Blue and white ceramic tea set on lace tablecloth.

Updated French Country - LOVE this Style!

Why I Love the French Country Style

I’ve loved this style for years!  In 2014 when I opened a wine store at Tanger Outlets here in Mebane, I decided to call it “Vin Marche’” and that set the theme for decorating our little wine shop. 

Yards and yards of red toile covered unsightly wall space; cabinets were painted in a beautiful cornflower blue in a shabby chic style.  I had purchased a small vintage maple hutch which I painted the bottom of the cabinet a distressed red and the top was a cream color distressed with black.  It made the perfect coffee and hot tea bar.  That cabinet now lives in the Tobacco Stick Cottage as my coffee and hot tea bar!

Finding French Country Treasures

So, a few days ago as I walked into Living Free Superstore in Haw River, the first display I saw was decorated with cobalt blue and white plates, cups and of all things a pig! 

I picked up the pig first.

She has such a personality!  

Decorative ceramic piggy bank on lace with lavender.
Antique bookshelf, books, lamp, and framed picture in store.

I love blue and my first thoughts were where these pieces would make a beautiful display in the antique cabinet, I purchased in December from this store at a ridiculous price of $79. 

As I continued to browse the store, I found four beautiful plates with fleur-de-lis to add to my French collection.

I remembered on a previous trip to the Living Free in Mebane; I found a set of white bowls with blue flowers that I couldn’t resist for less than $5. They will make a nice addition to my French Country collection, too. 

I didn’t forget the mantel.  It is adorned with the farmhouse glass bell jar cloche and the antique glass spray bottle that I found at Salvage Sisters.

I’m still thinking about the posters.  While I love them, I don’t know exactly how I will incorporate them into my display.  I’ll get back to you when I decide.

Now for that final touch, a bundle of fragrant, dried lavender.  It smells so good!

For more about my wanderings and findings around NC, you might like this article: Salvage Sisters in Burlington – A Vintage Paradise

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