15 June 2010

A Little Blog Lovin’

 

image Trish’s backyard – showing her lavender garden.  Isn’t this the most beautiful photograph?

 

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite blogs is Trouvais.   The first time I stumbled upon it – I stayed there for an entire night just salivating over all of Trish’s photographs.   This photo, above,  of her lavender garden just killed me!   OMG!!!  So unbelievable that someone lives with a backyard like this.   I immediately emailed Trish, asking her how to grow lavender.    Trish is a die hard romantic and her blog reflects this.   It is not only pure eye candy, but, also educational.   She is interested in the most beautiful and intriguing things, like old uniforms, clothing and shoes from the 18th century, manuscripts written in French, grisaille – anything!    Story after story on Trouvais is a visual treat.

So,  you can imagine,  how humbled and honored I was when Trish wrote a story about Cote de Texas.   What’s so funny about this, is the first time I was on Trouvais, I almost gave up writing Cote de Texas altogether.   Trouvais is the blog I wished I wrote.  It has a consistent aesthetic quality to it that I greatly admire and aspire to.   Please visit Trouvais HERE to read her story about Cote de Texas.   It was interesting reading the article myself – I didn’t remember writing half the stories she chose to highlight!

Below are a few of my favorite images that Trish has posted on Trouvais – these were all taken by her, at her home.  Notice that she is great photostylist. 

 

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This photograph shows a dinner table Trish set up in her back yard.

 

 

image Besides lavender, Trish grows gorgeous peonies and roses.

 

 

image The old debate between books you read and books you buy to display!

 

 

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Trish’s entry hall.  This looks like a photograph from Cote de Sud magazine.

 

 

 image When I first saw this photograph, I was so jealous of Trish’s fireplace!

 

 

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 I love this image of Trish’s collection of zinc finials

 

 

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A vignette from Trish’s kitchen.

 

 

   imageA view to the outside at Trish’s house.    So beautiful. 

 

 

image Another photograph of Trish’s lavender garden. No, this is not in Provence!

 

Thank you again, Trish, so much!  You are so sweet!   To read the article about Cote de Texas on Trouvais, go HERE.

33 comments:

  1. You two are both my favorite blogs to visit. And here you are admiring each other! Trish's home is so beautiful and her photos are perfection. Thank you to you both for being my inspiration.

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  2. I'm so thankful that you didn't quit writing your blog. Reading your blog is one of the bright spots of my day. I like to show your photos to my husband, as they can show something i'd like to do better than I can explain it.

    The lavendar is beautiful. And I'm sure I could smell those roses. Gorgeous photographs and a gorgeous place to take them.

    Now, off to find Trish!

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  3. Her home is beautiful and elegant, but so is yours. I do adore her lavender garden, but you could do that if you chose to. I will check out her blog, but don't worry, I will always come back to yours, dear Joanie.
    Hugs, Cindy S

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  4. Oh my Gosh, I have that beehive!

    Joni, I stopped by to invite you to the desinger challenge finale party tomorrow.

    Hugs and kisses!
    Catherine

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  5. Love to see the love of beauty make friends in cyberspace. I found Trouvais through Little Augury and quickly became enchanted with her romance with her home and garden. I think her blog is beautiful for its photography, its writing, its style and the fact it all come from such a generous heart. As could be said about Cote de Texas.

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  6. Joni, I love Trouvais and I also spent hours going through the archives on finding this lovely blog.

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  7. Well both of you are wonderful and I love scanning through each of your blogs. Though similar in theme; very different in overall style and execution. To me that is why I like them both.

    Joni;
    Have a wonderful week and keep on bloggin!

    L.

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  8. Trish's home and garden are just so beautiful and like you I love her posts....I loved her post about you and Cote de Texas too Joni...xv

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  9. Found Trish a while back, but had not seen the lavender garden. It would grow so much better for in your climate than mine. Wish it would do better, but you can certainly go for it!
    Donna

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  10. Joni, I just got back from Trish's site, and it is everything you say: truly lovely! I think she did an outstanding job of summarizing the way those of us who read your blog feel about you. Congrats on this special compliment. I love how she hit so many of the highlights of your design ethic... she gets you, and that was wonderful to read, but more important, she appreciates you for all the things you share with us and for being such a giver which is an integral part of you.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  11. Oh my! The garden shots and the florals (love dogwood) are to die for! Thank you so much for sharing! Shiree'

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  12. From jlonit: Beautiful post by Trouvais. I think I will store it permanently so I can re-read it from time to time.

    It reminded me that you haven't done your next numbered Favourite Designer for ages, or your favourite design elements. Also, you haven't posted pictures of your new paint job (except for the kitchen). I sound like a nag so I'll stop typing.

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  13. Ah, if only we could get lavender to actually grow here in Houston. The humidity kills it. I bought one plant last year from Thompson and Hansen and considered myself fortunate it lasted a month! Driving to the Hill Country is about as close as I'll get to see masses of Lavender in bloom. Or maybe Provence, ;-) Great post Joni, thanks.

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  14. Each image is a truly beautiful experience!!!

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  15. You are a jewel. I only wish you would publish a book with all of your blog entries. It's a nagging thought that maybe all of its deliciousness might someday disappear! Thank you for your generosity.
    Margaret

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  16. Since I LOVE you both, thanks for all the gorgeous visuals!!

    bisous

    Kit

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  17. I am with you. I have been following Trish's blog and am totally in love. Her images are so romantic and beautiful. They just make me yearn. She is just as lovely herself. So humble. On the other hand, I'm not sure what design blogs would be without Cote de Texas. You are my inspiration each and every day. I know your sooo busy, but if you get a chance please pop over and check out my virtual Soiree in honor of The Shiny Pebble Design Challenge. It's just fun!

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  18. Beautiful photographs! My lavender doesn't look anything like that - big sigh. I'm clicking over to look at her blog, thanks...

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  19. How I'd love to enjoy a leisurely dinner in her backyard! Love that table setting (I recognize the pillow from Petit Coterie...Michelle is a gem!). I can almost smell the lavender! xo...Linsey

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  20. These photos made me feel like I was on a lovely vacation. Sweet happy sighs.

    I met the lovely Andrea of French Basketeer fame this past weekend.

    Such a wonderful lady.

    Be blessed.

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  21. Joni so lush, tranquil, and wondrous. A great place for relaxation.

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  22. Thank you for sharing Trish's blog and photos! They are exquisite! I will go look at her blog now. PLEASE do not stop blogging! You have so many admirerers and friends on here who would be lost without you!!! XO, Pinky

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  23. You are the best! There are a lot of wonderful bloggers out there who educate and inspire all of us lovers of beautiful design (and Trouvais is certainly one of the best) but you are the queen of them all. Your posts are so thorough and educational and funny and smart and I am in awe of your talent.

    Thank you for so many hours of pleasure at my computer.

    xoxo, Anne

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  24. I can certainly see why you two are "simpatico"! Those really are beautiful images (as are yours!). I'm heading over to spend some time in her blog. Thanks for the introduction.

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  25. Wonderful tribute to Trish. You both are my favorites blog , you always give us so much inspiration.
    I love the pictures you choosed

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  26. No other word--gorgeous! Mary

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  27. Joni, thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of Trouvais. Such a great blog. Have a wonderful day--the kudos are well deserved. Mary

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  28. I think there are a lot of bloggers who really would have a blog as TROUVAIS!!! Eyecandy all over!!!
    xx
    Greet

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  29. love trish... she is one class act... and so precious inside and out... xx

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  30. Oh wow. What style Trish has.

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  31. Really beautiful pictures --- the close up of the roses/peonies really stopped me in my tracks. It would look beautiful in the book you'll some day publish!

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  32. Hi Joni,
    Fabulous lavender border. And a great idea. I'd like to do that in my new garden, in front of the meyer lemon trees!
    And her roses and peonies are exquisite!

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