February 09, 2014

Whats Important in a Rustic Rural Cottage

Burlap Luxe Home Photos

When you are there for them, they are there for you...

French Pottery by Laura Venosa
Verbena Nested Treasures

She is my friend, late night talking buddy, and a creative force to reckon with, and
I adore her.

If you want to know about this tray I will tell you more in a bit, but more about a
designing friend first.

I know Laura's art well, and she wanted to gift me some of her pottery (Mugs)
not being much of a mug kind of person I said, "Can you make me some plates?"
"How many?" she replied.
Not to look greedy, I just replied, "umm! 4"
Of course I wanted to say enough to fill my whole cupboard my friend!

Then I asked, "could you make them so very imperfect?"
She replied, "that's what i'm good at."
I think she is so much better then she knows herself.

Look at the ripples, shapely design with a rustic French attitude.
I am in love with their authentic feel, and rustic rural charm as if a
road side potter is selling their prized pieces.

The bottom of some of the plates have her finger prints; not expected, and
not intended.

I love that the weight of Laura's plates, weighted heavy in the hands of her love; enough so,
that she leaves her marks behind.
Laura's D.N.A is all over her designs, and I am charmed.

Generous dessert sized plate, or for special little somethings.

I have already ordered more, and a platter in hopes to use a cupboard full for
my daughter Hannah's wedding someday (only dreaming for now).
We have a rustic French prairie style wedding in her future works, and
can you see yourself invited to then dine on these delicious plates
of perfection, for a perfect day.

French Plates Laura Venosa

Now for the rustic tray!
Smith & Hawken
I surprise myself with these finds of mass. I rarely buy new on accessories, but I
will make exceptions when I see potential of making it that much better; this is what I did.
Now on sale! lucky you I paid $34.99 so worth it, but now on sale for $24.99
I was not happy with the wax like finish making the piece feel, and look a bit to new.
So I took and sanded it down with a 60 grit sandpaper on a palm sander: it took
just minutes to remove.
The results were amazingly old looking, almost like an old dough bowl, but a tray.
Another piece for our home to love, and it's made like nothing else.
perfectly, perfect.

I invite all to relish in Laura's pottery.
"Celebrate her passion"

Thank you Laura, my sweet friend.


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Oh she really is a talennt, isn't she? How awesome.

Love your pics (always do.)

Your composition is wonderful - great job with that nifty tray - and it is perfect holding your awesome new plates! Have a wonderful week!

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Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Yes, they are perfect in your home! I should say perfectly imperfect. I really like the glaze or slip Laura used on the dishes. The color appears delightfully creamy. Target should see that tray now... Impressive recreation into a rustic look.
Glad you are feeling better, wishing you a happy week.

Junkchiccottage said...

What a sweet and wonderful gift from the heart. What a beautiful gift from Laura. I also love that tray from Target. I may have to check that out. Have a wonderful start to this new week.

Gail Peterson said...

What a special treasure to know each plate was made with the hands of a friend just for you. I too love the rustic perfectly imperfect. If you can when the time comes, perhaps she would personalize a platter with your daughters new initials and wedding date...

I enjoyed seeing it displayed, I'm sure they will get used often.

Have a beautiful Valentines week Dore.

Shabby soul said...

These plates are just perfect for you, pure elegant shape as all the things you create and surrond yourself with! Love the (not wanted)fingers print: they will always remember you a sweet talented friend. Your Tray turned beautiful too. Love its natural charme!
I come back in the world after 2 weeks of assistance to all of my family sick. Finally I'm going to read the mail you send me some days ago with some silence and attention... Thank you sooooooooo much my darling friend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Doré ma belle! Those plates are like nothing I've ever seen, ever! How lucky you are to know this artist personally, and for her to make these for you. These are wonderfully made and the style is perfect for you, for ME TOO! And that tray..I must go to Target TODAY to see if I can find one. I have had my eyes on some of those rustic looking troughs and now I can't seem to remember where I've seen them, but I must go on the hunt. What I did find my friend, is a rustic looking wooden horse that I will take a photo of to show you. You can tell me how I can rough him up a bit!

I am so happy to see you came by Doré! You have been sick! This has been a rough winter and though you may not have the cold weather like we've had (unbearable), it's been a rough start this year. I wish you healing my friend, and thank you for taking the time to come by to visit. BISOUS BISOUS!

therelishedroost said...

I Love those plates! THe rustic edges and thick facade! , simply wonderful!! Always enjoy your posts!!

chateau chic said...

A sweet friend, indeed!! And you have a wonderful eye for the perfect addition to your gorgeous French decor.
Mary Alice

must love junk said...

Oh, Laura's plates are perfectly imperfect! And a perfect addition to your home! What a thoughtful gift and friend :)

It's me said...

Dore...i love what you show us today !!!!...have a nice week darling...love you Ria....x !

Karena said...

Dore what lovely works of art. I hope that you continue to collect the pieces until you have a complete set. Love the tray, it is so fun to find the unexpected!

The Arts by Karena

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

As a lover of imperfections, Laura's pottery is absolutely beautiful. Of course you gave great character to the tray. Love it.

Woodside Park said...

Those are really beautiful, Dore!! They would look wonderful in my home too :) Laura is very talented. Thanks for sharing this source. Cheers, L

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

What a treasure to receive such a beautiful gift from your friend! I absolutely love what you did with the tray. Have a wonderful week!


Rhonda said...

Merci Dore, I immediately purchased your tray! Oh, how you have influenced this gal!!

I am now off to check out Laura's dishes, that speak to my inner soul. How beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by and as always I feel honored that you do.

Faded Charm said...

Swooning over the patina on that lovely tray and those dishes.....oh, the imperfections are so perfect!

You always know how to share with us such wonderful displays that speak to the soul.

Enjoy your week!


Foxhollow Studio said...

My new blog friend, I think you are going to make me spend some money! No, seriously....I love your style. Lovin the pottery and your style.


Thistle Cove Farm said...

Laura is a treasure and the work of her hands is lovely.

Pura Vida said...

Dore Dore Dore...you are amazing! I do think I shall be stopping into Target! and that pottery is perfect. I love how you just always look beyond!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Those plates look like they were passed down and passed down over the years and are treasured family pieces...her work is lovely! They would be a detail not unnoticed at a someday wedding!

CATHY said...

sigh - oh so beautiful. great idea to sand it to get the look you wanted.

michele said...

love the pottery! i have collected pieces by rae dunn which have this imperfect wavy look i love. can't wait to discover your friend's shop. and the tray! i'm sold. so so happy to discover your beautiful blog and eye. re: IGs. we are researching the breed, and i really think the breed may be a good fit for us. our fluffy bella luna could keep an IG so warm with her warm coat!


Heaven's Walk said...

Those plates are just perfect for your sweet home, Dore! I LOVE that Laura left her artistic fingerprints in the bottom of them. It truly makes them one of a kind originals, and something that will be cherished for years to come. She is one talented lady...just like you. ♥

xoxo laurie

Christel said...

Dear Dore, Lauras pottery could not be more perfect! I love the fact that you can see it is hand made. It adds so much charm! I must get a kiln..soon, that's all there is to it! Lauras work has inspired me, as you always do! I love the tray, and old dough bowls. I purchased a 130 year old dough bowl for my sister in law a few years ago, it is beautiful. The worn, smooth spots, and knicks and gouges in it show it was well loved. The tray has that same feel, as only you can manage to bring out of a brand new piece! Great find. If you get a minute, you must come and take a peek at my newest Tea Cup Fairy. She is quite sweet, even if I do say so myself! :) Have a great week Dore, warmest hugs from your very cold friend in Ky. It's 19* here, and snowing! xoxo Christel

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

Gorgeous pottery... I will have to pop over to visit her!
And as always, you've worked magic on this Target piece. I would have never guessed it wasn't old and precious.
Have a beauty filled day, Dore.

Robin Johnson said...

What a wonderful friend you have, she does some amazing work!

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Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Artful Blogging arrived moments ago. Excited for you, my friend, I turned directly to your article. Your words reveal a kind, thoughtful and soulful heart. There is much inspiration in your blogging and the beauty you create. Rustic luxe that reveals a heart full of grace. You are unique and a true delight.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Hi again Dore, I bought a copy of Artful Blogging and adore your article and photos...great placement also, congratulations and well done.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Just exquisite! And so perfect for you. What a wonderful talent. And I would not have guessed that your tray was new! Wonderful job! And thank you for your wonderful comment to me. Always such a lift in my day!

Anonymous said...

I love how beautifully simple these are. And in my opinion it is the perfect way to ensure your food is displayed beautifully when served.

Marie A.

Divine Theatre said...

I imagine that these dishes will form a lovely patina of their own over time!
The irony! That something so solid evokes the aura of something truly ephemeral!



WhiteWhispers2u said...

How did I miss this post uh oh !!! I so am loving your sweet lil plates Laura made for you.I think Laura is very talented and would love to own some myself.

I am diggin your tray and of course you made it your own piece.It looks fabulous !

I so wish you were closer so I could have your input on my girl's Prairie Wedding.I hope Miss FiFi's Book will help me along the way.

~Many Blessings My Friend

StagerLinda said...

I love the story behind these perfectly imperfect plates. Think of the energy contained in each of them will be continued in your home!

designchic said...

What a treasure to have plates made by your friend - truly a labor of love…

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dore, the plates are wonderful! With the fingerprints, .... perfect! You know how much I love a piece with history and charm, this has both!
They look perfect in your lovely tray, you gave it a patina to be proud of. Love it!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Well first of all I LOVE those plates..not sure I could have stopped at 4! Now I cant believe that tray is from Target..its so pretty! Hope this finds you well,xo

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Well first of all I LOVE those plates..not sure I could have stopped at 4! Now I cant believe that tray is from Target..its so pretty! Hope this finds you well,xo

Vintage Home said...

when I saw the picture I thought oh wow that looks a lot like the Target tray....but thinking it was some posh store tray I didn't think about it meanwhile I read the fascinating tale of your plates! Viola! It was Target! I am so crushing on that tray!
Now about those plates!
How absolutely fabulous....romantic!
Truly you have created a story that we will wait to unfold...your daughter will have a most delightful
heartfelt wedding! ...Is she engaged...

lynn cockrell said...

Oh, my Goodness, Dore! Your new pottery is stopping my heart. I love it. I looks as if it were hand thrown by your great, great grandfather, in France, and survived over the generations to be passed down. I hopped over to Laura's to check things out and she is such a wonderfully talented artist.

The tray is fabulous, too, especially with the distressing you did on it.

I have got to try to find the issue of Artful Blogging and read your article! I somehow missed your post about it.

Congratulations, my sweet friend, and God bless you!

Cindy said...

Oh my god, i LOVE those plates. Love them... I am so going over to her shop. I have looked for 'real' plates like that forever. They are wonderful...
Cool tray too. You roughed it up and weathered it till it looks all yummy and well worn. You know how to make everything more beautiful...


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Der Dore,
What a talent your friend has.. They are just beautiful!
Thank you so much for sharing..
I hope you are well.. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh ma belle! Thank you for coming to visit today! And I still have to go out and look for this trough! I want to show you something I got that I LOVE so, and maybe you can instruct me. I will come via email and at your convenience, you can answer. I am so excited about your magazine issue!! Anita

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Your photos are so stunning and inspiring. That gorgeous mirror was meant to be seen. You have an amazing home. Everything is so calm and inspiring. I am now following you. I hope you can follow back.

Have a wonderful week.


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