For example, I added the look of grey willow to an ordinary basket plus threw in some frenchiness for good measure in my DIY grey willow laundry basket. Who says a laundry basket has to be ugly?
And the basket that serves to hold my cookbooks got a little easy make-over with the addition of my DIY French enamel number plaques.
I love this basket…a great thrifting find…and use it to store my little wine bottle collection with DIY vintage French wine labels.
My super-easy no-sew basket liners are decorated with frenchy vintage flatware and serve up the silverware when guests are expected.
A basket-style tray is perfect for creating a cheese platter for your guests! I like to serve French cheeses and even have a set of Limoges cheese plates and handmade napkins with a French farmhouse theme.
I shared this one with you for our post on dining outdoors…Country French style! I love the way this basket serves the fruit and bread for a French-style petit déjeuner!
But the same basket is not only utilitarian but can do double duty to corral all the elements of a centerpiece, as in this early fall vignette! The rooster and the sunflowers just say Provence to me!
You see it again in this Christmas vignette complete with a wonderfully textured sheep. He always reminds me of my time living in Lorraine, also the home of a young shepherdess who played an important role in French history…Joan of Arc.
But baskets can also be made of other materials…such as this wonderful wire basket filled with little flower pots sporting holly and red candles…one of my favorite Christmas centerpieces!
But perhaps my favorite is this vintage French wire egg basket…a thrifting find from five or six years ago. It serves to hold my French farmhouse numbered napkins and a vintage Mason jar filled with flatware for my guests…
...or my DIY vintage French monogrammed tea towels and more vintage silverplate flatware. It always adds a little French farmhouse feel to my table.
But what I love most of all is to use baskets in a way that is completely unexpected, such as my shabby picnic basket planter! It’s the perfect contrast for my Lunéville Old Strasbourg china for a little breakfast-for-one on the patio!
OK…now Baby Kitty says I am really stretching it here, but, hey, it’s a basket, after all! I will leave you with one of my favorite thrifting finds ever…my $3.63 demijohn! Can there be a better way to add a little frenchiness for a very little bit of money?
And just in case you missed any of my posts on previous topics in our Country French Design series, here they are…
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