High/low: French country kitchen
Can you tell the difference?
- DUTCH OVEN Enamelled cast iron round dutch oven in fennel, Le Creuset, $320.
- CANISTER Glass chalkboard jar canister, Pier 1 Imports, $20.
- COMPOST PAIL Brushed stainless steel compost pail, Williams-Sonoma, $60.
- DUTCH OVEN Enamelled cast iron oval dutch oven in flame, Le Creuset, $330.
- BOWL Wildly delicious olive wood nibble bowl, Chapters Indigo, $17.
- SALT SHAKER Silver-plated brass antique silver salt shaker, Pottery Barn, $35 per pair.
- BOWL Olive wood bowl, Ta-Ze, $41 (per set of 3).
- PARING KNIFE Shun Fuji paring knife with 3.5" blade, Williams-Sonoma, $290.
- CUTTING BOARD Small vintage cutting board, Angus & Company, $75.
- CUTTING BOARD Large vintage cutting board, Angus & Company, $85.
- CANISTERS White stoneware homemade cookie canisters, Crate and Barrel, $90 ($30 each).
- MILK BOTTLE Small ceramic retro milk bottle, Chapters Indigo, $30.
- STOOL Cherner metal-based moulded plywood stool in beech, Quasi Modo Modern Furniture, $855.
- TEA TOWEL Cotton Sunday supper lilies tea towel, Anthropologie, $22.
- CUTTING BOARD J. K. Adams Artisan Maple cutting board, Williams-Sonoma, $60.
- FLOOR TILES Polished oriental white and moonstone marble mosaic North Star floor tiles, Saltillo Imports, $28 per sq. ft.
- DUTCH OVEN Le Cuistot cast iron round dutch oven in lime, Kitchen Stuff Plus, $70.
- CANISTER Anchor Hocking Heritage canister, 3 qt., Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, $10.
- COMPOST PAIL Stainless steel compost pail, Lee Valley Tools, $40.
- DUTCH OVEN Le Cuistot cast iron oval dutch oven in orange, Kitchen Stuff Plus, $90.
- BOWLS Olive wood bowls, HomeSense, $20 ($10 each).
- SALT SHAKER Trudeau stainless steel tower salt shaker, Home Outfitters, $15 per pair.
- PARING KNIFE Paderno Form paring knife with 3" blade, Kitchen Stuff Plus, $8.
- CUTTING BOARD Olive wood cutting board, HomeSense, $9.
- CUTTING BOARD Bamboo cutting board, HomeSense, $10.
- CANISTERS PC Home small white stoneware canisters, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, $21 ($7 each).
- MILK BOTTLE Porcelain Bia milk bottle, Solutions, $11.
- STOOL Nuevo moulded plywood Satine stool, Shelter, $500.
- TEA TOWEL Harman cotton J. Pasta Stripe tea towel, Kitchen Stuff Plus, $3.
- CUTTING BOARD Bamboo cutting board, HomeSense, $13.
- FLOOR TILES Sassi Bianco polished basketweave mosaics floor tiles, The Home Depot, $15 per sq. ft.
Wooden cutting boards
Nothing beats the look and feel of a wooden cutting board. It has a traditional country aesthetic, is available in an array of display-worthy shapes and offers an awesome alternative to everyday serving platters.
1 Bamboo Hoshi, Urban Barn, $12.
2 Oji Masanori small maple octagonal Kakudo, Mjölk, $140.
3 On Our Table handfinished walnut Hole Slab Long, Williams-Sonoma, $200.
4 Ironwood Gourmet acacia End Grain, Home Outfitters, $20.
5 Sugar Mountain Woodworks walnut and cherry, William Ashley China, $110.
6 Olive Wood, Pimlico, $25.
7 Pine Vintage Numbered Taster, Williams-Sonoma, $245 (per set of 3).
8 Oak Heritage, Crate and Barrel, $120.
9 Antique pine, Angus & Company, $315.
Jars and canisters
Keep your pantry shelves clean and tidy by storing your staples in jars and canisters instead of the bothersome bags and pesky packages they come in. Clear glass vessels allow you to incorporate the various textures and earthy colours of what you keep inside them – here, different coloured legumes and grains – into your kitchen decor. Solid ceramic ones offer a streamlined hit of cream or white and keep their contents hidden. But we like a mix of both for that casual look that conjures images of a French Country kitchen.
Go dutch... and we don’t mean on your next date. Dutch ovens – casseroles in the United Kingdom, cocottes in France – are as much an essential kitchen tool as a frying pan. And they have been since the 1700s when the British started importing them from, you guessed it, the Dutch. Enamelled cast iron ovens boast many benefits: They don’t absorb aromas and flavours with age, their non-stick surfaces are easy to clean, they’re superior for slow cooking, and they can go from a hot oven or a simmering stovetop right to the centre of your set table. Which is exactly why we’re grateful for the rainbow of colours available to match our dishware and decor.
Salt and pepper shakers
Don’t these remind you of the set at your favourite greasy spoon? Diner style salt and pepper shakers offer simple shapes in glass or stainless steel and are a chic, subtle way to add a hint of industrial edge to the table.