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 Welcome!
I am so excited that you have come by for a visit! I have shown you bits and pieces of my home, but this is the first time I have taken you for a real tour! My house is a reflection of me...filled to the brim with all of the frenchiness I can cram into my little space! I hope you will like what you see!  Come on in!

IMG_0203_thumb[5] First, I must tell you a little about myself…the influences of my style! I am a retired French teacher who lived in France for a year before coming home for the birth of my first grandchild. I missed my family and realized that I could no longer live there, but I had wonderful memories of visiting homes like the one pictured above. (You can actually get a peek into this mas provençal here.)  So I decided to create my own little corner of France right here in Georgia and began collecting things that reminded me of the warm, sunny colors of Provence.  
And my French Country style was born!

IMG_0076_thumb[5]When you enter, you are greeted by a little candle surrounded by thrifted vintage forks and tied with a Provençal print ribbon. My favorite frenchy Bonjour plaque welcomes you into my home!

IMG_5936 In the living room, you will see lots of blue and yellow with accents of antique red…my favorite Provençal colors.

lamp_thumb[6] In the spring and summer, I add some pops of apple green to give the room a fresh look.

living room_thumb The colors continue on the coffee table where I have a stack of books by my favorite designer…Charles Faudree.

mantel_thumb On my mantel you will find pairs of mismatched Chinese-influenced vases and stylized topiaries. I added a trio of plates to the mantelpiece to give it a little interest.

sheep_thumb And in the center…one of my favorites…my frenchy sheep! I eyed him in an antique and interiors shop for a year before splurging and buying him. I am so glad that he waited for me!

013_thumb[2] On the opposite side of the room…subtle colors with a painted chest accented with fruit and fruit-themed art and plates to match. You can see more here.

dining room Perhaps my favorite room is my dining room, starring a hutch to display my Spode Blue Room plates…thrifted over time...and my double happiness jar collection.  I have added a French-style rush seat chair to my mom’s vintage table and Windsor chairs. I think it fits in nicely. My favorite antique Quimper plates are hanging on the wall.

buffet 2 On the opposite side of the room is the buffet and a few more pieces of my Quimper collection…a wall pocket filled with lavender and a poster topped by vintage Quimper plates.

100_thumb[18]I love to use a tablecloth...this one is actually a drop cloth...and layer it with a faux grain sack runner and lots of blue and white…my favorites! You can find a tutorial for the runner here and for the grain sack pillow that you see in the chair here.

IMG_1574 The Provençal blue and yellow continue in the breakfast room where you can see my favorite light fixture…my frenchy rooster chandelier! And…of course…there are plates on the wall!

IMG_2387_thumb[5]I have since added a collection of vintage Quimper plates to the hutch. You can get a closer look at my collection here. Are you beginning to notice that I love plates…especially French plates!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Collecting Clay Cookers2 Under the hutch is my collection of clay cookers. I love their rustic look and whimsical shapes! I actually do cook with them and have shared a recipe here.

kitchen5And for the first time I am giving you a little peek into my kitchen. It’s a small galley-style kitchen…just the right size for the Plate Addicts.

kitchen I have added some frenchiness here, too...with my French-style canisters and my recently-acquired French wire egg holder…just like the one in Monet’s kitchen in Giverny. That’s my grandmother’s dough bowl…a prized possession and family heirloom.

IMG_2044_thumb[5] On the opposite side of the kitchen, I have displayed croissants in my frenchy DIY pastry dome. If you would like to have one of your own, you will find the tutorial here.

Frenchy Rooster Chalkboard_thumb[3] This frenchy rooster chalkboard welcomes you into the guest bedroom…

007 …where there are more roosters and layers of fabrics in black and white…ticking, toile and checks… 
 035 …and Provençal sunflowers along side a whimsical Eiffel Tower lamp. It took me two trips to the store to decide to buy this kitchy lamp, but I love it!

guest bath6 The French Country colors and style continue in the guest bathroom with big buffalo check Dupioni silk panels serving as a shower curtain…

guest bath5 …and an Old Britain Castles transferware creamer and sugar serving as little holders for French milled soaps. You can see more of my guest bathroom here.

IMG_3099 In my Parisian master bedroom I went for a softer color palette with pink and green toile. To create some architectural interest, I added a collection of ironstone plates above the bed and a carved piece above the windows.

Desk A French cane-back chair covered with a drop cloth slipcover with a frenchy flounce…

IMG_2998_thumb[9] …sits beside my great-great grandfather’s plantation desk. You can get a closer look here.

IMG_2780 And on the night stand…a Victorian quadruple silverplate master sugar spooner that lost its lid serves as a vase and  a Victorian calling card holder keeps my earrings safe overnight.

040_thumb[2]I think I have a thing about chairs! This one got a chippy paint job and a drop cloth seat as well. You can see how I did it here. And that’s my Pottery Barn inspired monogrammed pillow! It’s one of my favorites.

Patio Side ViewAnd finally…let’s end our tour on my patio, all dressed for summer. Get a closer look at it here. It’s my favorite spot for morning coffee! I hope you will join me!

Thanks so much for taking the tour of my home! I hope you will stay around for a little while and make yourself at home on my blog. I have lots of projects and fun ideas for you to check out in my Project Gallery, so head on over and take a peek!