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28 February, 2013

French Farmhouse Style...on a Budget

If you know me, you know how much I love French farmhouse style…and that I love creating that look on a budget! Sooo...I am really excited to show you my latest vignette combining both! To create it, I have gathered some of my favorite thrifting finds, bargains and cherished gifts.

IMG_0203_thumb[5]First you must pretend that you are here…in this wonderful mas or farmhouse in Provence. I actually spent a week here a few years ago. Sigh! If you would like a closer look, click here. Next you must pretend that we are having a rustic country-style supper of vegetable potage and a crusty baguette with sweet Normandy butter followed by fresh fruit.

Ozzie And of course, our French farmhouse has a cat...the lovely Mademoiselle Ozzie who looks a little pensive today. Perhaps the sunny day (finally!) has her dreaming of spring. Just in case you are wondering, that’s my favorite frenchy faux grain sack table runner on the table.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a BudgetAt the center of it all is this fanciful tureen…a $6.00 Goodwill find! I love its oh-so-frenchy lines!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget And…you’ve gotta love this pair of candlesticks…another Goodwill find at under $3.00 for the pair! You may have noticed that they match one of the plates in my header!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget2 Aren’t these bowls gorgeous? I love the vintage Hungarian peasants! They were a sweet gift from my friend Barb at The Everyday Home!

I love the folk costumes and...of course...the colors!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget4 Here’s another one of my favorite gifts…this one from my mom. I love the intricate details of this vintage depression glass butter dish! Can you see the etching on the plate? It was used at a dinner during the Carter administration.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget5 I was really excited to find these wonderful grain sack dish towels at the Williams Sonoma outlet on sale for about $8.00 each. They are so soft and  thick and are big enough that they could be made into a pillow if I ever decided to! I was happy to see them in blue to match my faux grain sack table runner since I only seem to find red.

066 And a real splurge for me…this wonderful rustic wooden tray for $32 from the Pottery Barn Outlet. I fell in love and it had to come home with me. The metal corners and handle and the rough-finished wood just called my name! For me, it was the element that pulled it all together...and I know I will be getting a lot of use out of it.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget8 And here’s a final look. I love the patina of the wood and the wonderful contrast of the apple green with the blue and white…just a little hint of spring! And…like our Ozzie, I am really ready for it to get here!  What about you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my French farmhouse vignette! 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

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
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
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. So pretty.... Luv the tray. The rustic look with the china and the little butter dish. Perfect.
    Cheers, Gee

  2. lovely! You've styled your tray so perfectly!!!

  3. Okay, that settles it, I'm moving to Provence! (if only...sigh) Love the photo of that villa and can easily pretend being there. Lovely vignettes, especially those great peasant dishes. What a treasure!

  4. Your wood tray and box vignettes are the best!

  5. Fantastique, Debbie! Love the way it all turned out!

  6. Oh yes, I'm there with you in my imagination, and we are laughing and having a good time, sigh... Gorgeous my friend.

  7. Debbie, you put things together in such a wonderful way and things I wouldn't even think would work. You really have talent. I can't wait to see this Fall your magazine debut, please keep us all informed when that comes out. I knew your house and decorating were magazine worthy.

  8. Love it all, Debbie. This is a lovely combination of your beautiful dishes and the towels. You definitley know how to create a wonderful vignette. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  9. Love everything you show us. Great goodwill finds, too. Pet your assistants for me.

  10. I love your vignette, Debbie. That tureen would look nice in my white collection...good thing there is no room for another! Soupe au Pistou, maybe?

  11. Beautiful styling, Debbie. You know how to pull it all together. What an eye! The tray is fabulous. You won't regret this purchase!!! And the new plates are darling with their peasant figures. I'm off to check the site. Thanks! Have a good day. Longing for spring here too. We had it for a couple of weeks, but it was only a tease. '-(

  12. Love the vignette and that French farmhouse is beautiful. Wouldn't mind being there for a bit.


  13. I would love to sit at your French Farmhouse table and eat a lovely meal on your beautiful dishes!! So many fun finds and you have pulled them together in an effortless manner that looks so natural and unassuming! Love the ladle!
    xo Kathysue

  14. What a pretty vignette. I love blue and white dishes.

  15. You are really good at finding bargains. I can't believe anyone would give up such beautiful things. I am really liking the green depression glass. What am I saying, I like it all.

  16. Debbie! You have outdone yourself!! That soup tureen is gorgeous, do you know what it is? I have the same PB wooden tray and I love it!

  17. I love everything on your tray...and your tray. The bowls are wonderful! So excited to see your green depression glass...I have this piece as well from my great grandmother. Beautiful post.

  18. Debbie,
    Splendid find at outlet prices on your PB Tray, dear friend!!!
    I adore the rustic charm and the versitility of this piece!
    Great thrifty finds at your Goodwill store!!! Your vignette is stunning!!!
    Still enjoying the SNOW here on the Prairie, but much like Mademoiselle Ozzie...I've been enjoying the view of the out~of~doors, lately!!!
    Spring is only 21 days away!!!

  19. Very pretty! Love the blue and white dishes. They look great with the wood tones and pop of green from the apples and side dishes.

  20. I love how you put together your vignettes. And that tureen! Oh my gosh, gorgeous!

  21. Love that tray Debbie..if the outlet was closer to me I would be racing over there to grab up that tray!...Going to France in September, so looking forward to the many beautiful sights and shopping!!

  22. Debbie, this is just beautiful. I am glad you splurged and bought this great tray!! The hinges are amazing and you'll use it all the time!!

  23. I just love blue and white dishes but I really love those candle holders! They are from Thailand and they are painted in the pineapple pattern.

  24. So gorgeous! All of it! You're a fantastic photographer too! Nicely done!

  25. I always love seeing beauty done on a budget! Thrifting is such fun isn't it? Happy Friday from the enchanted oven.

  26. Beautiful tablescape! William-Sonoma and PB outlets are the BEST!

  27. Today was my first day visiting you, can't wait to spend more time with you and your lovely staff.Love your style.

  28. Great trayscape! LOVE the PB tray with the metal accents..great piece! I always love seeing what you're creating!

  29. Your tablescape is so lovely. Love the mix of colors and objects you used. The green apples bring accent the butter dish so nicely. Would love to have you join 'Saturday Sparks' if you have a chance.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes

  30. I would so love to visit there in real life someday- thanks for the virtual visit. :) I have a few pieces of my mom's green depression glass, as well as her blue Lochs of Scotland dishes. Hadn't thought of putting them together- I love the color combination. Loving your tureen, too- lots of great finds!

  31. Wow, what great finds and the way you put them all together is just wonderful. You really did capture that farmhouse look. Just gorgeous!

  32. Love everything and especially the tray and the cat!
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  33. Debbie, Your new tray will be used often, I'm certain. I like its rustic look w/ those metal corners and handles. Love the look of the white tureen playing against the blue dinnerware. Simple and sweet....

  34. My favorite - blue and white! Love the little tray with the dishes and the beautiful soup tureen.

  35. I love your tray setting, it's gorgeous! The white tureen is beautful, so are the dishes along with the pretty blue and white too. Have a super week.

  36. So many lovely things to look at! It's hard to pick a favourite but I have to say Mademoiselle Ozzie is just beautiful.

  37. I have a thing for green depression glass, love yours!!

  38. Every piece is so beautiful, and the mix is perfect for a beautiful vignette! ~Zuni

  39. Beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  40. I love this table top. Thank you so much for sharing your thrifty tips.


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