The great smells from the country kitchen can send you reeling with memories of home. Is it apple pie?...or maybe a hearty stew with thick brown gravy and bisquits?
What a welcoming feeling you get when you enter...it can be overwhelming.
Our country kitchen can be found with heavy wood tables and chairs. You will sometimes see the furniture painted and decorated with lively colors and flowers.
More often than not the wood is distressed to look old.
Or maybe it was found at a garage sale or antique store and really is old!
As long as it's comfortable and makes you happy that's all that matters!
Lots of flowers come through here...wall paper rather than paint. If your country cottage has wood ceilings the walls could be painted white to give you a sense of space.
Try a chair rail with '2' different kinds of wallpaper... flowery up top, stripes and flowers below...mix it up.
There are so many decorating possibilities for the country kitchen...Wonderful old jelly-jars and tin cans to spice up a shelf.
Fresh flowers in old stone ware jugs, woven tablecloths with matching napkins.
Lovely ruffled country curtains for the window above the sink.
Embroidered dish cloths and vintage needlepoint samplers.
Baskets that hang from large exposed wood beams on the ceiling and that great braided rug under the table give this kitchen lots of personality.
A wonderful bowl of fruit on the kitchen table that greets you along with the smell of baked apples...Here's a quick trick:
If you're expecting some company, place an apple or two on a baking sheet and sprinkle with some cinammon about 30 minutes before your company arrives.
Place in the oven on 350 degrees and your guests will be greated with a wonderful smell and think you've been cooking all day!
Try using scented candles, they're are a marvel and they can change the atmosphere in a second.
When I'm cooking I always light a candle or two and it makes life a little more interesting.
The scent of those pumpkin spice candles in the fall...oh! I can't wait.
Dishes in the cupboard that add just the right touch of color and bring all things together.
For some real interest small bunches of freshly picked herbs hanging to dry.