Sunday, January 31, 2016

Decorating With A Billot de Boucher........French Butcher's Table

I recently did a post about the marble topped presentation tables used by French butchers that look so beautiful in a French style kitchen. However, nothing quite warms up a kitchen like a well worn French butchers table. This blog post is dedicated to introducing you to the ‘billot de boucher, ( pronounced bee-o de booshay). This style table with it's thick slab top was a preparation table, ideal for tasks to get the meat ready to be displayed in the butcher's window. They were usually made of beech, oak, or maple banded with iron braces. The billot de boucher was usually double sided with a carved scalloped apron over large drawers for holding knives and other butcher's tools. Decorated with bronze cow head details on the backboard this table sat on four fluted legs.

The ‘billot de boucher is the perfect accent for you rustic French kitchen and a real conversation piece for your home. They are expensive so if you have one or are considering one for your kitchen I am green with envy.

The French butcher table (billot de boucher) was designed to last for decades. As with most French furniture this piece was functional yet aesthetically appealing as well. This butcher table has the traditional shaped skirt typical of the earlier blocks and a beautifully decorative detail.

The most valuable are the large oak French butcher's tables built in the 19th century as they are considered the most rare. Billot de bouchers that include features such as a knife holder or storage drawers are also considered to be more valuable.

The French billot de boucher had a backsplash usually decorated with a shield (or in this case a shell) in the center and bronze cow heads on the pediments. Also there might be an original enameled maker's plaque still in place.

Hard to believe that these wonderful French butcher's tables were at one time just business furniture. Now thought of as a beautiful element that combines functionality and  aesthetics, their character helps this piece anchor your French kitchen.

Aged cow head details on backboard of this billot de boucher. This one is made of wood instead of bronze.

The surface of the billot de boucher provided ample working space for one or two butchers.

A French butcher's table is a lovely rustic accent table that is perfect for the kitchen but would look equally great in a foyer or hallway.

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Muriel Priou / Photo : Sophie Lloyd....via Elle maison

A French butcher's table is a wonderfully functional piece and perfect for the kitchen of someone who really enjoys cooking.

The fundamental element of the billot de boucher is obviously the cutting board made ​​of pavers ( pieces of wood) that have a thickness ranging from 8-20 cm. The plateau is surrounded by stainless steel brackets that hold the wooden elements tight to each other.

A beautiful single butcher's table, still with all the elements of the double table.

I love the drawer on this butcher table.

Even without a backsplash this French butcher's table is an asset to any interior.

This French butcher's table has drawers and also shelves for storage.

Authentic Original Antique French billot de boucher -  c.1890 


If you don't want to use it for a kitchen work table, use your billot de boucher as an accent table for displaying collections or even as a kitchen desk.

There is no mistaking an antique billot de boucher. It will definitely be worn in the center from all the use it has gotten over the years. Don't let anyone fool will be bowed in the center!

Many antique French butcher table collectors have a passion for restoring and refinishing their tables, however this may decrease their value. This is definitely a piece you don't want to over restore.

Old beech wood billot de boucher standing above two drawers. These pieces were sometimes referred to as "logs".

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Decorating With Plaid Covered Walls

If classics can actually be considered trendy, then plaid is super hot right now. I have already published several blog posts on plaid decor over the years but not one on plaid walls. So here goes! And whether you decide to paper, use fabric, or paint your wall in plaid, hopefully this post will help you make decisions on how to create instant warmth and sophistication with this great pattern. 

Plaid walls based on historic tartan fabrics have a timeless appeal and have roots in traditional and preppy style interiors as you will see in the initial images. However, the current trend leans towards bolder, colorful, and oversized plaid wall treatments in a vast array of modern patterns like those you'll see later on in the post. Either way it is a wonderful pattern to work with and has a broad appeal.

Plaid, the wonderful iconic textile, started trending in the fall of 2014 and this classic favorite will add instant sophistication and warmth to any space. Since plaid is a woven fabric, I prefer covering the walls with actual tartan instead of paper. It creates an even warmer feel. I can't tell from these pictures which has been used on the walls of these homes but either way I am sure you will enjoy seeing what can be achieved by adding plaid to the walls of YOUR home.

The wool plaid warmth on these walls set the perfect stage for antique furniture and artwork. Plus a room with red tartan plaid is absolutely beautiful when decorated for Christmas.

Plaid is a wonderful go to fabric for the walls because it comes in a variety of colors and scale combinations. Plaid walls look so distinguished and work well with other traditional fabric patterns you would use on furnishings and flooring.

Plaid walls don't always make a space look masculine. This room is an example of how the use of other patterns and softer jewel tone colors like this amethyst can blend the masculine and feminine aesthetics.

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Painting your woodwork in a creamy white will make the plaid on your wall pop even more. Add a corresponding color in your bedding or other furnishings to soften things up a bit.

Warm, country style plaid adorns the walls of this traditional English style interior. Leather is the perfect accent for these plaid walls and the tufting on the sofas help to provide a distinguished feel.

Jean-Louis Deniot

You can also just cover a portion of a wall with plaid. I like how the alcove is distinguished from the rest of the wall through the use of a small scale plaid.

This Ralph Lauren signature style bedroom wouldn't look near as cozy without the warmth of plaid wool applied to the walls.

I love this stately pattern for it's traditional look and dignified feel. The plaid walls are perfect for this manly bathroom.

If you desire the warm saturated look for your plaid space, then definitely cover the walls. Gold framed landscapes and equestrian pictures look wonderful on plaid walls. Throw in floral rugs and some pillows featuring English cabbage roses, to soften it all up, and you are good to go.

Diamond Baratta

Plaid is also ideal for feature walls. Apply it to one wall or just a portion like has been done over the arches in this room. You can see how well the patterned rug with it's large scenic circles works with the plaid. The reason people like plaid so much is the ease in which you can coordinate other fabrics with it.

Don't be afraid to use plaid on the walls of a small space. 

A bath or powder room is the perfect place to manifest those plaid walls you have been dreaming about.

Because of it's pattern, plaid covered walls can provide extra dimension to your space.

Elegant, rustic country plaid walls create an inviting lodge style foyer.

Plaid covered walls also go hand in hand with an equestrian interior. 

This dining room is another example of how plaid walls can be easy to work with as they coordinate so well with other patterns you might choose for window treatments and upholstery.

Loving the leopard against these green plaid walls.

Grey plaid walls with clean lines and modern scale give this sitting area a casual elegance.

Modern plaid walls give a room a chic look that is clean and crisp.

Buffalo plaid walls in neutral khaki and cream with colorful eclectic accessories from Jeffrey Bilhuber.

Don't let mixing plaids intimidate you. A wall like this covered in a bold plaid and chairs that echo the colors only in a different plaid pattern can actually look and feel cohesive.

With today's plaid patterns on your walls you can still enjoy the historical Scottish tradition while you create a more modern and contemporary image.

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New offbeat colors, scales, and applications are modern and interesting. Try covering a sofa with the same plaid as you use on your walls.

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Plaid is considered traditional but that doesn’t mean that it has to be used in traditional ways. Have fun with your plaid walls. Do something unique by considering a diagonal plaid.

A Lilly Pulitzer Home vignette with colorful plaid walls.

While traditional style calls for a smaller scale plaid, modern interiors lean toward over-sized pattern like this room with it's walls painted to resemble plaid. Play with scale......don't be intimidated.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Decorating With French Pastry/Butcher Tables

The wonderful iron and marble French tables that are commonly referred to as pastry tables were actually primarily used in butcher shops as presentation tables on which they would display their best cuts of meat in the window. Now that we have the truth about these tables out of the way, we can concentrate on how these beautiful French tables can enhance interiors if you are lucky enough to have one or be able to find one. 

 The French Pastry/Butcher Table is mainly recognizable by it's ornately designed base. They are so beautifully embellished with cut outs and curves that even though the iron and marble make them a very heavy piece, they maintain a surprisingly light, airy, and refined look. While they are ideal for the kitchen, the perfect place to sit at and have coffee and pastries, they can also be used in other areas of the home as you will see in the pictures I have gathered.

Sorry to burst everyone's bubble about the actual use for these tables. I don't know when they got the name pastry table but it seems to have stuck. Call them anything you like, I just wanted to present the facts. Inside or out they are lovely tables. If you have one enjoy it, they are hard to find.

Placed in front of a window is one of the most perfect spots for the French Pastry/Butcher Table. Perhaps that it why they were used in shop windows. There is something about light that really sets these tables off.

Pretty gold and silver combination on the base of this wonderful Pastry/Butcher table.

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The Pastry/Butcher Table looks exquisite in a French kitchen. I think they are at their best with the light woods of fabulous cupboards like this one and crystal chandeliers reflecting light above. Again reflected light is this tables best friend, it just seems to enhance them.

Here you can see how pretty a smaller version of the French Pastry/Butcher Table can look when placed at the end of a kitchen island. Just adds more space for serving and display.

Or let a French Pastry/Butcher Table become your kitchen island. They make great work tables! 

Perfection! The Pastry/Butcher Table is a very heavy piece yet certainly doesn't weigh down this room. All the white and the addition of the painted cane chairs helps to give it a lighter appearance.

The smaller Pastry/Butcher Tables might work better for smaller kitchens. It's funny how iron and marble can still look so warm and inviting. This table pulls it off somehow.

This is an uncommon base but soooooo pretty. The bases of the Pastry/Butchers tables are where they get their character.

Charles Spada

You can count on seeing a French Pastry/Butcher Table in a Charles Faudree interior. This one features a display of red transferware. 

These tables are versatile and can be dressed up or used in a casually rustic space.

19th century table de boucher....butcher's table.

Another Pastry/Butcher Table with a unique base.

Pastry/Butcher tables are a perfect accent piece for a French Salon.

Pierre Deux

A smaller version works well as a coffee table. And when you have this fabulous sofa in the background it is all the more lovely.

Look how soft and feminine this Pastry/Butcher Table becomes when used with the right fabrics and flowing window treatments.

This is such a sweet little Pastry/Butcher Table and is perfect for a bedside table. It plays wonderfully off the iron bed.

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Try using one in your bathroom, especially if you have a large window.

A Pastry/Butcher Table makes a great first impression in your entrance or foyer.

I love the detail on the base of this Pastry/Butcher Table.

French Pastry/Butcher Tables also make a big impact on your outdoor entertainment areas.

Here Pamela Pierce has flanked a sofa of a sunroom with smaller versions of the Pastry/Butcher Table.

 I love to see a Pastry/Butcher table against a stone background. The marble makes this ornate piece looks great when used with other natural stone.

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I am looking for one to use outside like this. Lost a beauty at auction a couple months ago but am not giving up. Like I said they are hard to find.

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