Coun­try Trea­sures

The sea­sonal shift brings op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­fresh your decor in­doors and out with spir­ited ac­cents fea­tur­ing clas­sic coun­try col­ors, mo­tifs and ma­te­ri­als.

Country Sampler - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY LISA SLOAN FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION, SEE RE­SOURCE GUIDE, PAGE 150.

Dis­cover dis­play ideas for musthave dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories.

Twin­kle, Twin­kle

Gal­va­nized metal and tin are a nice neu­tral gray color, so it’s no won­der th­ese ma­te­ri­als con­tinue to be a pop­u­lar choice in coun­try dec­o­rat­ing. In­cor­po­rate an­tique tin stars into your decor to bring a di­men­sional el­e­ment to a wall ar­range­ment in any room, or hang them with rib­bon stream­ers on an en­try door to salute the sea­son.

Totable Tin

The slot­ted metal found in vin­tage olive buck­ets has be­come a farm­house style sta­ple, and th­ese handy totes com­bine that look with wood. The per­fect caddy for cor­ralling books on a bed­side ta­ble, th­ese bas­kets also look lovely filled with flow­ers or herbs on a win­dowsill.

Home Sweet Home

Af­firm your ad­mi­ra­tion for clas­sic New Eng­land life with im­ages that rep­re­sent his­toric-style struc­tures. Th­ese lath-framed wood signs will be right at home when propped on a shelf sur­rounded by other pe­riod-ap­pro­pri­ate fare or paired up and sur­rounded with a larger frame.

Star Struck

Amer­i­cana is in fash­ion year-round, but this handcrafted burlap wreath fea­tur­ing star, striped and checked rib­bons is espe­cially suited for warm-weather cel­e­bra­tions. Hang it on a cabi­net door, or lay it flat to an­chor a cen­ter­piece, tuck­ing bat­tery-pow­ered ta­per can­dles in the open­ings around the metal star.

Red, Light and Blue

With their dis­tressed and glo­ri­ously faded fin­ishes, th­ese fil­i­greed metal lanterns show­case vo­tive can­dles in style. Group the trio to­gether, us­ing books, boxes or other props to vary the heights and add in­ter­est, or spread them out along a walk­way or a gar­den wall to light the way for an evening soirée.

Word to the Wise

Set the mood in any space where you like to un­wind, such as a bed­room, porch, sun­room or bath, by spell­ing it out with wood let­ters printed in time­worn coun­try fin­ishes. Af­fix the let­ters to a length of rus­tic barn board to cre­ate a one-of-a-kind piece of art­work for a wall, or sit­u­ate them on a shelf or a man­tel amid other summery ac­cou­trements.

Burst of In­spi­ra­tion

Del­i­cate lace doilies and co­or­di­nat­ing coast­ers pro­vide an ex­plo­sion of pa­tri­otic color while lend­ing a beau­ti­ful hand­made touch to any set­ting. Use them to dress up a ta­ble while en­ter­tain­ing, or sus­pend them over a mir­ror or win­dow to dis­play like in­tri­cate fire­works.

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