Monday, January 15, 2007

French Bistro/Brasserie Kitchen

Oh how sweet life is when your sitting in your favorite French Bistro, enjoying an aperitif with friends and discussing the events of the day.
There is a romance about France, so it's no surprise that we would want to re-create that ambiance in our homes.

For those of you looking for decorating ideas for a French Bistro Style Kitchen, here are my tips, directly imported dans ma tete.

Faux painting can instantly create the aged look, then, why not add some special touch with wall words. Visit for great ideas. They even have quotes with French translations.
For window treatments consider: an awning (perhaps from an old shutter), an antique iron window guard in the top or bottom, a valance from vintage french linen napkins.
Most kitchens in France have open shelving rather than hanging cabinets. Consider glassdoors if you have exisiting cabinets.

French iron chandeliers are "devine." Outdoor lanterns also work over sinks or islands.
Old French cuisine signs would be a nice touch. These are available on Ebay or at

Consider using vintage French jam jars instead of tumblers. They reflect light beautifully.
They will also hold your favorite Bordeaux, votive candles, or veggie sticks.

No French kitchen is complete without the wine rack. Don't forget when serving the wine, serve the eldest woman first, working your way down, according to age and then the men. That was my first lesson in France.

Bon bon verres and baskets are great to decorate any space you may have above your cabinets.

Bon Appetite

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