September, 2016

Country Decor for Small Spaces

September 29th, 2016 Country Decor

If you’ve spent any time at all on Facebook or Instagram over the past year or so, you are probably aware of the growing trend toward extremely small living spaces.

Upwardly mobile couples have dreams of moving into a so-called “tiny house.” A new movement known as “van-dwelling” has seen scores of millennials tearing up their leases and living full-time in converted trucks and camper vans. And self-improvement gurus like Eric Altucher are preaching the benefits of extreme downsizing and simple living.

It’s one thing to move into a small space. But how do you go about decorating? Continue Reading

Country Decor Inspiration: The Mark Twain House

September 22nd, 2016 Country Decor

No matter where you go in America, you’ll find historic houses. Some are little more than log cabins, while others are stateside versions of the grand palaces of Europe.

Regardless of size or splendor, many of these houses have the same thing in common: someone notable was born there or lived there.

And because we’re interested in homes and history and how they intersect with country decor here at Piper Classics, we’ve decided to devote some space on our blog to some of these houses.

Today we’re heading to Connecticut, to the Mark Twain House, the one-time home of a man considered – as William Faulkner put it – “the father of American literature.” Continue Reading

Country Decor Inspiration: The American Gothic House

September 15th, 2016 Country Decor

We’ve been celebrating historic houses in America ever since someone thought “George Washington slept here” and realized that was something important.

Our country is filled with historic homes, and beautiful country decor, whether they’re tiny houses where notable people were born or grand estates built from great fortunes.

And because we’re interested in homes, Americana decor, and history here at Piper Classics, we’ve decided to explore a few of those historic houses on our blog.

First up: the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa. Continue Reading

Country Colors for Fall 2016

September 8th, 2016 Country Color

A few months ago, we shared with you a look at 2016’s spring color trends.

It came from the Pantone Color Institute, the world’s leading color experts. And while spring’s color trends were more lively, fall seems to be taking a slightly more muted approach.

This makes sense. Spring makes us think of life in bloom. The air is warming, things are growing. Fall is cooler and quieter, a time where we prepare to nest and look forward to sunnier weather.

“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family,” writes Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director. Continue Reading