I recently discovered designer Anne Gelbard and her uber chic wallpapers. If you went to Maison et Objet, you probably saw her booth there in the Scenes d'Interieur Hall.
Leaf on multicolor background
Anne received her college degree in textile design. In 1997, she opened her atelier in Paris and has been designing fabrics for both haute couture and ready-to-wear merchandise. She also designs lampshades, cushions and wallcoverings for the interior design trade.
I particularly enjoy her unique style of adding gold, silver and copper leaf to her designs.
Using the silver leaf as a backdrop for the painting gives it a lovely soft glow.
Today is the day! Please join me over at My French Country Home where Sharon is celebrating her first blog birthday with daily giveaways. Today she is featuring my contribution... custom painted bookends for the winner. Let's go see... here!
Welcome back! And now on to an uber creative family in Provence who did not leave their work at the office, but rather used their home as the perfect expression of their love of painting.
Have you ever forced branches before? You will be surprised at how easy it is.
Three weeks ago, these quince branches were brown and looking quite barren. We clipped them neatly (leaving no stubs) from the tree and placed them in a bucket with enough water to go up about 25% of the stem length. If the stem is thick, smash the end with a hammer to encourage water absorption. Then we covered the branches with lightweight plastic and positioned the bucket in a sunny window. Every few days, we checked it to make sure the bucket had enough water in it and gave it a few good spritzes of water to keep that humidity level up.
Can you see the tiny buds above?
Take a walk in your yard and look for flowering branches, such as cherry, quince, pussy willow and crab apple trees.
They are such a great pick-me-up in the middle of winter.
Mmmm... can't you just smell it? I cannot think of many other scents that could stop me in my tracks.
The scent of chocolate is instantly recognizable.
Fudge, mousse, hot cocoa, brownies or just plain, deep, dark chocolate...
I am always ready for a taste.
One of my fond childhood memories is smelling the fudge that my mother would make on special occasions.
I would like to share with you the recipe that I use for hot fudge sauce. I am usually requested to bring ice cream pies to the family get-togethers, even in winter. I also use this same recipe for the pies, placing it between the ice cream layers.
Hot Fudge Sauce
1/2 cup butter 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
Melt butter in double boiler, then add sugar and stir till incorporated. Gradually add the evaporated milk and salt, stirring occasionally until the sugar is melted.
This will take 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
The only step left is to dish out your favorite ice cream!