Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
Assign dishes or ask your Thanksgiving guests what they'd like to bring to dinner. When they arrive, transfer everything to all-white platters and serving dishes to create a striking display that allows the cuisine to take center stage.
Kids love rock candy sticks. Place them by the door and they won't be able to resist taking one for the road as they leave the party. To add a little embellishment, cut strips from our printable black-and-white striped paper, attach with double-sided tape and cut into a flag shape. Display on a white platter so the colors pop.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.
Cooking is centered on one side of this simple, pretty kitchen with the stove and storage for cooking supplies. The other side is dedicated to cleaning with the sink, dishwasher and storage for larger pieces like platters and other serving ware.
The natural wood floating shelves in this space help to add warmth, but also lend themselves to the farmhouse design. These shelves give the homeowners a great place to store bowls and platters and to display unique items they have on hand.
This lovely bedroom features a platter gallery wall on blue and cream fabric instead of wallpaper. The bold wall pattern is toned down by simple white linens and an understated headboard. Distressed lamps and shabby shic nightstands creates a quirky, country-inspired feel in the space.
Carve out a display nook. If you’re removing doors, take them off of the cabinets above your refrigerator or microwave to create a shelf for displaying favorite platters, dinnerware and bakeware. Designers often group white items together for an expensive look, even with affordable dinnerware.
Make a monochromatic statement in an eating nook--this one abuts the kitchen cabinets--with a curated collection of plates. Designer Jennifer Foster with Eanes Foster Design found these old platters and round plates at an antiques store, and buying some in small sizes also saved money.
Blue Roman shades on the windows that look out to the home’s garden entrance offer protection from the sun and privacy when desired, and coordinate with the blue ceramic tiles used for the kitchen’s backsplash. The spacious counter under the windows offers buffet space for entertaining. “There’s probably fourteen feet of unobstructed space to just lay out platters and drinks and cocktails for guests to enjoy,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.