Thursday, July 30, 2009

French Country Style Table Linens

Peggy's little shop full of home essentials caught my eye yesterday while driving down Capital Hwy during my stay in Portland, OR. I knew I'd love it because just about everything French lined the walls and filled the tables. My senses were ignited with the beauty and color.

When I saw these beautiful table linens I knew I was in the right place and the sweet sales girl delightfully obliged my taking pictures of everything French in Peggy's French Shop.

I tend to be drawn to just about everything French and when I read the introduction in Caroline Clifton-Mogg book, French Country Living, I began to understand why.

Carolyn writes . . . There is an enormous charm in the distinctive decorative style inspired by the French countryside. The romantic landscape, with its small farms, sleepy manor houses, and narrow, medieval village houses, remains a vital part of French life, and the roots of most French people - whether their home is a rural retreat or a chick city apartment - lie firmly in the countryside.

She goes on to write . . . In attempting to define something as nebulous as the decorative aspects of French rural style, one realizes that at its heart is not so much a set of rules or dictums, but rather a feeling. A sense of natural comfort and elegance is found in every aspect of French country living - from the manner in which objects are arranged in the rooms to the way in which they are used. . .

There is a lack of clutter, but at the same time an all-encompassing visual feast . . .

Anyone who has acknowledged a wish for a tranquil environment, a need to be surrounded by natural things, a liking for soft tones, subdued shades, and natural materials is expressing a debt to the rural style of the French - for what you see on the surface is not the way it is; there is always a further layer, a hidden depth.

When I read that - my feminine soul whispers - "yes . . .yes. . . yes."

These beautiful table linens are just another aspect of the irresistible allure to things French for me. Most of my own table linens are of these French themes.

This is a just a dish towel. I'm thinking it'd be sweet as a table topper of a white linen table cloth and these flowers set in the center.

These chic French linens are collected from the heart of Provence by Bruno Lamy of Couleur Nature where they say "a beautifully set table is alluring and simply irresistible. The bountiful colors of natures brilliance cloak a table with artistic patterns and stylish grace; available in all collections with napkins and place mats to match."

For more beautiful table ideas, expressions of femininity and beauty do visit Between Naps on The Porch and the Inspired Room and Hooked on Houses.


  1. Oh my! I'm loving these -- I'm such a nut for table linens -- beautiful!

  2. Martha...thanks for saying HELLO...aren't they lovely????

  3. I am in LOVE with table linens, and these are gorgeous. There used to be a shop near here that sold French linens -- sadly, it closed several years ago, and no one has taken its place!

    Thank you for giving me a glimpse of the loveliness.


  4. Oh Cass...I totally loved the gentle way you said that..."glimpse of loveliness." Making our table beautiful is a lost art we can reclaim...

  5. Lylah, such beautiful table linens! I absolutely adore them all. Does she sell online?


  6. Rose here's her web but does not have online store stuff. But, click the link to Couleur Nature...they do, I believe.

  7. These linens are so colorful!!! I love them.

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  8. I love this post. French colourful linens are just beautiful aren't they? So often French decor can be heavy with grey and beige and uber-cool tones, it's refreshing to see an explosion of colour. Meredith xo.

  9. Oh I agree! The linens are part of the addiction!...These are just beautiful. They kind of remind of April Cornell.


  10. Amazing colors and patterns ... Thank you for taking us along!

  11. Such beautiful vibrant fabrics.

    Bring my mind back to weekly markets in France as a teenager on holidays with my parents.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hi from N Ireland.

  12. How pretty! I am visiting via Hooked on Houses. It is such fun to see your treasures.

    Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  13. Lylah,
    What a lovely Reportage on our linens! Peggy's diplay show's the collection's off so beautifully as well. Thanks to you both for shareing.Enoy your Couleur Nature Linens and your weekend!

  14. These are such beautiful linens. I adore them. I also have and am in love with the book French Country Living. My fiance and I are buying our first home and I bought it for the ideas.

  15. What a wonderful collection of linens! All so beautiful!



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