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June 10, 2014

French Country Summertime Dining

Casual easy summertime living...that's how I like it!    My blue and white checked tablecloth lends the air of casualness that I want.

 I love transferware but don't have a ton of storage otherwise I'd be stocking up on a lot of it.  I would like to expand on this pattern which is Devon Cottage by Johnson Brothers. 

In my previous post I showed this new sign that I found which fits right in with my little bit of French Country decorating.  

We stopped in at a garden center that also has a neat gift shop and they had three of these signs in different prints.  I struggled with which one to pick but ultimately I went with this because of my husband's connection to dairy farming in his youth.

In the corner I've got a few collected pieces and a yummy candle burning.  

I added this little table that's been with me for at least 10 years under the plate rack.  I have to keep things very slim along that wall because there isn't much room.  That's why I was excited when I found this plate rack.  I'd love a hutch on this wall but I don't think they make them in an 8" depth!  I keep tossing around the idea of painting it a different color but so far I haven't acted on it!

I stacked tablecloths that are for this table in the basket.
Hey I may be starting a new trend!

Dîner français

I'm joining
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 

The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

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  1. Liz, your French Country touches are lovely! Love the basket with the tablecloths tucked in...very cute! All of your accessories are so cute; and I love the way you styled the shelf!

  2. Oh Liz I LOVE everything about this space!! It looks so pretty...love the large blue piece of pottery filled with wheat!!

  3. so many lovely touches . . . the blue vase with wheat . . . blue and white checks . . . the basket full of lovely linens.

    I am hunting through my tablecloths for some blue and white to set the table tonight after seeing your lovely table.

  4. Liz,
    Love seeing all your blue & white in the kitchen shelf/ rack!!!
    Your dining area blends well together and is totally Frenchy!!!
    I adore the little table and love the added softness the stacked tablecloths lend!
    Once it's officially Summer, I too, deck out the Dining Room
    with a touch of French Country Decor!!! Great minds!!!
    P.S. "Mr. Ed" has already carried the Farmhouse stool
    up from the lower level as I begin to re~style the Kitchen!

  5. Pretty new touches! I love blue and white.

  6. Wouldn't it be nice if they built cabinetry that is not so deep for those of us with less floor space? Man...I would love that, too! But you made a terrific choice with the plate rack because it fulfills the same job with the square footage you've got to work with. I really like your new bovine sign to go alongside it!

    You have just given me a great idea for our kitchen with the bench under the rack. I think I'll try to find 2 to flank the new black cabinet I have in there. I really like yours with the colorful linens in the basket. It adds an unexpected little punch to the space and connects with the items on the rack above.

    You're lookin' good for "le summer"! :-)

  7. Hi Liz, trying this again. My comment disappeared. I was saying how wonderful your setting looks. I love the blue and white and checked tablecloth. Love your sign added next to the flower urn. Everything is perfect. You have such a good eye for color. Love the plate rack and I like to mix black with blue too. So inviting.

  8. Your dining room is so pretty! I love the big blue urn over in the corner and the tablecloths add some pretty color too. Your room does look very french country to me.

  9. Liz
    I like your idea for stacking tablecloths in a basket.
    Your dining area is so inviting.
    Does it look out on your beautiful gardens?

  10. It is absolutely, delightfully, lovely. It is fresh and pretty fro summer. The only thing that would make it more perfect is if you lived closer to me so I could enjoy it IN person. I'd bring the dessert! xo Diana

  11. Hi Liz,
    OH my so pretty! I love your dinning room the table cloth is so perfect! and the little table how sweet is that I would leave it natural wood too it so darn cute. I love a plate rack always have. I think your might have started a trend with your tablecloths in a basket. You are so cute...
    Have sweet day, Elizabeth

  12. I like the homey, country touches you've included in your decor, Liz. It would be such an easy room to live in and enjoy.


  13. Your dining room is very pretty! I think it's fun to have to work with challenges like a narrow space - it's great to find bits and pieces to work in a space. Way more interesting than just going out and buying a whole lot of stuff at one go.

  14. I prefer the plate rack to be honest. You find a cabinetry and even in the size you want you end up stuffing it with things and this gives a more suave look in my opinion. I like living with less. Not sickly so - you know having one plate for each but if we have space we tend to pile on the goods ;)
    I love your whiteblueness creation.
    I went for this combo in my room and it's elegant, resting and inviting.
    I love the tablecloths - with their different - patterns close-by. Really do!
    Happy Father's Day to your Amazing Husband!

  15. Great summer in France look...casual and inviting. Neat metal bucket and your new cow/cheese sign is perfect.
    Bon appetit! :)

  16. How beautiful, Liz! It is just perfect for Summer. Love your tablecloth!

  17. Love your "Summer in France" dining room!....and I heart, heart your amazing blue and white bowl ... gorgeous!!!

  18. Liz, I love the Frenchiness you've added to your dining room. That French dairy sign is great, and what a perfect tiny table under the plate rack. You have some pretty pieces of blue and white transferware, and that bowl on your table is stunning. laurie

  19. Liz,
    Love this idea of bringing French and all the charm that goes with just thinking about being there and decorating with such gorgeous transferware! So Summery, refreshing and inviting!

  20. Love your cozy dinning room filled to the brim with French loveliness. The pretty cheese tin is my favorite!
    Thanks for setting the table for us.

  21. I love your Feenchy little corner, Liz. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your story about your daughter. I like hearing positive stories. And thanks most of all for the prayers for Rea....Christine

  22. Hi lovely lady.
    You know I love the look of a French loveliness also. I hope you are having a great weekend with your family. God Bless.
    ~ Diane

  23. You can't go wrong with blue and white and French touches in your decorating. It's clean and pretty at the same time.

  24. Such a pretty table setting. I love blue and white together. Everything looks lovely!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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