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29 March, 2015

Decorating with Vintage French Images

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Decorating with Vintage French ImagesI am so excited because it’s time for our Country French design group's monthly share! I love seeing what my very talented fellow francophiles have to show us each month! This time the topic is our choice so I chose one of my favorite ways to add some frenchiness to your décor without spending a lot of money… decorating with vintage French images. I will show you five different ways to use images and I will even provide them for you!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Vintage-Look French Tea Towels#1. LINENS
The first way, and probably my favorite, is to use the images to create vintage-look French linens like my no-sew vintage French monogrammed tea towels. Can you believe that these are actually inexpensive IKEA dish cloths that have been transformed with a realistic-looking iron-on transfer? 

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Numbered NapkinsThe same process was used to transform simple plain white dinner napkins into these French farmhouse numbered napkins. What a fun and easy way to add some frenchiness to your table!

If you know me, you know how I love to create my own pillows! And my linen and burlap vintage Eiffel Tower pillow  has that rustic French look that I love!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ballard Inspired French Bunny PillowHere's a pillow that is perfect for spring and Ballard inspired French bunny pillow! It has a little modern edge, too, even though it was created from a vintage bunny print.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ticking Pillow with Vintage French Cheese LabelThis is one of my vintage French ticking pillow...made with the image of a vintage French Camembert label!

I loved it so much that I made another French ticking pillow to go with it and placed them on the bed in my frenchy guest bedroom! You can get a closer look at it here.

Here's another fun way to bring some French touches to your décor without spending a lot of money...adding vintage images as candle covers! My frenchy aged paper candle wraps  are created using an easy process that gives an authentic-looking vintage touch to your candles!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Parisian Architecture {Aged Paper} Candle Wraps These Parisian architecture aged paper candle wraps use images of Paris landmarks from the 1600s on aged paper for an authentic look!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage French Sheet Music CandlesYou can also use candle wraps with simple glass jars to add a rustic Country French look. These vintage French sheet music candles can be tweaked to fit any season.

And don’t forget books! Book covers allow you to turn thrift store books into Country French décor! My vintage Eiffel Tower book bundle spreads an image across several spines for a fun and interesting twist!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fun with Vintage Paris MapsAnother fun and very versatile image…vintage maps of Paris! They can be used as book and candle covers and as framed prints as well!

039Here’s a very different take on books and vintage images…antique Paris postcards topping a distressed book bundle. I have even included the postcards for you to use in your projects!

Baby Kitty is reminding me not to forget his favorite and perhaps the most versatile way to use vintage images…découpage! If it’s standing still, you can découpage it!

063One of my favorite découpage projects is this one…my vintage French script fruit! It gives new life to outdated faux fruit!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage EggsAnd finally, these eggs are not just for Easter…my French découpage eggs were created using sheet music, vintage French dictionary pages and Paris-themed wrapping paper! Just imagine all the possibilities!

I hope my ideas have given you a little inspiration and shown you that adding that Country French look to your décor doesn't have to be expensive! And now…be sure to visit my fellow francophiles and their beautiful blogs to see their tips for adding that Country French feel!



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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 , Common Ground for Share Your Style on Thursdays ,   French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday ,  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
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  1. I love all of those, Debbie. Of course those ticking pillows are my favorite.

  2. These ideas are some of the best I've seen, all in one place. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for all that inspiration. I love the numbered napkins. I always buy those IKEA tea towels because the dry so well but never thought of the possibilities. Looking forward to reading the other posts!

  4. Debbie, your projects are always inspiring. You do a terrific job on everything you create. You should open an Etsy store and sell some of these. I'd be the first in line and others would be lined up right behind me. You are one talented and very creative lady.
    Happy Sunday!

  5. Hi Debbie, i havé Sooooo! Béen wanting to add some ticking pillows to my rural- rustic French Brocante style home.
    Where the French havé this saving about the brocante they bring into théier home' " Not quite valued, but not quite worthless."
    Love your Pierre d'uex home style with the darmer Woods peeking through.



  6. Debbie you have some wonderful projects that are easy,thank you so much .

  7. Bonjour, comment allez vous? Je m'appelle Benita. :-) I took French for 3 years back in high school and I remember "un peu". Those 2 sentences are about the extent of it, lol. Love your projects and thank you so much for sharing these. I can't wait to give the napkins and candle wraps a try!

  8. Debbie, I agree with Amy. These are some of the best ideas I have seen! Love them all!

  9. Oh my goodness I love every single project...thanks so much for sharing


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