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Travel Influences in Our Country

While visiting my sister in Arizona, we went to several art galleries where I bought two prints by an artist whose work we admired. I would like to have been able to buy an original painting, but the prints were within my budget and once home I had them framed, and they look terrific in my dining room. The Southwest colors reflect the colors of autumn in my New England environment.

Travel Influences Abroad

I’ve traveled often to France and I especially like the southern countryside in Provence. Each time I return I have all sorts of ideas for decorating in the French country style. Lace-edged linens washed to sheer softness have always been my passion. As luck would have it, at the well-known Sunday flea market in Llsle-Sur-La-Sorgue, I found an armload of hand-embroidered, European-size pillowcases, table covers, and runners. This region is abundant with beautiful yellow and blue pottery, plates, flowerpots, and ceramic cooking dishes of all sizes and shapes. Provencal fabrics, also in various shades of yellow and blue, are a favorite and I brought home yards and yards to turn into pillows and table covers. Fields of yellow flowers and wild red poppies abound in spring and it’s easy to see how these colors influence the Provencal decorating scheme, especially in the fabrics.

Charming Traditions

Here in America we are always looking for change in decorating style. What’s coming next? What will be in style this season? In the countryside of Provence nothing changes. The style is so classic that it always seems fresh and new each time we rediscover its simple charm. And we are grateful that it stays this way. It’s easy to take a bit of French style for ourselves. Lace panels cover windows, shutters and doors are painted marvelous pastel shades of lavender, pink, and faded blue. You might like to try some of these touches and make them your own.

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