasn’t easy coming up with this list of my favorite things. That is because I easily could have included twenty-five favorite things! Some of my favorite things are…
Au Revoir Provence

Au Revoir Provence

Today was our last day in Provence and I cannot believe we are heading home. This was a trip of a lifetime and all I can say is Au Revoir! We spent ten days on the road and had the most glorious trip. We toured the most wonderful towns, shopped until we dropped, and dined…
Provence Antique Market

The Provence Antique Market

Today we went to our first large Provence Antique Market. We found lots of wonderful items and I found lots of linens and my new favorite item! We had a wonderful day at the Villeneuve-Les-Avignon flea market. It was similar to many of the flea markets I have attended back home but it was a…
A Day in Provence

A Day in Provence

We had another fabulous day in Provence and I can’t wait to share. But first I will answer all your questions about this trip! I booked this shopping trip to Provence with Tracey Leber at French Larkspur. She has been hosting small groups for years and it’s been great because all we had to do…
Brocante Shopping in Provence 4

Brocante Shopping in Provence

Today was a busy day in Provence! We started in Sault and shopped our first brocante. So many fun vintage items were found! In case you are wondering what the word brocante means, it’s a flea market in France. In the future, I just might refer to my favorite local Pasadena flea market as the…
L and Ml Lavender Fields

Settling In to Our Home in Provence

It was our first full day in Provence and we just finished settling in our amazing apartment. Luberon is such a beautiful area and so quaint! We drove from the airport city to the countryside, winding along narrow roads and circling through roundabouts. We stopped at one of what will be many lavender fields to…

A Week in Provence France and Sunday Morning Coffee

I am on my way to Provence France today! I will be spending ten days in France on a vintage flea market and antique shopping trip. And I cannot wait! This trip is going to be wonderful and I am so excited and promise to share everything about this trip. I will be blogging daily…
A Trip to Provence France

A Trip to Provence France and Sunday Morning Coffee

A trip? It’s true! I am heading off in a few weeks for a trip to Provence France for a week of flea market shopping. How exciting is that? I am traveling with my best friend Maryliz and we are going to shop at the flea markets in Provence France until we drop. And have…

When we got home, we even created the most beautiful table I featured on my blog, A French Dining Table Inspired by Our Trip to France.

French Provincial Inspired Table
A French Dining Table Inspired by Our Trip to France

So, guess what?

Dave and I are returning to France this fall for a Backroads Bike Trip to Burgundy. We can’t wait!

My Latest Project

My Latest Project

Bathroom Remodel with Liberty Hardware
Deluxe Rectangular Mirror with Vintage Nickel Frame

You might be surprised to learn that I am a bit of a procrastinator. I know that I get a lot of things done, but I always have a list of things that I know I need to get done, but I never seem to make it to the top of my To-do list.

That is all about to change.

I am focused on the beach house first and finally finishing a few things that weren’t part of our remodel that need to get done.

I am heading to the beach this week to get the sink and faucet replaced in the bathroom pictured above. This bathroom wasn’t part of the remodel, but the sink is chipped, and the faucet needs replacing.

And it’s happening on Tuesday.

Did I mention I should have done this a year ago? Ugh.

Our modern beach house in Ventura with white plaster finish, glass windows and a new garage door.

I also had to get some locks replaced, which is happening this week.


Next up on the list? A few things in our Pasadena home.

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

Dollhouse by Deck to Farm Charm

I have found a new hobby that I want to try, but you might think I am crazy.

I have been following @deck.to.farm.charm for a while, and she makes the most incredible doll houses.

Just look at the one in the photo above!

I am obsessed with her and want to make a dollhouse like this. But …

I want to make it look like our house.

Christmas on Oak Street

Which is not an easy project. First, I need to design the plans for building the house. But while doing that, I need to make sure it is on a scale of 1/12 so everything that I make (or buy) for the inside will fit.

I did find plans to build a dollhouse that is similar to ours. Except, of course, the roof is all wrong. (Seriously, who has a roof like ours?) And the staircase is on the wrong side.

Amazingly, I think I can make most of the furniture, windows, and doors.

How cool would it be for the grandkids to play with a dollhouse of our house?

(OK, maybe after they are old enough not to trash it entirely.)

But I am not giving up.

Unless you think I am crazy. Am I?

This week's to do list.
  • Finish the repairs at the beach house.
  • Wine dinner with Nicholas Jay Windery, which is one of my favorites!
  • Start the repair list for My 100 Year Old Home.
  • Replant some of my kitchen garden and plan to plant pumpkins soon.

Cleaning Secrets to Avoid Stress is a good read for all of us!

This photo is inspiring me to do a Complete Desk Makeover.

When was the last time you had a Coke Float?

Do you love coffee? Then you need to know that “Kaffepause” Is the Relaxing Norwegian Habit You Need to Try Tomorrow.

And what a week it was!

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  • 7 Ways to Enjoy Lemons This Summer
    I love lemons, lemon decor, and Meyer lemon recipes. So today, I am sharing seven ways to enjoy lemons this summer. Until this year, I have not used much lemon decor in my home, even though I love it. I think…
  • Rattan Furniture and Accessories: The Most Popular Decor Trend of 2024
    A decor trend taking the interior design world by storm this year is rattan furniture and accessories. These timeless materials bring any space warmth, texture, and natural beauty. From historical roots to modern applications, rattan furniture and accessories can easily be…
  • Summer Dinner on the Beach and Sunday Morning Coffee
    I love creating fun dinner parties for my family, and one of my favorite dinners with them was this summer dinner on the beach. While spending a fun weekend at our beach house, I devised the idea to create an oceanfront,…
  • Summer Beach Dinner – Part One
    It’s been a wonderful week at the beach, and I decided to share my favorite beach celebration … a summer beach dinner. This is part one of a two-part series about the dinner I hosted for my family on the beach….
  • The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe
    Smoking brisket is an art form that requires time, patience, and a good recipe. I made my first smoked brisket, and it was amazing! When done right, smoked brisket is a tender, juicy, and flavorful piece of meat that will leave…

Next week is all about summer, so I am sharing my favorite recipes for Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches, a romantic Poolside Dinner, How to get your House Ready for Summer, a new 4th of July Dessert, 4th of July Prep at the Beach House, and my favorite Patriotic Pillow.

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This Week’s Top Sellers

We shared a lot of our favorite home items this week and here are the top sellers!


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