Patsy’s Vintage Modern Paris Kitchen

When Patsy asked for help with creating a French Flavor kitchen, I was thrilled.

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I’ve always included French touches in so many of the rooms I’ve done. Venetian glass frames, Mercury glass, love birds, vintage style clock, French sign and script, all add to the French feel of the room. Red Hydrangeas add just enough of Patsy’s favorite color.

Patsy’s a single woman in her sixties, well-to-do, with an established circle of friends.

I had been working with her best friend, Phyllis.

Phyllis, a Sagittarius with a bright red pixie cut and slender figure, had been such a pleasure to work with.  Phyllis and I had an on-going friendship as we completed her master bedroom, den, two bathrooms, and kitchen over the course of five years.

Patsy is always by her side.  Patsy, an Aries, along with Phyllis, created fireworks wherever they went.  It was always fun and full of laughter.

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One thing I like to do when creating a room, is to add architectural detail.

Since Patsy collects Flow-Bleu transferware, I felt a few Victorian touches were in order.

We added the tall beadboard in the eating area.

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The “tin ceiling” , another architectural detail opened up the room and made it feel larger. Can lighting on dimmer switch adds a modern touch.

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Wanting to spare the expense of new cabinets, we added glass knobs and new wavy glass inserts to add to the vintage feel and give the room some sparkle.

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Patsy wanted the look of granite, but after exploring the slab yards, she realized that she wanted a more uniform look, so we used a granite which is sealed and has anti-microbial properties built in.

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The backsplash was a splurge, keeping it all white to compliment the vintage ceiling.

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A balance of old and new, black and white, with red accents

I chose a dark grey paint for the walls to give it a modern edge, and black and white accents, with an awning style valance in black and white stripes, with bead fringe.

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a table for two that creates a beautiful profile against the white bead board, and upholstered seats with a French script reminding us that the most important thing in life is “to love and be loved”.

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Some of Patsy’s favorite things.

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How to create an eating area that rivals your favorite restaurant.

  1.  Add architectural detail using beadboard, shiplap, wallpaper, hardware
  2. Add window treatments to control the light and privacy
  3. Comfortable seating is a must
  4. Make it pretty
  5. Interesting lighting
  6. Easy clean up – washable surfaces
  7. Bring in some plants or flowers
  8. Add some of your favorite things
  9. Eat at home more often spending time with family and friends.
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The Big Reveal: Room Reset Challenge and Bonus Tutorial at the end

I wanted to get the Big Reveal out before I go on my trip. ( More about that later).  If you remember, or have been following along,  I answered a challenge to Re-set a room.  I chose the Dining room.

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It was a dark, dreary, and rarely used room.  It just kindof sat there, all alone, needing some attention.

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It was an area that gathered alot of junk!

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My goal was to lighten it, brighten it, and in general to breathe new life into the little corner ( which by-the-way, is also my relationship corner in Feng Shui).  This corner definitely needed a boost!

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I started with the window treatment.  I wanted to maintain the privacy while letting as much light into the room as possible.

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I also updated a couple of road-side-rescues along the way.  Painted 6 chairs, reupholstered, and painted the table a lighter color.

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I also, painted this 100 year old armoire, after much deliberation, only to discover that it wanted more than just a coat of white paint!  And it wanted to keep it’s wrinkles, and continue to show it’s age. It had earned it, by gollies! ( I used Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Linen) Purchased locally at The Treasured Home.

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It definitely lightened and brightened the room, and I would say, it gave it a “Decidedly French Look”!

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Working with a budget of “Little-to-None”,  I splurged on the orchids so that I could do this arrangement that I had been wanting to do for the longest time.  I already had the beautiful vintage container, and most of the other supplies. The vintage table cloth is one that I had, and it adds just the right amount of color to the room, coordinating, but not matching, like the English do so well.

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And I can easily set it aside on my little decoupaged table that I finally finished.  I used napkins to do the table, and I will show you more of these in another post.

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Finished just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Will you be mine?

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Stay with me for the Tutorial on how to make your own orchid arrangement in a vintage container.

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First you’ll need to gather your supplies:  hot glue gun, serrated knife, wire cutter, scissors ( not shown), moss, vintage container, floral foam, 1-3 orchids ( depending on the size of your container) I used 3, and orchid leaves with root ( if you can’t find these, ask your floral designer, as sometimes they hide these, and they are crucial to your arrangement.

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I found this one at the Salvation Army.  As you can see, it has aged beautifully, has lots of crazing, and stains.  Just the way I like it!

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I used two of these.

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I used three of these. I cut the stems a little shorter than usual for my purpose of having on a dining room table.  Typically, you would want to leave the stem a little longer.

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Cut your foam to fit your container.  Save all the pieces because later you may need them to fill some holes.

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I glued the foam for the bottom, then flipped it over. I wanted to avoid gluing directly onto the porcelain, as it is old and fragile, and could break.  Continue to build your foam gradually….

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Fill in the holes with leftover scraps of foam….Glue them in place….

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For the stems, measure your length, and cut accordingly…Insert them into the foam.  I made mine all facing the same way, as I only wanted a one-sided arrangement.

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Place the leaves on the outside of the middle flower, and go deep into the foam.  The leaves should sit close to the surface of the foam.

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Bend your leaves out to see how they will balance with the flowers….pull the roots up prior to adding the moss….

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Hot glue all of the places where you inserted the stems to secure them in place, once you are happy with the placement.

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Start adding moss while the glue is still wet, adding more glue and moss as you go….

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I like a variety of mosses.  And the smell of the moss takes you away to the forest.  I love it!

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Just in time for Spring!

Note:  If you want to use taller stems for your orchids, you will want to get some willow branches and secure the orchid stems to them for additional support and style.

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