Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Antique French Cafe Au Lait Bowls.....Pale and Interesting....Decorate....



Hello!
I hope you are all having a great week!
I have been busy these past couple of weeks and haven't had a chance to blog.
Just a warning this is going to be a random long post....
I have a few things to share with all of you..
I first wanted to share two decorating books with you that I think you will enjoy...


The first one is Decorate written by Holly Becker (Decor8) and
Joanna Copestick.
This book is filled with so many useful and beautiful decorating ideas you won't be able to put it down.
The authors of this book, provide you with decorating ideas using many different styles of homes.
I think that is what I love the most about Decorate, it isn't a book geared towards just one style,
anyone can pick this book up and find great ideas (more then a 1000  ideas) for their home.



Atlanta Bartlett teaches you how to keep your home simple, real, and relaxed, and
you will learn how to create a stylish and comfortable home using pale shades of color.
I have learned so much valuable information by reading Atlanta Bartlett's books.
Really you can't go wrong purchasing one of Atlanta Bartlett's books.



On another note....
I wanted to share a few pictures of my cafe au lait bowls.
I decided to list some of my cafe au lait bowls in my shop last week.
I have been collecting antique french cafe au lait bowls for a number of years now, and decided
to start selling them in my shop.


Cafe au lait bowls are used in France to serve coffee or hot chocolate.

I fell in love with this set of enamelware cafe au lait bowls.

I wasn't expecting them to go so quickly : (
I think they look so beautiful stacked together in a grouping.



I use mine for about everything.....



They also make great vases....


Cafe au lait bowls come in many different shapes and colors.....


You can find them with beautiful bright color patterns.....


or you can find them in a beautiful creamy white color....
I happen to love both styles.


If you would like to see a beautiful collection of these bowls you can do so by clicking 

You will now be able to find cafe au lait bowls in my shop.....



I also wanted to share a few pictures of new items I had added to my shop this past week....



These porcelain topped canning jars are a favorite of mine.
I am hoping to find more of these soon.....



I also added this rustic french zinc bowl to my site last week.


It has the best patina on the inside of the bowl....



It was once used to hold water for washing your face.....
This bowl would have been paired with a zinc pitcher.

I am hoping to find more bowls like it for my shop....


 I like how this rustic zinc bowl looks paired with the marble topped table.


I also added more zinc pitchers to my site last week.....


I was able to find two of these unusual zinc pitchers with lids....


I am always drawn to rustic french zinc pitchers.....


I will be adding more vintage french baskets to my site over the next couple of weeks as well.






On a final note.....



I just had to share a few pictures of Bethany's lop-eared bunnies.
Bethany raises rabbits, and it is always a treat when we have these little guys
around....


My kids are busy getting ready to take their steers to the fair....
Our fair is at the end of July, so I might be a little absent over the next couple of weeks.
I hope you all are enjoying your summer....
Take Care,
Maria

60 comments:

Katie said...

Beautiful photos--and the bunnies--oh my!

Rosabella said...

Maria, your pics are so beautiful!!! I love it ... Rosabella ♥

à la parisienne said...

Maria,

Just looking at your pictures makes me want to buy everything in your shop!

Cafe au lait bowls are so beautiful and functional-the perfect pair.

Thank you for sharing these books with us. I am always searching for good decorating books.

Mandy

Rose Fern said...

Amazing photos!
I like using bowls as vases, too!
These are precious!

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

What cute little bunnies! My daughters want to have little bunnies too!
Your latte bowl is a very beautiful treasure!!!!
Have a wonderful day,
Hugs,
Yvonne

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

These photos are lovely. I love the versatility of cafe au lait bowls. Yours are so pretty! Thanks for a gorgeous post.

I just checked-out Pale and Interesting from the library. I like it! I will need to look for the other one because I had not heard of it.

Good luck at the fair!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I'm excited to check out your shop.I love my Zinc Pitcher I got from you and would love another.The lil bunnies are darling, so sweet to love on.My sweet friend just returned from France with a lait bowl for me, she says they are hard to find and spendy.I am off to check yours out.Have a fabulous summer~Cheers Kim

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I enjoyed your pictures. That pitcher is yummy! Speaking of yummy, one of my little guys is sitting here with me and he LOVES the white bunny!!

Good luck on the horse shows!

Cindy said...

Beautiful, beautiful post... and then at the end you add baby bunnies!, i mean what could be better than that! I'll take one of everything!

Cindy

sweetpea said...

love all the beautiful pics you've shared. the bunnies are so cute!

hugs,

shelley

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I have some enamelware cafe au lait bowls, and I just love them. So very versatile, as you've proven here.

And those bunnies, oh my!
Cuteness overload. :-)

I hope you're doing well, I know life is crazy busy on your end.

Hugs,
Anne

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Beautiful photos, as usual! Love your cafe au lait bowls and zinc pitchers, but the bunnies really stole my heart :)

Jessica Nicely said...

OH my GOSH!! I was LOVING these pics and thinking they couldn't get any better and then BUNNIES!!!! Maybe my favorite blog post ever! :)
All my best,
Jessica
http://jessicanicely.blogspot.com/

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Beautiful photo's! Last week I ordered Pale and Interesting. I've been wanting it for months now - can't wait to receive it! Also, what an adorable bunny - best wishes at the fair!

Yngvild said...

Beautiful photos! Love the light in them :)

Cottage 1945 said...

Lovely pictures!

dreams on 34th street said...

Maria!
What a wonderful post! So many pretty new things in your shop!
Bethany's bunnies are most precious!
~Lynne
[w/l]

Rachel Noelle said...

Your photos are amazing Maria!You really are so talented~ Love the bowls and the bunnies are just way too precious!!;) Hugs, Rachel

French Farmhouse 425
www.shabbyfrenchforme.blogspot.com

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Love your photos, as always, Maria. I know what you mean about being busy with the kids this time of year especially, our boys show Californian rabbits, and dairy and beef calves.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

It's all so dreamy over here! Those bunnies are my favorite of the post. Best wished to your children at the fair. It is such a wholesome lifestyle. I always wanted my children to be involved in 4-H and FAA...they tried, we moved, and life just happened. One of my daughter's has been spending the summer in rural Nebraska and enjoying every minute of it.
I also have a question? I have your lavender sachets for laundering. I love how they make the clothes smell. But some of my sachets are in need of refilling and I am unsure...am I suppose to unstitch, empty, refill and then restitch the sachet? You can email me at seawashed@hotmail.com when you have a chance. Thank you Maria. ox Kerrie

the growers daughter said...

Very pretty!

I just received my copy of Pale & Interesting in the mail this week. I'm saving it for the Lake this weekend, but it hasn't been easy resisting what I know is going to be so inspiring.

PS. Your daughter's rabbits are too cute.

FinsFan said...

Maria, it all looks wonderful !! And how adorable the bunnies are as well.....love your blog and style :)

Vintage Station said...

Yup...I brought some of those bowls home with me from France...gotta get them into the shop!

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Lovely things and photos, but those bunnies are so sweet I want some, now!

Mona Kay at Home said...

Gorgeous!! thanks for sharing with us. And the bunny is truly the cutest thing I've ever seen!!

Jennelise said...

I love the light and the softness in your photographs. So soothing and lovely! Thankyou for sharing.

Noelle said...

your photos are so beautiful!!! I love how serene and relaxing. Those dishes are just perfect and with the hydrangeas, adorable...I will be stopping by your shop!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Love the zinc pitchers so much (LOVE everything!) - but those bunnies stole my heart!! Good luck at the fair! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Fiffiga Systrar said...

Oh my god!! Your photos are so beatuiful!!! I would gladly put them all om my walls! Amazing!

Your daughters bunnies are adorable!

Thank you for sharing such great inspiration! Keep up the good work!

Love, Elin & Emelie - Sweden

Rhonda @ The Yellow Brick Road said...

Hi Maria....I adore your photography! This blog is where I go for relaxing, dreamy, inspiring eye candy!
Blessings Abundant!

CHH said...

Dear Maria,

Everything looks so delightful.

Thank you for sharing the new design books.

Enjoy your summer.

Best,

Coastal Blue Ocean

My Sparrows Nest said...

WOW! Your hydrangea photos are just breath-taking! My favorites...cafe au lait bowls and zinc washing bowl....so beautiful!!!!!!! thanks for posting such gorgeous photos! I enjoy them so much!

Anna said...

You are an amazing photographer! Such beautiful shots!

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

Fabulous books and fabulous photos - thanks for this bit of respite during my hectic day.

Hugs,
Marie

Laura said...

Everything here's sooo romantic!
Laura@RicevereconStile

Lara said...

Your french latte bowls are incredible! These photos are so beautiful, Maria! I absolutely love your use of back lighting in your photography. Your bunnies are so cute!! Have fun at the fair!

Lara

jeringas de vidrio said...

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atelier de campagne said...

Hi Maria! I have been absent for a while. Love your photos as usual. The French magazine that features your home is Maison Chic. Sorry I thought it was Belgian since I found it in Belgium. I am so impressed!

Hope to see you soon!

Trinidad

A Cottage Muse said...

The bunnies are just so adorable! Atlanta's book is on my wish list! Going to take a peek in your shop to look at all your treasures!

Have fun at the fair!

Heather @ Post Road said...

Both books have been on my Amazon Wish list for some time! Thanks for the kick in the pants to go get them :) Have fun at the fair! 'n good luck to those kiddos!

Sweet Young Journey said...

Oh Maria, I just got back from vacation and I'm so bummed I missed out on a few new items you added to your shop. They are all so lovely! How adorable are those bunnies! Your photos are beautiful as always! Good luck to your family at the fair!
xo Cheryl

Mara - Home Shabby Home said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful and delicate!
Have a great summer too!
Mara

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

So pretty and romantic!

Le style said...

Wonderful blog.....
Lovely pictures.....

Have a great summer too!

Judith said...

I just loved these photos! Thank you for great inspiration:)
Judith

Ella på Bråkmakargatan said...

Lovely photos and the flowers is my favorit.

Love
Elisabeth

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Picture after picture.... one prettier than the last.
YOU should have your own coffee table book, really!

Those bunnies are too sweet.
Awwww. Love them.
xx
A

Vit och pastell said...

I just wanted to say that I really love your pictures. There is something nordic about your home wich is beautiful and something I can connect to. And those bunnies - how cute are they!

Hugs Mia

Cathy Louise said...

Exquisite photos :)oh so pretty !!!!

Rozmeen said...

Hi Maria,

How are you?
I just came back from our vacation in France. We had a wonderful time.
Love your pictures as allways.

Hope you are allright and your family is well.

xoxoxo Rozmeen

Deborah said...

Maria its always so beautiful here..
I love those bowls..how unique!
And Ive had my eye on the Pale and Interesting book online.
The other one looks good too!
Thanks for sharing.
Awwwww those lop-eared bunnies....precious!
Have a great July, even in your busyness :)
Blessings!

Deborah xoxo

Jenna @ Sequined Sunsets said...

You always take such beautiful pictures! Thank you too for sharing the new books...off to my local bookshop to browse :)!

Jenna

Kellie Collis said...

These are gorgeous! Especially the jar and the pitcher. Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

shannyn alexene said...

Gorgeous photos, dreamy, gorgeous blog.xx

flaş bellek said...

I learned so much valuable information by reading Atlanta Bartlett's books. It includes how to keep your home simple, stylish, real, and relaxed, also how to create a stylish and comfortable home using pale shades of color.

A Rosy Note said...

Oh, your photos are always so beautiful! I love those bowls. I have some white ones from Anthropologie. I'll have to take a peek at your shop and see if you have any left.

The bunnies are simply adorable :)

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Your photo's are incredible!!! I totally love the bag and hope I win it, but if not, i would LOVE to purchase it!!!!
bonnie@buchananforest.com

home loan adelaide said...

Pretty much impressive. Looking extra inspiring. I love how you perfectly put together great stuffs to create a total perfection.

Inessa Stewart said...

Hello there Maria..Are you creative or are you creative?Im amazed with the way you stacked the bowls and flowers.Even the lighting in the pictures is making me stare. I did a double take with the bunnies:) Adorable.TLC.Good Luck!

aira said...

WOW!.. I fell in love with the flowers and all the decorations. So romantic and refreshing. I love it!

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