With its focus on simplicity and practicality, Shaker design offers a period look especially well suited to the kitchen. Case in point: In the space here, wide-plank cabinets coated in milk paint disguise high-tech appliances, while an understated poplar table and chair offer a sturdy dining spot. "This kitchen is a great example of early-19th-century design—yet it's totally up-to-date," says Tim Tanner, who features the room in his new book, Early American Country Homes (Gibbs Smith). Adding to the space's authenticity are a braided rug, handwoven baskets, and traditional accessories, including Shaker oval boxes and painted redware plates. Read on for the ingredients to create a similar look in your home.