November, 2016

10 Gifts For Under $10

November 17th, 2016 Gift Items

Holiday shopping can be tough, especially when you’re trying to avoid maxing out your credit cards.

But not every gift has to cost an arm and a leg. Here are 10 Piper Classics products that possess originality, charm, and thoughtfulness. No one will ever know they were less than ten dollars.

1. Frog Trinket/Key Box

This cute little cast iron frog would make a great decorative addition to your porch, home or garden. But he’s also ready to perform double duty. Use him as a paperweight, or flip his mouth open to store your spare house key. Cost: $9.09 Continue Reading

Country Decor Inspiration: The Olson House

November 10th, 2016 Country Decor

We began our series on using historic homes to find country décor inspiration by talking about the simple Iowa farmhouse featured in the painting American Gothic.

Today we’re going to conclude by discussing another house that inspired a great American painter: Olson House, which was depicted by Andrew Wyeth in a number of paintings and sketches between 1939 and 1968.

Among those works was Christina’s World, considered to be Wyeth’s masterpiece. Completed in 1948, Wyeth got the idea for the painting when he glanced out the window of his home in Maine and saw his neighbor, Christina Olson, crawling across her field and picking blueberries. Continue Reading

Burlap: From Humble to Chic

November 6th, 2016 burlap decor

Burlap has held a number of different jobs over the years, and for a long time, none of them were very glamorous.

Farmers made their clothing from burlap during the Great Depression. It’s durable and breathable, which is why coffee companies use it to transport beans. During World War II, we fashioned camouflage netting from burlap. Communities all over the world have counted on burlap sacks filled with sand to protect them against flood waters.

But lately burlap has shifted beyond its utilitarian origins. The same versatility that allowed people to use it for clothing and shipping and flood protection makes burlap the perfect fabric for fashionable country décor applications. Continue Reading