Of course, you will find my ever-growing collection of Quimper pottery displayed in my home. And I have to admit that I am rather informal when it comes to styling the breakfast room hutch where it is displayed. I love the casual look of stacks of vintage plates and bowls…
…intermingled with plates on stands and wonderful old finds such as that little pitcher nestled in among the bowls.
And I don’t even mind if the pieces are broken and were lovingly mended by a previous owner. That is just a testament to me that he or she loved Quimper pottery as much as I do!
But you may be surprised to find that at the base of that same hutch, I have displayed my collection of clay cookers. And although mine are not French (they're actually German), they remind me of the clay fait-tout cooking pots that are the workhorse for many old French recipes.
The duck is my favorite! I just love how the base of the pot has been made to resemble a basket!
On the hutch in the dining room, you will find my blue and white collection. I know what you are thinking…they are not French at all, but are largely either English or Asian. I admit that you are right, however, I have to say that I took a hint from Charles Faudree in this department. He was also a lover of blue and white and felt that crossing borders serves to enrich the mix…and I happily agree!
I also love to sprinkle in a few pieces of vintage Red Cliff ironstone. The traditional grape pattern just looks French to me!
Occasionally, I will add some vintage silverplate. I love the way the patina of an old tray reflects the room!
And I have also been known to dress down my collection by adding in pieces such as this shabby toolbox.
I love the way it pulls together mismatched vintage plates and old lids and makes them make sense!
But perhaps my favorite shelf is the little half wall by the entrance to my home. I like to have a little greeting there to welcome my guests. It’s my home all summed up in a tiny vignette…sunny Provençal colors with a touch of vintage collections lovingly displayed so that they can be enjoyed all year round!
Be sure to visit my fellow francophiles and their beautiful blogs to see what they have to say about styling shelves in Country French décor!
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