• Choose a rough-hewn surface for a countertop. We've seen counters made from slabs of reclaimed wood that are just gorgeous. Of course, installing something like this takes skill; if it isn't in your budget, consider a cutting board or cheese board made from reclaimed wood or even stone or slate.
• Look for tableware with a rustic feel. Mixing and matching flea market finds—iron or enamel plates; glass mason jars—can be a great way to achieve a farmhouse look. Or if you want a matched set, check out the Sundance catalog, which offers a lot of dishware made from recycled glass.
• For your kitchen and dining room fabrics, try using burlap, rough linen, or even muslin. Casual tablecloths and napkins are easy to fashion from these fabrics, or if you're ambitious, you can try café curtains or an under-the-sink skirt.
• Fresh flowers are an easy way to bring the feel of the countryside into your kitchen or onto your table. Choose wildflowers and leggy stems that look freshly plucked from the meadow, like Queen Anne's lace and thistles. Mix in some leafy branches for height and textural interest.
Even if rustic isn't your thing, Marie Claire Maison is loaded with great kitchen inspiration. Enjoy!
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