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.
Characteristically casual and cozy, country decorating is all about comfort—and no other room in your home has the potential to bring cozy country warmth to life more than the kitchen. For those of us who live in a contemporary setting, achieving a country look and feel may seem impossible. Rest assured, with just a few small touches, any kitchen can be transformed into a room that’s warm, inviting, and countrified.
What are the elements of a country decorated kitchen?
The red framed blackboard with clock is a great country accessory for your kitchen.
Country decorating is generally defined by a few basics, such as an eclectic mix of fabrics, vintage accessories, and handcrafted furniture. However, small variations within the set style can take your own country decorating a different direction, personalizing it to your own particular style.
Do you prefer streamlined looks or cozy spaces filled with treasured possessions? Do you have an endless collection of knickknacks or do you prefer matching accessories that create a more cohesive look? Continue Reading
The vibrant reds and greens of the Christmas holiday are behind us. With several months of winter remaining, many people are looking for winter decorating ideas that reflect the chill outdoors, yet bring cozy warmth indoors.
No matter how you feel about snow, you may find that decorating your home in snow-white winter tones is the perfect solution to the mid-winter décor blues. By layering-in soft neutrals to walls and furniture (such as creams, light greys, and soft taupe), decorating your home in white can give it a comfortable, cozy backdrop for personalized elements that add color and pizazz to the space.
Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one more wish to make
A special one for you
These lyrics to “Merry Christmas Darling” may well express the “post-holiday blues” that many people feel this time of year. Although the excitement of the Christmas season is now behind us, there remains plenty of the splendor of midwinter in front of us − guiding and inspiring us to bring this beauty indoors.
Piper Classics can help you transform your distinctly holiday-looking decorations into décor that reflects the majesty and mystery of the long, cold days of winter. Our wish for you is to find cozy and warm winter décor inspiration among these decorating tips using holiday decorations that can serve double duty:
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.
Decorating the home and Christmas tree with ornaments is one of the most cherished traditions of the holiday season. So ingrained in American culture, it’s almost impossible to believe that decorating with Christmas ornaments is a relatively new American custom.
The emergence of the modern Christmas tree actually dates back to 15th and 16th century Germany, where evergreens were used first in church Christmas plays and were hung with apples to symbolize the Paradise tree. Over the next two hundred years, German families brought these trees into their homes, where the trees were adorned with small white wafers and other little pastries cut into stars, angels, hearts, flowers and bells.
Due to the influence of the Puritans’, Christmas wasn’t widely celebrated in the United States until the 1800s. Early American Christmas trees were first adorned with long strands of cranberries or popcorn. Small gifts began to be used to decorate the tree, sometimes contained in intricately woven tiny baskets that were either nestled in the boughs or hung by a thread or piece of yarn.
Ornately decorated trees did not become popular in the United States until Americans saw Continue Reading
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
The days have suddenly gotten shorter, and the nights cooler. In the blink of an eye, the deep green leaves of summer are turning subtle shades of yellow and orange. Soon the trees will fully be ablaze with deep reds and the golden shades of autumn. Fall is here!
The signs are clear; there’s a bit of nip in the air, jacketed children wait on street corners for the early morning bus ride, the summer perennials are fading fast while the vibrant shades of Mums and Asters take over in the fall garden. Roadside stands offer pumpkins and gourds for sale. And perhaps most telling coffee shops have added pumpkin and spice flavors to their chalkboard menus.
The autumn season marks the transition in nature from summer into winter by the gathering of friends and family for the purpose of harvesting crops. In years past, the harvest season was one of great importance. It was often quite literally, the season that made survival during the winter months a possibility. Families, and whole communities, would gather together to work, bring in the crops, and celebrate nature’s provision for the cold months to come. Continue Reading
As the temperatures descend and days become shorter, it’s time again to bring cozy warmth into your home. Infuse your indoor space with the colors, textures and natural autumn beauty of the great outdoors with country decorating ideas and primitive décor found at Piper Classics.
Maple Leaves: These bendable paper and wire leaves from Piper Classics make fall decorating easy and affordable! Tuck a few into a bowl of gourds for the finishing touch, or scatter around your fall pumpkins. Crinkle and shape them to look just like the ones that fell from your tree! Use contrasting colors to make your fall display pop – comes in dark crimson and colored Maple.
Tiny Pumpkins: Create a festive centerpiece by scattering these cute pumpkins on a platter and mixing with fall leaves, or fill a bowl with mini pumpkins and acorns for instant fall charm. The Tiny Orange Pumpkin measures 3″ in diameter and is 2.5″ tall, and come with an authentic looking wired stem. Comes in colors of orange or tawny. Continue Reading
“Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.”
“We Americans have adopted quilts as a symbol of what we value about ourselves and our national history.” − From “Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Late Twentieth Century” by Laurel Horton
Few decorative items evoke such sentiment and emotion as a quilt. More than likely, a quilt decorated your mother’s, or grandmother’s bed. Often these quilts came complete with a story, tracing its heritage to a bygone era.
Nothing adds as much warmth and comfort to a country home as a traditional braided rug. Perfect for any Country or Primitive style home, braided rugs bring rich color and design to hardwood, tile and many other hard surfaces found in modern homes.
Piper Classics also offers Eco-friendly Jute braided rugs, vibrant and beautiful cotton braided rugs, ultra durable indoor/outdoor rugs, and wool braided rugs, along with chair pads, stair tread, and tabletop accessories.
Whether you live in the country, or simply wish to create a homey environment to feel as though you do, decorating in country style is the perfect way to create a casual but elegant atmosphere. Fashioning the inviting, unpretentious charm of the country, with added twists that make your home uniquely your own, is easy with the right inspiration.
Although country décor by its very nature is eclectic, one may want to escape the overbearing country style of our grandmothers, and instead choose to accentuate a room with homespun touches like animal accents, subtle, homey floral and rustic colors to help bring traditional country style to the modern country home.