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I’m excited to join our Country French Design group for our monthly share…and this time it’s all about fabrics! And when I think about French fabrics, my mind always goes straight to my favorite corner of France…sunny Provence! It’s a colorful region with boxes full of fresh fruit and vegetables at the local market, fields of sunflowers against bright blue skies, stacks of tablecloths in traditional Provençal fabrics in the shop windows and blue shutters framing old farmhouse windows with curious cats.

So it will be of no surprise to you that some of my favorite things are sky blue and sunny yellow, like this wonderful Provençal tablecloth…a wedding present from a sweet friend…perfect back drop for a hand thrown blue pottery bowl filled with lemons! And if you have seen my breakfast area, you already know that you’ll find more blue and yellow there, including the Provençal print table square, a souvenir from my visit the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, and a French fabric bread basket…believe it or not, a Goodwill find from several years ago! But my favorite French fabric is toile! In fact, you will find it in three rooms of my house! Perhaps my favorite is the Country French dining room, where blue and cream toile drapes are paired with my favorite transferware plates! …and more muted pink on the matelassé coverlet, mixed with contrasting dark woods and a few vintage pieces and antiques. On the bed you will find more black and cream ticking paired with transfers of vintage Camembert labels to create French inspired throw pillows. You will find links to the tutorials for making the pillows here.

The staff says this is their favorite room…a cozy place to sneak a little cat nap! But French fabrics don’t have to be all about drapes and quilts! They can be table linens, too…however, that can be expensive! So I have found a way to create copies for a song…like these DIY no-sew monogrammed tea towels that started out as  79 cent IKEA dish towels! Here’s another one of my favorite ways to add frenchiness to textile projects…just add something in French! My vintage-look silverware sleeve , including the frenchy graphics, can be found here. Or add a few numbers surrounded by a vintage French wreath and voilà…French farmhouse numbered napkins! My Bon Appétit tea towels show that a little phrase in French can turn inexpensive flour sack towels into unusual napkins for your guests…lots of impact for not much money! The free graphic is included in the tutorial. And don’t forget to layer! Here are my linen hand towels serving as over-sized napkins and paired with my ruffled grain sack table runner! As Charles Faudree said…too much is never enough! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my ideas for decorating with French fabrics! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants.

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