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Midday Muse: Fleur-De-Lys on the House


On a recent stroll through San Francisco, I was delighted when I spotted a fleur-de-lys used as an architectural element on the exterior of a Victorian house. As you may remember, I rounded up some fleur-de-lys home furnishings during my February New Orleans coverage, seeing as it has been a symbol of the city since its birth. The lily-inspired shape is also a symbol of French royalty, and some argue it has Italian roots, so it's not quite a surprise to find it outside of the Crescent City. I always loved seeing them top wrought iron fences in NOLA, but I think the shape works well as an architectural ornamentation, too. Have you seen any in your 'hood? Are there any similar ornate details on the exterior of your home?

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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I LOVE fleur-de-lys! I think that love originated from my love for New Orleans.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
gorgeous! i like that they are outside. people often don't bother making the outside pretty.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't care for this motif...my sister has always loved it though.
AHW AHW 9 years
Mee too Angel! They are such a part of our culture...I love them!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
They are all over my house! But I live in Louisiana :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My mom is in love with this embellishment.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Yay! I love the little embellishments in SF buildings. Just a walk down the street becomes an architectural tour (and it's especially fun at dusk when people are turning on their lights, so you can get a peak into their decor as well, hehehe ;-))
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