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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

How To Style A Country Kitchen Dresser

As I mentioned in this post, I've recently been helping by mum with some design updates to her home. She scored this handmade dresser top from a local artisan a month or so ago after she discovered that it fitted perfectly onto an existing sideboard in the kitchen. So, we blocked a day out to head to the shops and pick up some pieces to style it up. My mum's style is quite feminine - she loves hearts, pinks, florals etc. - but doesn't like things to feel too cluttered or overly quaint. To strike this balance I started by planning a palette of duck egg and pale pink to give a colour focus, then sought simple, white pieces to work into the mix. I used the polka dot pattern and heart elements to keep a consistent theme running through the dresser's scheme, ensuring I stood back as I dressed it to get perspective. The glass condiment jar and thick butchers blocks helped to prevent the look feeling too quaint, and a handmade heart garland, 'home sweet home' sign and cookery book added personal touches. As well as being stylish, mum wanted the dresser to be practical, so I utilised the depth of the sideboard top by creating usable vignettes: ramekins for cooking, bowls for breakfast and linens for meals times are all easily accessible and still look great when the other items are in use. We've purposely left some spaces so as time passes Mum can add in other pieces she finds inspiring or useful. I love the butchers block with the coloured trim - what's catching your eye?
// Styling and photography by Will Taylor

39 comments:

  1. Where's the butcher block from? I love it.

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    1. Hey! It's from a supermarket in the UK called Sainsburys.

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  2. Very cute! Now I just need a country kitchen.

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  3. Will, I LOVE this whole thing! The dresser is perfect, and I love every single one of those pieces you used to style it! You really do know how to work magic! :)

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  4. Also, that t-shirt is adorable. Where did you get it? I need it.

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    1. Hey Russell. Thank you! It was from Topman, I think.

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  5. It looks fabulous! I love the hints of blue and I want those girly napkins so much.

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  6. I love the little teacups and heart shaped dishes. Great job!

    -Lindsey

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  7. What a fun project, love all these images - your Mum is very lucky to have such a stylish son!

    I've been really missing English country chic recently, this is a much needed dose.

    Cheers back atcha from Hong Kong!

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  8. Your post are always so great!!! GREAT JOB

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  9. Your Mum must love having you to help with the styling, it looks fab! I love the three layered hearts on the right and the little owl jug in front. x

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  10. Super cute...I love this...I love Country...I love Pink dishes. You mum has great taste. Xo

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  11. The styling is great. Love how you've balanced and contrasted the colour against the white pieces. And the vignettes make beautiful finishing touches.

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  12. Great tips! I love the heart shaped plates are the available in the US?

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    1. They are from The White Company (http://www.thewhitecompany.com/gifts/great-ormond-street-charity/stoneware-heart-plates-set-of-3/) and they ship internationally!

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  13. Love it. . . . My pantry is just finished so going to "borrow" some of your ideas. Where did you get the heart signs from, the black ones are the larger one

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    1. Thank you! I bought them from a tiny boutique shop in the Cotswolds. Sorry I don't have an online link for them.

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  14. I wish I had the space for a beautiful country dresser like this one. I love the styling and it’s wonderful that all that beautiful crockery is on display. My favourite element has to be the little black hearts that you tied to those pots!

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  15. wow Will you made such a beautiful work, I'm sure your mom will be so proud!!

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  16. It looks beautiful! I love that its not too matchy matchy but the pieces all go so well together!

    Rachie xo

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  17. I want this dresser in my kitchen! A great combination of pieces that work well together and have a practical use.

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  18. Looks gorgeous Will! You've done such a great job. I bet your Mum loves having such a stylish son :)

    Abbey x

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  19. OMG it looks so good! Totally sweet and charming ... who wouldn't want to have this in their home? Love all your styling tips .. will have to print out a copy for reference :)

    Happy Wednesday!

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  20. This looks Fantastic! I love the groupings of three and the useful vignettes. It looks like a store display but totally livable and useful. I never thought my style was "country" but this might be convincing me otherwise! :)

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  21. Beautiful...but now I have severe Butter Box envy!

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  22. Absolutely beautiful styling! I love all the different little details and how well it blends together. Fabulous job!

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  23. Love it, great job Will! Not my style, but these tips are helpful for every kind of style ;-)

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  24. Fantastic job Will and what a great son:) It really tells a story!

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  25. How beautiful :) Could you please tell me where the owl jug/mug is from? I've fallen a little in love with it!

    I imagine your Mum was very excited to go shopping with you to pick out lots of nice things to fill her new dresser with :)

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  26. well done, Will! The eyecatcher? For me its this lovely cakestand.

    Have a nice day.

    Greetings
    die Baumhausfee

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  27. Great work, I love the chosen colors.

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  28. Love it Will! Lucky mum. xx

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  29. You are so talented, and completely adorable! It would be the best afternoon ever to play 'make a vignette' with you!

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  30. It looks great. I love the pastel colors against the wood.

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  31. Love the way you styled, Will! You are so talented! The vignette is totally magazine-worthy!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  32. Waouuuh ! This is gorgeous ! You are so talented ! Thank you so much your these tips !

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  33. I love the pink and blue plates, where did you get them?

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    1. Thanks! They were from a John Lewis concession inside Waitrose supermarket.

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