“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him”
The South of France is another favorite place of mine to visit. Butch and I were able to spend some time there in 2010 and get a glimpse into their everyday living–and what a feast for the senses! The beautiful color palette of the houses, purple fields of lavender, bathed in the famous light that artists like Cezanne and Van Gogh used to paint their masterpieces. The sounds of the market and families’ laughter as they dine leisurely outside. Your taste buds will appreciate the fruitiness of the olive oil, the crustiness of a French baguette, and sweetness of sun-ripened figs. The pungent smell of rosemary and the enticing smell of freshly baked brioche and croissants wafting from the local boulangerie fill the air. And the atmosphere is one that can never be recreated, although in today’s post I have made my best attempt!
Looking out over the tiled roof onto a picturesque Provençal mas
The village of Eze with its narrow streets and passageways!
On today’s Tablescape Tuesday, we are mixing a little travel with a little tablescape. The South of France encompasses The French Riviera and Provence. This area is made up of quaint villages and large cities like Nice and Marseille. Among all of the villages that we visited while we were there, two of the most colorful were Eze and Roussillion. Their colors range from yellow and orange to a beautiful red! The medieval village of Eze on the French Riviera is famous for the view of the sea from its hill top, and the village of Roussillon is situated in the heart of the biggest ochre deposit in Europe.
Just as Provence is a feast for the senses, so is our beloved South. Living in Our South is so similar to the South of France! Our area is known for a slower pace of living, fabulous farm to table food, and views of rivers and mountains with colors of gold, orange, and red during autumn.
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The kitchen island is the center of our kitchen. It serves as a prepping station, buffet for entertaining, and casual dining space. I used the colors of Provence for Tablescape Tuesday!
My inspiration for this tablescape is the tablecloth that I bought in Sete, France! Sete is a port and seaside resort on the Mediterranean, often referred to as the Venice of France.
I used goldenrods (which are plentiful in the South) as the centerpiece. Their bright gold color lends itself to Provence!
Vietri leaf bowl with autumnal finds from The Paris Market in Savannah!
The dark blue Gorham (I think) stemware was a gift from Butch and they frequent my tables in every season!
I used fragrant rosemary from my herb garden in a couple of antique flasks (also found at The French Market) and cobalt mini vases. Rosemary thrives in our South!
Each place setting is anchored with rattan chargers with the creamy white dinner plates often seen on my tablescapes.
The salad plates are Provençal colors with a rooster in the center, a gift from Seth!
Looking into the sitting area of our kitchen as seen in “Our Refuge“
This large rooster occupies a place of honor on the island! The Gallic rooster has become a hallmark of French country design.
Autumn in the South always involves pumpkins! The gold candle is nestled in popcorn.
View through the window into our pasture
Gold napkins, first seen here on “Tablescape Tuesday: The Wedding Edition“, folded in a Fleur de lis!
The small rooster and hen are Fitz and Floyd
The bar stools are from Horchow. I will enjoy the colors of Provence and Our South all week!
An example of the colors of Provence!
The Mediterranean city of Sete on our trip in 2010
Thank you for spending your precious time with us!
Butch and Pam