The Beauty of Spring in the Kitchen

It was time to add the beauty of Spring in the kitchen.

A room where I spend, like  most of you I am sure, the most amount of time,

of any room in the house.

Whether we are cooking for our family or friends,

or having a leisurely lunch . . . this is where the heart of the home is.

Speaking of lunch, I am joining 5 amazing fellow French Country design blog friends

to present a theme of “Noon”.

My kitchen is filled mainly with vintage items

from the good ole’ USA, France and England,

such as these English crocks filled with old silver spoons.

Dundee Marmalade Crocks - Housepitality Designs

My kitchen cabinets are a dark cherry, so the ironstone in the kitchen

gives it a brighter feel. Vintage tole trays are seen above the cabinetry

and as a backdrop for the ironstone tureen and sugar bowl topiaries.

Ironstone/Tole Tray - Housepitality Designs

I fell in love with this “ironstonesque” scale in an antique shop in France.

I placed this very old (1700’s) ironstone stockpot on the scale that I also found in France,

along with a pretty ironstone bowl filled with fresh daisies.

Ironstone Scale - Housepitality Designs

I have three antique/vintage scales in the kitchen.

This particular one I purchased from Mary Alice and it holds lots of ironstone

most of which was from Mary Alice’s collection too.

Antique Scale and Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Vintage Scale/Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

These pretty English crocks and jar sit on a vintage bread board on top of a black vintage scale

that I have had for many years than I care to admit!

English Crocks - Housepitality Designs

This chalkboard chef always states my excuses for ordering take-out.

Spring Fever is this month’s excuse.

Who wants to cook when you are suffering with Spring Fever?!!

Chalkboard Chef - Housepitality Designs

And speaking of Spring Fever . . .

I love daffodils and what better than to place them in an ironstone tureen.

Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

I take every opportunity to fill containers with flowers . . . can you tell?

Ironstone and enamelware with flowers - Housepitality Designs

Vintage Colander - Housepitality Designs

Now when I do cook, these herbs and olive oil are my go to items.

Would you believe that I bought the Olive Oil and clay pot of Herbs de Provence

from a shop in the Paris airport on our way home?

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

I think one of my favorite things in the kitchen are these vintage French enamelware canisters.

French Enamelware Canisters - Housepitality Designs

French Enamelware Canisters - Housepitality Designs

Or my farmhouse sink . . . .

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

Or my new antique baker’s rack . . . .

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

So this is what I have done to Springify the kitchen this year.

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

Now it is time for lunch!

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

I am not “lunching” alone today.

Visit these wonderfully talented ladies

and see where they spend their “Noon Hour”

I can guarantee you that they spend it surrounded by beauty!

french country garden table


french country spring porch

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

french country spring table


french country strawberries and flowers

French Country Cottage

french country decorating

Housepitality Designs

french country garden picnic

Maison de Pax

Have a wonderful day, hopefully having lunch in a very favorite place of yours!

Country French Design Series



I am joining:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

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  1. Your kitchen is always one of my favorites, Shirley. I love all the touches of spring and blue and white that you have right now. 🙂

  2. You have certainly captured spring with the addition of flowers. Still loving your scales. Love the message on the blackboard and your lunch looks delish!

  3. Gorgeous signs of Spring in your kitchen Shirley!
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  4. Now I want to go buy some more flowers! I love each of your scales. I have a set of blue and white canisters and had decided that when the bunnies are put away I was going to do the kitchen in blue and white! I have never done that in this house! My canisters are not vintage but ceramic, but I love them! I wanted to tell you that for some reason your blog has disappeared from my blog roll??? I have no idea why but will ask my blog helper about that! Have a most beautiful day. I got rear ended last night on my way home. UGH!
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  5. You have so many pretty things Shirley and I LOVE your new baker’s rack!
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  6. We have the same color cabinets! I love all of your ironstone, scales and old crocks. Your kitchen is very comfortable!
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  7. So many creative ideas, Shirley! I love the little glass jars with sprigs of lavender, too. Thank you for sharing today. xx

  8. I had to come back to say I had never noticed before your BEAUTIFUL pineapple pendant lights over the bar!!! I lOVE them and the chandy. Is your lunch chicken salad? That is my favorite!!!!
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  9. This is so lovely, Shirley!! I love items with lettering not them and your crocks are wonderful… 🙂 I’m looking for some like that myself. I was also just talking to a friend about wanting to learn to write on a chalkboard the way they do in menus in France, as it’s so distinct. As a past calligrapher, you’d think I’d know how but I don’t! So enjoyed this post!
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  10. Your spring kitchen looks so beautiful! I just adore your scale and never tire of seeing it :o)
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!!
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  11. Sandra D in Joliet says

    I have seen many nice Chef Blackboards but I love yours the most. You have many nice things. Happy St. Paddy’s Day

  12. Your kitchen is definitively Spring. Everything looks wonderful and you have an eye for decorating.

    I was wondering if you are getting my comments, as I never hear from you. Hope so. Enjoy your lunch.

  13. You have the most beautiful and unique treasures to highlight in your kitchen, Shirley. Love your use of them filled with such pretty spring flowers.
    Mary Alice
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  14. Shirley, what beautiful treasures for your kitchen! Love all the scales and ironstone! You mentioned that you love your farmhouse sink, I love mine, also! Everything is beautiful!
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  15. So pretty Shirley!! Always love stopping by your blog!

  16. The spring touches in your kitchen are just lovely! I sure miss my solid cherry cabinets since we downsized…yours are beautiful. sheila

  17. Your kitchen is beautiful. It’s nice to see someone else incorporate farmhouse touches in their kitchen with traditional stained wood cabinets, which I too have and love. It seems that with the farmhouse style that is so popular these days, those of us who do not have white cabinets, (which I love too), feel left out. At least that’s how I feel. Thanks for sharing how to incorporate the farmhouse look. You have given me good ideas. I enjoy your blog.

  18. Everything looks lovely, Shirley. You have some wonderful pieces. I think that I need to come shop YOUR house! LOL

  19. Donna B.G. says

    Beautiful! An early “Happy Spring” to you, Shirley!

  20. Everything is so pretty! Love those flowers saying Hello to Spring! You have great taste in your selection of decor!!

  21. Every one of these pictures is a feast for the eyes. I just love studying them and admiring your beautiful displays. The lunch looked delicious! Yum. I’m convinced you need your own TV show. It must be coming any time now, as you have the world’s best, most creative ideas of anybody. I love your blog!

  22. Those scales! Those canisters! Those flowers! You’re killin’ me here Shirley!!

    Thank you for stopping by. I’ve missed you and your blog, but blame it on poor Internet lately. I’ll be home next week and wil be back to catch up. In the meantime, keep creating beauty, as only you can.


  23. I love flowers, but the daisies just add a new springy look and feel to the kitchen….
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  24. Everything is so pretty Shirley! I love your little chef. He is too cute! Hope you are enjoying your trip.
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  25. Beautiful Shirley! I love your collection of ironstone and you know I share your vintage scale love! Happy Spring!

  26. Hmm, Shirley, someone has been playing with her Bitmoji-lol.

    Ok, I love every little vignette in your kitchen. The French crocks and the scales are my favorite but the ironstone is lovely along with the enamelware and gorgeous garden sink.

    You’ve found a way to inject so many French elements into your kitchen decor and I’m sure each piece has its own story to tell, right?

    Happy day!
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  27. That baker’s rack!!! Oh my goodness it’s so pretty. Everything is!

  28. Loving the spring touches you did! That scale is adorable as well, wish I could find one like that. Your bakers rack is wonderful, every time I see it all I can think of is “oh the wonderful goodies I fill up with that beautiful piece.

  29. I love all your flowers in the kitchen, especially the violets:) My mother and I went shopping for the first time in a year, yesterday, and I bought my very first violet:) Audrey’s fav! Your kitchen looks lovely as always;) Gotta get me one of those chefs!
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  30. Oh my goodness, that antique baker’s rack is stunning!
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  31. What did you use on the bakers rack shelf so things can set properly? I have a bakers rack and have not come with an answer to this problem. Thanks

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