Not Your Mother’s Country Decorating

June 17th, 2015 Modern Country

There’s a comfort in old things. Your worn-in sneakers fit better than your fancy dress shoes. Your neighborhood pizza place can be more relaxing than a hip, high-end restaurant. Sometimes you want an old Law & Order rerun instead of the latest water cooler addiction.

That desire for comfort and authenticity is at the heart of country decor.

A few branches down on country decor’s family tree you’ll find farmhouse decor, or farmhouse primitive, a simpler, less cluttered version of country. It is characterized by interiors with fewer nick-knacks, lighter, brighter colors, and more clean open space, combined with the rustic accents of traditional country.

If this type of look appeals to you, Piper Classics has some suggestions on how you can complement those decor tips with items from our Vintage Farmhouse collection.

In Your Bedroom:

CINNAMON BARK MERCURY GLASS CANDLE“Farmhouse bedrooms are totally sweet, soothing, and have old-world charm,” writes Dwell Beautiful decor blogger Erica Sooter in her exploration of the style.

She suggests beadboard walls in your bedroom, along with some chippy paint — or distressed — furniture and a quilt to the foot of your bed.

How Piper Classics can help:

Give your room the comforting smell of sweet vanilla with a bit of hearth fire with our Cinnamon Bark Mercury Glass Candle candle, featuring an exclusive blend of high grade soy and paraffin wax inside a gold-colored mercury glass jar.

Display flowers or antiques under our Glass Bell Cloche, with a knob on top to ensure easy lifting of this simple, elegant design.

Anything you want to store in your bedroom but keep out of sight can be held in our Cottage White Storage Box, with an aged white crackle finish.

In Your Bathroom:

DOLOMITE SOAP DISH & TRAYFarmhouse decor is meant to help you feel calm, and next to your bedroom, your bathroom should be one of the more relaxed parts of your home. And as Sooter notes: “The bathroom is a perfect place to start if you want to add a little bit of farmhouse style to your home without committing to the cost and look of a bigger room.”

Again, she suggests beadboard walls, as well as an apron front sink to give your bathroom a farmhouse primitive look.

How Piper Classics can help:

If you’re a fan of high-end, artisanal soaps, store it in our two-piece Dolomite Soap Dish and Tray, designed for easy cleaning and drainage.

If you want to add some color to your bathroom, you can always add flowers. And you can keep them in our Flower Jar Holder, a glass jar with a grid style top to hold one stem each.

Harken back to simpler times with this vintage Lotion Dispenser. It works just as well for soaps.

In the Kitchen:

The kitchen is the heart of any house. Sooter suggests using warm and rough woods for your kitchen furniture to achieve a farmhouse primitive look, along with some vintage kitchen plaques.

How Piper Classics can help:

Plaques, you say? We’ve got a bunch. There’s our Farmers Tin Wall Sign and our Milk and Cream Wood Wall Sign, both of them sure to add a touch of charm and vintage cheer to your kitchen.

Bring together farmhouse decor and modern tech with the Cookbook/Tablet Holder. Look up a recipe on your iPad as you prepare meals in your rustic kitchen.

Do you need more storage in the kitchen? Our Vintage Chicken Wire Wall Bin will let you keep produce or utensils in style.

In the Living Room:

Sooter says a farmhouse decor living room should have a “collected” look, achieved by incorporating different pieces of vintage furniture over time, along with some faux exposed beams for a “cozy” look.

How Piper Classics can help:

Pillows can be a great way to give a new look to your rooms. For your living room, try our Farm House Pillow, which was inspired by old French linen towels. The design combines a vintage ticking stripe pattern in several scales for an eclectic feel.

Check yourself before you head out the door with our Lexington Mirror, a historic reproduction on distressed black over red painted finish.

We might be living in the 21st century, but let your artwork say otherwise. Our collection of rustic farmhouse accents offers lots to work with, and are distressed to add age and character.

It’s easy to see why so many people have embraced farmhouse decor. It takes them back to a more comforting time and feels like a get-away from the bustle of day to day life, but with a nod to the clean lines and open space of more contemporary environments.

You can embrace it in big ways, with new furniture, or add smaller farmhouse touches to your home. What’s important is finding a look that works for you. Good luck!

Farmhouse decor allows you to embrace a simpler time while incorporating the clean open approach of modern decorating.