The inspiration for my table this week was this white ceramic pair of poule et coq that I just changed out from somewhere else. I thought they made a nice and simple centerpiece. Hens and roosters are seen everywhere in country style, but they are also a popular theme for French decorating.
I would like to serve a nice French onion soup with a crusty cheesy topping and thought about these big soup spoons I had tucked away.
I'm not a very good housekeeper and have the habit of stashing silverware here and there and everywhere. Trouble is, I was having to polish up things I didn't use very often before I could use them! So the last time I went on a polishing jag I got clever and wrapped everything up in muslin dish towels.
Exposure to oxygen tarnishes silver when it is not regularly used. Flannel bags are often used to store silverplate, but plain cotton dish towels work fine. I just bundle flatware up like you see here. If you are really organized and love that sort of thing you can label them too! I just tossed mine in a small box to store in a cupboard.
I was thrilled to find these pieces all ready to go.
I am using my darker brown transferware and a mix of a few white pieces here with a dark tablecloth as a base. I found this beautiful smaller round crocheted tablecloth at a wonderful price to layer over. It's thick and cushy with a wonderful texture and design. . . .
These are part of my vintage towel collection, but beautiful linen is still a staple in a modern French household.
The plates are antique and without a maker's mark so I can't tell you the pattern. Maybe you already know it?
I decided on these heavy woven napkins with a monogram for this hearty winter meal.
You may notice that I have changed up my empty wall frame with a new scene from an old calendar. I may collage it up a bit more later.
I finally tweaked the garden wicker planter a tad. The large round platter is a recent find. But the little lacy towel layered on top has been making its rounds on the blog quite a bit lately.
The look of love. . . .
Maybe you have something yummy cooking up too!
Hope it's cozy for you. . . .
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