To me, there is nothing better than a good old fashioned country style home. It feels livable and relaxed and is very unpretentious. I try to bring elements into my home that give it that country relaxed feeling that I like. One way to do that is to not use too many things in my home that don't serve a purpose. In other words, they could serve double duty in some ways. I make functional items become decorative accessories. I don't have a lot of knick knacks around my house because of that reason.
Here are some examples:
Who needs a vase for flowers?
I used this pitcher instead.
I hung these coffee cups off my bottle tree. It keeps them on display until I use them.
I took the doors off a set of cabinets so I could display my everyday dishes. They're all white and are not only useful but pretty to look at.
I use this wire basket to hold books or magazines. Why buy a specific magazine rack when a simple basket will do the trick?
I used this over sized basket in the center of my dining table. You don't always have to have a fancy flower arrangement in the center.
I'm using this old crate to give more personality to this plant on my fireplace hearth.
Some things just need to be added as a "signature country look". These are a few that I've added to my home.
I made this skirt to hang in place of ordinary cabinet doors under my sink.
I placed this cobbler bench in my foyer.
This vintage enamelware tea kettle replaced a newer modern one.
Who says that all chest of drawers should only be used in bedrooms? I use this one in my sitting room. It has a country look and gives me more storage.
This is an old rake that is no longer relegated to the outdoors. It is propped up as a country accent in my foyer.
My coffee table has peeling chippy paint on it for a distressed authentic country look. (Country homes are not perfect!)
What to do with leftover old rope? Why wrap it around your light fixture chain, of course!
And finally, simple fabric patterns are used, such as these striped pillows.
So, now you know what kinds of things I look for to create the country look in my home.
Do you like the look of a country home? What elements do you use?
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kelly ~