20 May 2010

PROVENCAL TABLESCAPE

I've been to Provence many years ago. I was very inspired by the cuisine and the whole atmosphere of the region.  It is dotted with restaurants, antique shops, wineries and beautiful colorful homes.  What I remember the most was the color palette. Tablecloths are vivid and usually are red, yellow(gold) and blue. The dishes are just as vibrant.  I bought a few tablecloths for myself and family members.  At the moment my house is being renovated except for my veranda.  I finally decided to take all my souvenirs out and dress up my table.  Guess what?  I cant find the tablecloth I was keeping all these years. Anyway I'm going back to Provence at the end of August and it will give me an excuse to go shopping and find new ones.  This is the look I was trying to create:
Here is a picture of a typical linen shop in Provence.  I love the intense colors:
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday.
Susan is the hostess of this wonderful meme.  You can visit her at :  Between naps on the porch and see what she has in store this week.  It is breathtaking!  There are also other participants that are also super talented in the art of table dressing.  Have a look by clicking on the icon:


17 comments:

  1. How lucky you are! I want to go with you. Is there room in your suitcase? :)

    Sure hope you come home with some great tablecloths. They look so pretty.

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  2. Anne Marie, that is adorable, and how great that you are going back to France! I have never been, but I would love to go. I have a distant cousin who lives in Paris.

    I think this look is just perfect. Can't wait to see your tablecloth when you find it and after your home is renovated. You can't go wrong with country French. Do you like Charles Faudree? I adore his rooms in magazines and books.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  3. That diningroom has a special warmth to it, I think I could spend all day there. And I know I could spend all day shopping for linens!

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  4. Sure you will by so beautiful tablecloths!!! Thanks for visit me.

    Hugs
    Charo

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  5. Those colors just make me happy! I would love to go to Provence one day. This is my first visit to your blog. I love your gratitude verse...so very thought provoking.
    Nice to meet you. I live on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in NY.

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  6. I love the look of the country French linens and dinnerware. It is so bright and happy. I hope you have a wonderful time in Provence. How will you be able to resist a thing? :)

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  7. wow!! love the linen shoppe pic!!

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  8. What a beautiful, inviting dining room...love the color!

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  9. Hi Anne Marie!

    Well, the tablecloth that you used is just beautiful! And the shop with all the linens, oh I would be in linen heaven shopping there!

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  10. great pics, i could use a french shopping spree...

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  11. I can see that France has really inspired your kitchen and decorating! Just beautiful. I have a deep vibrant yellow kitchen too. Love your chairs! ANd thanks for sharing the mini trip to a french linen shop!
    Yvonne

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  12. Hi Ann-Marie! I thought I commented earlier but it seems like it did not take it. I have been to France at least 3 times but I don't think I have ever been to Provence. I would love to go there just for those gorgeous table linens, which I am obsessed with. Beautiful tablescape! Love the colors and all the patterns. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and no, I do not have any formal decorating training. It's just a hobby....Christine

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  13. Ooops, sorry, Anne-Marie! I mispelled your name the first time.

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  14. Gorgeous and a look I love! Love the bold, warm colors of Provence. Can't wait to see what you bring back! Thanks for stopping by:-)

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  15. You have such a lovely blog, Anne-Marie, I love to visit here. I love your taste and what you are planning, but you have the greatest French talent of all: the French language!

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  16. Ahhhh, Provence! I can almost smell the fields of lavender :)

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