What I’ve Been Up To And Revealing A Little Secret

I took a little break ….

So I will let you know what I’ve been up to and revealing a little secret.

What have I been up to? …. I traveled to California with my hubby.

He had a conference there and we decided to take a few extra days

to enjoy the beautiful Southern California Coast.

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Our balcony view at the Monarch Beach Resort. Not too shabby!

We experienced many great places, restaurants, and people!

Some of the places included gardens.


Like these. More to come on where this garden was.

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We had time to visit the home of one of my hubby’s colleagues.

The spouse of the colleague had a vast collection of amazing

antique sports memorabilia and invited my hubby to see his collection.

When we entered their home, I could see straight through to their back yard 

and I stopped in my tracks when I saw this:

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This pergola!    With a fireplace!    The pergola of my dreams.

Exactly what I want to have in our next home.

I have been describing this pergola to my hubby for years

and now he was actually able to see it without having to just envision it.

And of course, the pool in the foreground is definitely on the list for him . . . .

a small lap pool for exercise that is, not a full size pool like this one.

Ok. So we covered some places so let’s move on to some people.

Shirley and Lidy of French Garden House-Housepitality Designs

I was thrilled to have been able to meet and have a great time

with the lovely, sweet and talented

Lidy of French Garden House (shop and blog),

and feature writer for shelter magazines such as Romantic Homes, Victoria and more.

We met for dinner one evening along with our hubbies

and the next day Lidy and I spent the day antique shopping (go figure).

The dinner and day out with Lidy was one of the highlights of my trip.

She is a real treasure!

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Lidy so graciously gifted me with this beautiful and exquisitely scented candle.

I have always wanted one of her famous candles!

I will have more posts of my California visit later.

However, in the meantime, I will let you in on a little secret that I been keeping.

Now believe me, it is certainly not earth shattering,

but something I am very excited about.

No, it’s not a book deal or a magazine feature. LOL!

I will give you a hint. It is something that is most used in the house.

Dauphne Canopy Bed-Eloquence-Housepitality Designs

The Dauphne Queen Canopy Bed (in Beach House Natural) !!!

I have “dreamed” about this bed ever since I saw it at the High Point Market.

It is hard to find a dealer of Eloquence in my area and I discovered

that Lidy is one of the Eloquence dealers!

I told my hubby how wonderful it would be to have this bed

and our Anniversary was near . . . hint, hint!

So he gifted me this bed for our Anniversary! YES!!!

I cannot wait till it arrives.  Most likely in a month or so.

He asked me if there will be a domino affect . . . I sort of dodged the question.

Because . . . . .

Eloquence Grand Mademoiselle Bench-Housepitality Designs

Wouldn’t this Grande Mademoiselle Bench look great at the foot of the bed?

Or how about this . . . a pair of these gorgeous Bronte Commodes rather than a dresser.

Eloquence-Bronte Commode-Housepitality Designs

You should see the fabulous things in Lidy’s  shop from amazing antiques to linens, to

tableware to furniture …. yes ELOQUENCE! 

You can see it all at her beautiful website: French Garden House.

And . . . French Garden House is having a SUMMER SALE too!

After arriving home from our California trip, we had one day to recover and then

my hubby had a tournament. Yes, that is the way we roll around here.

Never a dull moment.

Wishing you all a most beautiful day with lots of beautiful moments that are never dull!

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post.

All comments with regard to French Garden House are graciously and happily my own!!!

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  1. Oh, lucky you!! I am sure that will start a domino effect!

  2. How fun! That bed is amazing and so are the bench and commode pieces. That must have been quite a treat to meet Lidy. I like the pergola with fireplace- that will be a favorite spot for you I’m sure!
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  3. I am SOOOO excited for you that you are getting the bed of your dreams!!!! I knew you have wanted it for a long time! I am betting that yes, there will be a domino efect, LOL! Glad you had such a wonderful trip. You are surely blessed.
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  4. PS, I mentioned to Joe the other day about the pergola and fireplace. He knows I have been wishing for a fireplace in the corner of the patio. His response was, “we could still do that”!!!!!!!!!!! I am hoping in earnest now!!!!
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  5. Sounds as though you had a marvelous trip, with lasting memories. Your bed is so beautiful and yes, I agree the bench needs to be with the bed. So wonderful that you had the chance to spend time with Lidy and visit her wonderful shop.
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  6. Oh what a beautiful Bed!!! Yes lucky you!
    Looks like you had an amazing trip!
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  7. I love that pergola and fireplace. How fun that you got to meet Lidy! And that bed!!! OH MY how beautiful it is!!
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  8. Terri SantaColoma says

    OOO, that bed is gorgeous!

  9. That bed is so gorgeous Shirley! You are one lucky lady!

  10. Shirley, YOU are a treasure! I am so happy to have been able to spend time with you and your wonderful husband. A true blessing to count you as a “real life” friend now, instead of just a friend from afar. What a fun day we had (hope I didn’t exhaust you! Orange is such a whirlwind of shops)

    I can’t wait until the bed arrives, it’s a beautiful, beautiful bed that will make for such a gorgeous bedroom retreat in your “forever home” that you are planning. Thank you for the mentions, and all the love, too. Hoping for many more business trips to CA! xo Lidy
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  11. Yay you got your bed, I am so excited for you. We got our last two beds for our anniversaries, a perfect gift for both of you. The bed is sooooo gorgeous you will treasure it for years. I am so glad you had a wonderful trip in my home state. Can’t wait to someday see your new bed in your new home!!!
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  12. Shirley, your trip looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to see more on the garden. I am thrilled you met up with Lidy and then had a day of antiquing…how fabulous that must have been! I am so excited that Tom gifted you the bed of your dreams!
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  13. Sounds like a wonderful trip Shirley and that bed is breath taking!
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  14. I cant wait to see your anniversary gift in your home and to see the domino effect take place.:)

  15. Sounds like you had a great trip! I can’t wait to see your new bed in your new home!!!
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  16. Fun trip and how exciting to be getting the bedroom furniture of your dreams!

  17. I love both your girls! What a wonderful trip! I love Eloquence too and that bed is to die for. Happy Anniversary!
    Hugs, Jamie

  18. I can see it all coming together in your new home! It will be a hard decision to know where to relax…in the bedroom with the beautiful bed or outdoors by the fireplace in the great pergola! So glad you had a fun trip!

  19. oh la la…tres chic. Bon chance with the other piece too. Sheila
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  20. What a great post and it looks like you had an awesome time and meeting friends as well.
    Happy Anniversary my friend!
    That bed is gorgeous and you are one lucky ‘bride’ too!!
    Blessings to you both.

  21. What a fun trip! I love that pergola,too, but there’s no room in our courtyard.

  22. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says

    Oh wow that bed is amazing and what a fun trip.

  23. omigosh what stunning pieces! I adore that bed!!! sigh…

  24. Shirley, Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! How exciting to find the pergola of your dreams to actually show your husband. I’m sure the entire house was lovely.
    I know you enjoyed your time with Lidy. I like her so much and enjoy her blog. Know the shopping was amazing.
    I’m happy you are getting your dream bed. It is beautiful and the other pieces equally beautiful.
    Have a fabulous week.
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  25. Beautiful bed and perfect anniversary gift! I thought your secret was going to be that you sold your house months ago 🙂
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  26. After all your purging, I’m sure this was a welcome respite. You are amazing at connecting with fellow bloggers.
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  27. That bed is insanely gorgeous! And what lovely photos. Looks like you had such a great time!

  28. Three cheers for the domino effect!!

    My word, Shirley, someone like you DESERVES to have the bed of her dreams–your bedroom is one of the most lovely I’ve ever seen! Hope you love it!
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