Inspiration File ~ Monastic Simplicity

A room that asks nothing of you…the ultimate luxury. Wishing you a peace-filled day. xo~ image via Maisons Côté Sud Dec 05-Jan 06 linen & lavender visit our new site:

A Christmas Gift

…from me to you: A special playlist I put together for the holidays. Tip:  Right click on the playlist link and open it in a new tab so you can enjoy uninterrupted music play as you browse. {l&l’s Holiday Playlist} I’ve put one of my favorites at the top:  “All I want for Christmas is […]

Holiday Glow

   May the beauty of the season be yours. Images via: Côté Sud Côté Ouest Art et Décoration Campagne Visit the HOLIDAY section of the emporium  and the APOTHECARY section for candles and essential oils .. See GIFTS we ♥ and GIFT WRAP we ♥ You might also like: The Very Best of Burl Ives Christmas including:  Silver […]

shopping days…

  image via Côté Ouest Dec01-Jan02 I’m all cozy at home shopping on-line today…making my way through my list of family and friends.  I thought I’d take a moment to share one of my favorite gift ideas- a magazine subscription. Here is how you can make a magazine subscription special and on par with any gift you […]

Travel – Château de Ker Nelly

Château de Ker Nelly, built in 1895 as a private vacation villa and soon after expanded into the Neo-Gothic style we see today, is situated on the Côté de Granit Rose (Rose Granite Coast) of France in Trébeurden, Bretagne (Brittany) —just a stone’s throw from the sea and situated south-west with fabulous panoramic views.  Streamlined furnishings, […]

Bathing Room, Maisons Côté Sud

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Alfresco! Alfresco!

 image via Côté Sud Isn’t outdoor living the best? Reading, napping, dining…everything seems better outside.   I’m excited that the nights are getting warm enough for a little outdoor yoga.  The renovation is still going on around here (don’t ask), but I made it a point to clear out and reclaim what I call our “stone seating area” […]

Linen, naturally.

Love the simple, casual design of this ottoman cover.  Natural linen is a favorite of mine (surprise, surprise) and if there is a white slipcover somewhere in the mix, all the better.  I never, ever tire of the combination.  It is always fresh and appealing to me.  (Of course, gorgeous floor-to-ceiling stone as a backdrop doesn’t […]

And the winner is…

…”Lone” of the blog: krea-krampen  from Odsherred, Denmark! Congratulations, Lone!  You have won a 1 year subscription to Côté Est Magazine!  Please email me to discuss the details.  I very much look forward to meeting you! LeAnn, linen & lavender  I’m off to celebrate my birthday with my daughter, Alex, who planned a day of fun for […]

Spring cleaning, Here and Now

via Maisons Côté Est We are enjoying a beautiful Spring day here in Southern California.  The blue, blue skies and sunshine have motivated me to change out all the winter linens for the summer linens.  All the cushions and slipcovers are getting washed as well and everything is going outside to be dried in the fresh air.  I remember my Great-Aunt Melba saying one time […]

If on a winter’s day…

…you find yourself with the luxurious combination of time, a comfy sofa and a good book…here’s the perfect drink:   Recipe from  ENLIGHTENED CHOCOLATE   by Camila V. Saulsbury For more than 200 delicious recipes: .. the emporium image via:  Maisons Côté  Sud Interesting read: .. Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods) see our new site:

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne                Auld Lang Syne by Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis on Grooveshark   Robert Burns’ original Scots verse: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne* ? CHORUS For auld lang syne, my […]

Sleeping Pretty

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Design Daily – Kitchen

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Inspiring Architecture

French Architect – Philibert Delorme 1510-1570 Lyon, Saint-Jean quarter Image via  Maisons Côté  Est linen & lavender Maisons Côté Est (us)  ~ (fr) ~ (de) see our new site:

Design Daily – stone stairway

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Design Daily – gray exterior & French Country Style

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Design Daily – living room, chandelier

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Design Daily – Holiday Menu Planning

It’s that time of year at my house. —Holiday menu planning and tableware inventory is officially underway!   image:  Maisons Côté  Sud linen & lavender see our new site: You might also like: Entertaining in the French Style Thanksgiving Around My French Table new release Winter Celebrations