5.31.2013

Black & White & French Red All Over

The color red occupies a very important place in the French provencal tradition.  And I try to incorporate this timeless feature in my own kitchen.  Have I ever showed you my kitchen? Non?


 This post was inspired by Francie of the blog, The Scented Cottage.  Francie and I did Luckett's together and the surrounding countryside (along with getting lost and driving in circles...thanks to my awesome navigational skills   ha!....love ya.  Francie girl! ) What fun we had!  On our drive back to my home, we made a stop at a fun antique place, not willing to let the weekend go just yet.  They had a barn out back where I think they had just stored everything they had no place for in the shop.  Wandering around, I found this charming little red basket.  Loved the shape of it and decided it was a great piece for my website.  Sorry y'all....Francie said it belonged in my kitchen and she was so right. 

So today, you get a little tour of my black and white kitchen punctuated with hues of red.  A French country kitchen is warm and casual and may have beamed ceilings, rush seated chairs, wood floors, baskets. open shelving, iron, copper, earthenware, grays, farm life figurines, rustic pieces and open vessels of vegetables. 
  

the sweet little red basket now hangs with other gathering baskets

 an antique Victorian  carved fireplace mantle has a place of pride over the sink and displays some of my collected ironstone.  The piece had been painted at one time and someone had stripped most of it off, giving it a fabulous shabby patina.  The dish towel is a vintage French torchon.

open shelving displays our every day dishes and some charming country French red checked plates along with a farm scene toile platter

 who says you can't have a painting in the kitchen?  I found this gorgeous antique Victorian oil painting in a thrift store of all places.  Red strawberries spilling out of a farm basket and displayed in a wonderful ornate very worn gold gesso frame.

a display of antique buttermilk pitchers, old wood advertising box and tins, a tarnished champagne bucket, the quintessential French rooster and even a tin fleur-de-lis crown, make a curious and charming display


 another vintage oil painting features a still life of a basket of fruit, painted by my Mom.  The  alabaster fruit is still in a basket in her kitchen, sitting on her kitchen counter.  A French kitchen features free standing cabinetry.  This white washed corner pine cabinet showcases my collection of poor man's silver, also known as pewter, and the pig is actually a vintage papier mache piece, once used in a stage play. The EAT sign, fashioned with black and white toile and red polka dots, was made by a fellow blogger years ago.:)

the kitchen chairs are slip covered in black and white country farm scene toile, now very faded from the sun.  I love my sweet little red ticking valance, a buy from K-Mart.

I recently received a number of these vintage and antique French torchons sourced from the Paris brocantes and the village of Montfort sur Mel.  Some have the wonderful old monograms on them and some don't......all red and white and metis or cotton.  These cloths are prized possesions in the French kitchen, last forever, and only get better and softer with age.  Just listed on our website here
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27 comments :

Anne said...

Love your kitchen Lynn! Thank you so much for sharing.So nice and bright yet warm and inviting <3
xx
Anne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love it, Lynn! This is very, very cute. You have some neat things.

Hope you had fun on your recent trip!

XO,

Sheila

Sarah said...

Lynn, it's a treat to see your kitchen. All the black and white with the pop of red makes my heart sing. And that water view out your windows ~ fabulous!

Blondie's Journal said...

I loved seeing your kitchen, Lynn...it's so YOU! I was going to ask where you found your curtains until you mentioned it...love, love, love them, the perfect compliment to your red!

XO,
Jane

Maureen said...

I'm not sure what I love most, the vintage berry painting or the Henny Penny egg carton! Your kitchen is simply lovely. Thanks for the tour.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

You have the prettiest things!
I love all your collected pieces.

Have a lovely weekend!
Alison

NanaDiana said...

I love your kitchen, Lynn. Years ago I had a red and white kitchen and it was always so cheery to walk into it. That is what I see here, too...a cheery happy place to sit a spell. It is all just lovely- xo Diana

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Lynn,
Your kitchen is so beautiful. I love the red basket it fits in perfect. Great find.
Kris

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love you fabulous kitchen filled with so many treasures. This is the kind of decor I love, some real eye candy that I can stare at all day! That little shelf over the sink is SOOOO adorable!!! Love it! Please share it with us at our linky party.
Hugs,
Patti

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Ah my Town and Country friend ! I wish everyone could feel the warmth and happiness in your kitchen and taste the deliciousness you prepare for the table. I LOVE visiting you.
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Pam said...

You're killing me with your kitchen, it's awesome! I especially love that shelf over the sink. Great piece.

Sue McPeak said...

OMGosh Lynn...I'm so inspired to do a makeover in my kitchen. Do you think French would work in Texas...you know I don't speak a word of parlayVu. Wow, I love your open shelves cabinets and DISHES! Great photos and of course wonderful collections and vignetts.

Great to visit...sorry it's been so long...I've missed ya, Gal.

Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

If I could choose a kitchen 'style' -- this would be it. I love the slightly relaxed feel but the neat, clean colors and decorations. Red, white and black is my favorite color combo!

One Shabby Old House said...

Your kitchen is so inviting. I just love that mantel over your sink. It is amazing! I do remember you from when I first started blogging. I got caught up in FB and stopped blogging for a while. Time to reconnect with some of my blogging friends and I am happy to have found you again!

All About Vignettes said...

I'm coveting that shelf above your sink. You have some fabulous vintage pieces.

Beverly said...

You've been holding out on us, Lynn. Love your kitchen filled with charm.

chateau chic said...

I enjoyed your kitchen tour. LOVE the mantel shelf above your sink!!
Mary Alice

Tete said...

Love your kitchen! I do not like red at all, but I love what you have done with it and I could see me sitting in there with all the pretty things to look at. Might even lose some weight just sighing over it all. Love the view, too. Nothing better than that! ;)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your kitchen is lovely. Thank you for giving us a tour! Nancy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Just popped back over to let you know that this post is featured this week at Ivy and Elephants. Please stop by and grab a featured button.
Hugs,
Patti

Dee said...

I was wondering if I'd get a glimpse of a "Grandma Original" :) Such talent!! And I love the "E A T" over the door...just lovely! Maybe I'll actually get to see it in person some day. Late July perhaps? Love you!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

I adore your kitchen and those tea towels are divine! Liz

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Thank you for sharing your beautiful Kitchen at the Open House party. Having visited several times I know it is even more wonderful in person. I still love the little mantle/shelf. It's a perfect fit for your space so I know it was meant to go home with you.
Hugs,
Sherry

Stacey said...

Hi Lynn. I'm so glad to see your kitchen today. It makes my heart happy to see others who love red as much as I do. It's such a wonderful color especially in the kitchen. :)

Gina Luker said...

Your vignettes are so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home on the house tour!

Laura / The Shed by Pet Scribbles said...

Your kitchen is beautiful, Lynn! I love the red accents, and how bright and airy - and warm and inviting - the room looks!

Marie Blackburn said...

Oh my Lynn, I want to see more!!! Love the red (my favourite color) throughout your home. Thanks for sharing it with us today.
Marie@Interior Frugalista

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