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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

All thIngs FrenCH
 The fleur-de-lis (or fleur-de-lys; plural: fleurs-de-lis; ) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. Fleur-de-Lis is a fictional character, a crimefighting hero from France associated with the Global Guardians of DC Comics in the early 1990s.  So now that we have clarification on the symbol.  Let me share with you, my little French pieces I have scattered about here and there.  I have always liked this symbol, it is pretty, and obviously has meaning.
On July 9th, 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal signed into Louisiana Law that the State's symbol would be the 'lily flower' or, as it has been known in France for ten centuries, the Fleur-de-lis ! I just found that out two years ago, never knew that!
Here are a few of my favorite Fleur de lis pieces.....

This is a little hallway when you enter from the Garage.  This light is from the 1940's era, one of my favorite lights.  The shield I had custom made many years ago through Ballard designs.
This piece I bought at Kirklands for $5.00 a couple of years ago...I of course spray painted it!
This piece is on the back of our house, the back deck FP exterior wall. 

This is another iron piece I found for cheap and my husband hung it outside the mudroom door,

And speaking of French.......
Alex my older son, just asked me the other day what a French kiss was.....I was a little tongue tied to say the least! I did however tell him, and he said OH! That was easy enough.....oh the joys of teenage years!

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Blogger Unknown said...

Oh You are so cool!!!
I love this and i love Lilies and fleur de lis designs!!!
I have a lot in the house (i bet you are surprised) LOL.
Thanks for linking :)
Do you have your funny picture link Friday ?

May 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

I love fleur-de-lis!I also love that metal art on the back of your house! So pretty.
Regarding the teenager years ... they are fun and full of drama...If it's not your kid, it will be someone else's kid dragging yours into their drama! I've always talked to my girl's about s-e-x. Whenever I bring something up, they always say "I know mom, you've told me before".
You know they are hearing things at school & you can't leave it up to the Urban Dictionary for them to find the answer to something.

May 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I was reading along and enjoying your historical post and viewing the lovely pictures and them blam! There is a monkey with it's tongue sticking out and I was dying laughing. Cute post and glad he took that info so calmly.

May 1, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Debbie...auch a great post...I love all things I love al your french things! The sheild painted on the wall is favorite...and od course you gotta love the fleur-di-lis!

Off to Le Chateau to check out everyhting!

Have a wonderful weekend!

May 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deb! Only one question- again- HOW DO YOU CLEAN all these intricate parts of your house? It is really okay. Tell me. Are you a duchess of some sort? I swear i won't tell anyone. Just let me know.

May 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what has made this motif so popular these days. It's everywhere on clothes, accessories and home decor. I'm a big fan of all things Medieval, so anything along the lines of calligraphy and heraldry catches my eye.

May 1, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger One Photo said...

Ooohhh la la! C'est magnifique! Votre jardin maison et fleurs, tout sont tres jolie!

OK - I'd better stop there before I run out of french conversation pieces! Lovely as always

May 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

I love all things metal and your added touch of paianting them bright colors really makes them special! I also love yesterday's post about the lemon ellow. Those measuring cups for Pier 1 are darling....I need them. Thands for the plant advice!

May 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Here On Crow Creek said...

You have a beautiful home! I love those fleur de lis to. As a matter of fact I bought some fleur de lis ribbon last night for some shades I was goin to use for my daughters chandelier.

May 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Oh the joys to teaching our children. Too funny. I always say you can never have too many fleur de lis around. I am from Louisiana and have one around my neck right now.

May 1, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Dianna said...

Love the metal art on your house.

May 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM  
Anonymous malia said...

love your fleur-de-is collection...
visiting from the French Obsession Party (-:

May 1, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Oh sweetie i just love your posts! Your home is delightful and oh so colorful! Love color! Thank you for stopping by!

May 1, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I love the decor!! You have amazing style!!! You could totally come to my house and revamp it!!

May 1, 2010 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

AAHHHHH!! That last photo was hilarious!! I don't even WHAT i'm going to do when my son hits me up!! Also a HUGE fan of the fleur de lis!!! Eventually when I post some of my home you'll see that's the theme in my main bathroom! ;)

May 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Me! Debbie I'm raising my hand for my love of the fleur-di-lis as well. I posted on them a long time ago too. They are just everywhere in our home.

Yours are all so gorgeous! Love the blue cross. What a pretty and vibrant color. Lovely post!

*Smiles & Blessings* ~Melissa :)

May 1, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Ooouuu! I bet I'd be quite surprised to find out how many fleur-de-lis I have! I'll have to do a count now. Neat idea! I love that flower, is it in your yard? It's beautiful!

May 1, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Such gorgeous pictures! I love all your art hanging on the outside of your home! I've been looking forever for something for the front of my house and can't find anything (well that isn't too pricey) Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Take care

May 1, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Love the fleur-de-lis photos...I bet they are scattered around my house, too! Love the photo with the French Kiss always take me by surprise LOL!

May 2, 2010 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I love all your fleurs! I own exactly one...I better get busy if I want to be able to say I'm a fan!

May 2, 2010 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

All gorgeous "frenchy" things Debbie. I have to say I love those iron pieces.

May 2, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

The lily Fleur de lis is perfect! What a good eye!

May 2, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Allison Shops said...

I have never seen a lily shaped like the one in the photo you posted. I agree with Pam, better for you to answer their questions than for them to ask someone their own age or look it up in Urban Dictionary. Be thankful they are comfortable enough to ask!

Thanks for stopping by Atticmag and commenting on Jane's White Firehouse kitchen post.


May 2, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Another charmer to look at already this morning. You are great at the animal shots. Wonderful capture of expressions. Now, about the, love, love it. Heading over to make sure I'm not just a follower, but you are also on my BlogRoll. I just love finding at least one new blogger a week that {truly} inspires me to keep on being creative.

May 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

everything is full of quality tastes,
Nice to visit here.
Happy May!

May 2, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Natalie of said...

hey hey! some of your readers have stopped by my blog so i had to check you out and i'm so glad i did!! i loveee your background. can't wait to explore some more. you have a new follower!

May 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Diann said...

Hiya Debbie!

Oh, I am lovin' all your Fleur de lis!

May 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Begoluna said...

The fleur-de-lis looks more like an iris than a lily to me... Maybe they're in the same family?

Hey Frenchy, from Le Château des Fleurs, I left you my first comment on your wonderful web page. I suggested you could make a fleurs-de-lis necklace. :-)

This heraldic symbol is also part of Spain's (my country) coat of arms, as it's associated with the Bourbon king dynasty.

Isn't that the tattoo Lady de Winter, the bad girl in The Three Musketeers, had on her arm? Oh, la-la!

Lady Debbiedoos' fleurs are very colourful! Keep on Kryloning!! :-D

May 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Momma Fargo said...

Great post! Love the french kiss. You are so fabulous! Wait until the kiddo asked you other I have 20 bucks and the car? HA!

May 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie love this post because I LOVE anything fleur-de-lis!! Love the mosaic very pretty. Martina

May 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Tawny said...

Oh my, I am SO NOT looking forward to those questions! Hopefully it scared/grossed him out a bit!
I love how you looked through your home to find your French touches. I have NEVER thought of it, but I too have many French fluers I could photo too :)

May 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Love all of the fleur de lis! So pretty!

Not looking forward to the teen years.

May 2, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Love all your fleur de lis!!! So pretty! Here is something to tell him about a French kiss. One of my BFF's (how cool am I with my ling and all!) married a British boy and lives in England. Well, shortly before they were married, they were there arranging some of the details for the wedding and she was meeting all the family. Daniel's grandpa asked her for a french kiss. She panicked and everyone cracked up. Their version of a french kiss is the kiss on each cheek! She is so modest anyway! She just wanted the floor to open up and swallow her when she thought the grandpa wanted her to stick her tongue down his throat!

May 3, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

Hi Debbie, Love your fleur-de-lis's all about your lovely home. Is that a St Joseph's Lily I see? It is beautiful. I loved your post even though I have a bad taste in my mouth for the French right now. I just got back from a 21 day tour in Europe. Part of the trip was on a cruise ship. We had docked in the south of France for a day trip to Paris. A "Frenchie" union allowed 40 empty tour buses to enter the port and load up with tourists from two cruise ships. They then blocked the gates out of the port with fires and flares. Held us on the buses for over two hours before port security cancelled our tours. Our little French tour guide was almost in tears. She said it was her first day of work in about a week and a half because of the volcanic ash. Some of our Veterans on other tours bound for Normandy were REALLY TICKED!! Fortunately we were welcomed with music and dancing at other European ports. We were supposed to spend an additional two days in Paris after the cruise segment ended but chose not to try it. I still love the French fashion and decor. For now, I will just enjoy it from afar and by visiting your lovely home. As usual you have done a beautiful job with your camera. You have a great eye!! hugs, Savannahgranny

May 3, 2010 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger cleanfreak said...

I am planning a French flair in the new home. Black and whites and pops of color. kinda a romantic /Gothic twist. Just a few more weeks to go. Deb your talents are endless and its so good you are here to share. Lovin your touches! Carrie

May 4, 2010 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Holly Lefevre said...

I LOVE fleur de lis...I h=even had my hubby by me a diamond one as my b'day/mothers day/you are making me move away form everything I have ever known gift!

I have that same iron piece you have on the back of the house...I am thinking mine needs spray paint.

May 5, 2010 at 1:34 AM  

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