SUMMER IS HERE AND CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!

Summer is here and change is in the air!

As excited children everywhere begin to retire their books and welcome the fun adventures that lie ahead, we begin to embrace the freedom that summer often brings.

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So wonderfully carefree!

I love summer for a variety of reasons: the days are longer, the air is warmer and the anticipation is greater. It brings to my mind, delightful memories of sipping ice cold lemonade, the sound of laughter, the smell of sunscreen and travelling to faraway places.

In France, the country that inspires Couleur Nature; the beginning of summer means leaving your worries behind and experiencing the joys that await you. The French refer to this as, “Le Grand Départ” or “The Great Departure”. They take this time of year to journey to new destinations for a little well deserved rest and relaxation. We could all take notes from the French on how to appreciate the pleasures that life has to offer, I know I certainly could!

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However, if you don’t find yourself able to explore new and exciting places this summer like those of our French friends, pas de soucis! Take a break, grab some pals, mix a cocktail and enjoy the sun! Bonjour Summer!

Couleur Nature Lookbook: Holiday 2013

Featuring a few of our favorite holiday patterns, here’s our table linen lookbook for this year’s holiday season.

Gooseberry

Gooseberry Table Linen with Hemstitch Napkins and Cafe Glasses

Items Featured:

Hemstitch Rouge Napkins

Hemstitch Kiwi Napkins

Café Glasses in Green

Gooseberry Tablecloth

 Gooseberry Tablecloth

Walnut Bark Bar Tools Set and Cafe Glasses

 Café Glasses in Amber

Walnut Bark Bar Tools Set

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The Grateful Giveaway: Winner and Favorites

The Grateful Giveaway: Winner and Favorites

 

Welcome back, everyone! Are you all excited for Thanksgiving? We’re excited to announce the winner of our last giveaway, who’ll be receiving  the beautiful Fleur des Indes tablecloth we featured in  the post. But first, we’d like to share some of our favorite entries.

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The 4th of July: Barbecues, Fireworks, and Freedom

American Eagle

Via AmericanLiveWire

 

Independence Day, or as most of us call it, the Fourth of July, is next Thursday, folks. As you know, the holiday was created in celebration of the signing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring America’s freedom from Great Britain. We Americans celebrate this day every year with patriotic displays of fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, baseball games, family reunions, and the occasional quiet introspection about the sacrifices our ancestors made and the greatness they achieved.

 

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The Origin of Father’s Day

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Via The NY Times

Father’s Day is this coming Sunday. It is a holiday celebrated worldwide,  honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In the US, and in many other countries, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

Some might figure that a holiday celebrating such an essential part of life would have been around for ages, but it only just became an official holiday about three decades ago.

How did Father’s Day come about? Most historians agree that it was created to complement Mother’s Day, which was first celebrated in 1908. There are many people who claim responsibility for the holiday’s creation. However, most people credit Father’s Day to a woman, believe it or not, by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd.

 

Sonora Smart Dodd

Via Boone County YMCA

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Mother’s Day: Staff Picks

Mother's Day: Couleur Nature Staff Picks

 

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, so we asked around the Couleur Nature office to see which table linen collections people would give their mother as a gift.

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Holiday Tabletop Extravaganza: All the Little (and Not-So-Little) Details

Couleur Nature's Tabletop Extravaganza Part II

Welcome to Couleur Nature’s Holiday Tabletop Extravaganza, where we bring you all the best ideas for holiday entertaining! Because there are just so many ideas out there, the Extravaganza is split into 2 parts: The Big Picture and All the Little (and Not-So-Little) Details!

If you haven’t seen Part I yet, you can check it out first at Holiday Tabletop Extravaganza: The Big Picture.

Part I was all about ideas for the big, general theme of your holiday celebration. In Part II we’ll explore all the details you can use to make this year’s holiday a celebration to remember, from place card holders to chandelier garlands and grand entrances!

So without further ado, I give you:

All the Little (and Not-So-Little) Details

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Holiday Tabletop Extravaganza: The Big Picture

Couleur Nature Holiday Tabletop Extravaganza Part 1

 

Welcome to Couleur Nature’s Holiday Tabletop Extravaganza, where we bring you all the best ideas for holiday entertaining! Because there are just so many ideas out there, the Extravaganza is split into 2 parts: The Big Picture and All the Little (and Not-So-Little) Details!

The first part, The Big Picture, will focus more on big, general themes for your celebration, and in Part II we’ll explore all the details you can use to make this year’s holiday a celebration to remember!

So without further ado, I give you:

The Big Picture

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Mellow Monday: Winter Wonderland in France

Welcome to Mellow Monday, a picture post with beautiful photos from around the web!

Sit back and relax as we present this week’s theme:

Winter Wonderland in France

 

Chateau de Pierrefonds, France

Via Pinterest

 

Château de Pierrefonds

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The Flower of Death

Here in America, it’s not uncommon to see a pot of cheerful chrysanthemums adorning a doorstep.

But in France, that simply wouldn’t be done.

This time of year, mums can be seen everywhere across France, sold at roadside stalls and overflowing in supermarket parking lots.

Pots of Chrysanthemums in Lyon, France

Via NBC News

But their cheery colors belie their somber symbolism in French culture.

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