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January 5, 2015

Cobalt Blue French Country Plate Rack

I've got the Christmas deco put away and now I'm bringing back the decorative items I hid away during the holiday season. 

My home has next to no blue decorating wise so I like sneaking a bit of it in this kitchen dining nook.  I love French Country so try to get in a bit of is here.

I started out knowing I wanted some blue and white.  My bowls on the top shelf mingled during the holiday season on the kitchen counter and held various things but I needed to get the "cool" metal tone back over to this corner to pick up on the chandelier and I like them displayed here.  

 I decided Mr. Rooster was going to get into this scene especially since I like the French Country look.  He is sporting a linen napkin tied at the base of the stand.

I went to my dish closet and these "Bombay" cobalt blue dishes said "me me" along with the Fleur de' lis plates that for some reason I never tried here before.

I added the little cow creamer to break up some of the symmetry just because!

The Bombay plates have a silver rim which I hadn't paid any thought to until I brought them out to use.  

The old pitcher was in my Mother's collection and is a favorite of mine.  It's flawed with crazing and a few marks but I love it anyway.  I happened to have coffee mugs that match the dinner plates so I decided to add them in.  The bowls on the top shelf and the two trivets which get used on the table for hot things are all the aluminum. They are a collection I started from Wendell August Forge.  When our son lived in Pennsylvania I would visit their store and pick up an item or two each visit.  I like them because they look like Pewter.

Those of you who follow me have seen the big cobalt blue vase (on the right) before.  These plates have the same blue in them so this works out well.  I haven't even brought back the things that go on the wall yet or the usual wheat filler that goes in the vase.  I'm stuck inside for the most part since winter has hammered down on us in full force over the past few days.  I'm going to take my time bringing the decorative things back and of course trying new ideas out with where they go!

So this is my first bit of decorating for 2015!
Now on to the rest of the house!


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16 comments:

  1. I love the blue and your beautiful shelf!

    Mary
    from Virginia

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  2. You are certainly off to a great start. This whole composition looks wonderful! I love the wall hutch, too -- now I wonder where I could fit one in!

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  3. Hi Liz, LOVE your wall hutch and yes, it would go perfectly with my bookcase. You created a gorgeous blue and white display with the black rooster. Have fun refreshing for the new year.
    Happy New Year!
    XO

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  4. You're off and running like your hair is on fire! This looks beautiful! I would love to incorporate more blue into our home's decor. You found a great way to do it!

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  5. Very pretty Liz!! I love blue and white pieces!

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  6. Liz,
    The cobalt blue in this dinnerware elegantly states French Country, dear friend!
    I've been pouring over my past and present Country French Magazines lately.
    I adore the elegance of the Country French style, but not all the busy patterns.
    The metallic and the white blends exquisitely with the blue in your plate rack.
    Enjoy the process of trying 'new' looks for a 'new' year!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  7. This is such a lovely display you have created. I not only love the dishes but the cabinet is beautiful too! I hope your new year is off to a great start.

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  8. Very pretty display with the cobalt blue...So French Country! It's a new year, so change is good.

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  9. Your blue and white plates are perfect for this time of the year! They look great with your other dishes in that lovely plate cabinet. I use blue in our upstairs 'office.' I might do a post on it this week but it's not as gorgeous as yours!!

    You're off to a great decorating start! I'm very slow this year. I can't wait to see what you do next. Great inspiration!! Stay warm!

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  10. Oh how I miss the Bombay Company...love those beautiful cobalt blue plates and what a beautiful pitcher that belonged to your mother!....Love the blue and white in that beautiful shelf unit of yours!!

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  11. I like the blue touches, Liz! Pretty plates. My daughter inherited a couple of cobalt blue glass globes from her grandma. I have no idea what they are for, but they're beautiful when the light shines through them. Nice beginnings for the new year.

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  12. I love the Country French look of the Bombay plates with the Fleur De Lis plates. The rooster looks so charming on the top of the plate rack, he ties the look together rather handily. I will be changing out my Christmas look in the china cabinets for the rest of Winter. The blue and white is so refreshing after the reds and greens of the holiday season.... Candy

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  13. What a beautiful display, liz! The plates are gorgeous!

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  14. Liz, those cobalt plates have to be some of the prettiest blue plates I have ever seen and I love how you stacked them with the white! I also have no blue, lots of aqua, but no blue. I am in love with these though!

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