March, 2016

Primitive Decor: A Primer

March 30th, 2016 Primitive Decor

It’s tempting to look a couple hundred years in the past and think “Those were simpler times.”

What we mean by that isn’t so much that life in, say, 1878 was easier – it wasn’t – but that it was a less complicated time: no cars, no mobile phones, no Facebook, no 24-hour news cycle.

That’s why primitive décor is so appealing: it takes us back to a quieter time, one that seems warm and cozy and safe. At the same time, it reflects an era before goods were mass produced. Furniture was worn hard and built to last, and items were often re-purposed instead of being thrown away.

It’s a style marked by a more rustic, darker palette: think of the dark red of cranberries, the black of a crow’s feathers, or a faded mustard yellow. Homes decorated with primitive décor tend to contain images that depict life in the country, with plenty of animal motifs. Continue Reading

How to Celebrate a Rustic Easter

Easter is what’s known as a “movable feast,” in that – unlike holidays such as Christmas – it doesn’t fall on the same date every year.

Christian churches celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after March 21, which means the holiday could fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. (This year, it’s March 27).

But no matter when Easter happens, its arrival indicates that spring has arrived. Here are a few ways to make sure your home matches the season. Continue Reading

How To Find Your Country Style

March 16th, 2016 Country Decorating

Country décor is a style that’s not just one thing. Picture it like a town. If you drive down the main thoroughfare of Country Décor, USA and you’d see side streets with names like “Farmhouse,” “Rustic” and “Shabby Chic.”

They’re all part of the country décor family, but have attributes that make them stand on their own.

Let’s explore what each of those styles-within-a-style are all about. Continue Reading

Decorating With Country Fabrics

March 9th, 2016 Country Decorating

In 2014, the Hungarian textile designer Judit Eszter Karpati unveiled a kind of fabric that changes color and pattern when pressed or heated up.

We’ve seen a few different publications describe her “Chromosonic” fabric as “chameleon-like,” as if wearing it would allow you to blend in, turn invisible, or otherwise transform yourself.

To be sure, it’s a unique fabric, but it has something in common with a lot of textiles: the right ones, used the right way, can transform your decor. They can help add color, or introduce next textures or patterns. Whether you’re updating your daughter’s dorm room or adding a touch of farmhouse décor to a home in the suburbs, the right fabric can make all the difference. Continue Reading

Animal Motifs in Country Decorating

March 2nd, 2016 Country Decorating

It makes perfect sense that animal motifs are such a big part of country primitive décor.

It’s a style rooted in the idea of recapturing the feel of an earlier time, one when animals were a bigger part of everyday life.

Browse through Piper Classics’ country primitive décor collection and you’ll find a number of animal-themed items.

But what is it we like about these animals? To help answer that question, we decided to take a look at a the qualities and traditions associated with some of them. Continue Reading