08 April 2008

Welcome to my blog!!

I finally took the leap into blogland!! I have admired and followed many wonderful blogs from equally wonderful gals (and guys) for a while and have been inspired to start my own (with a little help from my dear friend and business partner, Lisa - thank you!). I hope to share with you some of the many precious things in my life, be it family happenings, good times with friends, found vintage treasures, special collections or fun projects filling my days..!

I was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, and came to the United States in 1992 after I met my wonderful husband Mark, a Marine assigned to the American Embassy in Lisbon. Our military lives have taken us to set home in California, London, Rabat (Morocco) and finally Oregon. Having lived in eight different homes in just as many years was tough, but provided us with unique experiences and memories we are grateful for... We have 4 incredible children, ages 5 to 12, and feel very blessed!

In addition to my typical suburban soccer mom life, I have, for the past few years, been dealing vintage and vintage inspired finds and creations with my very dear friend Lisa (left, in the picture with me at the Oregon City Antique Faire). For us, our treasure hunting is our Great Escape and we have been having a blast! Our homes are a reflection of our passions (especially for roses!), and we both agree our dears husbands are pretty amazing for not minding!!

I named this blog Maison Douce, which means sweet home in French. I absolutely love the French language, as I was immersed in it from the age of three, having studied in a french school in Lisbon.

For me, there is nothing sweeter than a happy home, full of laughter, love (and chaos!). Small things make me happy, a hug from my children, a little love note from my sweet husband, a pink rose, a well loved barkcloth pillow, a call from a friend, a worn favorite book, and much, much more...!! I hope you will visit me often!


  1. Wow! Let me be the first to comment on your awesome first post. You summed it up perfectly! What a great start. I promise, it will get easier and quicker to post. Can't wait to see what fun things you will share. Sorry to tell you this, but you are officially a blogger and therefore, undoubtably, will become hooked on blogging. It is highly addictive, beware! ha ha

    Love you!


  2. Oh yea!!!
    You did it!! I'm so happy and impressed, are you sure you haven't done this before??
    I didn't get to the site with the link Lisa sent but through another channel..Lisa says it gets easier and faster, but for some of us it is still a long slow process...must be age??
    Welcome, can I put your link on my side bar??

  3. Isabel, I have become addicted to Lisa's (a thing for roses) blog, so have read about I am happy to be able to read your's great and I will return what all you two girls get into.....such a fun relationship and like I told her - I am envious! I'll be looking forward to see what you are doing.....thanks for sharing. Pat at birdnestontheground

  4. Welcome to the wonderful world of blog, Isabel. I'm so glad you have joined this incredible group of people who have formed friendships we never dreamed possible. I met you and Lisa at Flourishes. My dear mother and I were at Monticello for the first time last week and we spent a lot of time in your booth. I have pictures of our adventures there on my blog. I took so many pictures I had to share them over a few days. I'll be back here to visit again soon.

  5. Bravo!!! You had a wonderful first post and I will look forward to many more...

  6. No pressure... but I'm back!! Of course I should be doing my own post instead of reading others!


  7. Welcome Isabel! I'll be reading you!! Good job!!!!

  8. Good Morning,
    I just found your new blog. Seems like everyone has one now but Diane and me. The pictures that Lisa posted on hers of your home are wonderful. Hope to see you one of these days soon.

  9. Congrats on your blog!! May this bring you tons of fun, laughter and joy! Love your collections!!

    Happiness and joy to you,

  10. Welcome to Blogland! It is beautiful and I will enjoy reading and the eye candy! Martha, Vintage Trifles

  11. Welcome to blogging Isabel! You will be a pro in no time at all... I feel as if I already "know" you from following Lisa's! Love all of the fun times you girls seem to have together. Your kiddos are SO adorable! xo Heather

  12. Hello, nice to meet you. I will be back:) Rachael

  13. Hi Isabel!
    Welcome to the lovely land of Blog. You're doing just great already!!

    I got your note about the cart liner. Thank you. I'll contact you privately.

    Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

  14. What a wonderful first blog entry! Your pictures are great fun to look at (the dolls you were fortunate to find are fabulous!) and I will check back often to see 'what's up' with you and your blog! Congratulations! Wishing you a lot of fun writing...


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