Dairy Inspired Cloche

Most of my readers know we are a bit farm and cow obsessed at our home, in the nicest way of course ; )

With the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair starting this week in Toronto, Ontario, I was inspired to create a dairy themed cloche centerpiece for our kitchen. We have always attended 'The Royal' (Canada's most prominent agricultural event held indoors for two weeks every November) but it is even more fun for us now because our oldest son participated in the dairy show last year, and will be participating in the beef show this year.

For this centerpiece, I used a black wire cloche on a white platter. Because the cloche is tall, I added a vintage wooden spool to raise the old milk bottle with the embossed 'Brampton Jerseys' label. A white Holstein Dairy show ribbon and vintage brass cow tags, and a trio of little milk/cream bottles complete the centerpiece. My son thought it was crazy that I wanted to use a white ribbon because they are 3rd place, when I could have used 1st place red ribbons. It's all about the colour, baby.

We have put away all our Halloween decorations and I'm enjoying this simple look in the kitchen. This centerpiece, the Keady Livestock and Farmer's Market sign, and my barn photos will be the backdrop to many conversations our family will have around this farmhouse table in the next few weeks. A bit of farm love in suburbia!

Thanks to the many blogs I read, including Marty's at A Stroll Thru Life, I had the courage to attempt this little arrangement using items I already had on hand quickly after work today. Marty said just about anything could go under a cloche. If you question your decorating skills, as I often do, or think you don't have the items it takes to put together a little vignette, you may miss out on the pleasure of adding some personality or seasonal fun to your home. Look around your home, take inspiration from others, and just go for it. Happy November!

I'm joining...
Fall Cloche Party at A Stroll Thru Life
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
WOW Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Charm


  1. I love old milk cow, dairy-ish things! Cute!


  2. Clever idea to put the milk bottle on a spool so it was the right height. I love that your son was bewildered by his Mom wanting the third place ribbon - too funny.

  3. I love it! I hope you enjoy "The Royal" and that your son does well in show.

  4. Very cute and clever. Got a kick out of your son's thoughts. Sometimes it feels good to have simple decor. My Halloween stuff is going away too.

  5. Hi Elizabeth,

    What a great idea, it all looks so perfect!!
    A Farm theme for sure even the cloche is made out of chicken wire...love the black, goes great with your furniture!!
    Well, how exciting that your son is participating at "The Royal"!!
    Farming in the City at its best!!
    Have fun @ the fair!!
    Good Luck to your son!!
    All the Best,

  6. Loving the combination of the black wire and the white ribbon. Perfection.


  7. I love the chicken wire close and your vignette is absolutely perfect. So creative and it definitely tells the story of what's happening right now. Perfect. I love the ribbon and using the milk bottles and cow tags is just so fantastic. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  8. Your cloche is wonderful, I love the black chicken wire ones. I love what you have put under it too. Perfect for your farming family!
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. I love using what is on hand, especially with these great results and I love that your family is so involved and that makes it a personal story for your home, love the cow tag!

  10. Love the wire cloche & the milk bottle. Inspired!

  11. That's a unique country looking cloche with the wire. I really love it. That was a cute idea to put a milk bottle under it with a winning ribbon beside it. It tells a little story.

  12. I LOVE it!...I always like the unique and different. You did an outstanding job for both of those! Your cloche is one of a kind. And I too like bovines. Just a smidgen. both of my grandparents had cows on their farms when my parents were growing up. I just got a wonderful Holstein print by Nancy Noel framed and I adore it. (has a little bluebird on its ear.) :-) thanks so much for sharing your creativity! Hey, 3rd place is great!

  13. Pretty vignette. The colour scheme of your sorrounding fits with the wire cloché.

    Greetings from Stockholm City.

  14. Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your wire cloche! You are so creative!

  15. Love your wire cloche! Also great idea to use what is on hand; usually turns out so much better! Visiting from Savvy Southern Style...

  16. I love this! Very cute and a great design!

  17. Love it! And I agree - color is SO important! I realized I shop by color more than any other quality.

  18. You did a super job on this centerpiece!!
    How perfect for your home!
    I enjoyed going over your previous posts too!
    Enjoy the weekend dearie.


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