IN SEARCH OF DISHES! Susan's Passion
I had been wanting to remodel my kitchen for quite some time. I could see the colors of the granite and the backsplash and the cabinets in my mind’s eye. But first everything had to be torn out – cabinets and countertops and backsplash – and I was dreading it, so I just continued to dream. Then in June of 2005 Eileen, my niece, Claire, and I took a vacation in Provence, and we haven’t been the same since. I knew I wanted to recreate the old limestone floors of the old paper mill turned bed and breakfast where we were staying in Entraigues sur la Sorgue. Of course, I wanted a window over my kitchen sink just like the one in our breakfast area at the old mill to give the kitchen that Provencal feel. So what’s the first thing I did? I bought dishes, of course!
I also found a lovely soap dish in shades of browns and rust and every now and then a little touch of black made in two sections, the top part having a pierced open pattern which allowed for drainage of the water into the bottom dish. If I had to wait for the other pieces to arrive, that was definitely going home with me!
Several months later everything arrived in perfect condition. My kitchen is no longer just a dream, and the dishes from Apt are displayed in a plate rack to remind me every day of Provence. Next on my list are serving pieces, but this time my color combination will be black, cream and yellow. Unfortunately, the horrible exchange rate has made these once expensive dishes now outrageously expensive, but I am not deterred. They’re worth it!
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