Can we talk about cheese? Yes, the cheese is better in France.
It is said that there are 365 types of cheese in France…one for each day of the year!
The photo above was taken at the market in Trouville, Normandy and I must say they take their cheese seriously.
This was in Deauville, Normandy and the displays were so perfectly enticing.
There’s something so special about cheese that has been hand sliced, wrapped in paper and tied with string.
This was the cheese shop that we visited on Rue de Martyrs near our apartment and the proprietress couldn’t have been more helpful or charming. She loaded us up with a variety of creamy goodness including two cow, 1 sheep, and 1 goat cheese. Don’t ask me the names, unfortunately I didn’t write them down. They were each excellent choices that we enjoyed the entire week of our stay.
What impressed me the most with the French is how they have mastered the ART OF SIMPLICITY. They don’t overdo anything. They take pride in everything. You will hear me repeat this in future posts.
With this in mind, I decided to keep my dining table simple this fall season and try to incorporate what I learned from the French. Use simple and rustic utilitarian items and elevate them to something extraordinary. And, in honor of cheese, I decided to do a casual and inviting table.
A deep navy quilted boutis table runner and a French confit filled with the last hydrangeas of the season from my garden set the backdrop.
A smattering of pinecones and white pumpkins keep the palette classic but modern.
I love cheese domes when they are actually used as cheese domes! lol This one sits atop an antique English bread board.
The antique zinc wine labels with original glass inserts are a rare and unique find from Sunday Brocantes Etsy shop.
I used vintage French tart tins for votive holders and dried apricots sprinkled about the table add a touch of typical fall orange color (or Hermes orange if you so desire).
What about a crusty baguette nestled in a long vintage French boulangerie basket?
I love the fall hydrangeas!
There was one bright pink one left on the bush. So wonderfully untraditional in color for fall!
Wooden cheese boards are a must.
I’ve had the pair of large white pumpkins for several years now. That was before they were even popular in style but they still spoke to me then.
Won’t you join me?
A variety of cheeses on hand makes it easy to have an impromptu gathering. Our favorite EVOO is from an Italian olive oil boutique shop in Lexington.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my table with you. Here’s to the simple life.
On another note, Isabelle Thornton (Frenchy) featured me on her blog today for the French Obsession Monday Party. Please give her lovely blog, Le Chateau Des Fleurs a visit! Thanks, Isabelle.
Happy Fall Everyone,
P.S. I was out shopping for a new Christmas tree this weekend. I have frosted cashmere in mind!!!
Joining these great parties:
French Obsession Monday at Le Chateau Des Fleurs
Newbie Graduates Party at Debbie Doo's Blogging & Blabbing
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Cowgirl Up! at Cedar Hill Ranch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life