Updated: May 18
Hi! My name is Mary Madeleine and I have been living almost my entire life in the french countryside. I was right outside of Paris my entire childhood, surrounded by chickens, pigs, gardening etc. Now I live in the mountains near Switzerland, with a bunch of cows in my backyard, and nothing but nature and gorgeous blue skies. My grandparents lived on a farm with every animal you can think of, and had a huge home, that screamed French Country. So Here is what I have taken that I love from my experience, to put it in my new home.
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Me in my current home, in my kitchen, that is not quite finished yet.
For starters, You need to work on the bones of your kitchen. You have to favour wood, stone or tiles, rather than granite and marble counters that are very American. You want your pieces of furniture, to not necessarily be perfect and be matchy-matchy. In a way you are telling a story of time, and each piece you bring into your home, has a past and a purpose.
Color wise, you'll see old home have that signature yellow paint that has not aged very well, but you can freshen that up with any off-white, cream and light green color.
For your sink you'll want to get a farm type sink like this. And a gorgeous copper or silver Mitigeur like this one
Now Let’s Accessorise !
You got your farm sink, now you need a Dish Rack. every French home has one, and the more vintage looking he better. Check out this one on our website!
Next you Need a soap holder. One thing to know about old french homes, is that plastic bottle dispensers were not a thing, and still today, many homes favour a block of Savon de Marseille. It is more sustainable, eco friendly and made in France! Check these out :
French Linens for a beautiful table
In a French kitchen, you will find curtains, tea towels, table napkins and table cloths.
You want to favour rustic looking curtains, that can hide the area below your sink, or hide a water boiler or a pantry. You can never go wrong with gingham fabric. It's a very easy DIY sewing project as well.
For a table cloth, find a rustic, thick white cotton cloth that can easily be washed. You can order this one on Etsy with custom dimensions .
A traditional french home will provide a napkin for each person to keep during the week, with a custom napkin ring to know whose is whose. I grew up with the wooden kind, (see below) whereas my husband grew up with vintage silver ones passed down from generations.
As for tea towels, I recommend checking mine out that are made of 100% linen and are naturally dyed here in France! You can custom order them to have different dye patterns and colors.
Copper Everything !
Finding and investing in quality copper pots and pieces can be time consuming and expensive. Go to flea markets and negotiate your