Editor’s Let­ter

Country Sampler - - Contents - Donna Mar­cel Editor dmar­cel@coun­trysam­pler.com

WWho­ever coined the ex­pres­sion “don’t rein­vent the wheel” prob­a­bly never met a coun­try dec­o­ra­tor. Those who ap­pre­ci­ate this down-home style truly are mas­ter makeover artists who have a knack for re­pur­pos­ing com­mon items into clever new dis­play pieces. The tal­ented home­own­ers fea­tured in this is­sue are no ex­cep­tion, and they have dreamed up count­less ways to re­tool old trea­sures into dec­o­ra­tive de­lights in their beautifully styled homes. Here are just a few of their art­ful ad­just­ments: Can-Do At­ti­tude: Vin­tage pitch­ers and vases serve as great hosts for flow­ers and other nat­u­ral fo­liage, but you can cre­ate an at­ten­tion-grab­bing vi­gnette for a man­tel or an en­try­way table with an an­tique tole painted urn or can­teen filled with wispy ferns. (See “Back to the Past,” pages 18–27.)

Tools of the Trade: Think be­yond stan­dard clay pots and plas­tic planters for show­ing off prized flow­ers. An old, weath­ered tool car­rier mounted on a post and bloom­ing with col­or­ful marigolds or dahlias will look right at home in a gar­den or near a front porch. (See “Hum­ble Abode,” pages 28–37.)

Crafty Con­tain­ers: Ma­son jars are a dec­o­rat­ing sta­ple in just about ev­ery coun­try home and are as ver­sa­tile as a ves­sel can get. Dress up plain glass jars or can­is­ters by glu­ing on la­bels, and then fill the in­sides with herbs, dried wild­flow­ers or fra­grant pot­pourri. (See “Em­brac­ing Change,” pages 86–94.)

Tea for Two: Im­press your din­ner guests with a table set­ting that shines with time­less elegance. Bring out your best china serv­ing pieces and fash­ion an eye-catch­ing cen­ter­piece by em­bel­lish­ing a sil­ver cof­fee pitcher or teapot with a beau­ti­ful spray of hy­drangeas or other spring blooms. (See “Chalk It Up,” pages 48–55.)

We hope you’ll take in­spi­ra­tion from the many in­ven­tive ideas in this is­sue and be mo­ti­vated to reimag­ine the pos­si­bil­i­ties of your ev­ery­day ac­ces­sories.

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