April, 2016

Trend Forecast: Country Colors For Spring 2016

April 27th, 2016 Country Color

Keep calm and enjoy yourself.

That seems to be the message coming from Pantone – the world’s foremost authority on color – about this spring’s color trends.

“Influenced by the world of art, the opening of global doors, and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind, designers this season have gravitated toward a palette that is first and foremost calming,” Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman wrote recently. “Paying homage to the beauty of natural resources, colors emerging in the spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.” How perfect for those of us who love country decor. We’ve always enjoyed incorporating motifs from nature, and making our homes peaceful, cozy retreats.

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Mixing Country Styles – Do’s and Don’ts

April 20th, 2016 Country Decor

Great things can happen when you blend styles. Mix romance and comedy and adventure and you get The Princess Bride. Put together blues, R&B and country and you get rock music.

The same goes for your home décor. You don’t have to stick to just one style. There’s no rule saying rooms need to have one type of décor, one color, one kind of furniture, etc.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can mix styles in your home. Here are a few dos and don’ts for blending décor that we’ve collected from around the web. Continue Reading

Setting the Table: The Do’s and Don’ts

April 13th, 2016 Table settings

In a world where people don’t always take time to sit down together for a meal, setting a proper table can seem like a quaint ritual: the fork on one side, knife and spoon on the other.

As young girls we were taught how to set a table. Of course most of our meals were informal, but we were always expected to set the table properly none-the-less, using the basic table setting method. We were also taught how to set a fancy table for more formal occasions, such as Easter or Thanksgiving dinner, or anytime we had special guests. We’ve carried this tradition into our own families, although we are admittedly much less formal most of the time. Weeknight dinners can be downright haphazard!

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Farmhouse Decor

April 6th, 2016 Farmhouse Decor

This is a dreary time of year, with days where it seems as though the outside world is nothing but rain and grey skies. If you live in a colder climate you may be looking at dirty, half-melted snow piles.

But we’re good at imagining things, and we want you to try to do the same. Close your eyes and picture yourself standing under a blue sky in mid-June. You can feel the sun on your face, smell freshly cut grass and hear clean sheets flapping in the breeze.

You’re sitting on a front porch, on furniture that is weathered, but well-crafted. The sheets on the line are colorful and bright. When you look around the house, you feel that you’d like to incorporate modern industrial items in the kitchen – some tin or aluminum might fit the bill. Welcome to farmhouse décor. Continue Reading