Thursday, 18 August 2011

French Farmhouse Style - cooking & eating

Rustic kitchens and pretty places to dine; whether it is in the cool of a stone farmhouse or on the terrace under the shade of an ancient olive tree. Lazy days filled with the smell of lavender baked in the summer sun and the drone of the honey bee - simple pleasures, but pure bliss!
Above image: PHOTOGRAPHIC & ARCHITECTURAL AGENCY OWI photographer: Verne
Above images scanned from BOOK: Country Style by Judith & Martin Miller
Above image scanned from BOOK: Provencal Escapes- Inspirational Homes in Provence by Caroline Clifton-Mogg & Christopher Drake
Above images:1. La Maison Blauzac ONLINE MAGAZINE: E-MagDeco 2.SHOP: Re 3. & 4. SHOP: Summerille and Bishop 5.& 6.FABRIC:Les Indiennes
Above image scanned from MAGAZINE:Country Living magazine November 2003 
Above images: 1.scan from BOOK:Country Style by Judith & Martin Miller 2.& 5. FABRIC:Les Indiennes 3.SHOP: La Maison Bleue 4.PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS TUBBS discovered via BLOG Country French Antiques 6.SHOP:The French House
Above image from PROPERTY AGENCY: Classic French Chateau
Above image: SHOP: Summerille and Bishop
Above image scanned from MAGAZINE: Homes & Gardens July 1998

Above images from PROPERTY AGENCY: Classic French Chateau

On a personal note: I will be taking a 2 week break for major restoration work on the house/garden but will be back the first week in September! So it's on with the hard hat and until then for those who may like to view our house restoration so far please click HERE


KiwiStyle said...

Enviously admiring your home renovations. Go well. Jane :)

Susan T said...

Heart -thumpingly lovely. Oodles of luck with your home restorations, make sure you have the camera to hand. I will really miss your glorious posts. xx

Norrfrids Eija said...

It´s stunningly beautiful! I enjoy everything about these pictures!

Robynne's Nest said...

Thankyou for those stunning shots...they have brightened up this dull English morning. Don't have too much fun with that hard hat on...can't wait to see the results of this project. Regards, Robx

Mariana said...

Hi, Glenda,
I send you many regards from the Czech Republic and thank you for your nice comment. I very love England, sometime I go to my sister, she lives in middle England.
Pictures from your blog are very lovely, I like this style. I wish you be succesful in your home restoration.
Love, Mariana

Francy (So Beautiful Things) said...

I love all!!!
Bye Bye by Francy

Fiona. said...

such a beautiful collection of images! I love the rustic feel of them, for some reason they make me think of France!
good luck with the restorations :)

Sandies' Patch said...

Just been to a previous post of yours to read about your renovation of your home...fascinating history attatched to it!
I find your blog utterly gorgeous and full of all the things I like about 'old' homes and 'things'!
I have two wooden stools made by a gentleman who dabbled with wood and whose wife painted most of his wooden objects' base colours and he then painted such things as , snowdrops, willow and leaves on them. The two stools are made from the remnants of a 400+ yrs old Barn Door! I love them! I must do a post on my blog re- his work.

Sandie xx

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such lovely comments! Yes Sandie you must definitely post about about the barn door stool it's sounds like something I would adore!!!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Glenda, wonderful post as always! Good luck with the restoration the coming days!
Talk to yu in September my friend!

The enchanted home said...

What a stunning post AGAIN! I love this palette definitely my favorite, the soft grays, putty and soothing and serene, love the aged patina, and all those pictures are just so gorgeous!!!
Congrats on your own renovation and best of luck with it. Cannot wait to hear and see more!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Loving these images today, as always! Best of luck with the latest renovation. I was visiting your blog the other day, reading about your home's history and your beautiful kitchen. I am so impressed with everything you have done so far. What a beautiful home!!

designchic said...

Gorgeous images...adore the color palette and anything with an aged patina. Can't wait to follow along on your restoration project!!

Sally said...

Sigh. The life I will probably never have! but that is what is so appealing and lovely about looking at your blog--and maybe I can incorporate a little corner of it somehow. Living in New England will never come close to living in the French farmhouse style, but we try. We do try. I like to know it exists somewhere :)

Sandra van Doorn said...

i am dreaming of having such a home;
just looking at these imagines makes me feel so good... xo sandra

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Good morning, Glenda,
I'm enthralled with every single post on this delicious blog, and as your newest follower, I am wishing you a creative and fulfilling two weeks of renovation! Love these images!!! And LOVE your warm and beautiful home!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh thank you so much Dawne and welcome! I am going to pop across to view your blog right away! Warmest wishes - Glenda

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

This was a delightful post. Makes me want to bake a pie and have some friends over. I'm in love with the check slips on the dining chairs. I've never seen any with quite that detail on the back...and I love checks.

Was going to E-mail you but couldn't find an address. You had me laughing out loud yesterday with your comment about the cardboard moose. Have a great day. Mona

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

It's always a treat visiting here! I love your selections today. There is so much simplicity, beauty, and depth to French Country Style.

Z Bird said...

Oh, this is such a beautiful spread. It's raining outside and these images make me want to jump in there right now.


Anonymous said...

Very beautiful house!
I love all!!!

G-STYLE said...

Again such a wonderful post !

And I looked at your house , oohhhh what a beautiful house , wonderful styling ....I'm in love ...really ..

big hug Gea

quintessence said...

Beautiful inspirational images. Really evocative of a casually chic life in the country. I will pop over to see the progress of your restoration.

Anonymous said...


I don't know which of the photos I love the best. As usual, your posts are interesting and inspiring.

Good luck on your restoration. I checked your link and your home is truly gorgeous.

P.S. Love the image with the blue tea towels hanging.


Unknown said...

Glenda I loved ALL of them !! thankyou and I agree BLISS enjoy your renovations !! i m off to the south of France next friday till 4 sept also looking for brocante and especially an old asparagus pan !
lots of love fay xx my laptop is ill ! so i hope this arrives

Wendy Paula said...

Beautiful calming photographs, such lovely settings and homes.
I love the baking trays, off to visit the shop:)
I hope you have a wonderful time with your renovations, I will miss your weekly posting treat.
Wendy xo

The Cloth Shed said...

Beautiful photo collection once again Glenda.
Enjoy your house renovations over the next few weeks....I am doing the same thing with our 16th century property here in rural Northumberland....lime pointing and satisfying!
Julie x

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much Julie, we'll have to swap notes as we're (the houses you understand!!!!) the same age.

Ainosofia said...

So Lovely Lovely inspiration pictures again <3

Thank You so much!

Rozmeen said...

If I havens said it before but only were thinking it: "I LOVE" your blog...I dream away at almost every post and you give my all the inspiration I need in your blog which I need for my French interior ideas!

A big kiss and have a lovely weekend.
xoxo Rozmeen

Sandra van Doorn said...

oh i was just dropping by to see what ’s new in your little world... needed to see something beautiful today :)
i loved this post, and the one on bathrooms so much it was nice to take a second look!
x sandra

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

So much to love here! I have had that kitchen image from Country Living in my files for years and still love it. Good luck with your renovations! x Sharon

PA74 said...


I have just discovered your blog through Belgian Pearls.
I love your blog!! and will put it on my Favorits list.
If you have time, please have a look at mine ( Demeures Peintes) you might find things that you will like...thank you for such an eye-candy.


Monica said...

OMG, Glenda!! Everything is perfection!
Thanks again for your kindness and huge help,
Monica xo

bainbridge blues said...

Beautiful - as always!! Your blog is a gem . . . love your photo selections!!

Anonymous said...

This post should include prettiness alert ;-) Love that first photo!

helen tilston said...

Hello Glenda
Another superb post with many beautiful images and soothing colour scheme. Wishing you much energy and success in your renovation.
Helen xx

Le Style said...

Beautiful!What an inspiration again.....
Good luck with the renovation

Warm greetings

Marijke van Ooijen said...


This pictures are adorable!
Ohhh...i love this style...and I love your's beautiful!

Have a nice week-end,

rex said...

we are going to be building a house soon and its going to be all concrete polished floor, its going to be curved, it will have some straw-bale render, a big slanted (curved)roof lots of windows, modern french doors!!..rustic fittings and hopefully we will be able to tie it all in.....and your blog gives me so many great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is the highlight of my blog have been featured....thanks for sharing your talent...Mel's Designs from the Cabin...Mel

Goa said... could all this beauty pass me by?!
I was reading through old comments on my blog, and there I found this warm comment from you since July!
Thank you so so much!
and now I´m here, and I´m totally out of words! Beacuse I havn´t seen so much beauty on one page for ages!...and I´m so inspired!
-Now I´m gonna continue my ride in your fantastic world, and I hope I may recommend your blog, next time I blogg.

huge hugs from me to you!
Take care...

girls who like to gorge said...

Having a kitchin like one of those would be an absolute dream! xxx

toves sammensurium said...

I've always loved the english country style,and amongst nmerous other magazines I have House and Garden all the way back from 1984!The style is cosy,elegant and classic,as we like:)
I must once more give you credit for all the work you put into your posts,it's a GREAT pleasure everytime I see a new post from you:)

Old Chic said...

Beautiful pictures as always on your wonderful blog.

Wish you a great weekend : )

Hugs from Karina in Norway

Decor de Provence said...

The English country side is a favorite! This images just made my day!! Thank you for always sharing such beauty - you're a gifted lady!!


sylvia said...

i love your blog , i'll be a follower and add you to my, sylvia from villa extra

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much Sylvia and welcome! I will pop straight across to your blog too!

michele said...

My favorite is the romantic bedroom. Country kitchen is next.

michele said...

I dont't know if my post went through so here it is again. The bedroom is my favorite room and the country kitchen is next. Wonderful and elegant.