Craft­ing Coun­try Style

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The best thing about coun­try dec­o­rat­ing is the free­dom one has to com­bine a va­ri­ety of styles, just as Judy Neu­mann has done in her Grass Valley, Cal­i­for­nia, home. From clas­sic an­tiques to home­spun prim­i­tives, Judy shares her fa­vorite tips for cre­at­ing a rus­tic style with a per­sonal touch:

En­joy the best of both worlds.

Com­bine for­mal and in­for­mal liv­ing spa­ces to add va­ri­ety and in­ter­est to your home. Per­haps you’d like a for­mal din­ing room but a more ca­sual kitchen. Or maybe you have tra­di­tional liv­ing room fur­nish­ings but fa­vor a straight­for­ward, re­laxed fam­ily room. There are few strict rules when it comes to cul­ti­vat­ing a coun­tri­fied home.

Spin new into old.

Don’t be afraid to strip, sand, prime or paint a newer piece to give it the home­spun flair you en­joy. Qual­ity fur­nish­ings are avail­able at a rea­son­able price at many big-box stores and they can be refaced quickly and eas­ily, for a frac­tion of the cost of a gen­uine an­tique.

Go big with smalls.

In­cor­po­rat­ing small, por­ta­ble dec­o­ra­tive items and ac­ces­sories, such as bas­kets, tins, throw pil­lows, vin­tage signs, and the like, makes it eas­ier to change or blend styles quickly. Start with neu­tral col­ors and fur­nish­ings; then, punch up the space with ac­ces­sories that can be swapped when you’re ready for some­thing new.

Stow, don’t throw.

If you tire of a piece, try rein­vent­ing the item be­fore giv­ing it away. Or, sim­ply store it. “We have col­lected and sold a lot of pieces that we now re­gret [sell­ing],” Judy ad­mits. “Be sure that an ob­ject is some­thing you don’t want be­fore get­ting rid of it. Don’t fol­low trends only to dis­cover that your first loves were the best.”

A coaster wagon makes a con­ver­sa­tion-piece cof­fee ta­ble in the creamy-hued liv­ing room. Lay­ers of pil­lows in an ar­ray of pat­terns punch up a neu­tral sofa. Wooden sig­nage, shut­ters, a re­claimed win­dow frame, and an­tique art­work lend tex­ture and vis­ual...

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