October, 2016

Country Decor Inspiration: Grouseland

October 27th, 2016 Uncategorized

Ask people what they know about President William Henry Harrison, and most of them will mention the same fact: He gave his inauguration speech in the dead of winter, caught pneumonia and died in office 30 days into his first term.

Based on that little nugget of trivia, Harrison doesn’t seem like a good fit for our series on finding country décor inspiration from historic homes.

But we think Harrison and his home – called Grouseland – are still pretty interesting, if not inspiring. Let’s go back to 18th century America to begin our story. Continue Reading

Country Decor Inspiration: The Molly Brown House

October 20th, 2016 Country Decor

For many of us, a love of history and respect for the past is reflected in our homes through the use of historic accents and other country decor elements. We’ve enjoyed exploring notable historic figures and homes with you. So far, our series has looked at one home that inspired a classic American painting, and another home where an American icon wrote his finest work.

Today we’re going to focus on Denver’s Molly Brown House, named for the philanthropist, activist, socialite and Titanic survivor Margaret Brown. To spend any time studying the house or its namesake is to see a story of success and endurance. Continue Reading

The Art Of A Vintage Vinyl Floorcloth

Are you searching for a way to introduce something beautiful into a functional area of your home? Would you like to give your floor a new look?

Consider the vintage floorcloth.

These floor coverings are in vogue right now, but they can trace their roots to Colonial America. The first three presidents had them in their homes, which shouldn’t be that surprising: back in those days, everybody owned a floorcloth. Most modern floorcloths are made of heavy fabric which is then coated with several coats of gesso, before being painted with decorative motifs and patterns. They are then varnished to make them waterproof. Continue Reading

Affordable Hostess Gift Ideas for 2016

October 6th, 2016 Hostess Gifts

In today’s always-connected, tech obsessed society, many of the more genteel niceties once associated with inviting guests to your home – or being a proper guest in someone else’s home—are often overlooked.

Indeed, it isn’t unusual today for a house guest or a partygoer to not consider presenting their hostess with a small token of gratitude. Perhaps even more common, however, are those among us who would love nothing more than to arrive at the home of a hostess with a perfectly thoughtful gift, but who simply don’t have the necessary disposable income. Continue Reading