Thursday, 12 May 2011

The French Country Kitchen

With soft chalky colours and rustic elements the kitchens found in the French Chateaux, cottages and farmhouses have long been a favourite source of interior inspiration for me. Here are a few of my favourites.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Joanna Maclennan
PHOTOGRAPHER: Joanna Maclennan
PHOTOGRAPHER: Joanna Maclennan
EBAY: 326dawn Item number: 400214837456

PHOTOGRAPHER: Joanna Maclennan

FABRICS:1.,3. & 4.Ian Mankin 2.,5.,6. & 7.Les Indiennes 
SHOP: Summerill & Bishop
All from SHOP: The French House

PHOTOGRAPHER: Joanna Maclennan
1.,3.&6. SHOP: Summerill & Bishop 2.FABRIC: Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics 4.&5.FABRIC: Ian Mankin

All 3 images PHOTOGRAPHER: Joanna Maclennan


letrecivette said...

Lovely post! thanks thanks!
have a nice day!

ECLECchic said...

Oh, i love the french style of your blog. happy to find you! The first kitchen is amazing. I am definitely fall in love with it when I have ssen it. i like very much contemporary interiors but rustic and french style is also a weakness.

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such lovely comments, I adore French rustic styling and have so many images yet to post!!! Warmest wishes - Glenda

Susan T said...

Just shut me in that first kitchen - absolute heaven. Mind you after a day like yesterday shut me and and leave me there!! Many thanks for your always generous comments.

The factory where they make Ian Mankin's fabrics is in this neck of the woods. I love his style. I keep waiting for them to open a factory shop. I wonder what happens to the 'seconds'.

I love this collection of style and colour - gorgeous. I am collecting linen swatches at the moment for the bedroom redo.

Wonderful inspiration list - what a good idea. I will have a look and then see something I like better than the choices I have made so far!! fairly typical.

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh Susan, thank you so much! Actually I may confuse you even more, I am planning more French inspired posts for each room - more lovely linen to shop for!

KiwiStyle said...

Oh my goodness you have such a knack for discovering the most fab photos. Thanks! Jane :)

manon 21 said...

Un bien beau reportage qui donne envie de cuisiner...

Belle journée


The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much Manon!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

thank you for the beauty of your choices and postings...such a lovely beginning to my day...i feel like i had my coffee in France this morning...-k.

Pamela said...

I love French rustic style!! This speaks to me!
Wonderful post Glenda!!

Pamela xo

Anonymous said...

Oh my,
I would die to have a French Country kitchen like the ones above!! They are so gorgeous!
Hope you have a beautiful day.

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such lovely compliments! I'm so pleased you love this style as much as I do!

Anna said...

These are so gorgeous - so light and airey. I can just imagine the light spring breeze infusing them with the light scents of lavender and herbs. Just beautiful!

LatteLisa said...

thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving such a sweet comment.

I love that top photo. Well, there are many to love but that one has my heart.

Enjoy your day ;-)

Just White said...

Absolutely stunning!!! I want to re do my kitchen!!! Although my husband will kill me if I even suggest it ;-)
Now really, I have a very little kitchen but very charming and I love some of the details I see in this pictures which I can add to my own french little cooking lab ;-)

THANK YOU, Have a good day!!!

Atelier de Campagne said...

Dear Glenda, Wonderful your blog, would like to stay home tomorrow just looking at every picture, every posting. unfortunately have to work , finding items so we can create interiors like your pictures. Will be in your area Monday in Swinderby .
Love the Kitchen with the curtains on the kitchen cupboards, as it was at my grandmothers home.
Have a great day,

Atelier de Campagne said...

HI Glenda,
Not showing, just hunting for treasures, garden elements etc. From there to Chartres and Le Mans, two more markets May time for a coffee at Swinderby.
A bientot, Johan

Christelle said...

Sous le charme des photos choisies avec tant de recherches et de jolis gouts !

flowers on my table said...

Tee hee, look at the size of the oven in that last picture! I do love an unfitted kitchen. Great inspiration Glenda, love Linda x

ALISON said...

Hello just found you from one of my favourite french blogs PDL.I love all these fotos and french shabby.If only I had a big enough house to accomadate such great furniture.Love your blog.I am in Italy come and visit if you get a mo.....ciao Alison

Greet Lefèvre said...

Dear Glenda,
And I am soooo glad to have discovered you and your blog through your sweet comment on my blog!! Oh I will take the time today to browse through your wonderful blog!!
Talk to you soon!

Greet Lefèvre said...

It is me again! I would love to ask you if there is a possibility to add the widget "Subscribe by email" on your blog! So that I can't miss a blogpost of you!!

Nat la fée angevine said...

Hi Glenda,
Thanks for your coming on my blog and your nice comment. It's my turn to discover your lovely blog
I'm feeling so closed of your world ans your wonderful pictures.
Be back soon on it for sure. I put you in link on my blog if you don't mind.
See you soon
Nat the french fairy girl....

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh Greet thank you so, so much, I am so flattered your interiors ( and blog Belgian Pearls are exquisite! Also thank you so much Nat that is so kind of you!

Unknown said...

Hello Glenda Ive just arrived thru sweet Greet and how WONDERFUL is your home I will be going thru it inch by inch this evening ! I love evrything fay x

Karena said...

Glenda, Greet sent me over today. I adore the wonderful images and am dreaming of incorporating some into my kitchen!

Art by Karena

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vignette design said...

Hi Glenda,
Greet sent me over and am I ever glad she did! You have a lovely blog and I love how you display your images. Your newest follower, Delores from vignette design!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh thank you so much for such lovely comments and welcome! Warmest wishes - Glenda

BRASWELL said...

Came over for a visit because of I am hooked. Wonderful

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for all your lovely messages I love discovering new blogs! Also a big welcome to all my new followers I'm so thrilled and will make sure I pop over and have a look at your lovely blogs! Warmest wishes - Glenda xxx

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Sent over by Greet. I love your blog!

Kathy said...

madly and hopelessly in love! Fab photography! Soothing aesthetic design sense! NEW and big fan from Los Angeles--Hugs--Kathy Delgado

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a beautiful blog you have. I've hard lovely Susan from A View From Here mention you a few times...and now I see why!! I'm your new follower!
It's always SO lovely to find another blogger in England!



Hello !
You have a very nice blog ! Really !
Have a nice day !

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Hello! First time here and I'm enjoying your blog. I just love all the elements that make up an authentic French Country kitchen. Mona

Wendy Paula said...

Absolutely stunning kitchen inspiration, I love the colours and use of curtains to hide under cupboards, just like my Grandmother had.
Thank you Glenda for another splendid collection:)
Wendy x

Catherine said...

Oh wow!! I am loving, loving, loving your blog! Your style is just brilliant and I love the colour swatches that you include...genius!! I found you through the blog of my gorgeous friend, Sarah, at Modern Country Style. Your taste is my taste, only way better than I could ever imagine :-)



Velvet and Linen said...

Hi Glenda!

I am so thrilled that Greet introduced me to your gorgeous blog. I am in the process of designing a farm house with my husband and your blog is filled with gorgeous inspiration. Yes, I agree with Greet, you must add a widget so that we can subscribe to your blog!


Cynthia Banks@aloveofthepast said...

Hi, just featured you on my own blog! Love this blog - it is truly a standout and you do a wonderful job! The post can be found on my page at Maybe you can check me out sometime as well! I am crazy about all things English.

My best, Cynthia

d e l i g h t said...

Beautiful inspiration and photographs!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Glenda

Such beautiful kitchens.

My favorite image collage would have to be the one focused on grey. I know that many people would find grey a dull and lifeless palette, but for me it is calming, discreet, classical and very easy to combine with complimentary and contrasting colours.

Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog.


The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh thank you so, so much for such lovely messages!!! I will make a large cup of tea later and spend time visiting all your lovely blogs!!! Consider it done Greet & Brooke, the widget for email subscriptions is now added and thank you so much for requesting it! Warmest wishes - Glenda

designchic said...

Thank you so much for the nice comments...thrilled to find and follow your gorgeous blog!!

Luciane at said...


This is my very first time here and I'm really enjoying your blog. It's full of great things to see!

Please, drop by if you have a minute!'

Have a great day!


Luciane at


I am in heaven!! I love this Amazing post and I also LOVE your blog!!! :)) I am adding your blog to my favorites right away..So happy.


Stuart Membery Home Collection said...

Pure and Wonderful - I look fwd to spending time in your blog. The 'go to ' blog for all things Provencal.

Atelier de Campagne said...

Lovely kitchen! Ah! I sometimes love my little cottage and then again, I would love to have a huge kitchen and dining room. Now that I have more time, I want to entertain friends and family.

Thank you Glenda!


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed looking at all the kitchens...there are so many ideas to pick from...they are all so sweet...I can see myself in all of them...sitting watching someone else cook french style foods...the fabrics are beautiful....thanks for commenting over at Mel's Designs from the Cabin....Mel
(you're my new friend...)

Unknown said...

It is very rare to find such eye candy old style kitchens. Today people are more into modern furnishing but I still love old style furnishings. And I love that garlic band :D

Sabrina said...

This article is very useful for me, this article has given a new idea in my search. I love the french country kitchen that you discuss here, thanks

Nicole said...

Personally I love these classic and old looking kitchen styles. You rarely see such kitchens in america.