21 August 2010

A Brunch For {Ma Belle Soeur}

Growing up, I was the only girl with four brothers for company! So I know when I am lucky enough to find amazing sisters-in-spirit (you know who you are!). Recently one of my very favorites, Michele, came to visit me from the East Coast. She and I are planning out the details of our upcoming shopping, design, antiquing and flea marketing trips in France. Michele grew up in France and is a professional traveler, and we are both quite passionate about all things francaise, so ours is a partnership made in heaven. I am very lucky to have a sister-in-law like her!

So it seemed only fitting while she was here to use some of my most cheerful little flea market finds for our outdoor working brunches. This is the table before the coffee, croissants and confiture.

Please come and join us! Smell that coffee!

these are delft plates I found at a market in Amsterdam;
I especially love the one celebrating peace after WWI

this is a collection of blue and yellow flea market finds set out
for a lovely brunch to inspire us to work on our tours of France

the teapot looks a little like Belleek, it's not, but I love it; the silver
is Tiffany, spoons Mikimoto and an English tea tin;
nectarines nestle in a chicken wire "bowl" just for fun

this lovely Moustiers vase is one of a pair found at a flea market
in Provence several years ago; flowers are all
from my garden and feature the bloom of an artichoke we
let go too long...they are so beautiful when you forget to pick them!

our little spread includes wonderful china cups and a very cool
silver star plate found at a local garage sale and the yellow birdcage
from a flea market says "Provence" quite loudly!


If you are so inclined (we weren't) you can make your own glorious croissants. It's a project (I made them once myself in France!), but you will knock the socks off your family and friends when you present these delectable morsels fresh from your own oven!

Visit La Cerise for wonderful reading about croissants and well-thought-out recipes! And be sure to let us know how they turn out!! Bon appetit!



  1. I love your Moustiers porceain....so pretty, xv.

  2. Hi Vicki, they were quite a find that pair of Moustieres..will be back on the prowl for more soon! your porcelain is tres jolie in today's post, too!



  3. Love the images and love the finds! Have fun on your trip!

  4. Hello Lisa of Hamptontoes! thanks for stopping by! looks like you all had a fabulous time at the Nate Berkus show!

    Have a lovely Sunday and stay in touch..I'm now a follower of yours!


  5. Kit, I've know you a long time, and you never fail to amaze me with your talent and knowledge. One day, Teri and I will have to plan a trip out there to visit. Maybe we can do a "girls" spa day! Have fun in France.

  6. What a beautiful table scape! I love tea parties with best friends. Some time to relax and talk!
    I am so jealous about your trip! I've wanted to do the same for a long time, go shopping on French flea markets!
    Have fun and keep us posted.

  7. Atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere -- Kit, your posts just ooze atmosphere. Always a pleasure.

  8. Loving that teapot.
    Have a sweet week ahead! xx

  9. I want to hop on a plane and go to France right now.

  10. Eating out of dishes so divine is almost enough nourishment before the food even settles in!

  11. absolutely delicious... dishware, croissant...and as always... your lovely post. xx

  12. Love your blog and your eye for detail! I am now following so I do not miss an instant of china, silver, food! Miam-miam!

    Have a great trip -- I can't wait for my next visit to France en decembre!

  13. Quel magnifique brunch coloré, de toute beauté! Félicitations pour toutes ces belles trouvailles!

  14. A beautiful setting and also beautiful dishes/treasures you found. It's wonderful when everything has a story to it.

  15. nice pics. nice layout! I cant deny the fact that France is gorgeous! How I wish I'm a JUMPER and discover FRance right a way:)

  16. this is incredibly stunning...lovely!

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  17. Tous les tresors de la table sont tres magnifiques! Bon voyage en France. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  18. The colors of the objects on your table remind me of la belle Provence, especially the wonderful yellow -- the same as the mimosa flowers. So nostalgic.

    Some news: We're staring a Giveaway Friday! link-up party tomorrow, 8/27 plus we are giving away a custom backsplash! Please join us. Jane F.

  19. I love the french touch of this table. The colours are so harmonious. The delft plates are very special and a real treat!

  20. What a beautiful setting for brunch.....full of memories and the perfect way to plan to make many more memories on your upcoming trip.

  21. What a beautiful setting to share with your dear Sister-in-Spirit. Your tablescape is lovely and that croissant looks magnificent!

    This was a fresh and lovely stop on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday.

    Thank you for sharing your treasures with us. Thank you for linking.



I would love to hear what you think! merci!


Related Posts with Thumbnails