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Creating a Vintage Inspired French Country Kitchen

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

As we continue our journey through holiday destinations, we don't have to go far for our next stop.  Actually we can just jump over the channel and say "bonjour" to our vintage inspired French country kitchen.  Shabby chic design has been a trend that we have taken to our hearts in many ways.  With the look that we are creating, I wanted to take elements of this design together with more vintage pieces to create a look that would remain timeless.  Mixing traditional and vintage with contemporary pieces adds warmth and character to a design. The kitchen is the room that no matter where you are we all seem to be drawn to.  The heart of any kitchen is the cooker and no good country kitchen would be without a stove.  There is a very traditional feel about this modern stove, even with it looking very new and shiny. [caption id="attachment_3125" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rosa, Ludlow Stoves £1,320.00 Rosa, Ludlow Stoves £1,320.00[/caption] A fitted kitchen is not something that would have been found in any traditional country kitchen.  Free-standing furniture was favoured, bold pieces typically passed down through the generations.  Their beauty coming through their age, their imperfections and the memories that they hold.  These delicious French dressers are as tasty as the treats that would have been made around them. Known as a vasisslier in France, this stunning antique French dresser actually dates from the mid 1800s and is a beautiful example of hand crafted provincial furniture.  I wonder what tales it could tell and how many secrets it holds? [caption id="attachment_3128" align="aligncenter" width="406"]French Dresser, Dazzle Vintage Furniture £925.00 French Dresser, Dazzle Vintage Furniture £925.00[/caption] Decorated with beautiful detailed carvings this large striking buffet Saint Hubert is the perfect alternative to a dresser.  Dating from the late 1800s/early 1900s it shows that even then we craved storage. [caption id="attachment_3129" align="aligncenter" width="418"]French Buffet Saint Hubert, Dazzle Vintage Furniture £825.00 French Buffet Saint Hubert, Dazzle Vintage Furniture £825.00[/caption] No country kitchen would be complete without a table and seating.  We have the perfect furniture to accompany this vintage inspired kitchen, our solid wooden table, benches and chairs. [caption id="attachment_3130" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Solid Wooden Dining Table, Eat Sleep Live Solid Wooden Dining Table, Eat Sleep Live[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3131" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Wooden Benches, Eat Sleep Live Wooden Benches, Eat Sleep Live[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3132" align="aligncenter" width="345"]Slim Chair, Eat Sleep Live Slim Chair, Eat Sleep Live[/caption] I just couldn't resist this wall unit which is not only practical but added decoration for your walls. [caption id="attachment_3133" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Shabby Chic Wall Shelf Unit, Rigby and Mac £175.00 Shabby Chic Wall Shelf Unit, Rigby and Mac £175.00[/caption] You can just imagine this elegant French-style armchair sat in a corner near the fire or stove.  A little place to while away the hours.
[caption id="attachment_3134" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Anita Chair, Swoon Editions, £399.00 Anita Chair, Swoon Editions, £399.00[/caption] And so to the accessories, the decorative pieces that turn a lovely room into a gorgeous one.  The pieces that add character, thought and meaning providing all who enter, a real insight into the owners.
Rattan baskets are perfect storage for a country kitchen. [caption id="attachment_3135" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rattan Basket, The Holding Company  from £39.00 Rattan Basket, The Holding Company from £39.00[/caption] I love the timeless nature of these beautiful country kitchen ceramics. [caption id="attachment_3136" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Country Kitchen Ceramics, Pastel Lane, from £10.00 Country Kitchen Ceramics, Pastel Lane, from £10.00[/caption] A great piece of authentic French kitchenalia is this little brown enamel pot with metal handle.  This piece truly is vintage.
[caption id="attachment_3137" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Brown Enamel Pot, Raspberry Mash £15.00 French Brown Enamel Pot, Raspberry Mash £15.00[/caption]
These jars look as if they have been around for years with their beautiful muted colouring and crackle glazed finish, but they are very much vintage inspired. [caption id="attachment_3138" align="alignnone" width="620"]Rustic Bottles & Ginger Jars, Pastel Lane, from £12.50 Rustic Bottles & Ginger Jars, Pastel Lane, from £12.50[/caption] Oozing French charm is this fabulous enamel kitchen utensil holder.  Unfortunately due to the holders age, it comes complete with rust but this just adds to its character.
[caption id="attachment_3139" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Enamel Kitchen Utensil Holder, Raspberry Mash £38.00 F0rench Enamel Kitchen Utensil Holder, Raspberry Mash £38.00[/caption]
Sometimes something so simple can have the most impact.  Sat on a table on its own, this French glass lidded butter dish would make a statement [caption id="attachment_3142" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Glass Butter Dish, Rigby and Mac £14.95 Glass Butter Dish, Rigby and Mac £14.95[/caption] Although aged this beautiful wooden vintage French coffee grinder is one of those pieces you can't help but fall in love with. [caption id="attachment_3143" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Vintage Coffee Grinder, Raspberry Mash £38.00 French Vintage Coffee Grinder, Raspberry Mash £38.00[/caption] These glasses are so pretty with their Fleur de lis design. [caption id="attachment_3144" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Country Tumbler, Rigby and Mac £3.99 French Country Tumbler, Rigby and Mac £3.99[/caption] Hand made from French reclaimed oak wine barrels more than 100 years old, and on some you can still see the red tinge of matured wine. [caption id="attachment_3145" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Oak Platter, DesResDesign, £100 Oak Platter, DesResDesign, £100[/caption] Offering both style and practicality, this classically designed Country style wire egg basket is perfect for a traditional kitchen. [caption id="attachment_3147" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Grey Wire Egg Basket, Pastel Lane £8.50 Grey Wire Egg Basket, Pastel Lane £8.50[/caption] This vintage French style wall clock, makes for elegant wall decor.  The clock face displays a Bordeaux themed aged print that means it'll always be wine o' clock. [caption id="attachment_3148" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 20.50.46 Chateau Canet Wall Clock, Artisanti £14.00[/caption]
Made in France in 1983 this stunning vintage French soda syphon with its beautiful green glass syphon, really is an unusual piece.
[caption id="attachment_3149" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Vintage French Soda Syphon, Raspberry Mash £75.00 Vintage French Soda Syphon, Raspberry Mash £75.00[/caption] Handmade with French lettering, this beautiful rustic French old mill vase is finished to look like it is made from sacking cloth used to store the flour. [caption id="attachment_3150" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Mill Vase, Pastel Lane £75.00 French Mill Vase, Pastel Lane £75.00[/caption]
Just to complete the look we have a couple of textile pieces that use traditional French styles, perfect for our vintage inspired French country kitchen.
[caption id="attachment_3151" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Apron Set, Ville & Campagne £26.00 French Apron Set, Ville & Campagne £26.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3152" align="alignnone" width="620"]French Tea Towel, Ville & Campagne £10.00 French Tea Towel, Ville & Campagne £10.00[/caption]
Here are some more vintage inspired French pieces for where you Eat Sleep Live. Eat [caption id="attachment_3156" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Dunelm Chateau Blue Vintage Collection, Dunelm Dunelm Chateau Blue Vintage Collection, Dunelm[/caption] Sleep [caption id="attachment_3157" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Normandy Rattan Painted Luxury French Bed, The French Bedroom Company £980.00 Normandy Rattan Painted Luxury French Bed, The French Bedroom Company £980.00[/caption] Live
[caption id="attachment_3159" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Heaven Sends Portraits De Famille Photo Album Box, MOLLIE & FRED £22.99 Heaven Sends Portraits De Famille Photo Album Box, MOLLIE & FRED £22.99[/caption]

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