Friday, April 14, 2017

French Country Farmhouse

I have a soft spot for cows.
Those soulful brown eyes.
That velvety-soft nose.
Those floppy ears and knobby knees. 


A little cow creamer, a primitive painting or a milk jug. I just can't resist them.


Not to mention the farmyard adds something special to a French Country kitchen.
Since French Country originated in the country,
it makes sense to have a few farm animals in the mix.


The trick is not to go overboard with the little darlin's. 
A calf here, a chick there. 
Mix them in with your rustic baskets and your copper pots
to warm up a room of stainless steel appliances. 


Roosters and French Country just seem to go together, 
whether it's in a real farmhouse or a modern farmhouse kitchen.
(I won this painting by an elementary school art teacher in a silent auction.)


Maybe it's their bright yellow, orange and black colors.
Or perhaps it's their cocky strut that says, "Look at me!"


I've been searching for just the right ceramic rooster forever.
They're either too big, too colorful or too expensive.
But, at the recent Vintage Whites Market, I found him.
Love at first sight. Sigh.


Roosters not your cup of tea? Try chickens.
 Cuddly chicks or hefty hens, they instantly warm up a cool room.


You can spice up your French Country kitchen with other farm animals,
whether it's sheep, geese, pigs or goats.
I have a set of four of these outdoor placemats with a different farm animals on each one.
So darling!


They'll make you smile every time you look at them
or at least until the cows come home!

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31 comments:

  1. Did you know that the rooster is one of the symbols of France? Roosters are atop most churches, except on the Atlantic coast, where boats rule.

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    1. Didn't know that. Thanks for the info! I always knew the French had good taste! Hugs, Pat

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  2. Love your new rooster.

    Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine! He really is a perfect little guy. Hugs, Pat

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  3. I love this post. Wishing you and yours a Blessed,Joyous and Happy Easter.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

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    1. Oh, thank you very much for your kind words. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Hugs, Pat

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  4. Good evening Sister, First I want to wish you a blessed Easter. You know how I love red so of course this blog was wonderful. You are right that French Country decorating and farm animals go together perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Jan! Thought you'd probably like the red pixs. I'd love to get some photos of some Ohio cows sometime. Hope you had a great Easter. Big hugs, Pat

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  5. I really like your cow painting... and I agree... a little here and there... not everywhere. :)

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  6. Those cow creamers always make me smile and not just because it means I'm having coffee. Just too darn adorable. Sweet painting. You can almost 'feel' the fuzz on that little guy's face.

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    1. Thanks Monika! Good thing I don't have acreage...I'm sure I'd have a whole barn full of critters. Hugs, Pat

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  7. Your new rooster is adorable. Great find.
    *Smiles*

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    1. Thank you Pamela; I'm so glad I found my rooster. Must come up with a name for him. Hugs, Pat

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  8. Love your kitchen. That red tea towel really adds a little color and spices things up.

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    1. Thank you so much. My kitchen is small but it works, especially with those red touches! Hugs, Pat

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  9. I love cows, too -- it's their big brown eyes, I think! Congrats on finding the perfect rooster. I have several -- so much fun. Now I think I need a cow! Ha!

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    1. Big eyes and long eyelashes! Yes, you must get a cow to keep your roosters company! Hugs, Pat

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  10. Me too with the cows! I have a few ceramic chicken and roosters. I agree it's easy to go overboard with collecting. I love the goat though!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline! One of the placemats is a big old pig. I just love him. Hugs, Pat

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  11. You are so right, I smile every time I see them. I don't think I have ever sen an ugly one, real or fake.

    Have a great day Pat!

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    1. Thanks so much Christine! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  12. I love your French country kitchen! All of the farm animals along with the pops of red accents is totally my cup of tea. The white roo is especially sweet. I would have brought him home myself. What a treasure! I have a very small collection of ceramic roosters, chickens and cows. I love the charm they add to my home. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Laura. Sounds like we're kindred spirits! Hugs, Pat

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  13. I love all of these! The goat with french words is my favorite. :)

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    1. Hi Stacey! Thanks for visiting. I love the goat too! Hugs, Pat

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  14. First time visiting you...one link led to another....all your roosters, so cute. I have that same dish towel :) looking forward to reading your posts, we are up in Boulder and do not get to Denver enough. Now I can follow some of your suggestions and see new things. Lucky you could go to the white market. I had it on my calendar but was recovering from some dental surgery, drat, so disappointed. A blog on that event would be awesome.

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    1. Hi Angillie and welcome to my blog. So glad you found me. I hope you visit often. I wrote a blog last year about the Vintage Whites Market (Love at First sight in the archives) but didn't this year. It's really one of the best markets around. There's also a good one in Castle Rock coming up; I think it's called Vintage Market. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  15. I have a weakness for farm animals as well and have to have a few in my home. Must admit that sheep have been my biggest weakness for a while now. These cute critters just make me smile! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Great cow creamers Pat. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  17. I enjoyed seeing all of your farmhouse touches, Pat, especially your paintings--the cow and rooster are amazing. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm!

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