Cozy French Great Room

Today I’m taking part in a Cozy Winter Home Tour hosted by Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home thank you Amber for hosting.

Cozy Winter Home Tours

I hope you enjoyed Emily’s cozy living room from LeCultivateur.  She has such a wonderful style, don’t you agree?

Welcome to Cloches and Lavender to see the touches I have added to our home for the winter months.  If you are new to Cloches and Lavender welcome and I hope you will feel inspired.

After the Christmas season is over and the trees and garlands are packed away I have a moment of feeling sad that another Christmas came and went as I take down my treasures,  After the dust settles, I begin to realize my eyes need a break from the clutter and I’m looking to make things simple for the winter season ahead.

I usually like the softness of winter with the whites, and soft greys and  I take a queue from nature.  For me, nature seems to resting at this time of  year getting itself ready to show its beauty for spring.

One of the first thing that happens in our home as soon as the temperatures cool and days get shorter is burning candles.  I have been known to be a slight candle hoarder when my favorites are on sale.  This lady loves to burn a candle in our great room every late afternoon until bedtime.

This year I added extra candles to our winter home because candles add so much warmth.  Flameless flickering candles with timers have made it fun to use them in unexpected ways around the home.

a mason jar covered in fake snow with a candle

I nestled a couple on my bookcase in a votive mason jar I created this season as well as French looking votive holder I purchased last season. 

a white votive jar filled with a votve candle

Since starting a collection of ironstone pieces I have enjoyed adding them to our décor.  During the winter months I find them to add a calming look and the white reminds me of snow that we get in NJ.   I used two small soup tureens, one filled with a favorite of mine, pinecones.

pinecones in a bowl

I left my baby shoe my parents had bronzed when I was a baby from Christmas and filled it with more cedar, this is a special treasure.

  0 This pitcher is one of my favorite finds with its details and looks right at home filled with a touch of preserved cedar and a tiny crown have a resting place.  If you are new to my blog, I have an affection for crowns and use them often here and there around our home.

cedar inside a pitcher with a small crown

I enjoy using silver I have around the house and don’t mind if it’s tarnished a bit I think it adds some charm and character.   Adding a small Florentine picture seemed to finish this spot.

a small Florentine picture

I found the pink transferware pitcher and small plates while thrifting.  The pieces arrived right before we walked in almost as if they were waiting for me.

a small pitcher with greens small pincones and a votive witha candle for warm winter touches

The Currier and Ives plate I found after the new year at an antique mall and fell in love with the scene in the center. 

an old book with a dish sharing a winter scene

One of my favorite pieces is my antique compote.  I have lived in our home for five years and decided to finally try the dehydrate option on my oven between Christmas and New Year’s and dehydrated orange slices sprinkled with ground clove and cinnamon.  The house smelled amazing and I’m thrilled I finally took advantage.  Another one of my crowns with metal roses found a perfect spot for a touch of whimsy.

a compote filled with greens and orange slices

The small Florentine bowl I found with small cherubs I filled with an assortment of different shades of pinecones few even have a shade of lavender.  

small pine cones in a Floretine dish

I use books I have found thrifting for added character and texture. 

The pink books I found on Etsy a few years ago and my heart skipped a beat discovering something I was sure didn’t exist.

antique pink books for a cozy winter
a closeup of the pink books pinecone in a small urn
showing a cozy winter bookcase

A cozy home wouldn’t be complete without pillows and a throw for the nights we snuggle with our pups in front of the fire to watch movies.

a chair cozy for winter wwith a faux fur pillow
another picture of the chair

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our cozy French cottage and will Pin inspiration and follow my blog so you won’t miss the projects coming.

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55 thoughts on “Cozy French Great Room

  1. Your home looks lovely decorated for winter. I am intrigued by your oven’s dehydrate feature. Your oranges turned out perfectly using that feature. If I had it, I’d try to make my own beef jerky.

    1. I have Thermador wall ovens and they have dehydrate as an option. These ovens have a million features I have yet to try. I have been chicken but now I’m going to try them once I figure them out

  2. Love it all Cindy. I am a big candle fan too. They do bring warm, fragrance and pretty to winter evenings. I love love love that little cherub tray you have the pinecones in. Made me swoon looking at it. Your home is cozy and warm for these next few months of winter.

  3. All your winter vignettes are so pretty Cindy! I love all the different textures from the cozy throw to the pinecones to the antique books. I always forget about using dried oranges but I bet this whole room smells amazing. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Oh my goodness, Cindy, you have such lovely treasures and vignettes! Those Currier and Ives dishes are so pretty, and what a find those books were! Wonderful job putting them all together so beautifully.

  5. You have added just the right elements to create a cozy winter home. Candles, throws and comfy pillows are all that are needed for those cozy winter evenings!

  6. I’ve never heard of a dehydrating oven. How cool is that?! I bet your house smelled amazing. I seriously love the compote with the oranges and hello, adding the greenery and silver crown is perfect! Great ideas.

    1. I can’t believe it took me so long to try it out. I’m thinking of other things to create now. and love crowns. Have no idea where I got it from maybe I want to secretly wear one

  7. You have so many charming touches in your warm winter home, Cindy! I think I like the candles best. There’s nothing like that comforting glow on a chilly winter evening!

  8. Cindy, you have a wonderful collection of vintage items that add charm and character to your lovely home. I especially like the C&I plate for the holiday and winter season. From your description, I could almost smell the aroma of scent!

  9. Oh my goodness all the little treasures have me swooning. I love the florentine pieces, the little crowns, the soft candle light and greenery. Of courses the ironstone, transferware, vintage books and pine cones are all wonderful too. I just think everything looks so calm and lovely for winter!

    Thank you so much for joining the winter tours.

    Stay cozy!

  10. Cindy, you have created so many pretty winter vignettes throughout your home. Everything looks just beautiful! You have so many lovely vintage items that create such a warm and inviting space.

  11. Hi Cindy, so many wonderful pieces of French beauty in your shelf vignettes. Each piece is captivating and special. From your candles, to the transferware it all works together beautifully. I’m in love with that small Florentine illustration, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

  12. I love candlelight on these dark winter nights, too, Cindy. It makes this time of year special, rather than just dark and cold. I love your transferware footed bowl; what a treasure! It looks beautiful with the natural texture.Fun hopping with you!

  13. Love your vintage French collectables especially that little crown of roses. So sweet and special to decorate with the things you love. I started collecting ironstone last year and can’t wait to start hunting for more!

    1. Michelle thanks for the visit. As you can see I’m a little obsessed.

      Have fun hunting for more ironstone. I have found mine on Etsy, antique malls and a thrift store we visit. Finding pieces when you are out is the best isn’t it?

      Look forward to seeing your collection grow

  14. Hi Cindy, aren’t thrift shops the best? Love your beautiful transferware pieces you found!! Ironstone is perfect for winter. I didn’t have a lot, but I let our oldest daughter have it. I’ve just got to start downsizing. : ( Have a wonderful week!

  15. Cindy you have such beautiful collections and vignettes! I am a huge candle fan too and love the pink books you scored on Etsy! Thank you for the beautiful Winter inspiration!

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