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.