Country Decor

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

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

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

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

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

Mixing Country Styles – Do’s and Don’ts

April 20th, 2016 Country Decor

Great things can happen when you blend styles. Mix romance and comedy and adventure and you get The Princess Bride. Put together blues, R&B and country and you get rock music.

The same goes for your home décor. You don’t have to stick to just one style. There’s no rule saying rooms need to have one type of décor, one color, one kind of furniture, etc.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can mix styles in your home. Here are a few dos and don’ts for blending décor that we’ve collected from around the web. Continue Reading

Country Decor, Oh How I Love Thee!

February 9th, 2016 Country Decor

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so it seems like as good as time as any to talk about love. But we don’t mean Shakespearean sonnet, or Sleepless in Seattle kind of love.

Instead, we want to talk about our love for country décor. Consider this our valentine to our favorite style of decorating.

To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning: How do we love thee, country décor? Let us count the ways: Continue Reading