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An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving traditions have been an important part of our family for many years, and we’re so greatful for the heritage of family, faith, and good food that’s been passed down to us! Pictured in this old family photo are many of our aunts, uncles, second cousins and great grandparents. Our grandmother is pictured on the far right foreground and our mother is sitting to her immediate left in the photo. She was just a young girl in this photo! 🙂

Here at Piper Classics, we believe Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year! Getting together with family and friends, creating new memories and enjoying delicious food, all add up to a warm and wonderful holiday. Piper Classics is keenly aware of how blessed we are to have family and friends that we treasure and can share this holiday with and we are grateful for all our blessings.

Giving Thanks is something that has gotten a lot of press in the media lately because studies have shown that gratefulness is good for your health. Recognizing and paying attention to the many gifts we have, while cultivating an attitude of thankfulness for these blessings, is beneficial to physical and mental well-being. This attitude enriches our lives and changes the way we look at one another and at our world.

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Farmhouse Renewal

November 7th, 2017 Farmhouse Decor, Uncategorized
More than Décor, Farmhouse Style Renews & Restores

Why We Love Farmhouse Style

We LOVE the Farmhouse Style here at Piper Classics. There are so many qualities of this look that really make our hearts sing!! It makes no difference if you’re in a cabin in the mountains, a cottage by the sea, an apartment in the city, or a home in the suburbs, there is something about the Farmhouse style that appeals to so many of us on a fundamental level.

We think that people are drawn to this look because they value qualities that are exemplified in a casual Farmhouse lifestyle. The short list of these qualities would probably include a deep love of family and faith, care and concern for friends and community, an interest in farm life and eating local, a connection and love for the land, and an appreciation and admiration for those who came before us and how they made do and even thrived in difficult times.

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Farmhouse Decorating Ideas

Farmhouse Decorating Ideas: 10 Tips for Small Spaces

May 19th, 2017 Farmhouse Decor

I’ve been writing about the experience my husband and I have had of setting up a small apartment in the Washington, D.C., area. (You can read all about that here…) We’re country people at heart. We like hunting, hiking, gardening, pickup trucks, and long walks on country roads. We don’t have a large house, but it’s much bigger than our little Arlington apartment. It’s been a challenge to decorate this space in a way that is useful yet stylish, and that reminds us of our home in Pennsylvania.

In my last blog post I wrote about 5 basics to get your farmhouse style started in a small space. Here are 10 more farmhouse decorating ideas you can use to add the finishing touches to your own farmhouse home! Oh, and here’s an extra hint – it really doesn’t matter if you have a small space or a large home – these ideas work great for anyone! 🙂

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Americana Decorating Accessories: Our Top Picks

Gold and orange may belong to fall, but the summer’s official colors – at least stateside – are red, white and blue.

From the moment we put out flags for Memorial Day until the time we start thinking about decorating for Halloween, the colors of the American flag rule the roost.

Patriotic themes are one of the key elements of what’s known as Americana decorating, a casual, appealing style that also pulls in aspects of farmhouse and primitive décor.

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Decorating Small Spaces - Farmhouse Style

Tips and Tricks for Decorating Small Spaces – Farmhouse Style

The other week I wrote about our experience of moving to Washington DC and my Cozy Small Space Farmhouse Makeover. (You can read about that here.) I learned a lot while on this adventure of moving to DC and decorating our small apartment home. I’ll be writing a series about Tips and Tricks for Decorating Small Spaces – Farmhouse Style that I used in our apartment to create an updated farmhouse feel while making good use of the limited space! Try these first 5 ideas to add farmhouse style to your own small space.

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spring farmhouse floral trends

5 Floral Farmhouse Trends for Spring

Few things say “Spring is here!” like the arrival of fresh blooming flowers. When we decorate with flowers, we add new levels of life and color to our homes.

But not everyone has a green thumb, or the budget to buy fresh cut flowers on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean you can’t make your home look green and springy this season. Here are a few floral farmhouse trends for spring that you may want to adopt.

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Big City Apartment, Cozy Small Farmhouse Style Makeover

April 7th, 2017 Farmhouse Decor

Every new year brings change, but certainly some years bring more significant adjustments than others.  This year our youngest daughter moved out, leaving us with an empty nest and our other daughter is expecting her first child. Both exciting changes in their lives as well as ours!

Not to be outdone in the excitement department, my husband accepted a new position…in a different state…Washington DC! I know…Washington DC is not a state at all actually, but the point is it’s over three hours away!

So, on top of all the other changes this year, we found ourselves needing to set up a city apartment in order for the hubby to have a place to live during the workweek. And since I plan to go with him and work from DC on a fairly regular basis…well, it goes without saying that our apartment MUST be cute and nicely decorated!! But wow! These city apartments are small! We don’t live in a big fancy house, but after the first day of touring apartments I was reminded to be thankful for the space we have.

Listen, we’re from Bucks County, Pennsylvania – the upper, more rural part of the county…nothing Urban about it…barely Sub-Urban…very Small-Town-USA actually. So this is rather huge for us. We’re used to gardening, sitting on the front porch, listening to birds, crickets and cicadas, shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the grass…We are NOT used to sirens in the middle of the night, riding an elevator to get to the front door, walking to the grocery store, city lights, endless sounds of construction projects, Uber, a tiny patio 11 stories up, or an apartment that’s a quarter of the size of our modest home in Pennsylvania! This is going to take some getting used to…

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Spring Country Style Home Decor

Spring Country Style Home Decor: Our Top Picks

March 15th, 2017 Uncategorized

“A light exists in spring,” Emily Dickinson wrote, “not present on the year at any other period.”

Spring is a season that arrives with a promise of change. Even in years where March comes in and goes out like a lion, we can look forward to the warmer, greener times in April and May.

It’s also a natural desire to lighten things up a bit around your home. This year’s spring country style home decor trends include warm metals, farm animal-inspired accents, primitive pillow prints, and more.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite decorative accessories for the season to inspire you.

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How To “Fluff” a Floral Wreath

Wreaths are always popular during the spring and summer months. A spring floral wreath adds a welcoming feel to your door and it’s an easy way to update your home décor for the seasons.

Many wreaths are filled with flowers like our Violet Wreath or our Geranium Wreath, while others are made of spring greens like our Boxwood Wreath or Baby’s Grass Wreath.

Regardless of the style you choose you’ll want your wreath to look it’s best. So be sure to take some time to properly fluff your wreath before you display it!

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What Will Country Decor Look Like in 2017?

December 29th, 2016 Country Decor, New Home Decor

None of us can see into the future, but that’s never stopped people from making predictions. As each year ends, we look ahead to the next one and issue forecasts: This movie will be huge. This sports team will triumph. This celebrity couple will break up.

The world of home décor is no exception. As 2016 ended, design experts started looking ahead to the new year. Let’s look at some of 2017’s top home decorating trends, and how they connect to country décor.

THE COLOR OF 2017

Each year, the color experts at Benjamin Moore choose a color of the year. Last year it was “Simply White.” This year, they’ve veered in the opposite decoration, naming “Shadow” as the color of 2017.

Although the name suggests a total absence of light, the Los Angeles Times says Shadow is a “deep, dark purplish hue,” like an eggplant.

How does this relate to country décor? Because it’s a style that embraces more muted colors: mustard yellow, mossy green and dark reds and purples. The LA Times describes Shadow as an “opulent” color, but by using it as a backdrop to your country décor, it can become something understated.

THE CASE AGAINST THE COLOR OF 2017

As we were researching this article, we came across a Washington Post story that argued against choosing a color of the year.

“If you think the whole idea of yearly paint trends is a bit ridiculous, you’re not alone,” writers the Post’s Megan Buerger. “For a more understated and low-maintenance palette, consider historical paint lines. There, you’ll find colors that have truly stood the test of time.”

Historic colors are those that reflect Colonial America, and – as Buerger notes – some companies take this distinction very seriously, studying historical records, paint samples and old building fragments to capture the appropriate color.

Whatever the outcome, the result is the same: historic colors and country décor are a perfect match. They both connect your home to the past and give it extra character. As Sherwin-Williams’ Sue Wadden told the Post, “It’s the anti-McMansion approach.”

REPURPOSED PIECES

When Houstonia magazine asked interior designer Marie Flanagan for her 2017 décor trends, one of the things she chose was repurposed pieces.

In her case, that meant admiring a company that makes its furniture from fallen trees, and turns rugs into ottomans. Reusing and recycling old materials is certainly a noble pursuit, and completely in keeping with the county décor mindset.

We’re big proponents of repurposing, whether it means taking an old watering can and using it as a vase or turning a flea market find into a work of art.

VINYL FLOORCLOTHS

Here’s a décor trend that we’re proud to say we saw coming. As we said back in October, vintage vinyl floorcloths are all the rage these days, with homeowners seeing them as sturdy, easy-to-clean alternative to area rugs.

Floorcloths have their roots in Colonial America, and were essentially the go-to floor covering in the days before linoleum. Not only were they easy to keep clean, they were often featured intricate patterns, bright colors and country motifs.

“They’re perfect for anyplace you need something low profile but highly durable — in an entryway, around an island, beneath an eating area, a laundry room, or even a playroom,” says designer Lia Papasimakis Fraccaro, speaking to Pennsylvania’s Morning Call newspaper. “Their non-slip surface makes them great for outdoor use, as well.”

Like we said at the start, none of us can predict the future 100 percent. Consider these trends suggestions, not absolutes. In the end, we always come back to the same decorating ideal when it comes to country décor: Choose whatever makes your home feel like home.

How to Prepare For Out of Town Guests

We like to think we’ve gotten pretty good at giving our readers advice on decorating their homes using country decor and on entertaining guests.

But one area that we haven’t really touched on is the nuts and bolts of preparing for guests, especially ones who’ll be staying for more than just a few hours. With that in mind, we scoured the best resources for hospitality and entertaining for some guidance on preparing for out of town guests, and came away with these tips: Continue Reading

How To Create A Stress Free Seating Arrangment

December 8th, 2016 Country Entertaining

“No politics, no religion.”

It’s a hard-and-fast rule of keeping the peace at family gatherings. But even if you stick to this decree, there’s no way to ensure that there won’t be conflict when everyone sits down to eat.

That doesn’t mean you’re helpless. When we were putting together our Holiday Guide for this year, we were pleased to come across an article in Real Simple that suggested seating people according to their personalities. Try it this year and see if it leads you to a lively-yet-civil gathering. Continue Reading