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7 Ways to Authentically Style Your Farmhouse Kitchen/Diner
7 Ways to Authentically Style Your Farmhouse Kitchen/Diner

You feel a strong connection with the farmhouse style of interior design, maybe you have shaker-style kitchen units, a butler sink, some open pantry shelving, and a rough stone tiled floor… but there seems to be a little something missing?

It’s time to look at rustic home accessories and characterful décor to finish off the farmhouse styling.

A farmhouse theme-kitchen is all about feeling connected and socialising; having the family and kids around a big wooden dining table to enjoy eating, laughing, and telling stories about their day. Get your friends over for a freshly brewed coffee, sharing some homemade cookies, fresh-baked bread, and olives. It’s about bringing the countryside inside and feeling at one with nature. It’s about celebrating artisan craftspeople, natural materials, and traditional skilled methods of production.

So, we’ve come up with a list of 7 things you can consider to bring your rustic farmhouse-style kitchen to life.

1. Handmade wooden serving boards

2. Rustic storage baskets

3. Pantry jars and food containers

4. Vases, flowers and greenery

5. Rustic candles

6. Decorative cake stands

7. Tidy sink area

1. Handmade wooden serving boards

There’s something special about travelling the world, and picking up handmade bits and pieces from Mediterranean and British craft markets. When you touch and hold a handmade breadboard, you can just feel the love that went into creating it.

You will appreciate the varying wood grains from different trees, while the rich colours add a tonal depth to an often stark, or more neutral farmhouse palette.

Some wooden boards are more designed for cutting bread, so they have little grooves and channels to catch the crumbs. No need to mess up your beautiful table spread when you offer your guests a deliciously crumbly olive sourdough to dip into some olive oil, fragrant rosemary focaccia to pull apart with their fingers or a crusty rustic loaf to be cut into thick wedges at the table.

Farmhouse-style chopping and serving boards come in a range of woods and styles. Our favourites are acacia and mango wood, with their rich colours and grains. Some have a string through the handle so they can be displayed on hooks on the wall.

Try displaying your boards on open kitchen shelving while not in use – place them in groups of three, with graduating sizes, or simply stacked next to other contrasting items such as glass jars or pure white serving dishes.

2. Rustic storage baskets

Having your storage baskets on display is a very classic element of a true farmhouse-style kitchen. You can achieve contrast by using different natural materials, from seagrass to wicker, black and white distressed metals, through to fabrics such as thick felt and cotton rope.

Open-weave black metal wire baskets are often used for displaying eggs, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables – think quaint little grocery shops in France where the produce is on display for you to peruse and enjoy. Metal baskets can range from finely detailed wire designs to incredibly strong cast iron and consequently, these are all washable. We have some nice collapsible baskets too, so you can feel free to change things around and put them away when not in use.

Seagrass, jute, sisal, and wicker baskets add rustic texture to any farmhouse kitchen. These are more suited to storing dry packaged foods, table linens or items you don’t access as often. You can create a lovely design by alternating two or more contrasting baskets in an open storage unit.

3. Pantry jars and food containers

Farmhouse kitchens, whether contemporary or traditional, usually have some kind of shelving where all the baking ingredients, pasta, pulses, and everyday foodstuffs are on display. You may have integrated kitchen units with glass-fronted windows or rustic wooden shelving with iron brackets.

Arrange a row of glass storage containers in height order, or in groups of similar items for a more contemporary country aesthetic, or group them in a messy ‘just used’ arrangement if you want it to look more natural and less perfect.

Mix and match containers with different metals, or lids – we have rustic storage pots with bamboo, aluminium, and black iron lids in our shop and these all look great with a handwritten label, or just simply displaying the contents.

4. Vases, flowers, and greenery

Most modern farmhouse-style kitchens employ a range of neutral tones, monochromes, black, white, cream, grey plus accents of wood. So, the best way to add a bit of colour is by the use of flowers or greenery. If you can’t keep a plant alive to save your life, you’re in luck as there are so many options in quality artificial plants nowadays.

Good choices for farmhouse kitchen flowers are those which typically grow in an English country garden, such as roses, tulips, daffodils, and foxgloves. Think quaint cottages, winding country lanes, meadowy fields, and carpets of delicate wildflowers.

As far as rustic greenery is concerned, fake plants are so good now they are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. It’s not always practical to rush out and buy a few sprigs of rosemary or a bunch of eucalyptus, but you can have the faux stems in a crackle-glaze pot on the windowsill or display a bunch of ivy in a wooden tray, trailing over a shelf ledge next to your recipe books.

Galvanised metal pots can look really sweet arranged in threes with some artificial plants to add colour. Try placing them on a metal tray for a designer-styled look, or stack them on piles of books laying horizontally to bring in height variations.

5. Rustic minimalist candles

Candles, candles, candles. Who doesn’t love candles?

Can you have candles in the kitchen? Absolutely. With the obvious concerns around safety, you probably won’t want a naked flame near your trailing sleeve as you’re washing up or taking pans from the oven. But with the right choices, you can bring the cosiness of the living room right into the heart of the home without worrying about the kids, cats, or dogs hurting themselves.

Think tealight holders, decorative metal lanterns, and other enclosed styles and you’ll soon see it’s completely possible to get a candlelit ambience in your farmhouse kitchen.

We especially love distressed antiqued metal candle holders, which blend seamlessly into a modern country or traditionally-styled kitchen.

For a more urban or industrial aesthetic, you can use the simplicity of our black metal lanterns with ivory or grey candles.

6. Decorative cake stands

A common sight on a rustic kitchen table or farmhouse countertop, a tiered cake stand or a domed cake platter, will introduce a cosy homely vibe to your rustic décor.

You can get cake stands in pure white ceramic, aged antiqued metal, wood, and glass, depending on your taste and what it will be used for.

Lovers of the more minimalist farmhouse kitchen will appreciate a simple aesthetic and something which is easy to keep clean, so ceramic can be a good choice here. Display your white cake stand next to some lovely storage pots, wooden boards or containers when not in use – they look great on open shelving.

If you’re more into the earthy natural tones, there are cake platters that offer a rustic wooden base plus a glass dome to allow your guests to see the mouth-watering delights underneath.

Bring a selection of muffins or cupcakes out to the garden table on a 3-tiered cake stand, and your guests will be instantly in awe of your hosting skills.

7. Tidy sink area

Do you have a butler sink under the window or a large draining board area in your farmhouse kitchen and you’re forever wondering how to keep it all tidy?

The key is organisation, grouping common items, and decanting products.

Think about the sponges, gloves, and cleaning items you use most, and try putting them into a little wooden tray on the windowsill so they don’t clutter the sides.

Decant your washing-up liquid, hand soap, and antibacterial gel into beautiful matching soap dispensers – we offer ceramic and glass varieties, with either pumps or sprays. We also love to use vintage-style bottles in a variety of sizes and heights for a more eclectic appeal. You could experiment with colour coding, perhaps using black glass for cleaning products and amber glass for cosmetic products you use on your skin?

The aged vintage metal finishes of the dispenser pumps can complement most interiors; a common designer style is to mix and match metals. Try mixing the warmth of brushed brass for your

accessories, with the coolness of sating silvers on your taps, handles, and hardware.

Add a couple of plants, a candle and you’re suddenly as chilled as a Sunday morning.

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At My Rustic Home, we love all things country and rustic – my own kitchen is a mix of modern and farmhouse styling. On the counters, there are a few simplistic canisters for coffee, tea, and dried goods. We really love handmade wooden serving boards for entertaining guests with a little tapas or bread straight from the oven.

Throughout the house, you’ll see touches of cosiness, warmth, and memories. Distressed metal photo frames with pictures of the children, our favourite fragrant handwash in gorgeous glass bottles on the bathroom shelf.

As a family, we love to cuddle up on the sofa with some soft throw blankets and squishy cushions, soft candlelight bringing a lovely ambience to the room.

We believe your home should be your ultimate happy place - we hope our range of beautiful quality, hand-picked rustic home décor brings a little smile into your home, too.

New Rustic Homewares Company Opens in Enfield, London
New Rustic Homewares Company Opens in Enfield, London

Vintage-inspired accessories for the modern home

Hi, I'm Zsuzsanna, owner of My Rustic Home Interiors. My name is Hungarian, so it's pronounced like Jhu-jhan-na... Zsuzsi for short.

I've been really into interior design and home accessories since buying my first home, but the rustic farmhouse style of home accessories has always been my favourite.  Whether it's an evening with friends serving your favourite tapas and nibbles, or you need to just chill after a long day at work with some candles, the pieces you select for your home say a lot about your style and personality.

Having worked as an HR consultant in the energy sector for several years, I wanted to slow down and enjoy my growing family... of cats, dogs, babies and of course, the lovely hubby.  We love visiting the quaint and bustling rural markets in both the UK and abroad to look for little treasures and new fabulous suppliers whenever we can, in a pre-Covid world, anyway.  Whether it's a cute little flea market in France, an antique dealer in London, or a gourmet delicatessen in Tuscany, we appreciate the colours, textures, ambience and being transported to another world.

Farmhouse, rustic, boho, shabby chic, industrial - we've got it all!

Rustic, by its very nature, means simple in form and function. Peaceful looking. A bit beat up, distressed, antiqued or aged.  So our range of products can fit into a variety of interior design styles, from fully traditional country-style homes to contemporary minimalist apartments. It's all about how you style it, and how you blend your colours and textures.

We're happy to advise you on anything you want to buy, and whether it will be suitable.  For example, some of our rustic lanterns can be used outside in the garden and are fine to get wet. Certain candle holders look better with a particular shape or colour candle, even though you can generally mix and match to your taste.

Vintage wedding decor supplier

Some of our happy customers have bought their table centrepieces, wedding favours and candle lanterns from us -  if you're a new customer looking to buy your wedding decor online, we offer a small discretionary discount off of your order if you allow us to use your photos for marketing and social media purposes (terms and conditions apply).  Please do get in touch for a chat and we can guide you on your chosen style. As part of our standard stock range, we always carry rustic lanterns, antique candle holders, boxes and trays for display purposes, but we may be able to source other items in wedding-appropriate quantities for you, given sufficient notice.

Visit us at Enfield Charter Market - Church Street, Enfield Town

At weekends, we currently have a medium-sized pitch at the historical market in Enfield Town, near the 14th century St Andrews Church, the Grade II listed Kings Head pub. and the Barclays Bank (home of the World's first ATM cash machine). Our range of home accessories, candles, vases, baskets and faux flowers includes many of the items you'll find on the website, plus some additional gifts and decorative items for the more frugal budget. Come say hi if you're local, you can't miss us!  We also take advanced orders, which we can bring along the following week or when they arrive from our suppliers to show you, so you can get to touch and feel the quality in person.


Buy quality rustic homewares online

Our e-commerce website has taken a lot of hard work and thought to make it both visually appealing, easy to navigate and informative, but we'll be improving it further still over the coming months to help us get found on Google and reach more people through social media. Please bear with us if you see any glitches and feel free to notify us using our contact form if there's anything you think we could do better.

And if you love what you see, please do share our products or website link with your friends and family.  We're a small start-up business and it would mean the world to us to have your support.

Lots of love

Zsuzsanna xx