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Little Details with Big Charm.

Is anything more charming than a cottage in Provence? I think not! This adorable home was my abode for one week this summer and let me tell you, it is chock full of charm. I just have to share some of the delightful details that captivated me. Believe it or not, these ideas can transform your home, too.

Enter the kitchen and you are in for a treat. Feast your eyes on simple details that are so appealing: the old cupboard stocked with everyday dishes, the open shelves storing pots and pans, and the linen curtain used to hide less attractive kitchen items. Everything is very accessible. Even the little chalkboard at the cook top is ready to accept that list of ingredients you forgot at the market.

My favorite detail in the kitchen is this clever light cove. Simple and practical, this shelf stores the pepper mill and other decorative items while hiding the light used to illuminate the counter. These lights are helpful when cooking and cleaning and give the room a special glow.

Niches for storage don’t have to be square. Look at the arched niche next to the dishwasher and the wonderfully -shaped niche that houses the washing machine. Storing cooking utensils can be fun, too, when using an antique tin. I must say this would be much more useful hung next to the cook top!

Talk about attractive storage – the water heater is hidden behind a vintage door with old hinges and original paint. Next to the water heater is storage for the pantry tucked behind a pair of mismatched doors. Several of the door panels are replaced with cane inserts that allow ventilation and provide interesting texture and contrast. What a great way to replace missing or broken door panels now that pre-woven cane paneling is readily available.

I love the little details in this quaint farmhouse. They add charm and yet are functional. I have already incorporated a few at ma maison.

 

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