August, 2016

The Farmhouse Takeover

August 25th, 2016 Farmhouse Decor

“It’s like watercolor, so peaceful and pure. You feel like you’re stepping back in time.”

That’s interior designer Cortney Bishop, speaking to the Washington Post in a recent story about farmhouse decor.

She tells the Post that it may be the next lifestyle phenomenon, in cities as well as more rustic settings: Continue Reading

Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

August 17th, 2016 Country Decor, Summer

When you use the term “the dog days of summer,” you’re actually quoting the classics.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used the term to describe the hottest time of the year, a period in late July close to the day when the star Sirius – AKA the “dog star” – would appear to rise just before the sun.

“If you go back even as far as Homer, The Iliad, it’s referring to Sirius as Orion’s dog rising, and it describes the star as being associated with war and disaster,” author and astronomer Jay B. Holberg told National Geographic last year. Continue Reading

The Unsung Holidays of August

August 10th, 2016 country holiday decor

August is just a few days away. Have you sent out cards for Friendship Day? Put up your International Lefthanders Day decorations? Thought up jokes for President’s Joke Day?

We’ll guess the answer is “No.” These aren’t widely known celebrations, but then again, August doesn’t really feature a lot of top-tier holidays.

But it has us thinking: Why not celebrate some of these lesser-known holidays on the calendar? We’re not saying you have to do anything big, but you might find that these suggestions will help make this August more memorable. Continue Reading