April 15, 2016

Let's Set the Table for Breakfast

We are in the kitchen today...setting the table for breakfast. 

And I am using my new wooden tray for the centerpiece. Click HERE for the post on my trayscape. And click HERE  for another view of my old table. :-)

It's just a $15.00 tray from Hobby Lobby...but when I saw it I knew that I could use it for many things. You all know that I love to decorate with trays!

For example...

Now, Let's set this table. 

It is a super simple breakfast setting.

After living in Provence, I developed a love for simple table settings,  with white china on rustic tables. 

And my table sure is a rustic one...though not an antique. 

It has dents and dings from usage, and moving, but that's ok.  I have had it for years and years...and maybe it even needs to be refinished. 

Rustic table. No placemats. White porcelain dishes. Tea towels for napkins. Simple centerpiece. Water goblets.

There was a time when I would have considered my old table ready to give away...but with farmhouse and rustic being so popular these days, my old table still has a home here.

And here you have my simple breakfast table. 

All I have to do is add the food.

Besides being pretty, this batch of navel oranges (sitting on my pretty ironstone platter)  has been so juicy and tasty! 

I love having a window in the breakfast area, especially when the sun is bright and shiny at breakfast time. 

I like to start the day with sunshine, and a cup of coffee. You too? :-)

Bon Appétit!

A little French lesson

It's lovely in any culture to wish each other bon appetit, but the French go as far as blessing complete strangers. Bon appétit, they'll call out, when you're seated on a park bench chowing down on un sandwich au fromageBon appétit, they'll shout, when you're stopped at a traffic light, inhaling a croissant, late for work. Bon appétit, you'll hear, when strolling down the street, window-shopping and munching on a slice of pizza. It can be embarrassing... or deeply charming. Depends on how you take things.  Also, Visit Kristin to learn how to say "I'm full" in French. 

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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

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.


  1. What a pretty post, Sheila! I love trays and the green of the candle holder (amazing)...love it all. Nothing like just oranges to add a spark of color and fresh scent, is there? Bon appétit! xo Diana

    1. Thank you. Green is just one of those colors that tugs at me...and I bring home lots of green "stuff." Maybe too much. :-)

  2. You're getting really good at this! And I love all the green.

  3. Cute tray vignette- the green is so refreshing. Those oranges just pop and speak breakfast! I like the Toscana linens. Interesting read about the "Bon- appetit" usage in France!

    1. The French teacher in me makes me keep on teaching. You all are my audience now! Ha!

  4. Your table is just lovely! The table itself has reached just the right patina and you didn't have to do a thing. My late MIL wanted me have her Tell City dining room set. The company used a formica like product to cover the top of the table. Seems out of place on solid wood furniture.

    1. Thanks Donna. I have thought of refinishing my table, but keep reconsidering if I should.

  5. Your breakfast table looks charming, Sheila! Love your touches and the tray all decked out is lovely! Why is it we love our trays so much? :) Have a nice breakfast and bon appetit!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Beautiful...the tray, the place setting, the table!...Love the way you used the beautiful green and then popped it with the orange! Tables that show the signs of the family at the table...the scratches from the children tossing their things after school on the table...the marks that come through the paper when doing their homework, and all the activities that families do that are etched in the table to treasure forever!

    1. You are so right Shirley. Those scratches and dings are memory marks that I hold on to. Part of the Family story!

  7. Love the tray with the fresh goodies. The table has history.....The Toscana linens are so pretty. As always thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

  8. I adore that pretty tray! Great base for your beautiful vignette! And I'm also loving the black dog lamp I see in the back of one the pictures, nice piece! ~Rhonda

    1. Thanks so much Rhonda. That lamp is a golden dog purchase from way back.

  9. What a pretty table. The simplest things are the best.

    1. Thanks so much Jenn. I do tend to lean to simple style. It's just easier. Ha!

  10. Oh this is just too cute!

    I would LOVE for you to share this with my Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. I love how you decorated the table for breakfast! So pretty. :)
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  12. I am always inspired by beautiful trays and trayscapes. Pinned.

    Happy Thoughts of Home, Sheila.


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