Friday, April 22, 2011
I consider myself a connoisseur of most things “country”. I love living near a city with all of its conveniences, but prefer to be a bit removed from the hustle and bustle. I adore country farmhouses with their wraparound porches and welcoming feel. I would love to rescue every barn I see falling into disrepair in someone’s pasture or abandoned feedlot. My son is very young, but already I know that I want him to learn what it’s like to work on a farm, to live a simpler existence and know the inner satisfaction that comes from growing his own crops and raising his own livestock.
So, when I picked up the most recent issue of a popular country decorating magazine and read the editor’s column, I was amazed to learn that she encounters a number of people that have no idea what it means to decorate a home with a country theme. Perhaps it’s because I have grown up always loving the country way of life, but it’s sad to me that others have not had the opportunity to witness and enjoy such a warm and welcoming decorating style. Certainly, we all have our individual interests and tastes, but to not even be aware of country decorating is such a pity.
Rustic furniture made from reclaimed barnwood, such as the Barnwood Designs Reclaimed Alpine Heirloom Bed, is certainly a solid foundation for a country decorating style. The aged look and rustic character of the wood, along with the wrought iron hardware that is usually used for handles and hinges, provides a base for adding country accessories. When adding to this foundation, “country” can take on some different but similar meanings. The beauty of country is in its simplicity and individuality. A home decorated with a country decor theme may incorporate several styles, including Americana, Colonial, primitive, cottage, or farmhouse. Antiques are a frequent part of country decorating, as are collections of treasured items. The culmination is often a cozy home that has a distinct personality that reflects that of the homeowner.
Although I have transitioned through a few different decorating styles, I have gravitated back to loving the country look. I am slowly replacing our more contemporary furniture with pieces that have a rustic personality. My home décor purchases are now more commonly made at thrift stores than at department stores. I feel like my decorating style has finally come back to my roots…as a country connoisseur.