That dream kitchen you pin over and over again? It probably looks something like Ina Garten‘s (a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa), clean and white with hints of French country style. We’d cook just to hang out there. But since a full remodel probably isn’t in the cards, here are six pieces that easily channel Ina’s laid-back Hamptons look.

Ina Garten–Inspired Kitchen

  1. Stainless Steel Cookware
    If you’re going to follow Ina’s recipes to a T (she is, after all, the author of nine cookbooks), you might as well follow her cookware lead. Even if all you can do is boil spaghetti, a gleaming set of pots and pans makes you look like a pro.
  2. Flowers
    Ina goes for the real deal, but if you don’t have a green thumb, a forever-fresh arrangement can come in the form of silk florals or a faux topiary. Set it down and never give a moment’s thought to watering.
  3. French-Style Baskets
    Woven baskets made from natural materials – this set is water hyacinth – bring that rustic country touch. Use them to store anything from dish towels to cutting boards and cooling racks.
  4. Cake Stands
    Scoop up as many as you have room for. Ina displays her collection on a top shelf as if they were sculptures. No shelves? Putting them in a glass-front cabinet works equally well.
  5. White Dinnerware
    That clean, white look we’ve been going on and on about? This is a key piece of it. Stock up on sparkling white plates and serveware and you’ll never be in danger of setting out a mismatched set.
  6. Quality Wood Cutting Boards
    Displayed on the countertop, the rich wood tone adds a natural contrast to gleaming stainless steel and white everything. Plus, they’re easier on your knives.

Get that kitchen makeover started. Our The Hamptons Kitchen: Inspired by Ina Garten Boutique opens Tuesday, June 9, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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June 9, 2015

Call your older brother (and all his friends) – your moving day is quickly approaching. But there’s no need to dread it. To make sure you don’t spend your first night in the bitter cold or sans hot water, our Rue Living experts compiled a to-do list for the day.

 Moving To-Do List

Click the checklist to download and print.

The Moving-In Checklist: Essentials for Every Room Boutique opens Saturday, February 1, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 1, 2014

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Dying for more advice like this? Visit camillestyles.com, then check out these four tips on tidying up.

Our Rue Picks: Our Top 90 Storage Pieces Boutique opens Wednesday, August 21, at 3PM ET.

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August 21, 2013

They say first impressions are everything. So before wowing guests with an impeccably decorated house? Make sure your front door is up to snuff.

According to our friends at Benjamin Moore, that can be done with a simple coat (or two) of paint. Check out their tips for a colorful, inviting door below.

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August 20, 2013

Perhaps your friends rave about that cookware or these mixing bowls, but the surefire way to stock the kitchen with top-notch stuff? Consult executive chefs, of course. From Boston to San Francisco, see what restaurateurs have to say about All-Clad. Only then can you make an informed decision.

Our All-Clad Boutique opens Wednesday, August 14, at 3PM ET.

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August 14, 2013

Maybe you sleep on your back. Or next to a bedmate who just won’t stop fidgeting. Well, we’re here to say – there’s a mattress for that.

The W Hotels Bed Boutique opens Wednesday, August 7, at 3PM ET.

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August 7, 2013