July 20, 2013

The French Attitude Towards Redecorating

All photos Doré Callaway BurlapLuxe Home

The French attitude towards redecorating is relaxed. It's the distressed and peeling paint on everything from their homes to their furnishings showing off the imperfections that have taken on a little too much love.


Casting a reflection of smoky greyness with a softness of old when pieces get in its way.

Vignettes take on a dusky shadowing with depth and soul.

Vintage Mahogany and Zinc French Address Plaques....
In my etsy shop!


French pottery stacked high or standing alone. A slightly unevenness to this hand tossed 
French "beurre" butter dish charms with village artistry; Less then sophisticated.
The artist does not know how treasured this piece is to me and how its rustic imperfections add.

Subtle and Harmonious

Simple pieces ease their way into my home.

Dramtically tarnished candlestick anchors the tone on tone. 

French Chest Of Drawers

French chest taken from its natural raw finish to white with a hue of an undertone of grey to it; I painted and distressed.
I carefully thought this one out as to leave it in the natural or give it a paint technique that looked well lived; A finish that does not compete for attention with other pieces in the room. 

An artist lives here and creates here.
Vintage 50-75 year old ox-hair paint brushes also can be found in my etsy shop.

"Joie de vintage"
I love the way my grandfathers studio brushes now rest in my hand and paint as he did.


Sandi said...

Your home is stunning Dore! I just low your decorating style. If I could wave a magic wand and make those funds appear, I would do my home just like yours. ha! But I do enjoy and love the little touches that I am able to do here and there in my own home. LOVE that plaque I purchased from you!!! Happy weekend. :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Absolutement ravissant ma belle!

My darling Doré, you know how I feel about your style, the French way....there is a richness about how the French live with chippy paint, a distressed piece, an rumpled old couch....it IS an attitude.

I have been redecorating as well, living with the essentials that I find to be worn but not TORN, gray but not dismal, old but not out-dated. You capture it, and the essence is peace.

I am asking permission to "pin" one of these gorgeous photos onto my Pinterest board...may I? I understand if you prefer not to. Just let me know, OUI ou NON!

Bises, Anita

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dore, you always have the most beautiful vignettes and soulful pieces to share. Thank you for the tips you give to making a home extra special.
Love your simple well loved style and design point of view.
Have a great weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma belle! BONJOUR! AU lever du jour, me voilà!

Thank you dear heart, for allowing me to pin one of your photos; these are exquisite photos and I notice that you and I both have the same book on the French Home! I bet our libraries have twins in them, for I so enjoy anything in which the theme sings out FRENCH!

Enjoy a peaceful day in your NID FRANÇAIS....love to you soul sister! Anita

Pura Vida said...

What lovely shades of pale Dore. Always such an inspiration in style and beauty

Leslie said...

The French attitude.. subtle, relaxed, a little patina:) You've nailed it Dore and the finishing touches and layering you do creates the most beautiful spaces! The mirror is gorgeous and I like the way you've added the framed art work ~ love it all!

Junkchiccottage said...

Your pictures are just beautiful. Everything is gorgeous. You really have captured the french decor throughout your home. I am thinking of doing one of my bedrooms in the french decor of gray and whites and I will come to you for inspiration. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Rhonda said...

There is such a deeply rooted richness to your design in your home. It flows and it anchors, as you said. Meaningful treasures blend with your freshly restored furniture pieces. One of a kind decorating that I simply adore.

You have made my day! xo Rhonda

shabbyfufu said...

Love fading treasures and faded decor that is soft and feminine, as is your style Dore!

Lynne said...

Dore...I love your French stories...I always save them for morning coffee, a lunchtime escape at the office...or the very best time...in bed with a big bouquet of lavender and a goblet filled with chilled water at my bedside.

"Create Beauty" said...

Exquisite!!!! I love your style, and you take such lovely photos.

Thanks for the glorious touch of beauty I am experiencing here this morning!

~ Violet

Victoria said...

Your home is so breathtaking Dore! It must be such a peaceful sanctuary for you at the end of a long day. I love your gorgeous little vignettes! You have a definite eye for beauty!

Kate said...

Dore Your work in your home is breathtaking!!!! The beauty that you create inspires the deepest parts of my soul. Here is to you my beautiful and endlessly talented friend!


WhiteWhispers2u said...

Always such a sense of Peace in your work and your Art that I love so much.

You are a special Soul for sure.You will always be special to me.


pballard said...

In love with your space! Amazing!

Unknown said...

Your home is so gorgeous! I just stumbled upon you as I'm a new blogger. I'll def be following!

Splenderosa said...

Except for those French who love
Roche Bobois. And, know what, everything they do ends up being lovely and splendid.

Unknown said...

It's all so beautiful Dore!!! LOVE everything you have done!!! Your new address plaques in your shop are gorgeous too!


:) T

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh so lovely...calming,soothing just plain wonderful! So much inspiration here...thank you!! x0x0

Vera said...


Photographs that capture reflections in mirrors has magical allure and is intriguing. Your talent of capturing beauty in your photos is always appreciated.

Oh my, oh my... The butter plate is perfect beauty in the imperfect. As in the aesthetic of wabi sabi.

á la prochanine,

Vera said...

Oops!!! I meant prochaine ...
Happy Sunday!

Anne said...

Dore your vignettes are absolutely gorgeous! Love those tarnished silver pieces mixed together.And you know how much I adore chippy paint...<3
What a lovely painted piece!Just the right amount of aging and distress and the color is perfection too <3

Suz said...

That little French butter dish has charmed me. I'm inspired to visit your shop again.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite things about French decorating is the use of soft gray. The color has the ability to keep a room classy but with an inviting warmth.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I adore the relaxed elegance you create Dore! Not that I am rushing summer away, but I am looking forward to a makeover in my master bedroom when fall arrives. I gather so much inspiration from you...I just may fill your inbox with questions!
Take care!

It's me said...

That butter dish ....lovely !,,,,....enjoy summer love Ria.....x!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So many lovelies here! Love your number plaques too. So nice to have a visit from you!

RaeAbigael said...

this is so lovely! :) i am a new follower :D


Unknown said...

Unbelievably gorgeous - love all the griege and white mixed together, you really have captured French Chic.......
Your newest follower
Hugs from Montreal

Seawashed said...
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Shabby soul said...

Dorè, in your home I can find the most relaxing and elegant images of blogland... Love to visit you!
Happy weekend

Debbie said...

Very lovely. I felt very relaxed as I read your words, and looked at the images. You have a way of touching one's soul.
Enjoy your weekend.

Revi said...

Hi Dore,
I love your style, and wish I could get your posts via email! I've long been a follower, but sometimes you drop off my radar.

Laura said...

Dore, another beautiful, peaceful post. Your home is so pure and restful! Where do you find all the amazing pieces! Also, love the idea of you using your grandfathers paintbrushes! how wonderful! Hope you are having a very wonderful weekend!
laura xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma belle,

How lovely it is to see you anytime of the season, because our kindred grays and whites and French sensibilities always mesh together to create a palate of colorful possibilities. Thank you for coming to visit me! It is rather gray and cool here today! Be well ma chère, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WE are definitely soul sisters...today is an exceptional day in that it is cooler than usual, rain, gray and YUMMY. I am sitting in my gray studio, and I am over joyed. What is it my dear about GRAY that makes us HAPPY???????? All I know is that it is wonderful to know someone who sees the colors of joy in gray. Anita

Seawashed said...

Merci Dore for your words this morning. I am joyfully anticipate the journey my Holly is beginning. It has been nice to see how much she is torn to leave her life here at home but I k ow she will love university life and come back to visit often with lots of stories to share. She got into all her classes at UCB and just found a room to rent this week! It's all falling into place for her. It is still a strange thing to have your children grow up and leave. I find courage in Karen blixon who ran a farm in Africa by herself. Oxox

Seawashed said...

And oh how I love my grey cottage too. Along with you and Anita. Oxox

must love junk said...

Dore, I always adore pics of your beautiful, inspiring space! You know how to add so many lovely details that just speak to me! :)

Jenni said...

Hello Dore~

As always, it is a treat to visit your beautiful blog and see your lovely pictures! I love the french address plaques you pictured~ they are so pretty!

I was just looking at my beautiful nest email and saw a sweet comment you left in May. It was so kind of you to check up on me, and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you! I am back to blogging, back from a leave of absence! :)

I hope you are having a wonderful summer so far, my friend!

Much love,

Karena said...

Good Morning Dore,
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Cindy said...

You are such a master of paint finishes. Your hand is so subtle in just the right way, and your eye really "gets" what a piece needs to bring it to life... Love the simple rounded top mirror too.


summersoul said...

Lovely. I adore the butter dish. Your style shows through in everything you show us.

Hope you are doing well

Karena said...

Dore I just had to come over and read this and look at your beautiful home again! I love the idea of so many of your creations being done with your father's Brushes!!

All the Best!
2013 Designer Series

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

Love your beautiful unique art :)
New follower, Francine