I hated all things country growing up.
As a kid who lived in the western suburbs of Sydney in the late eighties and early nineties, country furniture seemed to dominate my life. I wasn’t sure if it was the same case in other suburbs – or states for that matter – but it seemed that every homewares store locally stocked bulky mid-toned wood furniture, fake flowers, dolls with plaid dresses and art that depicted farm life.
I don’t know why it was so popular but I grew a serious dislike for it that stayed with me for decades. I’ll never look at ceramic ducks the same way every again!
Now, it could be that I’m watching too many episodes of Grand Designs Australia lately, but I’ve started to warm to the idea of rustic, country kitchens. I saw an episode of the series just the other night and this lovely lady couple built a gorgeous rustic home that made me want to go bush ASAP.
I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I do know that discovering the images of this rustic country kitchen yesterday – from Workum in the Netherlands – only made matters worse!
Images come courtesy of vtwonen.nl
Inside a Rustic Country Kitchen
Effortless and yet still Amazing, Right?
The wall mounted knife holder is the first thing that caught my eye. The marriage of steel and wood in that knife set is just so magical.
Then, the stainless steel benchtop was the next moment that overwhelmed me, and I’m pretty certain that’s when the heart palpitations kicked in. Mix those elements in with the weathered bread boards and deep butler sink and we have a situation. A very serious situation.
The mis-matched dining chairs at the long wooden table are also beyond beautiful. There’s something so wonderfully relaxed and fuss-free about this set-up that really appeals to me. It’s homely but it’s not messy. I put that down to the owners having enough clean lines and cold materials in the space that they balance out all of those warm, rustic and weather woods.
The cement flooring is a revelation, too, and when it hits those steps at the end of the room – those lines are just sickeningly good, don’t you think?
I’ve also gotta give props to the colour palette at play in this space. It’s quite subdued and subtle but it still feels contemporary.
Plant Envy for Days
The plates on display on the wall above are possibly taking things a step too far for me, but I do like the idea of showcasing something meaningful in the kitchen like this.
I think the plates are giving me an eighties flashback, so I’d personally put something else in this spot. But that collection of glass bottles, jars and votives is a glorious design moment if I ever saw one.
I’m also delighted by the indoor plants above. It’s rocking the Botanic interiors trend I’m so fond of at the moment and it’s such a low-maintenance way to bring some greenery into the room.
And I’m spent!
What do you think of this space? Are you a country gal or guy at heart? I’d love to know what your fave moment is in this rustic country kitchen. Drop me a comment below and let’s chat.