COUNTRY DECORATING BLOG

Adventures In Fairy Gardening

Posted by Piper Classics on May 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM

This spring I started my first Fairy Garden. I’ve been waiting all winter, dreaming about spring, warmer weather, and working in my garden. It’s so much fun to plan gardens but of course not so much fun to do the actual work! But every year, to my husband’s chagrin, I dream and plan all winter about my garden for the following spring. This year I’ve been especially impatient for the warmer weather because I’ve been plotting and planning a Fairy Garden!

I’m new to this idea of Fairy Gardening. Although the concept has been around for a little while now I had never heard of it until last summer - now I’m obsessed! I’ve always loved fairies and all things miniature. As a child I had a simple dollhouse - just a few painted wooden boxes stacked on their side really – nothing fancy. But inside I had the sweetest little dollhouse furniture and accessories. My Dad sometimes took us to an antique mall where one of the vendors sold dollhouse furnishings. I would linger the entire time in that area, carefully choosing my next little purchase. I spent hours with that dollhouse, rearranging, painting, and decorating the miniature rooms.

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Topics: Fairy Garden

The Timeless Appeal of Primitive Décor

Posted by Piper Classics on May 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

You’re reading this on a device that lets you find out almost anything you want to know. 3D printing is changing everything from manufacturing to medicine. And we may live to see a day when self-driving cars are a fact of life on the roadway. 

It’s a busy, fast moving world, and sometimes, it’s nice to escape to a space that recalls a slower, less complicated time. That’s where primitive décor – also known as country primitive – comes in.

“Primitive country decorating harks back to a time when life was simpler, when furniture was handcrafted and worn hard,” writes Jan Czech on SFGate’s Home Guide blog. “Accessories were rare and items were repurposed rather than thrown away.”

It’s a décor that has its roots in that earlier America, and also in the country’s folk art traditions. This is art that’s utilitarian and decorative, made by self-taught artists outside the academic art world. Another definition we’ve seen: Art by people who don’t think of themselves as artists.

Typically, Primitive Décor objects have a more rustic, folk art feel than your typical country interior.

Here are a few ways to help give your home a country primitive look:

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Topics: Country primitive, primitive decor

3 Steps To Create The Perfect Country Kitchen

Posted by Piper Classics on May 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Tell us if this scenario sounds familiar: You're throwing a party. You spend a whole day cleaning and decorating, even in rooms where guests aren't likely to find themselves, because you never know where company might wander.

Then the day of the party comes, the guests arrive, and no matter how big your living room or clean your dining room, everyone congregates in your kitchen.

It's not surprising. The kitchen is the most communal room of your home, the center or heart of your house.

It's where meals are made, fueling conversation and nourishing our families. It's where we hash out ideas and try new things. The kitchen is where families have serious discussions and play goofy games. Why wouldn't your friends gravitate to the kitchen?

Here are some tips from Piper Classics to help your guests feel even more welcome in your kitchen the next time you entertain.

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Topics: Country Kitchen

4 Decorating Tips To Help You Deal With Boomerang Kids

Posted by Piper Classics on April 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Maybe they're waiting to land their first job out of college.

Maybe they're between jobs.

Maybe they're saving up for their own place, or trying to pay down their student loans.

Whatever the reason, the end result is the same: Your kids have moved back home.

You're not even close to being alone in this. Today's young adults are part of what's called the "Boomerang Generation," so named for their increasing tendency -- about 20 percent of people in their 20s and early 30s -- to return home after a period of living away from home.

If your kids fall into this category, there are lots of issues in the mix. One of them is the impact on your living space and for that issue at least, Piper Classics is here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you find empty nest years aren’t as empty as you'd expected.

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Topics: unique home decor, primitive home decor

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