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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pleasant… Under Glass

When my kitchen grows up it wants to look like Jermaine Chastain’s kitchen.

Madame Chastain is a amazing stylist whose own home constantly inspires me.

I often spend several minutes gazing at her photo’s trying to pick apart each element featured in an image to determine where the “je ne sais quoi” can be found.

I have found that she often elevates the everyday into the extraordinary and covers it in glass.

Striving to do the same in my own kitchen for months I have been on the hunt for marble slabs, silver candlesticks and glass cloches. Sure I could buy new pieces, but what fun is that? I like for things to find me. The round marble slab came from goodwill for $2 and the glass cloche from Savers for $1.

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I placed my every day spices of pepper, French sea salt and Herbes de Provence under glass. Very pleasant.

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I think you should have your own Herbes so I am including a tube in the upcoming DTA Mother’s Day giveaway.

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What are you doing to spice up your life?


Take a peek at a few of the French Kissed kitchen posts. Perhaps they will inspire you as well.

Romancing The Kitchen

Kitchen Vignettes



jeanetteann said...

Well I'm going on holiday to Melbourne on Saturday. Don't know if that will spice up my life. It will certainly be a change of pace and scenery,which I am so looking forward to.
I so love your pics, I can see why you love these vignettes. I have been on the hunt for some cloches for ages and like you won't buy them new.
I believe too that pieces find me.
Maybe when in Melbourne I may find some. There are some really good markets. I have exhausted all the one's here.
I am now going to have another browse at your pics xx

martinealison said...

Une publication aux goûts du midi et du soleil avec les tubes d'herbes de Provence et le petit pot de basilic...
J'adore les cloches de verre...
Gros bisous

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Stunning photos, Laura! You're right - the whole thing comes together so beautifully and I don't know which I like better, the little bits on display or the painted furniture piece I can see in the one picture. I'm always keeping my eye out for cloches. Usually at the thrift store or antique mart.

Perfectly Printed said...

Love the ideas!! I love looking at other people's kitchens and dreaming... some day some new counters at the Xavier Ct House!
Spicing up my life... taking a vase of roses to work today, yesterday was a rough day so I decided to take something to make me feel a little better!
Best chris

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just beautiful!!!

Bloggymom said...

Very pretty decorating.

What am I doing to spice up my life?? I don't know. My life is pretty spicy (wild) so I am trying to calm things down.

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Blondie's Journal said...

This is great inspiration, Laura! I am always at a loss as to what to put under my cloches. Love what you did! :)


jeanette from everton terrace said...

That kitchen is indeed, swoon worthy. Heavenly I'd say.
Spice up my life?
Well today is my wedding anniversary and the hubs is taking off early for a special dinner date :)

Auntie Em said...

I am waiting...oh so patiently waiting until they finish the renovations on our kitchen and baths and laundry room. I want to paint and paper and decorate so badly but for now it's just sweep the sheetrock dust, clear away the sawdust and dream over paint chips. Soon.... *sigh*

Lady Dorothy said...

What a fabulous giveaway this is already becoming! I just love Jermaine Chastain's kitchen, too. She has inspired me to add a few touches in my kitchen and I'm sure there will be more.

What's spicing up my life? Apparently Herbes de Provence, as the jar is virtually empty! It's on my shopping list. :-)

BTW, your lavender header just makes me dizzy with delight!

Jill Elaine said...

herbs de provence is something I'm needing to order. I bought jeanne d'arc's cook book and lots of the recipes call for it!
I love how the things you put under glass in your kitchen and I'm with you on what my kitchen wants to be when it grows up! I've redone stuff a few times in my kitchen trying to make it more like I want it. And I always end up thinking it still looks like a 'before' picture. Sigh. It needs a chimney torn out and the sink and appliances moved around. I dont' have much counter space but trying to incorporate this under glass idea would certainly make it prettier. Gonna give it a go one of these days!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

So beautiful, Laura.
Today's, yummiest guilt free candy!
I will revisit when I return from the workplace for another eye full!

Creations By Cindy said...

So pretty! Always looking cloches when out thrifting. Since it seems everyone else is looking for them too I have found none in the last few months! I love how the use of glass period just seems to bring everything together! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

I love how something so simple can be so pretty!

What am I doing to spice up my life? Actually I have been on a lifestyle change... I'm down one clothing size, and 15 pounds so far. Yes, life is about to get spicy!

Linda said...

I love these ideas. My kitchen and home are decidedly boring. There isn't a whole lot of space or money to work with and I just don't really know what to do with it anymore, so it's basically at a standstill.

Now that the hot weather has arrived (yep - it's actually hot here today in central Illinois) the outside is calling more and more and so the inside of the house will suffer longer.

I guess that's what I'm doing to spice things up - taking to our bicycles again, working in the garden and the ever-exciting - mowing grass. :P

Love, Linda

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Another beautiful post! I also have to say May's header is my absolute favorite--it's the purple!

Planning a vacation and losing weight top my spicing up!

AshTreeCottage said...

Beautiful photos! I am totally inspired now.

Susan and Bentley

It's All Connected said...

I just spiced up my life by walking to my kitchen, taking the dome off the identical cloche with marble base and put my salt and pepper (which already were in antique salters) and a bottle of homemade vanilla under it. Thanks, Laura! ~ Maureen