Inspiration by invitation...

Posted September 06, 2011 by Christina

A few of my favorite things...  French Chateau's, Peonies, vintage and Astier de Viallatte.  Surrounding yourself with people and things you love is the ultimate luxury.  They don't have to be the trendiest, newest and the most expensive or but they should be what makes you laugh, smile and bring you joy. 
"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony."

William Henry Channing (1810-1884)
Today's post is part of a wonderful group of bloggers who have been brought together by Marsha over at Splenderosa.  This quote is a great example of how so many of us would like to live.  Stop by and see what everyone has come up with.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the short week!



Cindy Albert

I absolutely love this quote!! It totally sounds like something Alexandra Stoddard would have written about.

Happy Tuesday!

Fri Oct 17 15:04:12 2014

vicki archer

Beautiful images….xv

Fri Oct 17 15:04:12 2014

Catherine Robinson

Beautiful images and lovely interpretation, Christina.

Fri Oct 17 15:04:11 2014

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd.

Lovely words and images. We are all so blessed. Mona

Fri Oct 17 15:04:11 2014

under spanish moss

We agree surrounding yourself with things and people you love is so important!
Angela and Renee

Fri Oct 17 15:04:11 2014


Ultimately, the things are just… things. I agree- it’s the people in our lives that are our treasures.

Fri Oct 17 15:04:10 2014

Jacqueline @ HOME

Dear Christina,
Beautiful images accompanied by some beautiful text. I am one of the ‘By Invitation Only’ gang and I am so happy to be part of it with you. XXXX

Fri Oct 17 15:04:10 2014

The enchanted home

Beautiful…..all of my favorite things too!

Fri Oct 17 15:04:10 2014


This color palette is one of my absolute favorites. Nice to meet you:).

Fri Oct 17 15:04:10 2014

Burlap Luxe

Perfect grey beauty over here :)

Have an inspiring week

Fri Oct 17 15:04:09 2014

Charlotta Ward

Chritina, you created the perfect response to William H Channing’s beautiful & inspirational quote.

Love that you shared your favourite things.

Big hugs from Sweden

x Charlotta
Space for Inspiration

Fri Oct 17 15:04:09 2014

Maryam in Marrakesh

I have an obsessive amount of that beautiful mother of pearl handled cutlery! Love it!

Fri Oct 17 15:04:09 2014

Yvonne @ StoneGable

Yes, it is important to surround ourselves with thing we cherish and not with what the style mavens and trend setters say! Bravo for authentic living!

Fri Oct 17 15:04:09 2014


Ohhh, Christina, what a perfectly beautiful, totally “Greige” post you have done! I’m been cruising off the wild Alaskan coastline, where internet has been spotty, so am very tardy to the party. I want each one of you to know how overwhelmed I am with the success of our 1st venture. Thank you so much for participating and for the time you’ve put into our event. Simply splendid. Love you, darling friend….

Fri Oct 17 15:04:08 2014

Lauren Christine

i would love the stay in the chateau for a night, a week, or actually i would just love to call it home :) xx
Golden White Décor

Fri Oct 17 15:04:08 2014

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greige: (gra, grège, gray)
adj: not bleached or dyed;
unfinished; raw