There’s no greater feeling in the world than opening your eyes in the morning and being delighted by what you see! Throw in a few pleasures to the senses like aromatic coffee and delicious croissants and you have the makings of a great start to your day.
I’m a firm believer that one of the keys to happiness is pleasing the five senses. My love of French design stems from a desire to surround myself with lovely things and to lace into my daily routine delightful simple pleasures. I discovered not so long ago that most of the stresses in my life could be tamed, at least a bit, by altering my rituals to accommodate such graces. And the best place to start was with my morning routine. So, I set a pretty place at the foot of our bed to begin my day and enjoy waking up to croissants and coffee.
Now to be fair, I don’t really have croissants every day, but oh how wonderful would that be? Yet I noticed recently that my morning routine was in dire need of an overhaul. Like most of us, I wake up and the first thing I do is check my email and then tend to get lost in a technological vortex that I don’t emerge from until at least midday. My epiphany was that if I was going to get sucked into this online world, I at least needed to do it from a beautifully appointed and intentionally set perch.
And we really needed some decor at the foot of the bed, anyway…
So my day now starts at this alluring bistro table. I’m fortunate to have four windows in the bedroom and love to be awoken by the sun streaming in (no blackout shades for this girl!) Once I get myself together, it’s so much easier to face my email when I feel like I’m having breakfast at a café in France.
Of course, the very first thing any breakfast table needs is a vase brimming with handsome flowers and I found these gorgeous two tone roses at a local market. (If you’ve read my posts before, you know I’m botanically-challenged and couldn’t begin to guess the proper name of this rose. If you know it, by all means share with me in the comments below.) I tucked them into a petite transferware pitcher found recently at an antique shop.
The table itself is draped in a white embroidered vintage cloth, in keeping with the essential components that define my style, outlined in a recent post, The 6 Defining Style Elements I Use In Every Room. Additionally, the paint color in this room is a spring-like joy to rise to, even in the dead of winter. (For resource info on all my paint colors you can visit Soft and Pretty Paint Colors, my most recent post.)
As it happens, I enjoy both coffee and tea, and this refined silver teapot can deliver either, depending on my mood. The cheery gilded tray is a foil for spills (and trust me, if it’s spill-able, I’m going to spill it!)
When I finally tear myself from the electronics and get ready to face the day, I use the elegant French secretary in the corner as a dressing table. I love that the varied nooks and crannies allow plenty of storage options and the spot next to the window is ideal for natural light.
I’ve always been a fan of vintage chintzware and these sweet little dishes are just the thing to complement this little repast. The floral works perfectly with my Pois de Senteur (sweet pea) bed linens from French maker, D. Porthault.
An enchanting silver sugar bowl adds a glimmery touch to the early morning table setting.
Flanking the table are two cane back Rachel Ashwell “Darcy” chairs with white linen ruffled chair covers. The dainty green toile pillows enhance the French mood while providing a bit of luxe comfort.
As hubby leaves early and I work alone in the mornings during the week, my table is set for one and I like to add some pretty feminine touches to the tabletop just for fun.
I’m an enthusiastic collector of delicate patterned china and I love this charming gold-flecked serving plate. (And ok, some days I really do indulge in croissants!)
Whether you work outside the home or in some capacity within it, we all can benefit from a peaceful start to the day. Claim your tiny little corner or as much space as your home can offer and set it up to work for you with the things you love most. Every ritual can be approached in the most pleasant way possible and if you value a calm start, I highly recommend waking up to croissants and coffee.
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 first of our three month series, “Morning, Noon and Night”. I invite you to enjoy the wonderful posts below evoking a French Country Morning…
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, BNOTP Thurs, Charm of Home Thurs, Feathered Nest Friday, Craftberry Bush Thurs, Romantic Home Friday, Shabbilicious Friday, Best of the Weekend, Interior Frugalista DIY Showcase Sunday, Thoughts from Alice Sunday, Table It