Noon, midi, midday. Whatever you call it, at 12pm most people are out and about in the midst of their day. Not so for bloggers and other people who work at home. I start my day going through my emails and paperwork, maybe getting in a workout and then you will find me at noontime at my French kitchen table. Much like all of my rituals, in order to make this as pleasure filled as possible, I like to ensure my table is graced with beautiful French inspired objects.
It took me a while to arrive at the right vignette for my kitchen table. For years it was either just a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers. Sometimes I added candles, but it always looked a bit uptight. Finally I realized I like a freeform vignette that changes from time to time, all grounded by a linen table runner.
When I’m actually eating lunch here, particularly if I’m not eating alone (and having more than a yogurt), my vignette spreads out a bit to accommodate serving pieces, as well as other items to enjoy a meal upon.
Typically, my favorite pieces are lovely antiques found on my travels or picked up at a local market. This gorgeous silver repousse box is a recent find that I added to my growing box collection and is perfect for presenting small luncheon sandwiches.
The crystal condiment set adds a nice touch of glimmer to the tableau, yet its aged patina complements the vintage feel of the setting.
As I wrote in my post The 6 Defining Style Elements I Use In Every Room, there are certain components I include in almost every area I style. It’s not something I really think about, but a vignette doesn’t feel complete until most of these elements find their way into the mix. The gilded clock is one such piece which not only serves to announce it’s time for the midday meal, but lends the charming warmth that gilding embodies. (To see the other 5 elements I always use, you can check out the post linked above.)
And always, there are fresh flowers! These stunning parrot tulips are actually fascinating to study, with their soft color distribution and their lilting curves. Peeking out behind the floral you can see the April issue of Romantic Homes that my home is featured in.
The cherubs are added purely for fun. This one sits atop vintage French books (Moliere) and reflects the visual tone of the cherubic clock and the garden statue at the center of the table.
Also present are fringe tulips, a delightful reminder that spring is near.
What better way to enjoy your lunch than on delicate Limoges china plates? The teacup is Royal Sutherland from Staffordshire.
For the noonday meal my favorite objects dance across the table, but once the meal is done, the vignette is returned to the enchanting cluster you see below.
I’m joining with 5 other bloggers to bring you this French Country Design Series.
Once a month we’ll post as a group our unique perspectives on a common theme, and this is the second in our three month series, “Morning, Noon and Night”. I invite you to enjoy the wonderful posts below evoking French Country at Noon…
Linking with Heart and Home Monday, Dwellings Monday, BNOTP Monday, Cozy Little House Tuesday, A Stroll Thru Life Tuesday, The Scoop, A to Z Monday, Savvy Southern Style Wed, Dream Create Inspire, Jann Olson Thursday, From My Front Porch to Yours, 21 Rosemary Lane Thursday, DIY Like a Boss, The DIY Collective, Thoughts of Home with Jemma, BNOTP Thurs, Charm of Home Thurs, Feathered Nest Friday, Craftberry Bush Thurs, Shabbilicious Friday, Best of the Weekend, Interior Frugalista DIY Showcase Sunday, Thoughts from Alice Sunday, Dishing It