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Astier de Villatte

As you know, my kitchen is a very neutral blend of creams and golden limestone. So I have been slowly working to inject more contrast with dark metals and chalky white.

I was seriously thinking of ripping out my beige mosiac backsplash to add these Emery and Cie tiles here…but grabbed my paintbrush and diluted some latex house paint to alter the tones from beige and sage to white and gray.

plate rack

The plate rack was made out of salvaged wood…one quick last thing I had my guys do after they finished my daughter’s room. Used Farrow and Ball’s Downspout on that and a dutch door…a perfect deep, deep dark gray.

Trouvais kitchen metals

Thank you Sharon from My French Country Home Brocante here for the vintage metal plaque find…and I picked up several of these vintage pudding molds in Petaluma before Christmas. The Astier de Villatte saupoudroirs à sucre (sugar shaker) and dinner plates are from Heather and Bobby Lee’s wonderful Astier de Villatte collection at Trove Gallery here

Trouvais kitchen colorA longer view. Having white marble in the master bath is enough excitement for me…I have a tall stack of white washcloths at the ready for every errant spill. So although I love white and gray kitchens, I’m still happy with the relatively easy Jerusalem Gold limestone. I love the look of plate racks, and they are perfect for those few special plates that you don’t trust in your dishwasher. And an excuse to stick your neck out with a bold color.

Astier de VillatteHeather Lee’s photographs of Trove Gallery here are just beautiful…and her Astier photos are the best out there.  Besides the Trove Gallery website her pinterest account shows some other beautiful Astier pieces here. And yes, they ship. I’m saving up for the teapot above. Let them eat cake!

More later…but…literally…I’ve got to run…!