Recent Posts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Paris in the Spring Home Tour

Bonjour and welcome to Storybook Cottage. Today I am participating in the weeklong Spring Home Tours hosted by my dear friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you are stopping by after visiting Pam’s gorgeous home from Simple Details I want to say that I am so glad that you are here.

home tour

My love affair with Paris started over 15 years ago when my husband and I lived with our family for three years near the Alsace border. We traveled to the City of Light many times and I try to return every two years or so. Springtime in Paris is truly a delight.

Springtime in Paris 136-001

Parisians are famous for their simple elegance. Of course the spring also brings with it the blossoms of my favorite flower, the peony. I wanted to blend these two elements together when creating a vignette in the entry.

Springtime in Paris 019

One place I always visit while in Paris is Ladurée. I stock up on my two favorite French thés (teas). They are Marie Antoinette and à la Rose.


Would you care for a cup?

Springtime in Paris 074

There is nothing lovelier in the afternoon than a cup of tea paired with a macaron.

Springtime in Paris 036-001

The French always make the most of every meal, even if it is something small.

Springtime in Paris 085

The table is set with lovely linens that the French are famous for.

Springtime in Paris 055

Great care is taken even in the smallest of details.

Springtime in Paris 026

Springtime in Paris 035

Springtime in Paris 024

From here we’ll travel into the living room.

Springtime in Paris 142

I wanted to capture some of the magic that is found in the gardens of Paris.

You can visit two of my favorite Parisian gardens in their springtime splendor HERE.

france 1182

I have always loved the formality of French gardens.

Springtime in Paris 120

The mantle receives a small portion of greenery with a Parisian flair. 

Springtime in Paris 036

Just outside of Paris is Monet’s Garden. Which you can read about HERE, HERE and HERE.

Monet's Garden 011

When I spied these pillows I was instantly transported back to that magical day.

Springtime in Paris 075

I always keep my eye out for authentic vintage Eiffel Towers when shopping the brocantes/marché aux puces (flea markets) in France.

Springtime in Paris 054

The beloved tower shows up again on the napkins along with assorted French ingredients for an apéritif on the bar cart.

Springtime in Paris 025

Of course no French garden is complete without lavande (lavender).

Springtime in Paris 103

It is truly simple touches that remind me of all of the pleasures Paris brings.

Springtime in Paris 059

You don’t want to miss a visit to E.Dehillerin which is a famous Paris cooking supply store that even Julia Child adored.  Each time I travel to France I select one copper pot to bring home with me.

Springtime in Paris 063

Some are old and some are new.

Springtime in Paris 072-001

They join my collection of antique French Métis dishtowels.

Springtime in Paris 106

Make sure you pick up some Maille mustard while in Paris too.

Springtime in Paris 067

The kitchen table is set for le petit déjeuner (breakfast).

Springtime in Paris 006

Bicycles and flower carts are often seen in Paris and this centerpiece charmingly combines the two.

Springtime in Paris 030

Would you care for some French press coffee?

Springtime in Paris 015-001

It’s delicious when paired with pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant).

Springtime in Paris 080

There are some additional offerings on the counter.

Springtime in Paris 044

Perhaps you would like a bit of quiche?

Springtime in Paris 035

My favorite quiche recipe is from “Mastering The Art Of French Cooking”.

Springtime in Paris 079

Clean up will be a breeze.

Springtime in Paris 052

I’ll use one of my vintage French dishtowels.

Springtime in Paris 051

I hope you enjoyed my Parisian Spring Home Tour. Next up is Monica Wants It. You won’t want to miss seeing her delightful home!

Au revoir,


Here is the complete list of all of the homes on the tour.

Monday - March 21

A Stroll Thru Life - Marty

Cuckoo4Design - Julia

Life on Virginia Street - Sarah

Thrifty and Chic - Alicia

Snazzy Little Things -Jeanette

Rain On A Tin Roof - Jenna

Tuesday - March 22

Making Home Base -Chelsea

Claire Brody Designs -Claire

Driven By Decor - Kris

Eleven Gables - Emily

Bliss @ Home - Kristin

Hymns & Verses - Doreen

Wednesday - March 23

Style Your Senses -Mallory

Our Southern Home - Christy

Simple Details - Pam

Decor To Adore - Laura

Monica Wants It - Monica

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

Thursday - March 24

Decorating Delirium - Jennifer

Simple Stylings - Summer

Remodelando La Casa - Cristina

Life Love Larson - Andrea

Our Fifth House -Carmel

No Minimalist Here - Sherry

Friday - March 25

Dimples & Tangles -Jennifer

Refresh Restyle - Debbie

Far Above Rubies -Anita

Talk Of The House - Kelly

Tidbits & Twine -Kim

It All Started With Paint - Linda

Linking to:

Kelly’s Corner, Cuisine Kathleen, Between Naps On The Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Made in a Day, Charm Bracelet Diva, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Classy Clutter, 21 Rosemary Lane, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush,French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors,The Dedicated House, Simple Details, Sundays At Home and…



Julia Konya said...

Love the touches of Tiffany Blue throughout your home

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

How fun - your home is so lovely and filled with your Parisian treasures! I love your pretty tablescape with the macaroons and flowers!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Lovely! I'm drooling over that collection of copper pots!!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Beautiful details Laura, I feel as though I have taken a little trip out of the country.
Such lovely treasures around each turn of your lovely home.
I have a set of copper pots as well, don't they cook so evenly:)

Stacey said...

Laura, this just couldn't be prettier. I love how light and bright Storybook Cottage's just perfect to showcase your Parisian treasures. I love the blue you use in your house.

Terri Steffes said...

Beautiful! So fresh and lovely!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, so beautiful. I feel like I went on a vacation to Paris. I love your home and you have decorated everything so beautifully. Love, love, love all those fabulous copper pots. Thanks so much for joining the tours, this is truly a treat.

Kathleen Jerry said...

Laura, you brightened my day! My favorite styles are country french and county cottage. As a matter if fact I have the same china cabinet I purchased almost 30 yrs ago.Thanks again for the delightful tour. said...

So lovely. I really like the photo of you in front of that french shop!

Jeanie said...

I wish I could find something about this post to say I liked it the best, but when it's all the best, that's a really tough job! All I can say is that every detail is exquisite, the colors, the textures, the elegance, the beauty -- everything! I'd love to sit at either your tea or breakfast table (I just put Julia back on the shelf after my Boeuf B. this weekend -- I think she'll need to come out again for that quiche!). It's filled with spring and life and I every bit is as sweet as a macaron!

DD's Cottage said...

Thanks for the tour of your colorful and cheerful home-loving all the French details!

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Laura I love all of your color and beautiful florals. Paris France is one place I've always wanted to visit, and just in case I never get there at least I have seen your home in the spring!
XO Barbara


How lovely your home is with your French touches!
Easter blessings!

Susan Freeman said...

It's all so lovely Laura!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Laura said...

Laura- this is all just lovely.
Your elegant, classic touch shines through everything you do.
What a wonderful spring time treat for the eyes!


Bonnie said...

Delightful post. Love seeing you in front of Laudree. It is a beautiful tea room with such panache.
Loved your home tour with french touches.

Sue said...

Your french inspired spring home is perfect Laura. I still vividly recall seeing Monet's garden in bloom, heavenly. My last trip was the very day my first grandchild was born. Minutes before leaving for the airport I was able to hold her ~ then off to Paris where I purchased her first birthday dress. What a memory!! {she will be 11 this month, so I think I am due for another trip to Paris}

Christine said...

This is a silly request but sometime (when you are ready), would you show us your supply closet? How do you store all your bric-a-brac's? Do you store them by season or by items, like flowers?

Your home has been transformed into such a beautiful place.

Carol said...

Everything looks so pretty and delicious, too! You paid such close attention to detail, and yet it looks to be an effortless act.....perfection!

Warm hugs,

Eilis said...

Thank you for the quick trip to Paris! Your home looks enchanting. I'm drooling over your collection of copper.

lynn cockrell said...

Laura, this post is absolutely wonderful! I love every little detail. I will be coming back again in the next day or so to check things out more closely. Makes me want to be in Paris right now! I will take notes so I can go to some of those wonderful shops someday (still hoping)!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Laura, I have never been to Paris, but I just felt like a had a little tour and I'm swooning over your decor to adore!! Yes, please, I'd love to try your two favorite teas, with a yummy croissant. Your teapot filled with flowers...oh my sigh...and your flowered Eiffel Tower is so pretty. I'm impressed by the shininess of your copper pots and don't they look so pretty in your lovely kitchen? Thank you for the wonderful tour. Happy Easter blessings to you!

Cristina Garay said...

That's it. I'm booking my Paris vacation right now! :)
Laura, What a joy touring your beautiful home filled with all those little details.. Lovely!
p.s. I couldn't pin. The images don't show. :(

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Cristina,

Thank you so much for your visit.

It takes a moment of hovering your mouse over the image and then a small red and white box that says "Pin" appears in the upper left hand corner. I have yet to learn how to add the other style of pin but it is on my to do list.

Enjoy the holiday!

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

Laura, I just loved this post!! I love the mélange Laduree tea blend... I haven't tried any of their other favors! It seems you can only buy them in the store, unless you know of a place you can get them online? I will have to go read your France posts! I also loved E. Dehillerin, bought some tart pans and wooden spoons, wish I bought more of both!!

Jennifer Lippi said...

Laura you home is such a delight. I agree with all the others that I feel as though I was transported to Paris. I adore the elegant simplicity of your entry and I see we both share a love of gold mirrors and tassels. Thank you for overflowing inspiration. xo Jennifer@decoratingdelirium

Laura said...

Laura- each vignette is as beautiful as the previous one.
You are so talented my friend!

This is perfect for TOHOT.

Daniela said...

How elegant your style is, my darling Laura, it recalls something old but with the addition of something more recent, taken from the French style, you've truly reached the top of the charm, thank you for inviting me at your wonderful home today !

Sending blessings on your Easter celebrations,

With sincere gratitude


Chelsea Coulston said...

The pastels are very nice and so are those blue chairs!

Carol Lander said...

Laura, we are French soul sisters. I love anything French, too, and Iim always looking for accessories that have a French vide. I love how you blended the French into your home decor. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party #28.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, So Beautiful! What a pretty Spring tablescape.

yuni min said...

love how you brought Paris into your home!! and a beautiful home I might add! I'll be right over to have some of those yummy macarons! ;)

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You home is so charming - I loved the spring touches.