Confessions of a Plate Addict! I am so excited that Kim has asked me to share my favorite room with you! And…from the title of my blog, I am sure you can almost guess which room that is…my French Country dining room! However…it’s not just about the plates as you will soon see.
But first, let me tell you a little bit about myself and how my style came to be. As a French teacher, I have had the wonderful opportunity to live and travel in France over the years and to visit and be a guest in beautiful homes, like this farmhouse in Provence where I spent some time a few years ago. How could I help but fall in love with French Country style! But eventually the birth of my first grandchild drew me back home to Georgia. And I knew what I wanted to do…create a little bit of France in my own home! So I began to look for pieces that reflected what I had seen in France.
Quimper comes in pairs…and I find that I have to have them both! I can’t separate the little couple, after all!
my collection of double happiness jars…named for the Chinese symbol pictured on the face of the jars. Except for my original jar purchased 40 years ago, they have all come from thrift stores and flea markets.
a pumpkin-shaped tureen that I found in slightly funky Grayton Beach, Florida! Love it! It was sitting on a shelf looking over my shoulder and calling my name while I was eating breakfast in a little café! I love blue and white…can you tell?
a few more pieces in the Red Cliff grape pattern in thrift stores, such as the sugar and creamer that you see on the table.
On the opposite side of the room…which is open concept, as you can see…is the matching buffet with a few more pieces of my Quimper collection…a poster topped by another pair of plates and a double wall sconce filled with lavender. And on the buffet…
...is my Victorian silverplate castor set! It is a favorite flea market find and another piece that is always on display! I seem to have a thing about antique silverplate! And this one was a steal…a real “start the car” moment!
One of the things I like best about this room is the fact that I can dress it up so easily and change the look with just a tablescape! Here, we are having a French Country supper with layers of linens. The tablecloth is actually a drop cloth topped with my faux grain sack table runner.
In fact, many of the linens that I use on my table are not French at all…because that can be expensive…but my much less expensive copy-cat versions of vintage French linens.
And I love decorating my dining room for the holidays! Here it is all dressed in a Thanksgiving tablescape using a ruffled burlap table runner to anchor it.
And here it is ready for the holidays with a Christmas tablescape of more burlap, plaid and glittery stars. That’s my shabby tool box on the hutch in the background…
…wearing its Christmas garb and stealing the show on my hutch! But I can also dress it down for every day with favorite pieces from my blue and white collection. In fact, this little tool box has proven itself to be quite versatile! It’s a fun addition to my dining room! I think this room is my favorite, not only because it is filled with things that I love, but because, of all the rooms in my home, this is the room that feels more French to me. It gives me a little chance to escape and dream about past adventures in France and hope for more to come!
Thanks so much to Kim and to you, her readers, for allowing me to show you my favorite room! I hope you will come to visit me at Confessions of a Plate Addict where you can get a little peek at the rest of my home! I’ll be looking for you there!
Thank you, Debbie. If any of you have never visited Debbie's before be sure to get comfy and pop on over. She is really good with crafts, too so you might want to check out her tutorials.
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Have a super weekend!