For years now, people have been talking about the concept of “hygge” that is very central to the people in Denmark.
As the country’s official tourism website explains, the term hygge — pronounced “hue-ga” — roughly translates to “coziness,” but there’s so more to it than that: “Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere that promotes happiness and security; enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.”
We think the Danes have the right idea. This can be a bleak time of year. The sun goes down while most of us are still at work, and the world outside can seem like a white and grey desert for weeks at a time. Continue Reading
Thanksgiving is all about embracing traditions and honoring the things that bring us together, including food, family, and fond memories. It’s also about starting new and enjoyable family traditions that can be shared with generations to come. If you’re looking to start some fun new customs, keep reading about these essential elements for a family fun Thanksgiving.
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.
The bathroom is undeniably one of the most used rooms in your home. It may be a relatively small room, but its importance makes it every bit worthy of the decorative attention paid to the other rooms in your home. This is especially true if you have chosen to decorate your home in a country style; the comfort, charm, and homey feeling of a country bathroom contributes to the overall experience of your home.
Although you never want to over-accessorize your bathroom, adding a few remarkable details will help you to highlight the country feeling of this small, but essential, space. Bathroom accessories are relatively inexpensive and are an easy way to change the look of your bathroom instantly. With just a few well-chosen country bath accessories, this all-important room will be transformed. These include:
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.
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
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.