What does it mean to have Outlander inspiration? As I watched the second episode, “Not in Scotland Anymore” of the Outlander series on Starz, I was overwhelmed with the authenticity of the gorgeous costumes and sets designs. This time, instead of being drawn into the Scottish Highlands, the story unfolds in Paris. The lavish fabrics are breathtaking. Good heavens, even the shoes are to die for. Shoes! The Outlander inspiration hit me.
Resembling the beautiful shoes worn in the French court, I happen to have a Limoges box in the shape of a blue shoe with a gold buckle. It must have been inspired by Louis XV. This handsome shoe is part of a collection of Limoges boxes, that mostly belonged to my dad. He gave me a few over the years but most of them were his.
I decided to try my hand at creating a pleasing display, by arranging the Limoges boxes on my recently updated provincial secretary. (To see the recent update of the secretary click here.) In addition to the decorative boxes, I gathered as many things as I could find from around the house that I thought would say, “French”. Although I would say the tone is more French country.
Let’s see, I have a blue and white checked cloth, ticking, dried lavender, a decorating book French Country Signature by Charles Laudree and a Limoges box in the shape of a hen. Very French. The only thing missing is toile, but no one’s perfect.
The lavender is from my back yard, which I cut and hung to dry a few weeks ago.
Remember, collections have more impact when grouped together, rather than scattered around a room.
If I could pick out one favorite, it would have to be the West Highland Terrier. It reminds me of my Westie, Dottie that I lost last December. Sweet memories, thanks dad.
Can’t wait to see what Outlander will inspire next.
Linking up with Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage