Remember that scene from the 1986 comedy classic “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” when we first see the home of Ferris’ friend Cameron? “The place is like a museum,” Ferris tells us. “It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything.”
That scene may be a near-perfect explanation of the enduring popularity of country home décor. Most everyone wants to live in a beautiful house, of course. But no matter how lovely a home may be, it isn’t easy to feel truly relaxed when you’re too nervous to touch anything in the living room, or too afraid to stretch out on the couch in the family room.