If you're anything like me—organizing your makeup brushes in a round tumbler that fits perfectly into a specific quadrant of a compartmentalized box—you're a little extreme when it comes to countertop organization. The old adage, "A place for everything and everything in its place" probably resonates with you, as it apparently did for the French at the turn of the century.
(Via Vintage French Style on Etsy)
Perusing Etsy this week, I came upon these antique enamelware boxes, once used in French kitchens to hold everything from salt to matches. Despite a bit of charming wear and tear, the glossy tins still sport their original, brightly painted stripes and lettering—and would add a dose of rustic chic when placed alongside a collection of ticking stripe dish cloths.
Sourced by shop owner Denise Bale from the Dordogne region in which she lives, the spunky boxes come from roadside sales and flea markets, but would look right at home in a kitchen or pantry on either side of the Atlantic.