March 1, 2015

My Treasured Cachepot


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This may look like a French antique, ...but it is a decorative cachepot from a "hunting and gathering" visit in Lex several years ago. 

I have a friend who loves to "hunt and gather" also, so we go on field trips around town just browsing and looking, until someone spots a treasure. 


When my eyes locked onto this little cachepot I knew that I wanted it. This just goes to show that something need not be an expensive antique to look like one in your house. ha!  

To make sure that I was not making a purely impulse purchase I did a mental check to see if it would really work in my house. 

Size. Shape. Colors. Style. etc. The size was just right for filler, or stems, and still fit on a tabletop. 

I could slip a couple of small flower pots of flowers inside. I could see it on the breakfast table as well as any tabletop in the house. (I still have a few of my ceramic roosters from a few years ago too.) 

The Roosters remind me of my time living in southern France, Gaul and all. Oval shape, lovely. Colors...gold/yellow, shades of green, some reddish tones, touches...yes. 

Traditional style, yes. Ok, it makes perfect sense that I purchased this. It is a perfect match for my home decor...and not an impulse purchase! (Have you learned my sense of humor yet?)


I think the hand painting is detailed, and looks good...and I love the scalloped edge.


I had no choice but to purchase this little pot. Really. No choice at all. :-) 



I think the roosters are cute...and I love the several shades of green, being a lover of green. 

My cachepot repeats the colors that I use in the house, and this is the technique that I use to pull my room's colors together. Repeat your colors throughout the house!  

I think one way you can decide if a piece is/was a good investment is that you can move it around the house, and that you are still using it after a few years. 


If a purchase stands the test of time...it was a good one. On the other hand I have made a few impulse purchases that I tired of after a few months. I guess we have all done that. 

I try to be very selective these days. I have more than I need. I mostly shop my house...unless I see that one very special item. 

Then I ask myself...will I love it this much after two or three years? 

(Shopping my own basement has become a bit of a fun challenge...to see how many ways I can mix this and that for a new, fresh look.)



I put a couple of stalks of silk grass in my cachepot for this arrangement. Sometimes I put fragrant filler inside of it. The painted finish is not food safe...so this is purely decorative. 



Here's my cachepot resting on the hall table...the one I change arrangements on often.


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Since I am a French teacher...let me tell you about the french word..." le cachepot." (first, the final letter "t" is silent. So, you end up with cachepo...)

We/English write cachepot as one word, while the french write it hyphenated.  le cache-pot. It is masculine in gender.
cachepot (from the French Cache-pot = hiding a pot) is a decorative container for growing a plant. And thus it constrains a more decorative object than the pot itself. It is often made in (clay) and intentionally disfigured by spots of water or fertilizer.
In contrast with a usual flower pot, the cachepot has no hole at its base for discharging excess water so it does not spoil the furniture underneath.  (wickipedia)
cache·pot ("t" is silent.)
ˈkaSHˌpät,ˈkaSH(ə)ˌpō/
from the verb cacher ‘to hide’ +pot ‘pot.’
nouncachepot;  plural noun: cachepots. 
An ornamental holder for a flowerpot.
late 19th century: from French cache-pot.
The French verb: cacher to hide.  

Hope you enjoyed the mini French lesson.
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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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