Archive for the Decoration & Design Category

Awaken to French Decor

Posted in Decoration & Design, French fabrics, French Quilts, French Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2012 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour my friends,

Why don’t you come and journey with me through some of the French homes and chateaus I’ve stayed in across France and get a sneak preview into the delicious world of French interiors?

We usually need this to enter the French bedroom…

and just imagine who has turned this same key before us last century!

In other French homes, we may well cast our eyes instantly onto beautiful embellished walls of murals and trompe l’oeil decoration. It’s just like stepping straight into a glossy page from ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ magazine. I don’t mind a bit of Mary Poppins transporting myself.

I can take you through unexpected rooms of historical significance as we enter century old libraries with artworks and even brocante antique bird cages…

And you’ll enjoy the quircky world in the homes of french provincial artisans who simply allow imagination to run wild… even in the bathroom.

And they’ll welcome us in elegant Bretagne interiors with more refined French simplicity

and chateaus where their wonderful ambience are true testaments to the passion of their generational owners. My french awakening to decor with its unique French appeal using beautiful french fabrics and quilts, made my stay even more inspiring and memorable than you can imagine.

But keep in mind you will sometimes have to polish the patina from an antique balustrade on your way up and down a French staircase…

to breakfast with the stars…

Life can be tough in French interiors.

Discover for yourself. x


Best Wishes, Therese


Awaken to The New Quilt Website and French Inspiration

Posted in Decoration & Design, French Quilts, French Travel, South East France, Therese Waddell's Quilts with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour everyone,

My French Awakening is so pleased to announce the arrival of my new quilt website inspired by France of course!

At long last I’ve kissed goodbye my old quilting website and forged on through ugly IT jargon to produce something new and fresh with new quilt designs from my french awakening. This is your introduction to a whole new Custom made Quilt Section- my very special Memory Quilt Section which may touch the heart and give you some comfort for loving friends and family the way you do. What does it all mean? Well, just go to and have a good look. There’s something for you.

Even though some of you darling people haven’t the foggiest idea on how to sew, I have some easy quilts that will get you started, like my ‘Diamonds Are Forever Quilt’ and a very special section introducing Custom Made Memory Quilts using precious fabrics (of ties, cotton shirts, dresses and so on) from loved ones who have passed away and giving me the honour of combining and transforming such pieces into a beautiful quilt to snuggle under. Colours and design will match personality and I can’t think of anything better than being wrapped in a quilt like this, can you?

Just to give you an idea, my latest Custom Memory Quilt was for a lovely lady who had lost her husband too soon. She provided me with his favourite silk ties which I combined with gorgeous silk from the south of France. They lived near the sea and loved these rich nautical colours so I called the Quilt,’ St Tropez To The Stars- In Loving Memory of John- The Real Star.’ It was a testimony to great times in France!

It gave me a lot of satisfaction to see that she loved the quilt so much!

A special Custom Made Memory Quilt is just what you need to sooth the soul and an answer to not bearing to throw out sentimental clothing of someone you have loved. You know what I mean.

Or perhaps you and yours are lucky enough to still be in the land of the living and would love any of my patterns made up in your own glorious favourite colours for your home or as a beautiful gift, so just send me your enquiries at the following email address at   

I’ll be adding new quilts to my new site for you to enjoy. Subscribe to the RSS feed on the site so as not to miss out on updates.

I hope your having a fabulous day and thankyou for your wonderful wishes of support as always.

Best Wishes, Therese

Awaken to Provence Inspired Quilts

Posted in Decoration & Design, French Quilts, South East France, Therese Waddell's Quilts with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour my friends,

Today is the day we take the warmth of Provence and the roads which wind across its yellow and green fields steadily towards the Meditteranean and show you how I turned a piece of French provincial inspiration into some quilts. I hope you like them!

Here are the results of my Provence experience called, ‘The Road To Provence’ and ‘Provincial Autumn’. It’s all part of my french awakening but up close and personal. Take a look now at ‘The Road To Provence’ Quilt pattern…

The Road To Provence Quilt embraces the warm, rich colours of the South of France as inspiration, where fields of gold, lavender and green are breathtakingly beautiful. I intended that this quilt’s earthy tones and sun blessed colours radiate a feeling of comfort and seduction.

Size of Quilt:  90in x 60in


And here is another…it’s called, ‘Provincial Autumn’…

This quilt represents a Provincial Autumn with its falling leaves and earthy colours surrounding a centre of beautiful French Toile de Jouy fabric.

Size of Quilt: 77 in x 77in

Pattern on SALE for $15 AUS !

These original quilt patterns (and many more) can be ordered directly here:   

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese

copyright@Therese Waddell@2011

Awaken to Chanel with a Chanel Quilt

Posted in Decoration & Design, French Quilts, French Travel, Paris Shopping, Therese Waddell's Quilts with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour everyone,

I hope you’re all well. Thought you might like to take a wee peep at one of my recently finished quilt designs. It was inspired by my first glimpse of the Chanel shop in Paris a long while ago. Remember

The beautiful art of Chanel is so inspirational for me in many ways. With its classic simplicity in line and shape, inspiration took hold of my french awakening and I could think of no other title for my Chanel inspired quilt design than simply “Chanel”.  I can only hope that Coco would have been pleased in some small way. So here it is….

My Chanel Quilt pattern is definately one for the girls this time, especially those interested in fashion with a bag fetish! The colours are bright with a  contemporary youthful feel, which harks back to the words of Coco Chanel herself…

“I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.”

Quilters Alert:  Choose your favourite fabulous fabrics for this one- I’ve used vintage brights from my great aunt’s fabric stash!

This pattern and many more is available at my quilting website:

The SALE price is $25 for those of you who would like to purchase the pattern.

Do enjoy and live wonderfully!

Best Wishes,

Au Revoir,Therese

copyright@2011 Therese Waddell

Awaken to French Quilt Pattern SALE

Posted in Decoration & Design, Therese Waddell's Quilts with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2011 by Therese Waddell


Attention all  QUILTERS. My french awakening is offering now HUGE REDUCTIONS in our CLEARANCE SALE of original FRENCH INSPIRED QUILTING PATTERNS while STOCKS LAST.

CLICK HERE to see just a small sample of what’s on offer THIS MONTH.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

For more patterns go directly to and place your orders for QUILTING PATTERNS which have been SLASHED UP TO  80% off!! That’s a HUGE SAVINGS!

Your order will be automatically REDUCED AT  CHECKOUT so IGNORE the initial full prices when shopping.

Patchworkers and Quilters enjoy!

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell


Awaken to French Parterre Gardens

Posted in Decoration & Design, French Affair, French Gardens, South West of France with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour everyone,

The French really know what they’re doing when it comes to parterre gardens. My french awakening to gardens across France was accompanied by a string of magical and unforgettable images.  Mathematical by design with such precision of symmetry and order, French parterre gardens originated in the fifteenth century by the very clever Claude Mollet during the Renaissance. Today, they have made a remarkable reentry into landscaping and still exude a calmness in our modern world of chaos and dilemma.

Look at this gorgeous back garden of a home in Lautrec, down in the south west of France…

We would all like one of these! You too will find them fascinating and truly beautiful. Even  though I deplore control in most other environments, when it comes to ‘French green’ it’s another story altogether, isn’t it?

The French demand for what I term controlled greenery, does not seem to paralyze the human spirit nor my french awakening and you too will discover that they bring a reassurance and calm while otherwise flitting about on your busy tour of France. French gardens in their formality and sophistication, maintain some certainty principle in their resilience to change over time and that in itself is very comforting.

Wander through a formal French garden and you will understand what I mean.

Here’s another garden with topiaries clipped into submission outside the fabulous Musee Goya in Castres…

and some statuesque evergreen obelisks marking the corners of the parterre garden of Versailles definately giving it je nais sais quoi- that unexplainable X factor. Elegant, non?

Getting around this garden by horse drawn carriage can be loads of fun. Take a look here:

But above all, take time to smell the French roses along the way…

and wander barefoot at least at some time!

If you’re a quilter as well as a garden lover, try my very easy quilt pattern which was inspired by the order and symmetry of French gardens.


Order this pattern and more online at or email me at for any enquiries.

Go on. Visit a French garden.

It will inspire you too.

Have a great day everyone!

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2011 Therese Waddell



Awakening to a French style Christmas

Posted in Decoration & Design, Food and Recipes, French Affair, French Travel, Paris Shopping with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Therese Waddell


Joyeux Noel mon amis,

My french awakening to Christmas with its beautiful blend of old traditions with new, brought on one conclusive discovery- that a French style Christmas may be just what you need!

Imagine a white Christmas…

Sure you may have to scrap away a little snow…

But you can leave all those mundane chores behind…

and allow time to stand still like those in central France.

Some Christmas traditions have been around for a long time. Now the idea of using a Christmas tree (sapin de Noel) was bought to France around the middle of the fourteenth century.Today, some french in country areas opt for using yule logs instead…

which they douse in red wine to keep the logs alight, but this seems a perfectly good waste of french red, don’t you think?

Old French Christmas traditions are fabulous. Hanging candy, fruits, nuts and small toys from snow covered branches is precious for the young at heart…

and arranging a nativity scene (or creche) in a prominent space gives the essential religious dimension to most French homes.

Often village characters (called santons) are used in these manger scenes. Does this say we can all be kings? The figurines, made of clay in the south of France, have been often passed down from generation to generation, so then it becomes familiar and enriching. I like that.

Newer traditions may involve sending an email to the French Santa (who can handle emails unlike the German santa!) and hanging your favourite french decorations of glass- like this chook from Paris for  your tree…

And cooking frozen ones like these in the Loire Valley, for the table…

Or making new pomanders from an aged old recipe of oranges, cloves and exotic spices- a wonderful Christmas treat for the kids. The word ‘pomander’ comes from the French “pomme de’ambre” meaning apple of ambergris -a perfume ingredient. However, times have changed and I for one am not going to attach any pomander to my girdle (as I don’t wear one)  but this was common practice of some women during the Middle Ages!

The little tradition of sticking cloves in oranges and rolling them in spices will fill your Christmas air with a rich earthy yet sublimely sweet perfume and has been known to last for many months into the New Year and even up to the next Christmas! You can wrap them with ribbons to hang or simply give them away as gifts!

Another French tradition is that everyone in France indulges in the main, extended evening meal which usually takes place after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This is known as Reveillon (an ‘awakening’) and where often the traditional french dessert called Buche de Noel is served. (Buche means log by the way.)

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas dessert when you are sitting at a sumptuous french table…

you can’t go past a french yule cake, made in the shape of a tree log. It’s a very light sponge cake rolled and wrapped in chocolate, strawberry or rum flavoured cream, adorned with woodland creatures such as reindeers, perhaps a meringue mushroom or two, then dusted with icing sugar. Have you tasted a piece? It’s heavenly!

I have a recipe right here if you’d like to try…

Buche de Noel (French Yule Log)

You will need:

6 egg yolks

6 egg whites

2 cups cream

1/2 cup icing sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup icing sugar (extra)

1/3 cup cocoa (extra)

1/4 cup white sugar (extra)

pinch of salt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp extra vanilla


1. Preheat oven 190degrees. Line a lamington tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Whip the cream, 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa and 1tsp vanilla in bowl until stiff, then cool in fridge.

3.Beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup white sugar. Add 1/3 cocoa, rest of vanilla and pinch salt.

4. In another bowl, beat egg whites until they have formed soft peaks. Graually add in the extra sugar then fold yolk mixture in and spread onto tray.

5. Bake 12 to 15 min until it springs back when touched.When cooled a little, take out and roll cake up.Allow to cool completely.

6. Unroll the cake, spread the fill generously (after all it is Christmas!) then roll up again and refrigerate.

Decorate with ornaments or candles or nativity figures (its up to you!)

Bon appetite!

So my friends, where ever you may be right now, I hope you have an absolutely beautiful Christmas and celebrate over a meal with those who appreciate who you are- whether it be family or friends or both. Surround yourself with those you love and as for 2011- may each of you keep your dreams alive for an inspirational and successful New Year.

Perhaps next Christmas will be in France!

All the very best and thankyou to all of you – it’s been fabulous!

With love, Therese Waddell