Monday, August 6, 2012

Vintage French Bistro Champagne Buckets Aren't Just For Champagne!

Browsing though the August 2012 issue of Veranda Magazine, I was excited to see vintage French bistro champagne buckets used as design elements in beautiful tablescapes. Having recently purchased several of these at a French Brocante market in L'Isle sur la Sorgue France, it was exciting to see designers incorporating them into both home and garden decor.

These vintage champagne buckets date back to about the 1940's through the 1960's and have been used in bistros and cafes throughout France for years. When found, these functional yet charming buckets bear the signs of years of use as evidenced by their scratches and imperfections which, for me, only add to their charm! Many of them are decorated with the name and logo of a vineyard and it's respective champagne(s) and were used as advertisement.

The wonderful photo below shows a vintage French champagne bucket used as a cachepot for an orchid! This photo is actually an advertisement for On the Veranda, a design-forward Phoenix, Arizona shop where owners Sharon Saffert and Diane Egizii offer a large collection of garden accessories and home furnishing "with their unique indoor/outdoor settings." 

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Loving this photo, I immediately searched their website and totally fell for their design aesthetic.  I also found the photo below showing another way in which they used a French champagne bucket in a tablescape.

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Inspired by the photos above, I took one of my own French champagne buckets and copied their idea. (Don't worry, I'm sure they won't mind!)

In the same issue of Veranda, I was intrigued by the textures and colors in this amazing photo of designer Kathryn M. Ireland's French countryside retreat.

On this quintessential country French table, Ireland uses a vintage French champagne bucket to hold "afternoon aperitifs."

If you're inspired by these charming vintage French bistro champagne buckets, you can see some currently available in my on-line store, My Faux French Chateau, by clicking on the "Shop" button above! 

Thanks for spending a few minutes of your day with me!

Au revoir, Mitty

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