Taa-daa. . . the perfect end, to a perfect week of holiday decorating filled with personal treasures, personality, creativity, beauty, and bounty: the promised giveaway of award-winning interior designer (and beloved friend), Betty Lou Philip's latest book French Impressions.
The winners are: Shelley and Gayle Parrish. Please send your addresses to me by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will take care of the rest (or someone will. . .).
FYI, the drawing was made, applying my usual low-tech skills, by My-Reason-For-Living-In-France who drew the names -- written on bits of paper -- from, you'll be happy to know, a lovely old crackly faience bowl.
On The Calendar For Next Week!!!
As mentioned last Sunday, and proven throughout the week I dare say, this is a month of glorious cadeaux for you and for me. I have moved into my role as editor and put most of the writing aside.
In my position as editor-in-chief of my petit monde, some of the most amazing people have agreed to be guest writers.
See what we have to look forward to next week -- truly, isn't this what joy is all about?
Lundi: Vicki Archer will tell us how she decorates. She, I have always felt, is an example of how life isn't fair -- she is a sublime writer and her natural flair for decoration, the way she uses color, creates artistic vignettes. . . I could go on and on, but you'll see tomorrow. I can't think of anyone else who understands French Essence the way she does, every day on her blog and in her new book of the same name.
Mardi: Speaking of great writers, Skye Peale, creator of one of the best blogs out there, Privilege, is doing something on Tuesday. It has to do with gift-giving. We'll see. Who doesn't love a surprise?!
Mercredi: Here's where things get iffy. Theoretically, Brooke Berman, award winning writer, daughter of a woman I loved dearly (as I love Brooke) will write a post about families and holidays. However, Brooke is verrrrry pregnant and her baby was due last week. All I can say is, I hope he will be patient for a few more days.
Jeudi: Books on style on fashion on -- well, you'll see by the Dorky Medievalist, who is absolutely hilarious and here's the funny part, she's an intellectual. Yep. This may be a collaborative effort, I'm not certain. We've been working "undercover" and in code. I'm sure she has everything under control.
Vendredi: Freebies, you'll see. This is a wonderful post.
Samedi: A Weekend in Our Country Shops.
Dimanche: The week before Christmas. (Just wait until I tell you about these gifts!)