February 25, 2014

Nordic French Calm Tucked In The Corner

Burlap Luxe kitchen photos by Dore

A relaxed atmosphere
A quiet place for a single place setting atop a
sawhorse table I created for these moments.

The comforts of a French chair wrapped in linen.

Where Nordic greets relaxed French elegance.

Wild birds are welcome to sing.

Nest in comfort of old.

A room alive with morning light, and a French cupboard beginning
to fill up with earthware, ironstone and china.
The cabinet turned into a cupboard was an out dated TV unit filled
with doors and side drawers that pulled out for VHS movies. I cut
this 27" inch deep cabinet down the middle making it 13" in depth; added
shelving and exterior siding with a coat of whiteness making this a focal piece
tucked in the corner.
Inspiring the next useless piece to become something.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour mon amie! Everything looks fantastic and that last photo of the chandelier with the dripping candle is perfection in the French sense. Your sawhorse table is EXQUISITE! The marriage of Nordic and French is made in Heaven on Earth, right in your own home. Thank you always, always, for the inspiration!


Bente said...

How beautiful, Dore. Your home is fantastic. Love it all.

Hugs from here

Karen Larko said...

Your corner is absolutely gorgeous!


What a beautiful corner! I love the pictures, hugs Mira!

KC said...

Such a tranquil corner to pause and reflect on the day's happenings!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Such a lovely, and serene room, Dore. I look at your beautiful photographs, and then look up from my computer at our tiny cottage and see how very much we share in common. It brings a smile to my face.

This year. This summer. I'll be painting several of my furniture pieces Nordic/French rustic gray. I can't wait!

BTW... your little nest is on it's way.


chateau chic said...

Your style is absolutely exquisite, down to the very last detail, Dore!! My eyes were immediately drawn to the charming white candelabra. So lovely!!
Mary Alice

Christel said...

Good morning dear Dore! You have made it impossible to choose a favorite thing here! I absolutely love it all. The chair, and it's quiet elegance, the utilitarian style of the saw horse, yet it makes quite a statement all on it's own. The cupboard! Who would have ever guessed this was once a boring entertainment unit. It is all perfectly soulful Dore. A beautiful corner, I'd love to just sit, and ponder. Have a great day my friend, Christel

Lee said...

I love looking at your photographs. They truly are a work of art.

Rhonda said...

A soothing corner filled with comforting colors and textures.

The birds are singing here in the warm west. Letting us know that spring is around the corner.

Blessings to you, mon amie.

"Create Beauty" said...

Serene, Tranquil, and Beautiful

these word describe your home, your vision and your photography!

you are always creating beauty!
~ Violet

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Everything looks so beautiful! You'd never guess that one piece used to be a TV cabinet!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a wonderful talent you have! I would never have thought to reduce the depth of a cabinet. You have turned it into a fantastic display piece. I love the darling original table too. All set up so very beautifully. It's a wonderful look!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...


On a hectic morning that again there is snow, I can but for a few moments imagine relaxing in the peace and calm of your Nordic French inspired sea of whiteness soulful home.

Day dreaming of the beauty and for awhile perhaps believe... yes we live in an untroubled world. As this perfectly serene interior can elicit as you sit quietly and feel the calm.

I adore your movable candelabra. The drippy candles add to the rustic charm. I am looking for a vintage one to add to our bathroom. I'd like to hang it in the skylight and when we need roof access (central air unit is up there) we can just unhook the candelabra. I want to paint it matt white and use light grey candles.

Yes, sweet friend I will do a post of a tour of our bathroom most likely in April.
Thank you for all you inspire and share.

Pura Vida said...

love it all but the silver tray caught my eye as did the sweet bird cups...all so magical as usual!

Karena said...

Dore, true perfection. This would be my cozy corner to read and write with a cup of tea and a homemade cinnamon roll!

The Arts by Karena

Woodside Park said...

Such a serene and beautiful environment, Dore. I could happily sit there with a cup of tea and work on my laptop. Thanks for sharing your world with us :) Cheers!

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Verbena nested treasures said...

Love what you did with your hutch! You know I will be helping you fill up your shelves with more dishes & yes I will sneak a few of my cups in there too! You truly have created a French Nordic Home Dore. So calming and serene...xoxoxo

It's me said...

Owwww doré i really like your kitchen !!!.....like all the things i see today.....love the chair ....love That tray...love love love.....x! Warm hugs Ria ...x!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful corner full of so many lovely treasures. I can hear Leslie Warren singing now (I'm probably dating myself)!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Dore,
I love love love to see pictures of your beautiful home. The serenity and peace your decor brings is so pretty. Gorgeous.

Gail Peterson said...

I love the textures Doré
It's a beautiful corner, having a favorite little space to sit quietly and have tea is ideal. The hutch looks like it was always that way! It's fun to re-purpose, one less forgotten piece!
A beautiful rest of the week to you,

Gail Peterson said...

I love the textures Doré
It's a beautiful corner, having a favorite little space to sit quietly and have tea is ideal. The hutch looks like it was always that way! It's fun to re-purpose, one less forgotten piece!
A beautiful rest of the week to you,

Shabby chic Sandy said...

So many beautiful things in your little corner--love the neutral colors. The candle chandelier is so gorgeous!

Unknown said...

une jolie découverte que votre blog ;)) Je me suis permise de vous ecrire en français car vous expliqué avoir des origines française ;))
A bientôt et bonne continuation.

Wally B said...

I want to be in that space so much. I promise to be quiet and just read my book. promise.....

must love junk said...

What an inviting, beautiful corner! Your cupboard is stunning-you did an amazing transformation on it! :)

shabbyfufu said...

Hands down the most lovely and relaxing corner that I've ever seen Doré!

Unknown said...

If I tried for a million years I could never pull off what you've done with your home - it's sheer perfection Dore!!! Just gorgeous!

therelishedroost said...

Looks wonderful with all the lovely accessories, you did an amazing transformation to a Media cabinet!! Bravo!

Debbie said...

Thank you for visiting, Dore. It lead me here to your lovely blog. I scrolled through your previous posts, and am amazed at your gorgeous home! You are such a talented woman, and it shows in everything you touch.
Love this relaxing corner of your kitchen.

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh Dore, every time i come over here i just die from the gorgeousness! You create such beauty, and i love it that you get out the BIG tools and how you cut down that cabinet and made it so fabulous! I would soooo love to see you in action!


helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

What a wonderful and practical transformation of this former tv cabinet. The saw horse as a base for your table is also very clever
Hope you are safe in your corner of California

Helen xx

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I could hang out in that corner for hours, Dore. Beautiful, as always. Your palette is consistently soothing, and, inspiring.

Vintage Home said...

oh my i am in LOVE!....there is so much I like about these pictures!
I think I may have to get my carpenter boy to make me that saw horse table! Thank you!
Fab job on the cabinet!
Swooning here with all this calming grey delight!
Thinking of all of you in California!

Locksley Lane said...

Love love love your chair! :) Love your site. So happy to connect. Can't wait to follow and see what you are up to.

Locksley Lane

Jade said...

Oh, I loooooooove it, what a wonderful place full of romance and so charming and french!!! Thank you so much for all your inspiration and have a lovely sunday,

hugs Jade

Unknown said...

your tranquil corner calls to me. how soothing ti must be to sit there,in silence, and breathe in the calm. pure serenity dear dore. sigh.....

designchic said...

I adore your cozy corner - warm and inviting as is you entire home. Love it all!!

La Contessa said...

LOVELY just like YOU……I am following your daughter on INSTAGRAM!Are you there?
My name there…..ANTIQUE GODDESS.
Contessa was taken!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Lovely pictures and great blog that I would like to follow!

Kind regards from the Netherlands,


My little white home by Nadine

June said...

You are amazing Dore! I am so taken by your beautiful style! You have such a talent at creating so much loveliness in your surroundings.
The cabinet you re-purposed is beautiful as is the table you made. Just wonderful!
I appreciated your message of congratulations and want to congratulate you on your Artful Blogging feature. I can't wait to pick up the magazine this weekend and read it!
much love...

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness Dore...how did I miss this post? Everything is so gorgeous and that chandelier with the drippy candles...sigh!!! What a lovely and dreamy place to relax with a cup of tea in the beautiful chair!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment, your kind and thoughtful words always make my day:)

Anonymous said...

just making my grey dey rounds...and I must say, I'm totally in love with your blog....and etsy shop!
just thought you should know.

also...congrats on being published in ARTFUL BLOGGING magazine....stunning photos.

have a great day.
ciao bella
creative carmelina

Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

So Fresh and Stunning!
White always looks GooD!

Debe said...

Well, I finally finished reading your blog back to the beginning and enjoyed every minute of it. I have a new favorite, yeah! Glad I found you! !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Doré! BONJOUR! How nice to see you on my comments page my friend! Yes, a goal achieved is a surreal moment. Thank you for rejoicing with me! I hope this is the beginning of more opportunities for me to write. It will take a lot of work and time, but it's so worth it! I hope you are well and creating your gray and white magic. I just finished painting a wooden horse in Annie Sloan old white and I'm very happy with how he came out! I must photograph him.


Bisous, Anita

joanna bolton said...

Your home is gorgeous... Love it all!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Just stopping by to visually enjoy the serene beauty of your home.
Have a happy creative week.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Beautiful friend,

Thank you for coming over again! Yes, I have thought about those magazines that you have mentioned, but my home is of no interest to them. I've tried! But perhaps it's not my home that I must concentrate on, but my writing, which actually pleases me to do for OTHERS. But we never know, maybe one day my little French cottage will interest someone.

Many thanks for your sweet friendship, and I must show you the picture of my wooden horse that I painted. I like him! XOXOXOOX

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

So gorgeous!!!!! Such a peaceful, creative space. And I love your painting of the rose on your sidebar. Beautiful!!!!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Simple Home said...

Hi Dore,
It has been so long since I've been in the blogging world. My friend Jill told me that she met you over at Desert Cottage. So sorry I didn't get the chance to meet up. I hope you're doing well! As always, it is beautiful and serene to visit you here :)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Dore,
I don't know how I missed this post.. What beauty you create!
I love what the transformation with the cabinet to cupboard.. You truly amaze me..
You are always such an inspiration to me. Thank you for bringing such beauty and warmth into the world.. You are so special.

Your friends wool seascape in naturals sounds just wonderful!
Thank you for leaving such kind words about mine.. I need to improve my skills in this area, but for my first, I think it is ok.

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Hi Doré,
Seeing this post late, but just wanted to say how beautiful your photos are. I love the little table and how you transformed that amazing cabinet. Such a lovely and peaceful space!


Anne said...

A perfect and charming corner.Your cabinet is gorgeous!Looks like the pages in one of my favorite magazines Jeanne D Arc <3

Olga Siedlecka said...

Your creations left me breathless...