July 25, 2014

French Countryside Living "Objets"

Burlap Luxe Home Designs

Living with French countryside objects that were made for another function often
decorate my French country home.

One of the two latest finds and these two French baskets were perfectly suited
for my rural style.

French Floral Basket

The pruning sheers are 60 plus years old, I love that my grandmother passed them
onto me!

The Garden

Birds are needed somewhere in the garden.

French Countryside Picnic Basket

It has aquired a patina of age to its elegance of rustic use.

I adore every bit of its French romance

It adds poetry to my French heart.
I am having an affair of the heart with my two French baskets that add
all the engaging charm of French countryside living.

It sits as arranged with a special connection to the things I love.

I treat my home to the rual pleasures of French countryside living.


Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahhhhh....I have many baskets, and one gorgeous primitive wooden bowl that I need to stage for another try at taking photos. Dearest friend, I am having so much fun this summer with my poetry and photography. For both arts, much observation and experimentation is needed, but I love it so. I know now what I love in poetry: SIMPLICITY that leads to a profound discovery. I know now what I love in good photography: A lot of light, white with simple or rather, very few objects but they have to have a sort of patina.....one basket as you show here, or a carefully grouped bunch of flowers....you capture this gorgeous item in all it's natural color so beautifully.


helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

Those baskets are simply beautiful and function too.
I also love your last sentence:
I treat my home to the rual pleasures of French countryside living
Have a glorious weekend
Helen xx

chateau chic said...

I adore the shapes and texture of your French baskets, Dore. And, of course, you style them to perfection! Lovely inspiration!!
Mary Alice

sweetvintageofmine said...

Your french countryside picnic basket is fabulous....right out of the movies! Beautiful patina through-out your home~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

Rhonda said...

A beautiful and worn compliment to your French country style. Adore your use of baskets.

Inspired again and again.

Sending blessings, Rhonda

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

Beautiful shapes and texture. I too have quite a few baskets in our tiny cottage. So pretty and useful at the same time.

Have a lovely weekend, Dore!

Unknown said...

A little basket envy going on over here....

Junkchiccottage said...

Ahhhhhhhhh Dore the french countrysde picnic basket is beautiful. I have been looking for one for my basket collection. Are you going to sell that in your Etsy. I would love to own it!!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a wonderful basket! A true treasure! You'll be able to use it for so many different things!!

Karena said...

Dore I adore your precious baskets and have wanted one like this for a long time, maybe Andrea has brought one back from France!

The Arts by Karena

DD's Cottage said...

Love your baskets Dore and the lovely linens. As always I look forward to reading your words and seeing your beautiful photos!

diane said...

Definitely basket envy here!!! Lovely indeed!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Beautiful French countryside baskets. I am such a tactile person and I adore baskets. Your French picnic one looks to be the perfect size for a private picnic to enjoy with another person. Hey I love your Grandmother's pruning shears. I have a collection of vintage garden tools and I use them. As I know you do with your Grandmother's and feel her love and warmth.
Your staging in your vignettes are always edited perfection. Your descriptions sheer poetry, I have a mental snapshot of you out in your garden gathering flowers for inside your beautiful home, roses gracing the beautiful Floral baskets as you gather flowers you lovingly cultivated.
Happiness is having a garden and feeling the sun kiss your face.
Sending love

Méa Strauß said...

Oh, how beautiful, makes me want do make a piquenique (or however you write this ;), take this piece of nature with me, full of berries, tomatoes and a piece of bread with cheese... Cutting it on these gorgeous little cutting boards... taking branches home in the other basket with the sheers...
Oh yes, now it is time for this...
Greets from Méa, who will go to the countryside tomorrow

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

All of these beautiful country still life portraits make my heart happy!

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Such lovely baskets. I'm so happy to see we are in another magazine together, Doré! My vintage trunk table is in the new issue of Somerset Home as well :) Hope you are having a beautiful weekend!


Burlap Luxe said...

Jeannette I so noticed, I feel so blessed to be in the good company of friends and all they inspire.

It was a total shock to me! To again see myself featured.

See you soon

Sandi said...

Absolutely beautiful Dore! Your talent comes through in everything you touch. :)

It's me said...

Wowwww..love That basket Doré....enjoy summer love Ria....x!

White Lace and Promises said...

At one time, I had many old baskets that I loved and in the winter months when I grow desperate to fill my booth, I sell them. So many things that I love that I let get away. I love love the way you have your favorite objects arranged and photographed.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
Simplicity at it's best....
Baskets, roses and Keats! Cannot ask for more.
Beautiful post Dore.

Mimi said...

Lovely, lovely baskets put to a new use. Beautiful!

Sea Angels said...

How pretty , you manage to find such lovely things. I love the way you style and photograph x
Lynn x

Ivy and Elephants said...

I'm a bit of a "basket case" myself these days! Yours are lovely, and your photos show the beauty in utilitarian objects. Their timeworn patina is a testiment to their craftsmanship and durability.
Beautiful, and thoughtfully shared.

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore,
The baskets are so french...I imagine them filled with chocolate croissants! The garden shears are a treasure! When you touch them I bet you think of your grandmas hands holding them.
I love things that remend us of our favorite people.
It would be nice to engrave her name and her life dates on it for your children!

Thank you for the comment about outdoor spaces I did a post on that yesterday!
A beautiful Sunday to you..
Off to harvest some lemons!

Rhonda said...

I have a love of baskets, old, antique baskets, your French basket is beautiful. I love your photos, as always, and what a treasure you have in those garden shears!

June said...

I love that you have your grandmother's pruners! Your French basket are lovely and fit perfectly with the beautiful home you have dear.
sending hugs...

Unknown said...

sooo beautiful, Dore

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are all the things I love to collect beautifully displayed together.

Unknown said...

I love baskets too Dore - but can't make them look as gorgeous as you can!
Wow - they're just beautiful !
AND that mirror from the last post?

Bohemian said...

Oh I Love the little Talisman with the Sofa Image attached to it! Such a Serene Restful Environment you have Created in your Beautiful Home! I'm striving towards Simplifying things... not easy for a Maximalist tho'! *LOL* I seem to be hard-wired to keep adding to even the most Ideal makeovers of any room. *Le Sigh*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Vintage Home said...

wonderful images! Love that the sheers are your grandmothers!
What delightful images! so restful ....
beautiful ....

Cindy said...

Hey Dore, trying to catch up on your posts
These photos are gorgeous! Wow! and i LOVE your baskets. I am one who can not pass up a beautiful basket.. and the thing about them, is that i really do use them, they're beautiful and functional too!


Pura Vida said...

Dore your imagination is ever at work for our pleasure! how pretty!

michele said...

oh my! that curvy basket and french countryside living look good on you, lovely. thanks for the kind words and the beautiful offerings on etsy. just treated myself to a fleur de lis lovely finial! merci.


must love junk said...

Dore, I adore every image! Beautiful simple pleasures :)

Rosemary and Thyme said...

So pretty and charming. Gorgeous images.


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You are such a dear....
Thank you so much for your most welcome and thoughtful words for Olivia... Oliver, hmmmmm, that is an idea.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead dear friend.

farmhouse-story said...

your baskets and pictures are beautiful, dore! love that you have your g-mom's shears, too:) have a fun week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon dear, dear Doré! THANK YOU for coming to visit my post. We had such a great day just last Monday when I went to the American Swedish institute with a friend. I can still dance a bit, but I do have a pulled muscle in my back that radiates pain down from my hip to my thigh, but that did not stop me from dancing on that open floor!

You asked when the photo was taken....last Monday.

We are currently in the process of having our weathered gray beams cut to measure then they will be installed, I hope, by the end of the month. I look forward to this for I now want to play with lighting so I can can decent photos of my family room, but I've never been able to take good pictures of it, so that's why I never share photos of my home. They simply don't show the beauty I see with my eyes!

I am also redoing my little theatre. I added BEAMS to the ceiling of the theatre, and I am making a plank floor painted in gray with scratch marks like a real dance floor! I'm trying to get as much fun out of this summer before school starts.

BISOUS BISOUS et mille mercis, chère amie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Doré!

I so enjoyed reading your comment this morning! I am very happy to hear about the progress of your kitchen cabinets; that sanding and painting and waiting for it all to dry has GOT to be so painstakingly exhausting, but well-worth it my friend. I can totally see my kitchen transformed as such, but my husband is SO TIRED....we are having our exposed beams installed within the month sometime, and I am so excited! But like I mentioned before, i am working on my theatre and I have installed BEAMS in it! Now, I need to find the right "hardwood" floor planks to complete the renovation, and prepare it for OUR collaboration this winter.

I too wish I would have made my theatre a different size, for mine is quite heavy. It was once a countertop bookcase that I acquired from a very whimsical local bookstore and it hit me right when I first saw it. But if I could, I'd make another one that was smaller. However....this one is embellished with love and great memories of using it in Blogland.

I will send you photos of the updates!

Sending you much love, Anita

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Your baskets are a thing of real beauty! And the pruners, are a bit of sheer love. Thank you for visiting my blog and telling me about the no. 7. I can hardly wait to hold it in my hands! Happy to be a new follower! What took me so long? lol!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Evening Doré,
Stopping by to take another look at your gorgeous basket's post. Hoping all your hard work is nearly completed in your kitchen project and that Mother Nature is behaving in your area,
Sending love,

Unknown said...

Dear Dore,
I have big weakness for baskets as all women :) Very simple and amazing pictures!
wish you nice day Vlaďka

Anne said...

I love your baskets!They are so useful yet so beautiful too!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Awwwww.....you made me tear up when I saw the little lace and my business card tied to your beautiful basket. Your basket is so romantic, but not fussy - the perfect combo in my book.

Thanks for being such a lovely person and sharing yourself so freely,


CreativaCale said...

Hi! You have a NICE :blog,house,styling,girl...everything...I hope You are lucky women.
Kiss from Serbia,