Country Decor Inspiration: The Molly Brown House

Posted by Piper Classics on October 20, 2016 at 9:15 AM

For many of us, a love of history and respect for the past is reflected in our homes through the use of historic accents and other country decor elements. We've enjoyed exploring notable historic figures and homes with you. So far, our series has looked at one home that inspired a classic American painting, and another home where an American icon wrote his finest work.

Today we’re going to focus on Denver’s Molly Brown House, named for the philanthropist, activist, socialite and Titanic survivor Margaret Brown. To spend any time studying the house or its namesake is to see a story of success and endurance.

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Topics: Country Decor, molly brown house

The Art Of A Vintage Vinyl Floorcloth

Posted by Piper Classics on October 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Are you searching for a way to introduce something beautiful into a functional area of your home? Would you like to give your floor a new look?

Consider the vintage floorcloth.

These floor coverings are in vogue right now, but they can trace their roots to Colonial America. The first three presidents had them in their homes, which shouldn’t be that surprising: back in those days, everybody owned a floorcloth. Most modern floorcloths are made of heavy fabric which is then coated with several coats of gesso, before being painted with decorative motifs and patterns. They are then varnished to make them waterproof.

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Topics: vinyl floorcloth, vintage floorcloth

Affordable Hostess Gift Ideas for 2016

Posted by Piper Classics on October 6, 2016 at 9:22 AM

In today's always-connected, tech obsessed society, many of the more genteel niceties once associated with inviting guests to your home - or being a proper guest in someone else's home—are often overlooked.

Indeed, it isn't unusual today for a house guest or a partygoer to not consider presenting their hostess with a small token of gratitude. Perhaps even more common, however, are those among us who would love nothing more than to arrive at the home of a hostess with a perfectly thoughtful gift, but who simply don't have the necessary disposable income.

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Country Decor for Small Spaces

Posted by Piper Classics on September 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM

If you've spent any time at all on Facebook or Instagram over the past year or so, you are probably aware of the growing trend toward extremely small living spaces.

Upwardly mobile couples have dreams of moving into a so-called "tiny house." A new movement known as "van-dwelling" has seen scores of millennials tearing up their leases and living full-time in converted trucks and camper vans. And self-improvement gurus like Eric Altucher are preaching the benefits of extreme downsizing and simple living.

It’s one thing to move into a small space. But how do you go about decorating?

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Topics: Country Decor

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