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26 October, 2014

Baskets...Country French Style

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Baskets...Country French StyleI am so excited because it’s time for the monthly share with my Country French design group…and this month the topic is baskets! I love baskets because they are so versatile and add so much texture to your décor! And…they are not only beautiful but utilitarian as well! Your baskets don’t have to come from the Paris flea markets to look frenchy either! Most of mine came from thrift stores or were great outlet store bargains.  It’s so easy to add a little frenchiness!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Grey Willow French Laundry BasketFor 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?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY French Enamel Number Plaques 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.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Vintage French Wine BottlesI love this basket…a great thrifting find…and use it to store my little wine bottle collection with DIY vintage French wine labels.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners My super-easy no-sew basket liners are decorated with frenchy vintage flatware and serve up the silverware when guests are expected.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT How to Create a Cheese PlatterA 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.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Dining Outdoors...French StyleI 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!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Transitioning into Fall 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!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Christmas VignetteYou 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.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Christmas CenterpieceBut 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!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Numbered Napkins 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…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Vintage French Linens ...or my DIY vintage French monogrammed tea towels and more vintage silverplate flatware. It always adds a little French farmhouse feel to my table.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Picnic Basket PlanterBut 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!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Favorite New Find...My $3.63 Demijohn! 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…

COUNTRY FRENCH DESIGN BUTTONAlso head on over to visit these beautiful blogs from my very talented fellow Francophiles to see the wonderful French baskets they have to share with you!

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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
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. Debbie, you have created great vignettes and new uses with many of your baskets.

  2. Love your baskets Debbie! That beautiful picnic basket is a favorite of mine!

  3. Wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. X

  4. Love, love your ideas!! Thank you so much for joining this monthly event. You always inspire me.

  5. I am bonkers over baskets and love how you have used a touch of French to make them extra-special.

  6. You incorporate your beautiful baskets so wonderfully in your the baskets with the silverware lining!...and must say that I so remember copying that beautiful basket of flowers and placing it in my outdoor dining area...

  7. You really are talented in pulling together beautiful basket vignettes… thank you for the ideas!

  8. I love baskets as well, and I gotta say, I would love to "steal" a few of those from you! The french planter is a vintage basket that I own, along with a couple additional ones, and I haven't thought of painting it. It makes me a little nervous, but yours looks so gorgeous!


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