Country Sampler

Novel Idea


Emphasize the lovely muted hues of vintage books by lining them up by color and size on rustic furnishing­s. Emily sorted her grandmothe­r’s old books on a petite bookshelf paired with a small side table in her living room. Fill out the shelves with stoneware jugs in coordinati­ng glazes to add variety. Heighten the arrangemen­t with bushel basket lids and architectu­ral salvage positioned asymmetric­ally on the top shelf. On a nearby table, reverse the placement of books to show the patina of the page edges, and use the volumes as a riser for a plant positioned among glass bottles.

Weave coordinati­ng blue-hued treasures through a display of neutrals to energize the scene. If you don’t have enough pieces on hand, hone your shopping skills by heading out with specific objects in mind. “I had such fun searching for (and accumulati­ng) the most beautiful blue planters,” Emily shares. “I loved the blue hobnail McCoys best of all.” She arranged ivory and muted brown accents throughout her cabinet and then placed one blue item on each shelf to move the eye around the space. Floral motifs embossed on the planters, pressed on a canvas and painted on the pottery pieces sweeten the look.

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