Choosing the furnishings for every room in your country home is, perhaps, the highlight of your home decorating process. Rather than hard physical labor, you must use all your mental energy to decide what sofas to have, or where the new rug should go.
Furnishing one’s own home is the icing on the cake; it’s the personality and the pizzazz that you give to your space that makes it yours and keeps it looking unique. A classic country cottage has particular furnishings which keep it looking in character.
Eco-friendly furniture can be found in all sorts of places – you can seek out the latest sleek Eco-gadgets to deliver long term affordability to your home’s energy needs, or look for pre-loved furnishings in garage sales or auctions that will give your home a lived-and-loved personality, full of stories and character, as well as being fabulously green.
Create the perfect country look through the delicate draping of lace blinds and floral curtains at the window, or build a classic French character by carefully placing chic striped blinds and painted wooden shutters. Whatever you choose, remember to give your choice of window furnishings time, thought, and energy.
In country homes from days gone by, there used to be a mixture of chair designs around the dining table that was handed down by family or locally crafted gifts. And in the living spaces, snug handmade and upholstered armchairs nestled around the fire. Recreate this elegant and homey look with vintage and antique finds.
Vintage and antique collectables vary from collections of vintage dinner plates to antique French furniture. They vary in scale as much as they do in cost, and some will take up your time and effort to find whereas others will be readily available.
Vintage crockery and tableware are easy to find and a very practical yet aesthetically pleasing addition to your country home. For a particularly modern approach, search out blue and white china patterns but for a more antique, chintzy style, mix and match crockery colors.
An ideal setting for a nice cottage is within a nice garden. The cottage and the garden may be small, but they complement each other very well. Make your cottage garden look outstandingly beautiful by making sure you plan it. Draw a sketch of what plants you will put where, and make sure that you are working with the seasons.
Having a garden full of pretty and beautifully scented flowers gives great joy and pleasure to all those who can experience it. The reason we give flowers on special occasions is because they make people smile – and so, choosing the right blooms is a very important task.