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Urban Farmhouse: Not a Contradiction in Terms

Posted by Piper Classics on July 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Urban agriculture is – pardon the pun – a growth industry.

The concept has been popping up around the country over the past few years, whether it’s rooftop gardens in Chicago or community farms on vacant lots in Los Angeles.

So if urban farming has become a trend, why not urban farmhouse décor?

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.

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Topics: farmhouse decor

Get Inspired! The Fairy Houses of Maine

Posted by Piper Classics on July 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Are fairies real? Most of us would say “No.” After all, isn’t that like asking about the existence of leprechauns or werewolves?

Still, they’re persistent little creatures. Just ask John Hyatt, the British photographer and art professor who published a series of photos two years ago of some tiny creatures he said looked like fairies. People went out of their way to debunk the pictures, but the fact that they went viral shows there’s part of us that want fairies to be real.

But do we want them to be real so much that we’ll build homes for them? In some places, yes.

About 12 miles off the coast of Maine sits Mohegan Island. Fewer than 100 people live there. It’s accessible only by ferry – not fairy – boat.

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Topics: Fairy Garden

Quilts For Any Country Style

Posted by Piper Classics on July 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Part of the Piper Classics Series on Country Quilts

There’s something about a quilt that says “This is part of the past.”

And that makes sense. As we’ve already discussed in our series on quilts, they’re intertwined with our history in traditions both large (the nationwide quilting effort during the Civil War) and small (the way families hand down quilts from generation to generation).

It’s that old-fashioned feeling stitched into quilts that makes them perfect for country décor and many of it's spin-offs. Let’s take a look at how quilts can fit into the various schools of country style.

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Topics: country quilts

Quilts For Any Season

Posted by Piper Classics on June 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Part of the Piper Classics Series on Country Quilts

When we think of quilts, we often think of autumn or winter: a quilt draped over our laps at a football game, or keeping us warm on an icy January night.

But quilts can really work in any season. A change in color, fabric or style can make them a part of your country décor all year round.

There’s a practical reason to use quilts year-round: In most climates, it gets chilly pretty much any time of year, especially when the sun goes down. Rather than digging out thick blankets or heavy comforters you use during the winter, you can reach for a quilt on a cool September night.

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Topics: country quilts

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