Sunday, August 20, 2023

The Late-Summer Cupboard with a French Country Flair

One of my favorite decor themes for mid to late summer is "chickens". I've never raised chickens or been around them except for a short time when I was a kid and an odd motley group of wild/escaped chickens found our farmhouse. That's where the collection "seed" was planted. Most of my chicken figurines are not worth much, but fun to collect and display throughout the summer months. Back in the 60's one of the decor themes was "Early American" and with that, accessories took on a slightly "farmy" style. Chicken decor sprouted up everywhere, but of course mainly in the kitchen and dining room. (Think chickens and coffee grinders themed wallpaper...)

I'd much rather think of them as French Country decor...

Since they are quirky and colorful, I thought I'd pair them up with my small collection of real and faux Majolica here in the cupboard. One chicken goes beyond "quirky" to out and out ugly, but he's old so he's forgiven and still gets to be part of the flock. (He's there on the bottom left shelf)

I still have a base of my floral French faience pottery, but it's time to change up to the brown transferware. The faience is summery with bright color, but it's time to go more muted colors for late summer/early fall. Since the chicken motif is also a theme in French Country décor, I'll use that as my excuse to pair up with the Majolica and French pottery. 

My Majolica collection is on the cheap with some cracks and chips, but still fun and colorful. After I styled the cabinet I realized I'd left out a few of my better pieces, but they'll show up later this fall season.

I think this pearlized creamy fellow is my favorite. He looks loud and proud, and I once had a Lexus SUV that same color, tehe.

This one has seen better days with a few scratches up top. Looks like he may have been in an altercation.

The little gal below is a planter/vase, and I think she's a bit older, from maybe the 30's. The others are just figural and made by N'Orleans or Napco.

Here's the rooster in question and he's some kind of glazed yellowware  pottery. not attractive, but earns his place because he's very vintage. He appears to have an annoying personality for sure.

Old seed packets add more fun and color and perfect for chicken snacks.

The old chippy stepstool is usually around for more small decor pieces. This time a butterfly pamphlet and some bee skeps.

I'm starting on fall here in the garden room, and making progress through the rest of the house. I'm taking my own advice and trying to make an easy transition with fall decor.

Are you all ready for some Autumn ideas?

Did you catch my last post?

More fun looks with the Summer Cupboards and Chickens...

(Here I share my first encounter of chickens and my childhood fondness of ragtag critters.}

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Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode, Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
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Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  


  1. Happy Weekend Debra. After seeing your French country cupboard decor it makes me miss my rooster collection I had awhile back. I had them all lined up on the top of my kitchen cupboards. I have always loved your special white cupboard that you have had for a long time. You always decorate it so pretty. Have a good weekend. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks Kris, it's my "therapy" cupboard! Chickens on the top of the kitchen cupboards sounds so fun! Happy Weekend!

  2. I love your chickens and they are so pretty with your colorful teapots and pottery. It makes me smile how you decorate your cupboard so beautifully and change it out so often!

    1. thanks Jeanie, as you all know, I love a theme! Even if it's scrappy chickens!

  3. Debra I so enjoy your posts especially when I see items that I already have. You have such creative ideas. Could you please include some more table scapes .

    1. Thanks for the tablescapes ideas. I'll put together an early fall one soon!

  4. This is a great late summer look. I am slowly starting my change over, but have to focus on the antique mall booths this week first! I've gotten a table set, but the garden containers demand watering every day, amd then there are those weeds.... sigh....

  5. Oh Debra, that is darling! You had me right away with the clearest picture in my mind of one of my childhood neighbor's chicken-and-coffee-grinder wallpaper! 🤣 And now I can't get the phrase "Rooster Altercation" out of my head. Maybe I'll ask my musician husband to write a song with that title. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the fun!

  6. What a gorgeous collection of chickens you have Debra! as well as your Majolica and your french pottery. It sure looks beautiful together. I too love chickens and I did raise them as a young girl and belonged to the 4H club.

  7. Hi friend, always enjoy seeing how you change the holiday cupboard up for the seasons


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