a breakfast nook decorated in a farmhouse style
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Farmhouse-Fresh Breakfast Nook

It's a style that's comfortable and forgiving, where painted and rustic wood finishes only get better with wear. In this dining space, classic elements of the farmhouse look, such as a big, open-shelf hutch and a long communal-style table, invite a pile-up of pottery pieces—and plenty of friends and family to put them to use. Dishware that seems hand-thrown, textured linens, and fresh flowers hint at the rural life.

Keeping the lines clean and the color palette light give the look an updated feel. Bench seating is softened with striped toss-pillow cushions; a single French country armchair painted the same pale gray as the hutch adds a subtle bit of ornamentation. Whimsical farm-animal shapes—a judicious few—appear as accents.

Read on to learn how you can assemble your own casual, countrified breakfast spot with a little elbow grease and other thrifty alternatives to these antiques and one-of-a-kind finds.
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