THE THREE Rs OF MODERN COUNTRY DECORATING
Catherine and John Pierce have been avid antique collectors, but Catherine loves the clean aesthetic of the modern farmhouse look. She jokingly says it’s hard for her to strike a balance between “over the top” and “just enough,” but with years of practice and advice from a helpful family friend, she’s found that sweet spot. Here are her tips for creating that look:
ROTATE. It can be hard to part with treasures you’ve accumulated through the years. Catherine suggests rotating pieces, usually seasonally, to create fresh arrangements and allow yourself to fall in love with your treasures all over again.
REPURPOSE. Rather than display items as they were intended, Catherine tries to use vintage pieces in new ways or in different rooms. She says this keeps the displays and collections from looking “stuffy.”
REDUCE. Catherine follows the advice of her mother’s friend Helen, who was a lifelong collector and decorator: “Keep it simple and edit!” Catherine periodically trims back her displays for the most interesting arrangements.