Peeks at Reno Progress & French Country Baskets

I’ll share a few peeks at our progress in the kitchen and the entry and chat about life lately. Then we’ll look at the wide range of possibilities for living with French Country Baskets. They are such unsung heroes since they work hard while looking great. I use them in the laundry room, kitchen, closets and more. Don’t you love pretty decor that is actually purposeful?

Tree mural wallpaper (Photowall) in our entry with interior arched window and marble topped chest - Hello Lovely Studio.

Peeks at Renovation Progress

Progress on Reno in the Entry

In my last update, I shared the dining room side of the entry where we built walls to sandwich columns that didn’t work for our lifestyle. On the living room side, we also built walls then added a collected 1920s vintage window from a Tudor cottage.

Foyer wall during construction of Georgian renovation arch opening for window
BEFORE

Interior windows are a favorite of ours, and we have added them to all of our homes.

In this case, we draw a bit more light into the entry and add whimsy in one fell swoop.

Tree mural wallpaper (Photowall) in our entry with interior arched window and marble topped chest - Hello Lovely Studio.

The antique marble-topped chest/dresser under the window may not stay. I don’t like the brown, and I may want a shallower piece there. (This is why I hate sharing progress photos – I like auditioning pieces, and shopping for the right piece takes time!).

Our renovated kitchen with Viatera Muse quartz counters, calacatta gold marble backsplash, and light grey cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio.

After we installed the new LVP flooring, we sort of took a break as far as kitchen stuff.

before kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio
BEFORE

Not because we’re exhausted, but because my husband is a busy litigator and has back to back trials lately!

Our renovated kitchen with Viatera Muse quartz counters, calacatta gold marble backsplash, and light grey cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio.

I also have more finishing touches, decor, and details to address, and that part of the process takes time.

Vintage marmalade jar collection in my kitchen with calacatta gold marble tile in kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.

For now, I put my collection of vintage marmalade crocks in these cubbies we repurposed. They were mail slots in the desk area of the kitchen…remember how it used to look?

BEFORE

We removed the desk and cabinetry in this corner and added a huge vintage wardrobe I painted. We are repurposing it for storage and the TV. However, I still have to paint its interior.

Our renovated kitchen with Viatera Muse quartz counters, calacatta gold marble backsplash, and light grey cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio.

We also have a few more things to do with the pantry where we installed a temporary laminate countertop. This makes it functional for our daily use but not quite ready for a closeup!

Our renovated kitchen with Viatera Muse quartz counters, calacatta gold marble backsplash, and light grey cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio.

Not sure if all of the plants, dishwasher, old painted shutters on the counter, and vintage marble lamp will stay. I am not the blogger who rushes through the finishing process. Another headache is an open space above the frig. We may just drywall over it and call it a day. For now, I have one of my treasures: a HUGE handmade basket bought from an Illinois farm from the great granddaughter of the man who made it.

During our kitchen renovation - Hello Lovely Studio

It holds seasonal items I don’t need to access more than once a year. I can’t seem to pass up a vintage basket in good shape! Before we move on to beautiful French country basket ideas and resources for them, I have an unspoken prayer request.

Child holding rosary beads - photo by Michele of Hello Lovely Studio. #rosary #child #hands

I’m carrying a burden, and it is affecting my physical health in spite of my awareness, surrender, and support system.

Rumi inspirational quote. #quotes #rumi #sufipoetry #poetry #spiritualjourney #soulquotes

Let’s face it. Healing takes time. I know you get it.

Rumi inspirational quote. #quotes #rumi #sufipoetry #poetry #spiritualjourney #soulquotes

Thank you for your prayers and love.

Rumi inspirational quote. #quotes #rumi #sufipoetry #poetry #spiritualjourney #soulquotes

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French Country Baskets

Antique Baskets at My Home

A couple of years ago, I bought two antique handmade baskets from the great granddaughter of the craftsman who made them in the mid 19th century. I showed you the larger one above.

For more than 150 years, they were used on a beautiful farm 90 minutes from here. It was extra special to see the property and buy them directly from the family.

I found the Frenchy striped seagrass baskets (below) HERE.

If they are out of stock, I thought these stripey market baskets were also very Frenchy.

French Picnic Basket Set

Rustic French farmhouse style is a passion of mine that seems to grow as I joyfully train my eye and venture deeper into its charm.

Picnic 2 Piece Wicker/Rattan Basket Set - French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!

Set of 2 Rustic Wicker Picnic Baskets, Wayfair…certainly lovely indeed.
Cole Arthur Riley inspiring quote from THIS HERE FLESH. #contemplativequotes #humanityquotes

Vintage French Boulangerie Baskets

Large vintage French boulangerie baguette bread display basket from France - French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
Large Vintage Boulangerie Display Basket, ShabbyFrenchVintage on Etsy…certainly one of a kind indeed.
Extra long vintage French baguette basket from France. French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!

Extra Long Vintage Baguette Basket, RusticFrenchTreasure on Etsy – French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
Quote about awe and seeing by Cole Arthur Riley in THIS HERE FLESH. #inspirationalquotes #contemplativequotes
Vintage from 1950s rustic French bread baskets with liners from France. French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
1950s Rustic Bread Baskets with Liners, FromParistoProvence on Etsy…certainly a lovely vintage find indeed.
Rustic long vintage French baguette bread proofing basket from France. French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
1940s Rustic Baguette Bread Proofing Basket from France, JansVintageStuff on Etsy – French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!

Favorite Online Sources for French Market Baskets!

My favorite online shops for vintage French wares and French market baskets? Vivi et Margot and Dreamy Whites Atelier. If you are familiar with Dreamy Whites blog, you will love the French homewares in the shop!

You’ll find favorite picks and links to find them below.

French market basket from Vivi et Margot filled with pink roses. #frenchbaskets #frnechfarmhouse #provencestyle
Classic French Market Basket, Vivi et Margot…certainly breathtaking indeed.
Oh the rustic charm and functional beauty of this French country Daniels Rattan Lidded Basket for use and decor in a variety of rooms!

Rattan Lidded Basket, Wayfair – French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
Rumi quote about love on Hello Lovely Studio. #rumipoetry #lovequotes
Large round seagrass storage basket - French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
Large Seagrass Round Basket, Amazon – French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
French Weekend  Basket - what a lovely example of French farmhouse bliss and the joy of French country decorating...come tour a little more, s'il vous plait!
Classic French Baskets, Vivi et Margot…certainly well-crafted indeed.
Charming weathered green door! French farmhouse design inspiration, house tour, French homewares and market baskets from Vivi et Margot. Photos by Charlotte Reiss. Come be inspired on Hello Lovely and learn the paint colors used in these beautiful authentic French country interiors. #frenchfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #europeanfarmhouse
French farmhouse fall bliss: a market basket from Vivi et Margot and fall fruit. #frenchfarmhouse #autumnvibes #provencestyle
Vivi et Margot
Lovely and stylish, these rustic round baskets are the answer to your storage needs. The Portland Round Tote Baskets marry form and function, storing blankets and clothes, or sorting laundry, indoor trees and more.
Portland Round Woven Tote Baskets, Pottery Barn – French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!
Mary Oliver short poetry excerpt on Hello Lovely Studio. #maryoliverpoem

French Baskets for Bicycles, Home Decor, Shopping and Organization

Charming French country vignette with white bicycle, French market basket of flowers, bright blue shutters, and a crisp white house exterior. Romantic indeed! Come be inspired by more French farmhouse design inspiration from Vivi et Margot on Hello Lovely. #vivietmargot #frenchfarmhouse #bicycle #frenchbasket #shutters #marketbasket #romanticdecor #frenchcountry
French Weekend Basket, Vivi et Margot
French country baskets at a reasonable price are hard to locate, so check out this Rectangular Rattan Storage Basket! It will work in the toy room, bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom and anywhere you want to hide things behind a pretty woven piece of durable decor!
Rectangular Rattan Storage Basket, Wayfair – Country French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration: Rustic Baskets for Shopping and Storage As Well as Styling Into Vignettes.
Charming bicycle with French market basket (Vivi et Margot) of flowers and pink shutters on window. Vivi et Margot. Come be inspired by more French farmhouse design inspiration on Hello Lovely. #vivietmargot #bicycle #pink #frenchfarmhouse #frenchbasket #marketbasket #romanticdecor
Rustic French country style basket with peachy roses against a crumbling ancient stone wall - Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #frenchbaskets #provencestyle
Vivi et Margot
Gorgeous, rustic, and so functional for all of your storage needs - Reynosa 3 Piece Rattan Basket Set looks beautiful even as it serves to hide away essentials! #frenchcountry #baskets #storage
3-Piece Rattan Basket Set, Wayfair- Country French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration…certainly lovely. French Baskets for Shopping and Storage As Well as Styling Into Vignettes.
Encouragement quote about enoughness on Hello Lovely Studio. #encouragementquotes #empowermentquotes #strugglequotes
2 Piece Basket Set -  what a lovely example of French farmhouse bliss and the joy of French country decorating...come tour a little more, s'il vous plait!
Rustic Baskets, Set of 2

French Farmhouse Baskets to Inspire

Dreamy Whites Atelier - French farmhouse bedroom with crystal chandelier, grain sack dog bed and French market basket on door knob.
French farmhouse living, Dreamy Whites Atelier
Funny whimsical quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

More Ideas for French Inspired Storage

Bronze metal wall mount storage basket - and many more inspiring finds with a French inspired, European country theme...come see.
Bronze Wall Mount Metal Storage Basket…in case you love wire baskets.
Large leather handled cotton rope stripe storage basket - imagine all the rooms this sweet hard worker will enhance!
Leather Handled Large Cotton Rope Storage Basket…in case you love coastal style.

Rustic French Basket Inspiration

French Baskets for Storage in a Powder Room

Brooke Giannetti has inspired us for years with European country sensibilities that make living with wabi sabi style natural, beautiful, and also practical. Years ago before Patina Farm, Brooke designed this breathtaking powder room with rustic French baskets for storage. Sometimes built-in contemporary cabinetry is not the look we’re after!

Isn’t this a gorgeous example of how to live with collected antiques and vintage treasures from Europe? In Patina Farm’s laundry room, Brooke demonstrated the functionality of collected pieces.

Rustic European Baskets in an Inspiring Laundry Room at Patina Farm

Patina Farm laundry room with rustic french farmhouse baskets, on the wall drying rack, and plaster walls. Design: Giannetti Home and photo via Velvet and Linen.
Photo/Design: Brooke Giannetti – Velvet and Linen…hello charming indeed.

In this lovely understated laundry room at Patina Farm, Brooke mixed a new purchase (drying rack from Ballard Designs) with old baskets to store essentials.

Patina Farm laundry room with rustic french farmhouse baskets, on the wall drying rack, and plaster walls. Design: Giannetti Home and photo via Velvet and Linen.
Photo/Design: Brooke Giannetti – Velvet and Linen…certainly practical indeed.

Even the location of the laundry room is genius. Mirrored doors separate it from the master dressing room, and notice how pretty baskets maintain order while harmonizing with white shelves.

Patina Farm laundry room with rustic french farmhouse baskets, on the wall drying rack, and plaster walls. Design: Giannetti Home and photo via Velvet and Linen.
Photo/Design: Brooke Giannetti – Velvet and Linen…certainly clever indeed.

I always find much to admire about Patina Farm and Brooke’s relaxed, unfussy, European inspired style. Why not place art you love on laundry shelves to enjoy their beauty every single day? This is just the sort of European country sensibility to which my spirit is drawn.

Patina Farm laundry room with rustic french farmhouse baskets, on the wall drying rack, and plaster walls. Design: Giannetti Home and photo via Velvet and Linen.
Photo/Design: Brooke Giannetti – Velvet and Linen…certainly practical indeed.

Baskets Bring Style & Function to Every Room in the Home

There isn’t any space in a country house or farmhouse style abode where the woven charm of a basket isn’t welcome! Baskets are truly an essential ingredient for keeping objects orderly or hidden while looking fabulous all on their own.

Rustic French basket on Patina Farm porch with a vintage chair and potted vines. Brooke Giannetti.
Photo/Design: Brooke Giannetti – Velvet and Linen…certainly charming indeed.

Baskets are Especially Indispensable in the Laundry Room

A Dreamy Example in Provence

We toured this beautifully country chic French home, and here’s a reminder of what simple rustic baskets can bring to a heavenly room.

Laundry room in Le Mas de Poirers Provence French farmhouse -  what a lovely example of French farmhouse bliss and the joy of French country decorating...come tour a little more, s'il vous plait!
Le Mas de Poirers…hello lovely indeed.

Who can stop at the laundry room in the Varvels’s gorgeous South of France fantasy home? Let’s peek inside this unforgettable renovated French Country estate in Avignon!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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14 Comments

  1. Carole
    September 21, 2022 / 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the glimpse… beautiful! Yes, I am a Basket Lady too.

    Michele, I will definitely pray for you, for help and for your peace. I will also pray that you remind yourself, as often as you need to, that faith and fear cannot dwell in the same place and that you cannot carry a burden and surrender it at the same time. We all need reminders. Many Blessings.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 9:51 am

      Thank you for the prayer.

  2. Marilyn S.
    September 22, 2022 / 6:13 am

    This was my morning devotion today – I want to share it with you and know that I am lifting you up, going boldly to the throne on your behalf, speaking life over you, peace not pain and rest for the weary.

    Isaiah 61: 1- The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

    2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

    3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

    The house is beautiful and truly conveys your own beautiful spirit. It also reminds me that like your house , we are all a work in progress – He is the potter and we are the work of His hand. We may go through the fire like a clay pot but a clay pot also makes a ping or a ringing sound when it has been fired in the kiln correctly. I like to say praise him in the storm ,make a joyful noise in the midst of it all and come through it more beautiful than when you went in.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 9:40 am

      Amen. Amen. Thank you, Marilyn. For the Word that is truly alive. For your caring spirit that reaches me. Beauty for ashes, yes. Freedom and comfort, yes. Trees to glorify, yes. My own morning devotion pointed me to sit in the sun of God’s mysterious, sustaining presence. This I can do, come what may. A joyful noise in the fire, maybe that can be singing praises at the piano. xox

  3. Jeannie
    September 22, 2022 / 8:06 am

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I appreciate all your quotes about pain as my husband suffers with pain 24/7. It is a hopeless feeling indeed. We have now found a new Neurologist and my husband will be undergoing surgery in November. My prayers to all who suffer and have such difficulty surviving in their bodies. Your quotes are inspiring and bring hope and and endurance.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 9:31 am

      Your spirit has touched mine. I am thinking of your husband, about his suffering. About how it is as sacred and somehow mysteriously as fruitful as Christ’s suffering. May his medical team nurture and heal him with a spirit of love and grace. May his strength grow. May your courage and acceptance blossom. “Difficulty surviving in their bodies” has soothed me like an answered prayer. Yes. Thank you. I’m praying.

  4. Paula
    September 22, 2022 / 8:47 am

    Loved All your baskets! Praying for you today that you may
    KNOW God’s peace and presence your heart today. I love how bold you are in sharing your faith.
    Blessings to you!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 9:26 am

      Thank you for your time and prayers. Am I bold? I feel so vulnerable.

  5. Suzi
    September 22, 2022 / 1:19 pm

    I love the sneak peeks! Thank you for modeling how one can create beauty even though burdened.
    Lifting you in prayer.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 1:53 pm

      Ohhhh, that is comforting to me – thank you.

  6. Suzanne
    September 22, 2022 / 8:20 pm

    God bless you Michelle. My husband and I will pray for you every day. May your health be perfect.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 23, 2022 / 10:36 am

      so kind of you both, thank you.

  7. Valerie Trim
    September 24, 2022 / 1:23 pm

    You are in my prayers. Wishing you all the peace your heart, mind, and soul can hold.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 25, 2022 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you so much for the support. 🙂

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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Rattan Basket With Lid
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Seagrass Basket Set
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Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
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Slipcovered Linen Chair
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