March 16, 2015

French Attitude...Handed Down French Living

 BurLap Luxe Home

French attitude and the French country kitchen that contains much that has been 
handed down.

 When I say handed down, its as if any great find be it thrift shops, yard sales,
or flea-markets add that little handed down feel to your country home.

 Gathered decoration is inherently an affair of the heart, and nowhere is the
French more engaged then the French kitchen.

Rare in a French house that does not have lavender.

 Few things of beauty are dune with or out-of-date in the French rustic home; the
French have this saying for their brocante, 
" Not quite valued, but not quite useless."

 In the art studio, my daughter and I are adding French pottery
plates stacked in savory piles with an inherited patina of 
aged and uneven.
Everything connected with our French kitchen is used as well as
enjoyed for its rustic shapeliness.


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Well said! I have enjoyed this post, and always enjoy seeing anything of your gorgeous home.

The neutrals are so calming.

have a wonderful week.

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

Love the shape of the basket with lavender. The French create extraordinary beauty in an ordinary day and in the objects they use daily ~ in fact, I am just this morning working on a post about this!

We are in love with the same ideas ~ and I love how you express it in your own unique way, Doré! Beautiful!


Karena said...

So lovely and yes the basket of lavender adds beautiful shape and scent to your home! Oh and those dishes, adore!! Hope to see you soon, dear Dore!
The Arts by Karena

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I'm So Excited for Your Plates Yayyy ! I am sure they will be Fabulous like everything else you create.

I will definitely have to get myself some :)

I am a lover of handed down treasures it makes me heart happy. xoxo

Hugs Sweet Friend xoxo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your artful expression (hey sounds like a recent posts name) enriches and nourishes your beautiful heart. Your talent is boundless. Loving the photo of you working with your creative magical hands adding life and beauty into your desired perfectly imperfect plates, platters and bowls.

The Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi accepting the impermanent and imperfections of things in life is how one can achieve balance and harmony. You demonstrate this belief in your home, your certainly an inspiration for us all.

Bente said...

Love the plates, Dore. You make beauty everywhere with your magical hands. Beautiful photos from a very special home.
Hugs from here

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So beautiful, Dore. I love that you are making your own plates. I just love the naturalness of your wood pieces. xoox

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful Dore. Always love to sink into your decor. So serene and beautiful. How great to find another creative outlet with the plates and pottery. I know they will be so beautiful.

chateau chic said...

I love "hand-me-downs" that add French charm to the kitchen! You have a superb eye for finding just the right pieces to add to your wonderful french decor!
Mary Alice

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Lovely post and lovely home!

Cindy said...

You're making plates now! That's wonderful! I hope they will be in your shop. Love your beautiful photos and that darlin basket with lavender.


Tina said...

Inspired by your post. Thanks!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your plates are fantastic! How wonderful to produce them yourself. They are a wonderful addition to your pure French aesthetic.

Rié Moratto said...

Lovely! Please show us the final product of your hand-made French pottery. They are dreamy, uneven and aged... sigh. xx Rié|Portobello Design Bog

shabbyfufu said...

How lovely Doré...I'll have to check out your shop! xx

Lisa said...

Dear Dore,I really love these plates you are making. I love the patina and the perfectly imperfect shape they have. I do hope to have a few of these for my home in the future to cherish and even use. Especially, because they are done by you whose art and creations I love and admire. I agree that every French style home should have lavender and I have it in almost every room in my house. Love that basket of lavender you have and it really looks natural in your French home. Blessings!

Unknown said...

So true Dore .A hand me down home has heart and soul!I am blessed with some from family, antique stores and yard sales. A sweet blend that defines us!
Luv the china cabinet.
Hugs, Gee

Rhonda said...

Another wonderful post, I love the basket of Lavendar, and am anxiously waiting to see the finished plates:)

Botanic Bleu said...

Oh, my, is there never an end to all of your artistic talents? French pottery plates look like so much fun to create and to share that creativity with your daughter makes it even more fun. One day those plates will be 'handed down French living.'


Méa Strauß said...

Love it - love to see you doing these gorgeous plates, love this plain but dramatic lavender basket on your kitchen chair and i LOVE these increadible beautiful thingies on the cupboard!!! Your kitchen is a place to be and to dream as well as to be creative :))
I wish you great success :)) Huuuugs from Méa

Pura Vida said...

Hello my talented friend Dore..I am so excited to see your new thing. You will be the most amazing potter. Love the idea of your prayer catcher but everything you do is incredible. Lavender is certainly a must

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning or rather, BONJOUR, Doré! Yes, lavender is a staple flower in my home every summer. I will be gathering a fresh bunch or two in a few months (more like May) and the scent upon entering the house is one of pure ecstasy! Baskets, wooden and straw, worn pieces and a moody attitude...that is French to me!

Enjoy your day, Anita

DD's Cottage said...

I am going to have to check out your plates-they sound amazing! Love the lavender and the basket too.

edy said...

There is a feel of being alive with just a few simple hand me downs... uncluttered mismatched pieces...I love how you brought your own twist to a room...using this n that and keeping it fresh...lovely pottery ....uniformly unique...all the better...simply Dore...

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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hello dear Dore,
This is you in all your peaceful beauty. What a comforting post.

I always look forward to your visits. Thanks so much for your sweet comments.
Yes, I have bunnies living in one of the bushes in the back yard. They come out in the morning and run and play... I would assume your are cotton tails also? They are so sweet.
As soon as the roses in front take off, I will take a photo and share. This was a bad year for my roses.. I thought I was going to lose them all, but they are coming back.
blessing dear friend,

lynn cockrell said...

What a beautiful post, Dore! I never tire of seeing what you do at your wonderful home. I love that basket of lavender as it seems to jump to the forefront of your photo. Gorgeous! I had a taste of working with clay in high school and then in making ceramics with slip after I married. I love feeling the clay and have always wanted to get back into creating some objects. Your plates are wonderful. What a fun thing for you and your daughter! I hope you are well, sweet friend!

TexWisGirl said...

i like the weathered, white-washed wood. thanks for coming by today!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Lovely post, Dore. The French do have the best kitchens and I adore the idea of lavender always in a kitchen. Your plates are going to be delightful!

Rhonda said...

stunning decor and I cannot wait to see your plates. Your talent amazes me.

Rhonda said...

stunning decor and I cannot wait to see your plates. Your talent amazes me.

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore,
The plates are going to be beautiful, I love the soft oval shape. I can see them now stacked on your french table and hutch. I hope you put a favorite mark on the bottom, or something only you and your daughter will know! A special moment to be shared, I hope someone captures it on video for your family!

A can't wait to see them finished.
Thank you for sharing this with us!

Anonymous said...

I love it all! So nice to visit you after such a long while..... xoxo ~Ashley

joanna said...

majestic attitude's - aesthetically pleasing to the eye... a thing of beauty is always valued and it just gets more interesting when paired with a piece of furniture that has been painted multiple times. .... these handmade plates will become more useful and made more beautiful with time-- I can imagine a very simple lunch, shared by old friends, family, loved ones , with this simple but elegant table setting and the privilege to be a part of it.

Victoria said...

I am a Lavender fiend! I absolutely love it! When I have my dream kitchen someday, I want to hang it from the ceiling on an herb drying rack:) Oh, and grow it in my dream garden too of course. You're keeping those talented hands of yours busy Dore!!! Plates look lovely:)

Lynne said...

...this post is singing to me.
You are making pottery!
I LOVE it!
Now I am dreaming ...
Happy Spring!

Simple Home said...

You are so talented!! Yes, we are going to have to meet. I seem to spend much of my time driving 14yo boys around these days, lol. It has been so long since I've visited any of the sweet vintage shops around here. I think I told you that we are friends with the owner of Desert Cottage, but I rarely get by there. I know that one of these days we are just going to run into each other :)
It is always wonderful to visit you and see your beautiful creations.

cindy hattersley design said...

I can't wait to see those lovely plates!! They look wonderful!!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Just the calm colors and the plates looks really lovely!
Have a great week, take care...

Woodside Park said...

Bonjour Dore - Those plates look so beautiful. I adore the organic shapes and earthy tones. Gorgeous work! Cheers

michele said...

the plates look beautiful, dore, and how rewarding to enjoy these everyday knowing your own hands created them. i so admire the French way of welcoming objects into the home that have an enduring quality. not to be disposed of or cast aside for the next big thing. i so love the fading, the tattered, the worn age. there is a little French in me, but i wonder if it isn't the conservative scandinavian somewhere in my blood. your images of home have such a comforting quality, and what a treasure that is as i live within chaos at the moment. it is time to move on for many reasons, and i know the simplicity i seek will have health affirming consequences, regardless of any blogworthiness which may come. i am craving light and life and spaces where we can hear each other again without shouting or using an iphone. it is quite an interesting process leaving something you created from scratch (it was our first building project) and making room for the new. thank you for the encouragement and loyal support as only your words can convey. peace.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the kitchen, Dore. You've kept it calm and peaceful as is the rest of you lovely home. Perfect is your new venture with these gorgeous plates.
How fun to create with your daughter!

therelishedroost said...

THose plates are wonderful so glad I am back from vacation to check out my favorite blogs again!

Nella Miller said...

Dore, love the basket with the lavender....lovely photo, and your plates are perfect for your design aesthetic....beautiful post! N.xo

Elizabeth Maxson said...

I love your view of thrift shop or vintage markets items as "hand me downs"! I'm going to use that. I love your blog and had no idea you did pottery! You are one very talented and gifted woman. Love the pics and the basket is just lovely. Thanks for visiting my new blog - so love your comments and thoughts. I'm so sure we would be great neighbors too! Have a great day my lonely friend!
Big hug

Sherry said...

pretty plates..