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
We all KNOW how important it is to bring a grateful heart to everything we do. An attitude of gratitude for all the blessings in our lives is helpful to us as individuals, to our families, and to the greater community. We read it everywhere, and yet, we must admit, we sometimes forget as the busyness of our lives and our constant obligations get in the way.
Do you think that creating a cozy, romantic bedroom is the stuff of dreams? Maybe you think it’s complicated and you just don’t have time to get it done. We might just be able to help you.
In fact, before you know it, you could be sleeping in the Romantic Bedroom of your dreams. As we break it down for you, you will see it can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Your current room can be transformed into a beautiful, cozy retreat where sleep is an old friend and you wake up refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on each new day.
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! 🙂
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.
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…
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.
Farmhouse décor doesn’t only happen in the country or the suburbs. Urban farmhouse has its roots in big, airy loft spaces that incorporate found objects from the urban landscape. These objects carry a patina of age and recall a lost industrial past. You don’t live in a spacious loft? Not to worry, there are still plenty of ways to pull off this look. Continue Reading
This is a dreary time of year, with days where it seems as though the outside world is nothing but rain and grey skies. If you live in a colder climate you may be looking at dirty, half-melted snow piles.
But we’re good at imagining things, and we want you to try to do the same. Close your eyes and picture yourself standing under a blue sky in mid-June. You can feel the sun on your face, smell freshly cut grass and hear clean sheets flapping in the breeze.
You’re sitting on a front porch, on furniture that is weathered, but well-crafted. The sheets on the line are colorful and bright. When you look around the house, you feel that you’d like to incorporate modern industrial items in the kitchen – some tin or aluminum might fit the bill. Welcome to farmhouse décor. Continue Reading