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Rough Luxe ~ Falling for Distressed Walls


I'm intriqued and completely smitten with the distressed walls.  The texture, colour variation, and multiple layers of of timeworn walls inspire me.  Whether elegantly preserved or creatively applied, they're old world appearance is aged to perfection. 

Peeling Walls Theyre Sophisticated, Timeworn & Aged To Perfection — DESIGNED w/ Carla Aston

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distressed silk wall panels at Warwick Castle.
Distressed silk wall panels at Warwick Castle

Applied technique tutorial here.  Looking for instant gratification? Wallpaper here, here, and here



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Happy Monday, Plus Delicious Spicy Fish Tacos with Cole Slaw and Lime Crema


I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We're at my parent's lake house.  I love the serene boat rides along the lake and watching the kids have fun.

Spicy Fish Tacos with Cole Slaw and Lime Crema

These are easy to make and are great to make on the grill.  I mentioned how much my husband loves his new grill and I rarely had to cook dinner this summer {bonus!}.  You won't be disappointed with this recipe.


2 lbs snapper fillets
salt and pepper
2 tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp canola oil

For cabbage slaw:

4 cups (loosely packed) shredded cabbage
⅓ cup chopped cilantro
2 green onions, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp white sugar

For lime crema:

⅓ cup sour cream
3 tbsp mayonnaise
juice and zest of 1 lime
salt, to taste
warmed tortillas (corn or wheat), for serving
  1. Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and cumin. Sprinkle over fish on both sides. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a grill pan on medium-high heat. Add half of the fish and cook until the edges are opaque, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until fish flakes easily with fork, and is just ever-so-slightly translucent (it will finish cooking with the residual heat). Transfer fish to a plate and repeat with remaining fish.
  2. To make cabbage slaw, toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. To make crema, whisk all ingredients together and season to taste with salt.
  4. Serve fish in warmed tortillas with cabbage slaw and a drizzle of crema.
yield: 6-8 tacos

Wishing you a wonderful week!



photo via here, recipe via here

Bon Weekend, Plus Couture Cocktails


Bon weekend, mon ami's!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.  We will be going to my parent's lake house for a few days to relax and play on the lake.

Couture Cocktails

This cocktail is perfect for the weekend here. It will be a scorching 100 degrees today.  I suppose I can't complain too much since the weather has been lovely, especially in the evenings.

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas


2 ounces grand marnier
2 ounces orange juice
1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce coconut water
1 ounce canned light coconut milk
1 ounce simple syrup
unsweetened shredded + toasted coconut for glass rims
orange + lime slices for serving


To rim glasses, fill a plate with coconut. Rub honey or left over frosting on the rim - anything sticky that the coconut will stick too - then place on the plate to coat with coconut. Fill glass with ice.
Combine all grand marnier, orange juice, tequila, lime juice, coconut water, coconut milk and simple syrup in a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and garnish with wedges of orange and limes.
yield: makes 1 cocktail

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!  I hope it's beautiful where you are...


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Photo via here, recipe via here

This Week's Musings...



 Sur Mer, France

This week flew by in the wink of an eye.  I love the ease of summer ~ mornings with warm sunlight filtering through the windows and lingering cups of coffee, the smell of fragrant flowers in the garden, afternoon pastries, late evenings on the patio while watching the kids catching and releasing fireflies and enjoying a cocktail or glass of champagne..., mostly moving at a slow pace and soaking in each of life's moment.

Payard (Paris-ish)


Paris | by KT Merry



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Charming French Blue Doors


Blue Door, Paris Photography, Turquoise, Pastel, French Home Decor, Paris Print, Baroque, Architecture, Ornate - First Impressions on Etsy, $35.00

I love the blue doors of France and currently dreaming of one of my own.  My front door has gone through a few colours and is currently red.  In need of new paint, I'm deciding which shade of blue will work with the current colour scheme of brick and brown or if I should switch to a different shade of red.

Paris -  Blue Doors

Taken by my sister Cheryl in the Marais district of Paris, for me. (I was almost in the photo!)

Paris Photography- French Decor- Home Decor- Wall Art-   "No. 69" cerulean blue- rustic home decor- paris chic- 8x10 on Etsy, $30.00

Paris Photograph  Navy Blue Door Parisian Travel Fine by ParisPlus

Not a door but I love the colour of the shutters, especially with the pink flowers.  Gorgeous.

Old Grimaud, Provence, France



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