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27 July, 2014

Decorating with Country French Fabrics

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French FabricsI’m excited to join our Country French Design group for our monthly share…and this time it’s all about fabrics!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Couleurs de ProvenceAnd when I think about French fabrics, my mind always goes straight to my favorite corner of France…sunny Provence! It’s a colorful region with boxes full of fresh fruit and vegetables at the local market, fields of sunflowers against bright blue skies, stacks of tablecloths in traditional Provençal fabrics in the shop windows and blue shutters framing old farmhouse windows with curious cats.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French Fabrics So it will be of no surprise to you that some of my favorite things are sky blue and sunny yellow, like this wonderful Provençal tablecloth…a wedding present from a sweet friend…perfect back drop for a hand thrown blue pottery bowl filled with lemons!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French FabricsAnd if you have seen my breakfast area, you already know that you’ll find more blue and yellow there, including the Provençal print table square, a souvenir from my visit the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, and a French fabric bread basket…believe it or not, a Goodwill find from several years ago!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French Fabrics But my favorite French fabric is toile! In fact, you will find it in three rooms of my house! Perhaps my favorite is the Country French dining room, where blue and cream toile drapes are paired with my favorite transferware plates!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French Fabrics There is more toile in the master bedroom…this time in restful shades of soft pinks and greens on the drapes…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French Fabrics …and more muted pink on the matelassé coverlet, mixed with contrasting dark woods and a few vintage pieces and antiques.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French Fabrics You will also find toile in my guest room…this time in black and cream and layered with windowpane checks and ticking…but with one change…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French FabricsOn the bed you will find more black and cream ticking paired with transfers of vintage Camembert labels to create French inspired throw pillows. You will find links to the tutorials for making the pillows here.

The Staff The staff says this is their favorite room…a cozy place to sneak a little cat nap!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French FabricsBut French fabrics don’t have to be all about drapes and quilts! They can be table linens, too…however, that can be expensive! So I have found a way to create copies for a song…like these DIY no-sew monogrammed tea towels that started out as  79 cent IKEA dish towels!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY French Silverware SleeveHere’s another one of my favorite ways to add frenchiness to textile projects…just add something in French! My vintage-look silverware sleeve, including the frenchy graphics, can be found here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Numbered Napkins Or add a few numbers surrounded by a vintage French wreath and voilà…French farmhouse numbered napkins!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French FabricsMy Bon Appétit tea towels show that a little phrase in French can turn inexpensive flour sack towels into unusual napkins for your guests…lots of impact for not much money! The free graphic is included in the tutorial.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Country French Fabrics And don’t forget to layer! Here are my linen hand towels serving as over-sized napkins and paired with my ruffled grain sack table runner! As Charles Faudree said…too much is never enough!
And just in case you missed any of my posts on previous topics, here they are…

Please be sure to head on over and visit these beautiful blogs for some inspirational ideas and fun ways to use French fabrics in your decor!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my ideas for decorating with French fabrics! 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
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. Debbie, you do have some beautiful French style fabrics. My favorite in your home is the green and pink toile drapes.

  2. Great post, Debbie! Love your collage photo at the onset, and all the items you featured. Your decor is so very tasteful! Have a great day.

  3. The guest bedroom is my favorite room. The bedspread, the pillows, the black checks, and the furniture are so pretty. Any guest would feel comfortable in this lovely room.

  4. Love it all! I think my old house had the wallpaper that matched your green and red drapes. I always loved that wallpaper. I think it actually came from France too!

  5. What a beautiful home! Love the toile and Provencal fabrics...

  6. deb I love the way you incorporate your love of French fabrics into your home. Also love the use of color as seen in Provence. Your post always make me smile.

  7. I love your french inspired fabrics- so pretty!! Love love love toile! :)

  8. Debbie, you live with so much beauty. All the french fabrics and your clever one of a kind designs are so appealing. I just finished making one of your grain sack ruffled table runners. Love it..Happy Weekend..Judy

  9. I am with you Debbie...I LOVE toile...I have loved it since I was a teen...always admiring the toile fabrics that my friend' mother had in her home...When seeing your dining room, I feel like it is a room from Provence...just love those colors!

  10. I love the Charles Faudree quote!! It's all fabulous and I love your tea towels and napkins that you have so cleverly made~your house looks sooooo comfortable and fresh~ the kitties seem to be agreeing!

  11. Such happy sunny colors! I adore your breakfast room.
    What gorgeous images you shared! Thank you so much.
    I just returned from France where I toured the Les Olivades factory and went to the Souleiado fabric museum. I am sharing the history of Provençal fabric and the images from my time in Provence that you might enjoy on my blog today.

  12. I love each and every room, but my favorite is that beautiful black & cream in the guest room!!! Oh, my goodness, is just wonderful! I love the mix of toile and ticking and checks!!! This is pretty much the look I want to when I finally get around to redecorating our guest bedroom. It has been pastel for so long...kind of girlie, actually...and I want to create something that is not so intimidating for men but still very much appeals to women. The black & cream is IT!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. The best has got to be Provencal fabrics, nothing like them to cheer up the greyest day!


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