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25 January, 2015

Shelves...Country French Style

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleI am excited to join our Country French Design group today for our monthly share…and this time the topic is shelves! For me, that means having a spot to display my favorite things. They are mes préférées…my favorites…as Country French design guru Charles Faudree called his collections. Now you may be thinking that my shelves are all packed with plates…but you may be surprised!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleOf course, you will find my ever-growing collection of Quimper pottery displayed in my home. And I have to admit that I am rather informal when it comes to styling the breakfast room hutch where it is displayed. I love the casual look of stacks of vintage plates and bowls…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French Style…intermingled with plates on stands and wonderful old finds such as that little pitcher nestled in among the bowls.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleAnd I don’t even mind if the pieces are broken and were lovingly mended by a previous owner. That is just a testament to me that he or she loved Quimper pottery as much as I do!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleBut  you may be surprised to find that at the base of that same hutch, I have displayed my collection of clay cookers. And although mine are not French (they're actually German), they remind me of the clay fait-tout cooking pots that are the workhorse for many old French recipes.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French Style The duck is my favorite! I just love how the base of the pot has been made to resemble a basket!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French Style On the hutch in the dining room, you will find my blue and white collection. I know what you are thinking…they are not French at all, but are largely either English or Asian. I admit that you are right, however, I have to say that I took a hint from Charles Faudree in this department. He was also a lover of blue and white and felt that crossing borders serves to enrich the mix…and I happily agree!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleI also love to sprinkle in a few pieces of vintage Red Cliff ironstone. The traditional grape pattern just looks French to me!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleOccasionally, I will add some vintage silverplate. I love the way the patina of an old tray reflects the room!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT I'm in Love...with My Shabby Tool Box!And I have also been known to dress down my collection by adding in pieces such as this shabby toolbox.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French StyleI love the way it pulls together mismatched vintage plates and old lids and makes them make sense!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shelves...Country French Style But perhaps my favorite shelf is the little half wall by the entrance to my home. I like to have a little greeting there to welcome my guests. It’s my home all summed up in a tiny vignette…sunny Provençal colors with a touch of vintage collections lovingly displayed so that they can be enjoyed all year round!

Be sure to visit my fellow francophiles and their beautiful blogs to see what they have to say about styling shelves in Country French décor!



Thanks for stopping by! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for the Show and Share Party , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,   French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday, Tatertots & Jello for the Link Party Palooza on Fridays
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. Beautifully styled French collections, Debbie.

  2. I love it all, Debbie! You have the decor talent for sure.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. What a fabulous collection - I love blue & white too.

  4. I love your Quimper pottery collection!

  5. Debbie these are great tips. Especially for me since I'm starting to collect transfer ware. I love it and can mix the old with the new


    1. Oh so beautiful! I am visiting other french blogs for inspiration..trying to redo my hutch this weekend. Always get inspiration from yours! Love all your Quimper pieces.
      Miss Bloomers

  6. I love seeing your beautiful collections Debbie...Truly love that Quimper pottery and must say that the clay bakers are truly amazing...I think the duck is my favorite too!!!

  7. Love, love, love this! What a dish collection, as a lover of pottery and transferware yours is gorgeous, my friend. Adorable pot-duck too!
    The way you have displayed them is wonderful, as this way you can enjoy them. I specially love the tool box with the blue china.

  8. So love all of this! The hutch and blue willow pieces looks just like the dining room I grew up with. My grandmother and Mom were both French. Such a lovely job and arrangement - as well as inspiring lovely memories.

  9. Debbie, your vignettes are styled to perfection. Like you, I like to mix different ceramic collections in our home. Quimper and other French faience are at the heart, but a mix of English, Asian, and American contemporary blue and white pieces accent our living room. White ironstone clusters on the sun porch, and then MacKenzie-Childs works it's way into our home as well. Live with that which makes you happy. ;-)
    Off to add some of these images to my Pinterest boards. Thanks for an inspiring post!

  10. I love your collection displays! I am a blue and white collecter so I don't care where any of it comes from. I love your sharing and your honesty. Thank you!

  11. So charming Debbie! I love your pretty displays- and of course, share your love of Charles Faudree style too :)

  12. Beautiful! I too love Charles Faudree! I adore the tool box displaying your lovely blue and white china. So classic and yet so fresh. Charming! The only thing missing is the staff.

  13. Hi Debbie,

    New to your blog! Love It.......will be your blue willow and Quimper Collection......



Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie