Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A French Fruit Crate and Remnants of the Past


Hello Everyone,
I hope you all had a great Easter.
I wanted to share a few pictures I took of a vintage french fruit crate for my online shop.
I took these about a month ago....
Sorry for the repeat of product pictures using lilacs, but that is what I had at the moment, and used them for about every product picture I took that weekend.
I no longer have these racks available on my site, 
I just wanted to share an idea of how you can add some french farmhouse life to a dining room table.




I actually used a similar crate as a drying rack in my kitchen... I was already using french fruit crates as  drying racks for my monogrammed mugs and ironstone dishes in my kitchen.....
I decided to show a way to use the crate housing dishes in a more decorative way on my dining room table... I tried to keep a french farmhouse feel in the process.

I first added a french canning jar filled with lilacs... Next I added a stack of ironstone plates to the crate.....



I added a stash of antique letters from France.....


The racks are lined with chicken wire...


I like how the Anthropologie monogrammed mugs look against the chicken wire and wood.


This is a quick way to add some french farmhouse life to a dining room table...


On a completely different note....

The show is this Saturday, April 30th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at The Dana-Powers House Property 535 Mehlschau in Nipomo, CA
The fall show was just featured in the April issue of Country Living....




Daniela and Eric, owners of Euro-Linens will be vendors at the show.....
Their booth at the show was featured in the April issue of Country Living...


Trinidad, Johan, and Martin, from Atelier de Campagne will also be vendors at the show...

(I still have a post coming about their container sale, I promise I will post about it very soon)

There are a lot of other great vendors on the list as well...
Judy has a blog where you can read all about the vendors that will be at the show....
you can read more about the show by clicking here..

Will you be going to the show???

Thank you for taking the time to stop by...
I hope you all have a great week!
Take Care,
Maria

57 comments:

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Maria- Those lilacs are too dreamy! The classic shape and color are perfect with the elements on the table.

Loretta

p.s. Added your blog to my Favorite Blogs sidebar. You are an amazing writer and photographer!

Lisa said...

Lilac always looks lovely and smells divine. So pretty against the rustic vintage crate.

I would love to go to that show. You have some pretty wonderful things over there. We do here too, but I can never help but feel a twinge of envy when I hear about these things.

x

Ann said...

Oh it looks so lovely...
the flowers, the bottle, the crate,
it is so perfect...and the flowers are lilacs...love them ♥

the industrial cottage said...

I keep hearing bits an pieces about the amazing vendors at the show. I am so sad that I live on the other side of the Country!!

Ma petite maisonnette said...

For me, lilac can be everywhere and always. I love this. :) Beautiful photos!

FrauSchmitt said...

Dear Maria,
your composition is so beautiful again. I love lilacs and thus love watching your fantastic pictures. The idea to use chicken wire in the crate is so lovely, I'll borrow it.
And the mugs are something I'll definitely look for.
Hugs from Germany

Simply Me said...

Love the Lilac!!! You could use it all the time..lol The crate looks very pretty!! Have a Great Day !!

Mairyliscious said...

love the flower! what is it ?

Jacqui said...

Love those fruit crates, have never seen them before. One can be so creative with them. Gorgeous post, and love the lilacs!!

Remember to wish said...

The table setting looks just lovely. Thank you for sharing your sweet ideas. After reading the book RPS and observing all pics I can definitely tell this is not only a life style there's a lot about loving what you do and making it pretty to those you love too. Thanks for a great inspiration!

Villa König said...

Dear Maria,
love your lilacs. The combination with them and the rack is fantastic. Great pictures like always. :-) Hugs Yvonne

karen-holmes said...

maria...the lilacs are lovely and your ideas are inspirational (love the letters - makes me want to write one to someone today). thank you. -k.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

absolutely gorgeous! Have never been to the show, it would be a treat! Janell

A Rosy Note said...

That looks so pretty! There can never be too many photos of lilacs...I only wish I could smell them!

Best wishes ♥ Tricia

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Those lilacs are just gorgeous and oh I love that rack!! You always have such great pictures. I also wanted to let you know that I have hit a milestone on my blog and am having an all natural organic giveaway and I would love for you to enter!

High Street Cottage said...

Maria, I happen to love chicken wire. And I love your pretty fruit crate. This reminds me of a breakfast in bed tray too. Wish I could attend the show, but I'll be up to my elbows in clients on Saturday, hope you have a wonderful week. xxx tami

Anne Marie... said...

Hi Maria! not much is blooming here yet except for tulips - it's been so cold...

I thoroughly enjoyed getting inspiration from Atelier de Campagne when you posted about that sale...wow...what a wonderful store!

Jason is building things similar to that drying rack for the sale here...I hope they do well!!

talk soon.
Anne Marie

Rachel Noelle said...

I always love your tabel displays Maria~Just beautiful!;) I hope you had a wonderful Easter~ Hugs,Rachel

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Stefani said...

Oh Dang! I was just in Nipomo LAST weekend! :( I guess I'll be missing it too.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I can almost smell the lilacs through the screen, I can never get enough of your pictures! SO dreamy and pretty!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
XO
Kristin

Ido said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! You are very talented!
Have a fantastic day!
XXX Ido

Fete et Fleur said...

What a wonderful way to dry your dishes. I love it! I've been perusing all of your gorgeous home photos. I could never get tired of those lovely lilacs.

Have a Great Day!
Nancy

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

As always, I love your gorgeous table settings (and photos) :)
I guess I will be the only one so far on your blog going to Judy's show. I have been to the past 4 and they are all amazing! Altho I think the addition of the new vendors is going the be the best show yet!! I will let you know :) We are scheduled for perfect spring weather too (FINALLY!).

XOX

the vintage bricoleur said...

Maria, I Love your blog and I look forward to reading each post. Your photography is very inspiring.
Yes, I am going to Remnants of the Past. I have always wanted to attend this show and then recently we were invited to sell there. I am so excited! The trailer is almost packed and we are ready to go. I wish that you could make it, it would be nice to meet you. Aimee, of The Antique Gardener told me that she said to you that it would be fun to have a bloger's lunch and meet each other in person. I agree. I'll be doing posts about the show when we get back. Have a good day! Terry

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Maria! I want you to know how much I truly appreciate you and your blog and your continuing effort to help us "decor-deficient" gals out here who swoon over your talent! :) I just adore the way you style, and soak up every photo and piece of advice you offer up. You help me to think outside the box - and the answer always lies in "sweet simplicity". Love ya, girlie!

xoxo laurie

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

I never tire of seeing lilacs in your photographs. I must tell you that your blog is like Calgon for me...takes me away from the stress of the day! The crate combined with chicken wire etc is just heavenly and inspired me to try to do something similar. I hope you're having a fabulous week, Maria. :O)

Kristin said...

I love the lilac and I love your pictures!!!

x Kristin

Nicole said...

Decor 8 sent me your way today! Boy am I grateful!!! Great store!

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

Just stunning blog my first time here! I could say here for hours! I am hooked and will be back often!

Lana said...

Maria ~ your photos constantly inspire me to improve my photography skills... and they make me want to redecorate! :)

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

I saw a rack like that a few weeks ago. I wondered and liked it but the price... Oooo La la!!! to high for me to think about but I might have to attempt a knock off..yours is beautiful!


Maddie

A Cottage Muse said...

You've created a beautiful centerpiece ~ so lovely and welcoming!

{molly beth} said...

i wanted to let you know that you totally inspired my easter table setting! thanks for being so inspirational. i talk about you and your great style to my husband all the time, i think he's getting tired of hearing about how great i think your style is! i posted pictures, i would love for you to check it out.

xoxo,
http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

desha peacock said...

Hey, congrats on being featured on Decor8. I love your style and blog, it's very inviting, clean and fresh. I wish you great success with your new online store, which I will check out... now!

Desha

under spanish moss said...

What a great idea. I would have never thought about using the crate as a dish drying rack. Adore the look you showcased.

Roberta said...

Hi Maria,
My lilacs are just beginning to bud! Pretty pics. I bought a great piece of gray and white ticking from Dani and Eric last year. Their booth and wares are the best!
Roberta

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You create the most beautiful vignettes, Maria! Is it any wonder I stalk your shop pretty much on a daily basis? ;-)

Love ya girl!
Anne

atelier de campagne said...

Hola Maria! What do you mean you can't come? There will be so many subjects and adorable vignettes for your camera to capture. Tell your nice cowboy beau of yours to saddle up the horse and bring you.

Pleeeeeease!

Love,

Team Atelier

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

I wish I could go too. Maybe next year...loving your lilacs BTW. Can one ever have too many photos of lilacs? I think not.

Hugs,
Judy

Stephanie said...

LOVE the French fruit crate!!

PattyO said...

Your site is so inspiring! I would love to paint everything white white white! Then add color here and there....ever thought about moving East? :) you are on my google feed and sidebar now! love it!!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

we will not have lilacs here in Michigan for at least a month and I can NOT WAIT! They smell so beautiful. Ad they look so wonderful all over the house!
That crate is so cool! And to use it for a dish drainer, what a great idea!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

styleLinx said...

Love this crate and wish I could make it to the show...are there any dates for NYC?? Or, maybe it'll be part of the Javits Gift show??!

vintagegirl said...

A absolutely ADORE lilacs and their sweet fragrance and they look so nice in the vintage crate!

Sharon

hometown girl said...

lovely Maria! my lilacs bushes are just getting their leaves! it'll be awhile here! susan

Tracy S. said...

VERY jealous! My lilacs are NO WHERE CLOSE to blooming -- we've had record cold temps for April here in Seattle :0(

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh I love your pictures.. and I love your blog.. Great... :O)
a very nice week..
Hugs Susi from Germany

La Dolfina said...

Hi Maria,
I'm trying to decide whether to go or not... if you were going then I'd go for sure :)
So many friends are going to be there and my sweet blogger buddy Susan from Blooming Rose Musings really wants to meet up there and here I am still deciding at the last minute!
Tell me I should go :)
Hope all is well with you and your fine family!!
Love,
Terri

Allison said...

Beautiful photos, Maria! Those lilacs are gorgeous. Hope you had a lovely Easter.

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Colores said...

your pictures are stunning! so in love with them!!!kisses

Screaming Meme said...

You inspire me...:) I loved all the photos! And don't get me started on how adorable you are! :)

I am having a slipcover giveaway...Oh heck...a SERIES of GIVEAWAYS! I wanted to let you and your readers know...

Xo,Meme

Andrea @ strawberry-chic said...

What a gorgeous idea! I just came across your site, It's lovely!

Lynn said...

Hi,

I am writing here because I was not able to send you a question from "email me". Would you please advise how I can contact you?

Thank you!

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