Country Decorating

How to Celebrate a Rustic Easter

Easter is what’s known as a “movable feast,” in that – unlike holidays such as Christmas – it doesn’t fall on the same date every year.

Christian churches celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after March 21, which means the holiday could fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. (This year, it’s March 27).

But no matter when Easter happens, its arrival indicates that spring has arrived. Here are a few ways to make sure your home matches the season. Continue Reading

How To Find Your Country Style

March 16th, 2016 Country Decorating

Country décor is a style that’s not just one thing. Picture it like a town. If you drive down the main thoroughfare of Country Décor, USA and you’d see side streets with names like “Farmhouse,” “Rustic” and “Shabby Chic.”

They’re all part of the country décor family, but have attributes that make them stand on their own.

Let’s explore what each of those styles-within-a-style are all about. Continue Reading

Decorating With Country Fabrics

March 9th, 2016 Country Decorating

In 2014, the Hungarian textile designer Judit Eszter Karpati unveiled a kind of fabric that changes color and pattern when pressed or heated up.

We’ve seen a few different publications describe her “Chromosonic” fabric as “chameleon-like,” as if wearing it would allow you to blend in, turn invisible, or otherwise transform yourself.

To be sure, it’s a unique fabric, but it has something in common with a lot of textiles: the right ones, used the right way, can transform your decor. They can help add color, or introduce next textures or patterns. Whether you’re updating your daughter’s dorm room or adding a touch of farmhouse décor to a home in the suburbs, the right fabric can make all the difference. Continue Reading

Animal Motifs in Country Decorating

March 2nd, 2016 Country Decorating

It makes perfect sense that animal motifs are such a big part of country primitive décor.

It’s a style rooted in the idea of recapturing the feel of an earlier time, one when animals were a bigger part of everyday life.

Browse through Piper Classics’ country primitive décor collection and you’ll find a number of animal-themed items.

But what is it we like about these animals? To help answer that question, we decided to take a look at a the qualities and traditions associated with some of them. Continue Reading

Embracing Eclectic: Mix and Match Country Decorating

You like more than one kind of music. You eat at all different types of restaurants. You don’t see just one kind of movie.

Why should your home decor be any different?

You may have chosen a vintage country look as the dominant style of your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw in some other styles with a bit of mix and match decorating.

Reading design websites leads us back to the same truth again and again: The notion that your rooms can only have one color, one type of furniture, or one style is a rule that’s made to be broken.

It’s fine to show your love for a lot of different looks, as long as you end up with a space that reflects you. Here are a few tips we’ve collected to help you master the art of eclectic decorating. Continue Reading

How to Accessorize with Country Curtains

Ahh … country curtains! On the off chance that our website and blog hasn’t already made this fact exceedingly clear, we love country curtains. Frankly, we’re obsessed.

Because really, is there any other single accessory more capable of tying together a primitive-style or farmhouse home than the perfect set of rustic curtains? We certainly don’t think so.

As it happens, Piper Classics has an absolutely enormous range of country curtain choices. That’s a good thing! But it also means you’ve got your work cut out for you when the time comes to start shopping.

You’ll need to ask yourself a few questions first: Which curtain style works best with the design and decor you’ve already worked so hard to create in your home? And which of our Country Collections – believe it or not, we have over 100 collections to choose from – fits your family’s unique style best?

Country curtains alone, of course, won’t turn your house into a comfy, cozy home. For that you’ll need to add a few rustic home decor items. And no matter what style of curtains you own or plan to buy, you can rest assured that Piper Classics has the perfect accessory to make them pop, and to smartly tie them into the rest of the room.

Here are a few of our rustic accessory favorites:

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Country Kitchen Decor - Dinnerware

Outfitting Your Rustic Kitchen

The heart of any home is the kitchen. It’s where we entertain guests, cook dinner, laugh with friends, and start our days. Outfitting your kitchen with a rustic country feel will help to create a warm, welcoming space where you can whip up meals and bond with family. It only takes a few small touches to transform a kitchen into a rustic space.

One of the easiest ways to add rustic charm to your kitchen is with a large wooden table or island. Creating a communal space for cooking and eating is a charming addition that gives the feeling of an older American farmhouse. If you don’t have the space for a larger table, try placing wooden accents around the kitchen, like large cutting boards or bowls of fruit. Wood pieces create organic warmth that fits into any style or décor. They come in many different grains and stains, so it is easy to find one that fits. Another simple way to create rustic charm is by hanging your pots and pans from the ceiling. This also helps organize your kitchen equipment for easier cooking.

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Country Home Decor: Christmas

Primitive Country Holiday Table Settings

At holidays, special events and formal gatherings, no table is complete without a festive centerpiece. Centerpieces are focal points placed in the middle of guest tables at social gatherings. Although they traditionally consist of flowers, greenery or candles, many people prefer using something more representative of the color, fabric, of other aspects of the overall theme.

Regardless of what they’re made of, centerpieces add a great deal to the overall look and feel of an event. Short on time? It’s still possible to pull together a wow-worthy table arrangement that suits your holiday decor style.

With Piper Classics, you can set a beautiful holiday table with our primitive and whimsical country Christmas holiday tablecloths, table runners, napkins, and more!

When family and friends gather in your home for the holiday season, you will definitely want to decorate your rustic holiday table with primitive pieces from Piper Classics, such as: Continue Reading

Primitive Decorations - Tree Topper

The History of the Christmas Tree Toppers

Placing a decorative tree topper at the crown of a Christmas tree is a beloved holiday tradition. Although angels continue to be the most popular tree-top trimming; stars, Santas, snowflakes, bows, elves, and any number of patriotic-themed, sports-oriented and other pop culture symbols have also gained popularity through the passed few decades.

Whether simple or ornate; made of shiny metal, glass, plastic, fabric, tin, or porcelain; passed down generation after generation or changed every year, Christmas tree toppers are a cherished finishing touch to most Christmas trees.

The History of the Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree actually predates Christianity by centuries.  Ancient Romans decorated trees with small pieces of metal during Saturnalia, their winter festival in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture.  Modern Christmas trees appeared in the middle 1500’s. The trees were sold at local markets and set up in homes without ornaments. The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 diary found in Strasburg. This early version of the Christmas tree was decorated with paper roses, apples and candies. Continue Reading

The Thanksgiving Table: the Centerpiece of the Celebration

More than any other holiday, an essential part of the Thanksgiving revelry focuses on the table itself − celebrate with family and friends by enjoying time-honored recipes served on a bountiful table.

So much has been written in magazines through the decades, and now online, about setting the “perfect” holiday table that a host can feel more intimidated by the decorations than by preparing the meal itself. This need not be the case! Arranged using just the right assortment of elements, any table can be made festive and worthy of family memories that will last a lifetime.

Make this Thanksgiving special by adorning your table with warm and inviting decorations that will start conversation and encourage people to share precious memories. These touches from Piper Classics will give your table the picture-perfect (Instagram!?) style you are looking to achieve: Continue Reading

“Not-So-Spooky” Country Decorating for Halloween

Halloween is undoubtedly fun and festive, but sometimes the creepy, grim, and at times ghastly decorations associated with the holiday can be a little much. Scary, grotesque, or eerie-themed Halloween décor isn’t the only way to adorn your home this fall however.

Welcome family, party guests and trick-or-treaters, with style and elegance − inspired by the fall-themed decorations for Halloween available at Piper Classics.

Piper Classics has quick and easy Halloween and autumn home décor accents for both indoor and outdoor country decorating style, including boo-tiful hanging signs, table runners, seasonal flags centerpieces, mailbox wraps, and so much more! Continue Reading

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Elegant Country Bath Décor Made Easy

Cozy and casual − country décor begins and ends with furnishings and accents that enhance simplicity and comfort for your home.  Vintage fixtures, natural materials, and rustic textiles define country style throughout the home. The bathroom is no exception.

Piper Classics has made bringing the homespun charm of country to your home’s smallest room effortless by coordinating all the pieces that make up a charming and inviting country bath. By harmonizing the accents across a variety of country and old-world collections, anyone can be an expert interior designer!

Starting with country shower curtains is helpful in finding an overall design direction.

By assembling entire country-inspired bath collections, Piper Classics has simplified decorating the bath, often the most challenging room to customize.   Professional and amateur interior decorators alike will find a style that resonates with them, making decorating the bat a snap. Bath collections include: Continue Reading