my shabby chic white bouquet

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]”my shabby chic bouquet” …..  I’m afraid that is just me trying to prepare you for the fact that all my poor roses have taken such a battering this week with the continuing rain, that the white bouquet I had promised has proved harder to put together than I thought.[blank]
[blank]After a very wet walk in the forest this morning, in which Gibson tried on all the muddiest puddles for size,  I got home and picked what I could from the garden before the rain came down again.[blank]

[blank]Here are my shots to get your weekend off to a shabby chic and flowery start.  Thank you for reading me this week, I hope you have something good planned for the weekend.[blank]


Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat June 15, 2012 - 12:52 pm

This is very beautiful – and often we need to use our wits to turn a bad situation into a good one. Our araden is very wet as well. x

Magnolia Verandah June 15, 2012 - 1:17 pm

This arrangement is wonderful – so stylish in a casual way – just the way I like sprays of flowers. Thank goodness Gibson loves the wet, what a good time he must have had.

Kris Vogelsang June 15, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Even with the rain, your flowers and photographs are still stunning. Hope all is dry soon.
Kris at Cricket Acres Studio

Bernadine June 15, 2012 - 1:40 pm

A very beautiful arrangement. Thanks for going out in the mud to put it together. I do love the way you display your flowers. Thanks for the pretty start to the weekend.

Mary Rink June 15, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Everything looks prettier in France!!:) Beautiful!

Sopa Azul June 15, 2012 - 1:45 pm

I love the photo of Gibson. Sure it's a very good dog! Happy weekend from Spain.

Henhurst Interiors June 15, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Lovely photos. I don't think there is anything more beautiful than a bouquet of garden flowers. Have a wonderful weekend, Phyllis

Vida de Campo June 15, 2012 - 2:19 pm

que lindas flores, sempre faço buquê das flores do jardim também, da vida ao lar.

Shabby soul June 15, 2012 - 2:19 pm

You had such a grace to put together all that beautiful flowers.
They seems much more beautiful all together…

Suman June 15, 2012 - 2:39 pm


Katherine June 15, 2012 - 2:48 pm

You have just proven that out of every drop of rain there comes a rainbow. The bouquet is so delicate and romantic.
Enjoy the weekend.

Elizabeth Eiffel June 15, 2012 - 3:24 pm

The bouquet is charming and I love the styling of your images.
Warm regards

kathy peck June 15, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Really beautiful – love the bouquet the way it is. We're remodeling and moving into a new home. Consuming all of my time at the moment, but I enjoy it. Have a good weekend too.

Aleya Bamdad June 15, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Stunning. I love baskets overflowing with flowers and the watering can is a nice touch.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest June 15, 2012 - 4:22 pm

It's beautiful.

We had a historical high rainy spring last year but this year nearly none. I would happily share our sun for someof your rain this time.

Last year it actually rained EVERY SINGLE DAY for 6 straight weeks in a row. We had 2 days of partial sun and then more rain, no ones garden did ok.

Take care – sunny days are coming, I am sure!

Kris June 15, 2012 - 4:32 pm

It may be shabby but I think it is gorgeous! I wish I had the skill you have in putting floral arrangements together. While you are getting your share of rain in France, we could use some in Texas. It's usually very dry in Texas in the summer months and extremely hot. How about we share…I'll send you some sun if you send me some rain! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

hostess of the humble bungalow June 15, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Simply gorgeous!

Mizeltoh June 15, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Beautiful! You have inspired me to go out and gather some of my poor roses (very wet and windy here in Wild West Wales as well), although I know they won't look as gorgeous as your display!

I Dream Of June 15, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Looks like you (and Gibson) made the most of a rainy day. Our roses have taken a terrible beating, too, in this wet June. It makes me so sad to see the poor darlings drooping and wet. But your bouquet is just gorgeous and would brighten any gray weekend. Hope the sun shines through for you at some point! XO

Ashley June 15, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Such beautiful flowers…it seems that the rain is quite frequent in most of Europe (hearing from other blogs)….I don't think I would mind a bit cooler day as it will be 100 degrees here in Califonia today…..Anyhow, I wish you a lovely day =) Xo, Ashley

vicki archer June 15, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Totally gorgeous SHaron… happy weekend… xv

Linda Carswell June 15, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Once again….more stunning photos…wow!!! Yes, a perfect way to begin the week end……Enjoy!

Diane James Home June 15, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Sharon, your arrangement is absolutely breathtaking! I've printed it up and it is keeping your beautiful blue/lavender/white bouquet from an earlier post company on my wall. Have you ever thought of making up note cards from your photography? If you ever do, put me in for several dozen! Hoping your weekend is brighter, Cynthia

Sussi.Sussinghurst June 15, 2012 - 8:16 pm

Lovely, lovely

boomgaard June 15, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Prachtig boeket,



Emom June 15, 2012 - 9:47 pm


Loi Thai, Tone on Tone June 15, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Not shabby at all, Sharon. Chic, yes!! I love your white arrangment in the wicker basket very much! I think the arrangement is delightful.
Bon weekend,

plaits and paisley June 16, 2012 - 12:28 am

Love your arrangement and photos. A perfect casual country setting for genteel afternoon tea!

Heaven's Walk June 16, 2012 - 2:29 am

Beautiful, Sharon! I love the pastels against the rustic basket! 🙂

xoxo laurie

Yvonne @ StoneGable June 16, 2012 - 3:18 am

Just stunning! I love it's shabby, French, overabundance! Sharon these images should be gracing a magazine!

Brad June 16, 2012 - 8:48 am

Beautiful arrangement! Very elegant.


kabayoz June 16, 2012 - 9:43 am

Lovely vignette…pretty bouquet of flowers in that wonderful rustic basket, add the charms of that old watering can and the overall effect is quite beautiful. Love it whenever you post pictures of Gibson. I have a big soft spot for dogs and horses. Your handsome Gibson makes me smile.

Mary Timmers June 16, 2012 - 2:20 pm

I love your bouquets! It's so fun to go to the garden and pick what's there! It always ends up looking good! Thanks for great ideas!

Karena June 16, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Sharon I think it is a most lovely bouquet; adore the basket as well!

Art by Karena
Artist Series 2012

LA CONTESSA June 16, 2012 - 5:18 pm

LOVE GIBSON and the fleurs and THAT WATERING CAN!!!!!!!!

Beadboard UpCountry June 16, 2012 - 5:20 pm

Hi Sharon!
These pictures were beautiful, sometimes I feel battered….. We are getting it with the heat my mint is going south. You did a beautiful gathering and arranging job! Not too shabby!!!!Maryanne;)

Carla June 16, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Absolutely Gorgeous! I

Betsy Brock June 16, 2012 - 8:40 pm

I love your flower arranging style, Sharon…its just lovely! I think the bouquet is stunning….rainy flowers or not!

BRASWELL June 16, 2012 - 9:20 pm

Such a stunning bouquet; here in S CA we have some June Gloom but no rain. Your flowers look beautiful.

Jane, Naples, Florida June 16, 2012 - 10:56 pm

That is the most beautiful bouquet I have ever seen!

Flora Doora

Nancy's Notes June 16, 2012 - 11:05 pm

That is just beautiful, what a brilliant looking bouguet!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style June 16, 2012 - 11:30 pm

So pretty. Love the basket they are in.

Pat June 17, 2012 - 6:27 am

So lush and full. I love the chairs with the soft faded stripes.

Burlap Luxe June 17, 2012 - 7:57 am

Such beauty, your photos are just beautiful inspiring all things romantic.

Thank you for sharing.


Sara.RêveBlanc June 17, 2012 - 10:35 am

Complimenti questo bouquet è semplicemente meraviglioso, romanticissimo! ti abbraccio Sara

Anonymous June 17, 2012 - 10:53 am

Gorgeous pictures of Gibson and your very rustic gorgeous arrangement – it has brought a smile to my face when we are in the depths of a very cold minus 10 freezing frosty day here in the High Country of the South Island (nz)!!!! Love reading your blog – Julia

The enchanted home June 17, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Shabby? No way…..spectacularly beautiful..yes!! LOVE it! Its pretty enough to inspire a painting Sharon! Your arrangments are always so dreamy, do you have a background in floral design or is it a talent you were born with? I am in awe!

Monique June 17, 2012 - 8:37 pm

Ton bouquet est très joli! J'adore les fleurs!
Bonne soirée!

Gladys in the June 18, 2012 - 8:53 am

Those flowers are just devine. I couldn't even notice the roses were battered. And such a cute piccie of Gibson.

Jeanne @ Collage of Life June 20, 2012 - 9:16 am

Love your shabby chic bouquet Sharon…absolutely beautiful. You have a wonderful gift and it shows in everything you do. As for Gibson…would love to know how you tackled the muddy paws before coming in the house. WIth all the rain here..Tika has been having a ball splashing through it all. My solution is to put her in the pool. 🙂
Best wishes Sharon and many thanks for the lovely comments you passed my way.
Jeanne xx


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