Friday, November 4, 2011

French at Home

Today I was reading someone's blog about "what's your decorating style", which prompted  me to think hmmmm....what's mine? I don't really know what it's called but I like a lot of white, Ralph Lauren Polo style, Earnest Hemingway, Beach Cottage, British Colonial and French farmhouse all mooshed together in one!! What's that called..... home!!

I walked around and snapped some photos that I thought I would share. Today I'm sharing mainly   french and farmhouse..... with a few bits and pieces of the others mixed in (that's a whole other post).

One of my favorite pieces in our home is an old iron clock face salvaged from a bell tower in France.
It's about 5 1/2 feet  in diameter and seriously heavy, 
but we managed to hang it on the wall that's open to our dining room. 

This is our dining room French chandelier, with Ralph Lauren wallcovering in the background.

Our kitchen cabinets have mainly french baskets of sorts and 19th century demijohns sitting on top....

A few more cabinet top items are a x-large french wire basket and a wine demijohn in an iron basket.

Here are more farm gathering and laundry baskets with a wire one (not french) slipped in!
They warm up the all white kitchen, but staying with all baskets and wicker keeps it simple.

An old french bottle drying rack holds our coffee cups.

This is a unique french wire bottle carrier holding our everyday staples of hotel flatware, napkins and wine.

This is an old french glass mold planted with succulents for our sunny kitchen window sill. Succulents are great because nothing else can survive..... it gets cooked!

An antique market scale holds this old french vinegar bottle that's untapped!

A small french wine bottle also sits on the scale.

Here is another old but single french bamboo peg to hold my linen kitchen towel.

This white homespun linen towel is a favorite with a monogram in chocolate brown! I bought this years ago from Danielle and Eric at Euro-Linens, they have incredible linens and pillows check them out here!

A french ironstone piece holds my coarse salt on the range top.

A french mustard jar is full of honey handy for use.

Here is a french bread board used as a plateau, but handy for bread when necessary! I kind of hoarded these boards for a while but then sold them off keeping only a few favorites. I just LOve them..... they are getting harder to find!

The powder bath has a french crystal chandelier that I found at the Santa Monica flea market 15 years ago and still LOve!

A french bamboo towel rack is ready for bath towels.

A small bamboo rack for hand towels is hung by the sink in the same powder room.

A french iron bistro table sits on the courtyard patio.

Here is a wine barrel stamped France with the vintage and Winery, now planted with my Pink Lady apple tree.

A tower of french baskets sits in my master bedroom, a great place to store extra bed linens and pillows.

Another french basket full of cozy blankets is in the family room with the doggie bed on top.

 A vintage french canvas down filled pillow rests the family room chair that everyone fights for!

Another picture of the simple grain sack doggie bed.

A large french wine bottle sits on the family room stone fireplace hearth next to the leather chair.

An old iron wall sink found in Belgium holds some dried hydrangeas.

A 19th century marble top cabinet sits in my entry way, it feels both farmy and french!

Also French, a pair of cement urns grace my fireplace mantle in the living room.

and last .....
A Louis Philippe mirror in the entry way hangs above the cabinet. I bought it from my friends at 
Atelier De Campagne, a very talented and creative trio. 
I thank them for finding it, I treasure it in my home!

Ok, I think this post needs a part two......this isn't the end of pictures but it's the end of a too long post!
 Part Two of French at Home coming soon....

I hope you found some inspiration or something you enjoyed,
I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a wonderful weekend!
xo Debra


cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

You are such an inspiration, I can look at these photographs all day long. Your home is gorgeous to say the least. Great Post Girl!

Becky C said...

I love your style!! It is so gorgeous and inspiring... really love all the French accents. The farmhouse style is my favorite. You do it all so well :)
Your home is very inviting...

Kelly said...

Oh.......such beauty for the eyes!! I knew I loved your style and now you just captured it in one post to let me know why. I love everything you showed and can't wait till part 2. I would like to get one of those old bottle drying racks one day. I share your love of old french baskets and demijohns. That was a cute idea to put a grainsack pillow on top of your trunk as a doggie bed. Love that leather chair too. I'm like you, I enjoy having a mix of things. It keeps things more interesting and certainly more fun to shop for. All of your brown wallpaper in the dining room and powder bath is so pretty. Makes me "rethink" wallpaper! Thanks for the great post!

Rachel Pallas said...

~B~E~A~U~T~I~F~U~L~ xo

Rachel Pallas said...

~B~E~A~U~T~I~F~U~L~ xo

the vintage bricoleur said...

Debra, I love how you described your style, Home. That is what I love, a little mix of this and that, things that you love, makes Home. Looking forward to the next post! Terry

Deserae said...

I have been stripping wallpaper all day and it was nice to come here and see such wonderful eye candy!!!! LOL...Love that clock :o)

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

OMG Debra, this is just gorgeous! Wait until you see my new finds, will be posting soon. You'll want to come to Texas!

DustyLu said...

FANTASTIC POST! So much inspiration, I need to look at it again. Hope you have a wonderful day! Lulu

Ellen said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing all of your french baskets, demijohns and grain sacks. But I think my favorite thing was the old clock face... that is awesome!

Konstantina said...

Thank you for the comment Debra, you are sweet. Loved the vintage barrel.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Debra, I love your mix of styles and I see we have the love of demijohns, wire baskets and bottle trees in common. Your home is beautiful! I am now a follower.

cityfarmer said...

girl, I think my heart beats with yours!!

❤❤❤❤❤ ... in other words, joined at the hip!

cityfarmer said...

p.s. you went RIGHT onto my favorites!

Agnes Borja Rosen said...

AWESOME...what else can I say? Loved your post! Cheers...Agnes

The Blue Farmhouse said...

I love EVERYTHING, especially the wainscoting, the antique market scale, the molding, the french bottle drying's all beautiful. Thank you for invitation to look inside your beautiful space you call HOME!

Tanya said...

Debra, I love all of your beautiful french pieces. I'm happy to see that you hoard baskets like I do. Sometimes I think it's too many but they so useful and beautiful too.

Tanya said...

I'm also a new follower!

chateaudelille said...

i have certainly had a lot of fun cruising thru your blog today. You have so many wonderful french items to enjoy. I think your kitchen also looks amazing from what I could see. Are there posts on your kitchen too? Fiona

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