Thursday, July 21, 2022

Summer French Country Wagon In the Dining Room

It's mid summer and I was ready for a dining room refresh from my Spring look, which meant adding in some sunflowers, late summer pears, and changing up my floral table runner from a spring-y brown floral to a summery one with reds, golds, and taupe. 

My tabletop French gray wagon can be found here on the dining room table most of the year. I painted it out from black several years ago and since then it's been a companion to the large metal basket that I usually have here. I've mentioned before that this table is big and chunky and can take something large and dramatic for a centerpiece or tabletop vignette. As they say "go big or go home." 

The pieces on the wagon change throughout the year, as does the arrangement in the basket. The ivy and hydrangeas stay, but I add other seasonal florals to the mix. In mid summer I like to bring out some sunflowers, pears, and move into the bit darker colors with reds, golds, and dark greens which are more "harvest-y" hues.

My French Faience pottery that was my wedding "china", Nemours by Longchamp, often shows up during Spring and Summer decor. I found this large tureen sans lid at a vintage market last year. That was the first time I'd seen any pieces... anywhere. It was a little worn, but after some cleanup it turned out to be usable for decorating. This tureen is just the right size for filling up with pears, lemons, apples, or maybe even tiny boo pumpkins for Fall. I also have a botanical print on a small easel and a few vintage bread and butter plates with a basket motif.

I found this Waverly fabric piece for the runner earlier this year. I loved the khaki background and large flower blooms in rose and cream. Using a tablerunner creates a lighter and brighter look for the whole room. I'm not a fan of the heavy dark atmosphere that heavy dark furniture creates, so I do all that I can to lighten up the space. 

The French-y chandelier in antique white and the light subtle stripe wallpaper help bring some light into the room. I've told you my secret for super duper easy tablerunners... just buy fabric yardage and fold lengthwise, then iron under the selvages. Two reproduction French wine bottles add to the French Country feel.

The family washstand in the corner has a sunflower "calendar" print in a vintage frame and a small late summer tussy mussy in a mini iron urn. Like the entry, the prints and some small florals change for the seasons and holidays. The lamp and my French-y girl bust are regulars.

Over the years I've used many calendar images from Cavallini calendars framed.

You can see a bit of the buffet in the background. Be sure and come back by on Friday for the Coastal Vibes Hop, where we'll be sharing how we use coastal elements in our summer decor. Have a great week, everyone!

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Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
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Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
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  1. Your wagon is such a perfect vessel for a lovely vignette. It's so fresh and pretty, Debra.Very summery!

    1. thankyou, Jeanie! I tend to be the "more is more" person! haha

  2. I love your sweet wagon and the vignette you created. So creative and pretty. xoxo Kris

    1. thanks Kris, hope your week is going well, and you're not as hot as the rest of the country. xoxo

  3. Your table is lovely. I love the sunflower picture on the wash stand

  4. I'm catching a mid- to late-summer vibe here, and I like it! Your china pattern is really pretty, and that runner fabric is a super piece that you'll be able to use for years to come. Very pretty arrangements, Debra!

    1. thanks Rita, I'm ready for my brain to start cooling down, so maybe I can trick it into thinking it's almost Fall! haha!

  5. That wagon is adorable! What a beautiful piece to anchor decor in. I love sunflowers...they are so summer-y and happy feeling!

  6. Love that wagon! It's never let you down:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  7. I'd love seeing this each day! Featuring it on Farmhouse Friday tomorrow. Thanks for always linking up. You are the best! pinned

  8. I like to frame calendar prints too, you get so many images for such a decent price. I love your door! I wish we had doors with trim in our own home. I have tried to talk my husband into adding trim and painting them, but nope, he doesn't want to do it. There are two painted doors in the kitchen I think I can talk him into, they were like that when we moved, but other than that, he says he likes the plain old doors, boo on him! Love your wagon, I am always afraid of placing a large statement piece on our dining room table, and well, it has become my crafting space, at least this week it is! I am sure I will be shunned to the basement once again to keep my "mess" contained. Have a wonderful weekend Debra.

  9. Debra, the wagon is perfect for displaying! I love the massive florals and the sweet tureen you found. I am sooo ready for fall even though I love summer for the blooms ~ I'm just too hot and sticky, lol! And I saw your buffet... Guess what I found this week (7/20/23) at our local thriftshop?? Yep, it'll be featured soon. :D! Everything is soooo pretty! Pinned a bunch. <3

    Happy to have featured this post as well at last week's Share Your Style #395 for you,
    Barb :)


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