March 14, 2014

Gilded French Rococo And Birdcages

Burlap Luxe Kitchen

Stored away a French gild mirror of silvers, gold and bronze has found its way to
hanging now in my kitchen.
I have had this vintage beauty through many moving wars and it has surprisingly
taken a few beatings with lasting beauty.

Gilded with authentic French history.

I have added the elegance of a French gilded mirror to the simple living space
of my country white distressed kitchen.
The cabinet underneath the mirror displays a softer side of
collecting pieces I love, and live with.

I have been painting and distressing farmhouse chairs adding
a bit more rustic to the elegance.

Vintage birdcages scattered about soften the harder edges of elegance;
welcoming spring.

Thank you Lin, for creating this tiny pen ink print nest and eggs.
It is loved right where it can be seen.

Birdcages designed to play their part in my French country house.

Rural and Rustic

Comfortable with the characteristic pieces that are almost painfully rural up
against the gilded mirror

Decorative Details

The beauty it added to my kitchen sitting area.

Inspiring details in unexpected places.


Suz said...

Gorgeous mirror. And to reflect a chandelier. Perfect. I went to the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow last weekend. Check out what I found and the previous post of what I took photos of and some reminded me of your blog.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...


I love the visual exchange rustic and elegant engages our imagination in. Your chairs you painted and limed give a gentleness to their appeal. Beautiful pen and ink nest. The size makes it even more precious. Conveying it's Spring and all the beauty it brings!

So delightful to hear you kept the gorgeous French mirror and it is perfectly placed and hung to reflect your peaceful style you do so extremely well, that we all adore.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...


Cottonara said...

c'est cool

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm crazy about ornate French mirrors! This one is a beauty. The rustic vignette really sets it off. So pretty in your kitchen!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Just beautiful, so beautiful...
Take care,

Faded Charm said...

I think this marvelous mirror is just the right added touch to your already lovely kitchen sharing the reflection of all your treasures for everyone to admire.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.


Julie Marie said...

Oooh Dore, your mirror is so exquisite... and I love your rustic elegance look in your kitchen now... your vintage birdcages add such a wonderful touch, and that little print you won from Lin is precious... your blog is so calming and soothing to the soul... something we all need in our lives... much love sweet friend, xoxo Julie Marie

michele said...

it IS fabulous, Dore. what an incredible piece that would brighten up any room in the home. and i love how you have paired it with humble objects!


Unknown said...

Dear Dore, that is such a beautiful mirror. I love gilded mirrors and collect them. There is nothing more poetic than vintage birdcages.


Bente said...

Oh my, I`m in love with that mirror, Dore. It`s so beautiful and the birdcages are just gorgeous.

Hugs from here

It's me said...

Wowwww that mirror !!!!.....Happy weekend !

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello My Friend !!! It sure is a gorgeous Mirror and it so looks amazing right there.

My best to you always~Hugs xoxo

Karena said...

Dore I have always loved unique mirrors and yours is gorgeous!. Just seeing the equisite details of the lower corner with its intricacy, ahhh!

Jay Jeffers, Collected Cool!

Victoria said...

Your mirror is gorgeous! What a treasure and how unique to put it in your kitchen!

I'm so glad to read this post because I was kind of "over" all my birdcages but after seeing yours, I think all they need is a little re-vamp:) I love the simple colors of your home, so lovely!

Joy Junktion said...

Very nice! Love all the detail on the mirror frame :)

lynn cockrell said...

What a beautiful mirror! It is perfect for the room and looks wonderful above the chest. You did a beautiful job on the farm chairs and everything else. Simply fabulous!

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

I have mirror envy - it's stunning and sits well in your beautiful kitchen. Bisous.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Dore,
You bring beauty into the world everyday with your creative touch and talent.. I adore the bird cages. Such beauty in the images.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
blessings dear friend,

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore,
The mirror is gorgeous, I'm so happy for you that you brought it out to enjoy it once again. We forget how much we treasure certain pieces until we see them again. It's charming to see a mirror in the dining or kitchen. A beautiful space just got prettier!
A lovely weekend to you,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle!

It is the weekend, and now I can sit down to enjoy my favorite blogs. Thank you for coming to invite me over, though I would have made it over to you eventually!

Doré, this is divine. DIVINE, BIEN SÛR! The hues of old gold, white, know how I feel about that. The patina of French history, love and artistry is show here in fullest measure. What a way to display your kitchen, with the touch of elegance. BRAVO! And I think of you always as I try to distress/paint a wooden horse that I love so...he is sitting on a gray table in my séjour, and I need to work on him to get him just right. But you always come to mind when I see him.

BRAVO ma chère; you have done it again! LOVE Anita

Personally selected products said...

How beautiful plastic! The sizes of the mirrors are superb, and textures that bring home are unparalleled.
Congratulations on photos and post!!


therelishedroost said...

Soo Beautiful! I am an Aviary lover so birdcages and anything bird I absolutely love. That mirror is gorgeous as well! Always a feast for the eyes when I visit!

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

I scroll down, reading and viewing the images, and with each and every one I whisper "gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous".

The mirror is exquisite, and perfect in your kitchen. Your chairs are just EXACTLY the look that I want to create for my farm table top & French baker's rack shelves, and your little birdcages steal my heart.

I am honored that my little pen & ink original has found a place in your beautiful home, Doré.

Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration and beauty you share!


Karen Larko said...

Wow! Just fabulous! I love how you mix the rustic with the formal. Beautiful display!!!

Barbara said...

Dore', I am visiting your blog via the winter 2014 issue of Artful Blogging. I was looking for inspiration and a pleasant read when I came across your article. Your blog is beautiful and I especially appreciate your reference to Rick Warren and A Purpose Driven Life. Thanks for giving us such a lovely blog to visit. Blessings!

Junkchiccottage said...

The mirror is gorgeous. What a beautiful vignette too. I love love love your beautiful home each time you do a post. Gorgeous.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hi Doré,
Back again to give a closer look at all your beautiful bird cages. Know what? Our Robin returned and sweet birds are chirping in the mornings and singing their lovely songs. Spring is soon... You have an interesting collection of bird cages, each beautiful and uniquely different.

Love your mirror, adore your peaceful home.

Rhonda said...

I sigh with each and every image. Your mirror and beautiful collection of bird cages are simply wonderful.

Your peaceful and serene home moves us all. I strive for such beauty in my environment daily.

xo Rhonda

Alice Wingerden said...

Doré, there are not even words to describe how beautiful that mirror is! Amazing. And it looks so perfect there. Hope you will consider coming to link up at my new link party Sundays at Home! Would love to feature you sometime!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
How kind of you to leave such a sweet note.. Of course you could build a fence, I say go for it.

Vintage Home said...

Great Birdcages I love the texture they create! And heart stopping Mirror! WOW!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Vintage mirrors are my weakness, their beauty is breathtaking! Yours is a treasure and I also love the reflection!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And my dear Doré, I just came back from the store where I picked up a copy of Artful Blogging. I held it in my hands, opened up to YOUR page, and was blessed to say, "I know here. She is my friend." Your work looks so lovely laid out on the page! I am still waiting to see my work and words in the printed version of the Scarlet Pink magazine.

Thank you so much for coming today to visit. Though my eyes are starting to age (I need new glasses!), my soul is live and growing young because of HIM, HIS world, HIS love....and the love of friends.

Enjoy a productive and inspiring week chère copinaute, Anita

must love junk said...

Dore, your beautiful mirror is the perfect juxtaposition with your rustic pieces. Love it!

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my goodness, Dore....what an amazing mirror. It's just breathtaking! You hung it right where it belonged, too. Just perfect above the rustic goodness below. And that farmhouse chair has just the perfect patina. How did you accomplish it? Everything you touch is just magical, my sweet friend. Just magical! ♥

xoxo laurie

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

What a perfect addition to your lovely space, Dore!

Cindy said...

Oh wow Dore, it looks so stunning there over the beautiful simple chest. I love the mix of the two... and of course the sweet birdcages are so perfect everywhere you display them. and, i tell you, you are a master at getting a gorgeous finish on wood. The finish on the farmhouse chair looks amazing. and, Where can i find "Artful Blogging"? I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend looking for it but didn't see it!


Unknown said...

Wow! Your house is absolutely gorgeous! There are a lot of stunning decorations.
Your entire home is warm and inviting.

Thanks for sharing.


Robin Johnson said...

Your mirror is GORGEOUS! I just love the way you decorate with such ornate items mixed with rustic - it's such a lovely look.

chateau chic said...

Dore, your French Rococo Mirror is absolutely STUNNING!!! Oh how I love the mix of elegance with rustic. I'm so glad you hung it in your lovely kitchen where you can enjoy it throughout the day.
It is always such a delight and inspiration to be invited into your home!!
You made my day with your visit and your affirmation of my centerpiece! I'm thinking most thought it a bit quirky. :-)
Mary Alice

Christel said...

Dear Dore, I was delighted to see a new post from you. This mirror has a stately presence, and rightfully so! It is very regal, and worldly. It governs the space just as it should, demanding it be appreciated! I love it. The farm chair is identical to the chairs in my little country kitchen! The second birdhouse shown, is identical to one in my home as well. It sits on my master bath floor, housing a wandering vine. I especially love the last birdhouse you have pictured, and the print given to you as a gift. It's the special touches you incorporate into every space, that make them truly unique and beautiful. Once again, you are a master at creating beauty! xoxo Christel

Chris said...

Hi Dore, everything is gorgeous. I love your kitchen. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Nancy's Notes said...

What a fabulous mirror! Your kitchen is simply awesome! Rustic, elegant, gorgeous- love it all!

"Create Beauty" said...

I am filled with DELIGHT
at every visit here.

Happy Spring to you!!!
~ Violet

Alice Wingerden said...

I featured you on Sundays at Home Dore!

Beautifulosophy said...

I'm in search of a mirror for the living room, thanks great inspo! Caroline

Debbie said...

I love the mirror, and the way it reflects the rest of your kitchen.
You are a master at mixing the elegant with rustic pieces, Dore.
Beauty at it's best.

Anonymous said...

Dore, this piece of gilded beauty adds just enough interest without overshadowing all the other design elements in your home. It is simple and beautiful.

Maria @ The Good Life

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June said...

I am not at all surprised by this beauty being in your gorgeous home Dore. It is absolute perfection as is everything you choose to live with! Every photo is beautiful my dear!
hugs from here...

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh Pia Bleu your photos are so adorable. Look at how poised and sweet you are! Doré and Hannah she is a beautiful IG.

Divine Theatre said...

The juxtaposition of the rustic against the elegant patina reminds me of a full glowing moon over a forest on a crisp Winter night. Soulful indeed.



Personally selected products said...

Hello My Friend!
many thanks for your kind comments, and wanted to take the opportunity to tell you the chance to revel again in your wonderful mirror, and these pictures exude beauty and textures!
You always show fantastic and beautiful pictures!

Have a good Day!
From Spain


Anne said...

Oh my goodness....absolutely gorgeous Dore!Always enjoy seeing lovely photos of your beautiful home.Sorry I don't get to visit as often as I once did.

Unknown said...

I don't know why I came - I'm seriously depressed about my kitchen now LOL
It's just too gorgeous for words Dore, really - every single detail - you're such a professional with mixing Grace and Charm and Comfort - wish I could do that !
Happy weekend -
Going to dig through my mirrors now and reconfigure my kitchen so that I can fit one in LOL

Vivre Shabby Chic said...

I love this blog! I will follow you ... Hugs,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle!

Thank you so much for visiting me last night. Yes, all is well here, no that is not me in the banner, though many people think it is! My home is not that exquisite, nor do I have a dress as such! But my heart goes out to a blogger friend and many others who are being diagnosed with the disease that took both my parents, my two aunts, and countless others. I just wanted to make a poem.

I hope you are well! I am currently writing for a magazine, I am continuing my teaching of French on a part-time basis (I prefer that) and soon summer will be here!

OH, I am also painting a little table and having SO MUCH FUN doing so. Much love to you precious Doré! Anita

Woodside Park said...

What a stunning crested mirror!!! And such beautiful reflections, Dore. Really lovely! xo Loi