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If you haven’t heard of Flamant style by now, you must be living under a designer rock.

In House & Home circles, the Belgian look of grey paint and bleached wood has had a huge impact over the past few years. Think of the 2009 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhouse (and look for the magazine spread in the April 2010 issue, on newsstands March 15!). 

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Tabletop

The look comes to us via the internationally known store/brand called Flamant, based in Belgium. (You may recall that Lynda Reeves recently wrote a column extolling their virtues, as well.)

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Dining Room

Aren’t their kitchens dreamy?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not planning to move to Belgium any time soon. So, I’ve gotta get my Flamant here and on the cheap! Let’s call it Frugal Flamant. And here with the goods is Crate & Barrel!

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Crate & Barrel Dining Room

I love this table! It’s called the French Kitchen Table and sells for $1,599. You can call it your Belgian kitchen table if you like. I also love the other fantastic French-style accents from Crate!

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Crate & Barrel Tray

Don’t you love this Artesia Tray for $37? It looks great leaned up against the wall in the Crate & Barrel kitchen above, and the tightly woven rattan reminds me of the authentic Flamant baskets used in the Princess Margaret Hospital Showhouse kitchen.

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Crate & Barrel Bowls

These Footed Soup Bowls are only $5! Tres chic!! French onion soup, anyone?

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Crate & Barrel Chair

My favourite affordable café chair again (forgive the repeat!): Vienna Side Chair, $149. It's also available in white!

Photo March 1 Flamant-Inspired Decorating Crate & Barrel Dutch Oven

Loving the sunny hue of this Mario Batali Polenta Dutch Oven for Crate & Barrel, $110, as well. Yellow and grey is such a hot combo right now, and Flamant style is all about grey. I love how in the Crate & Barrel kitchen they painted the lower half of the walls in grey. It’s such a simple treatment with no trim — and so French! Crate & Barrel has two Canadian locations, Toronto and Calgary.

Bon appétit!

For more French country-inspired decorating, view our Country Decorating photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Flamant
2. Flamant
3. French Kitchen Table, Crate & Barrel
4. Artesia Tray, Crate & Barrel
5. Footed Soup Bowls, Crate & Barrel
6. Vienna Side Chair, Crate & Barrel
7. Mario Batali Dutch Oven, Crate & Barrel

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