Saturated Country Brights - Vibrant Can Be Country Too

Nancy Fishelson's primitive styled country home

Country Living featured an article on Nancy Fishelson's primitive styled country home. When she bought the 1940's home, little did she know how much renovations the house would bring.

Nancy's home is a great example of what you can do to make your home look more primitive. Nancy added plenty of unique finds to achieve her old world look.

  • She transformed her kitchen countertops from salvaged wood floors, added primitive distressed old signage as wall decor, and used a lot of weathered furniture to create that old world effect.
  • In one of the photos she used a 19th-century wooden tub as a coffee table. Don't be afraid to re-purpose something in a way that it isn't commonly used for.
  • A few hand picked antiques can go a long way. Buying a painted piece of furniture that has natural patina can go a long way in a room. In many of her rooms you can see that every knick nack fits into the primitive colonial scheme. She doesn't clutter up her home with too much. Instead she focuses on the few selected items she wants to feature.
  • Work Firkin Buckets into your decor. They can be rather expensive, but you can them on ebay for less in the color you are after.
  • All Maine Bucket sells a variety of lovely primitive styled buckets from just display to full wood buckets. Their planter round wood containers can be white washed and stationed in the house with dried flowers. They come in a few sizes.
  • White Cosmos Flowers would look nice in an oversized basket. Keeping the flowers light in color looks nice with an off white /gray painted basket. The Baby's Breath Gypsophila Artificial Silk Flowers in Navy Blue would also give a country feel. Imagine it in a distressed baby blue painted container. Singapore Orchid in cream yellow can also fill up a container.

Chippendale. sofa sofas, shopping, brown $1799. ETHAN ALLEN From House Beautiful

Chippendale Sofa, $1799. ETHAN ALLEN

Downtown 1st dibs

Downtown - Los Angeles, CA

Photography Ted Yarwood

 Photography Ted Yarwood

Occasional table Seller English Country Antiques

Occasional table Seller English Country Antiques

Nantucket home of Linda Zarrella

Antique Repainted Chest of Drawers Seller English Country Antiques

Manhattan apartment decorated by Miles Redd

Manhattan apartment decorated by Miles Redd - Elle Decor

Traditional Entry design by Philadelphia Interior Designer Meadowbank Designs

Martha Stewart's Kitchen Design

Don Freeman

Don Freeman

Country Living Sept 2006

Country Living  Sept 2006

Myra Hoefer

Myra Hoefer

Nancy Soriano's

Former editor-in-chief of Country Living magazine, Nancy Soriano's 1920s Tudor-style home in Westchester County, N.Y. The living room features wallpaper on the ceiling

Michael Graydon for Candian House Home Oct. 2011

A beautiful country kitchen with mustard-yellow cabinetry and rustic brick floors. Designed by Lynda Reeves and her talented team at Canadian House & Home. Handcrafted by Heritage Kitchens. | Source: Michael Graydon for Canadian House & Home, Oct. 2011

  • In many homes, space comes at a premium, so you really have think strategically about how to best use the space you have.
  • It has become trendy to have bookshelves in the dining room, and the table transformed into a work space during the day.  Invest in some bookshelves that match and create a built-in look, by adding stripes off wood that could be hammered on, unite the shelves together.  Building a built in look is easier than you think.
  • Your bedroom could also double up as a library, or reading room.  House the extra books on the wall, or place a curtain in front, which you can open and close at your will.
  • Hidden storage can be painted in bright saturated tones.  Consider painting your closets a bright color.  Housing linens has never looked so exciting.
  • Go for color inside your drawers.  If you love lilac, or yellow, paint the inside of your dresser something exciting.
  • It’s possible to find collections of furniture that match and coordinate by painting them.  Work with several shades of the same tone to give your house a vibrant appeal without it looking overboard.  If you love yellow, consider working with a canary, amber and flax.  Use a soft muted cream for your painted floors and walls.
  • If you go for a vibrant saturated wall color, consider painting a piece of furniture in a hue that is slightly darker or lighter in color.  Maybe it is a wall cabinet or an accent chair.  What ever piece you decide, it draw the two colors together and won't seem so busy.  Adding just one piece in a similar shade will blend the elements together.

Cain Moderne

 Cain Moderne

Monticello Thomas Jeffersons Home

Monticello Thomas Jeffersons Home

Monticello Va--Restoring Historic Homes - ELLE DECOR

Daniel Romualdez

Daniel Romualdez's Connecticut Home - Vogue

Ann Nicholson- Country Living

Ann Nicholson- Country Living

 

Swedish-Yellow-Cabinet

If you are looking for a painted cabinet to finish your dining room or kitchen, consider this wonderful painted cabinet in yellow. This beautifully finished, tempered glass door Hutch is a perfect addition to your kitchen or dining area. Featuring two inserted shelves for maximum display space, this hutch is a seamless combination of style and function! COE Limited sells this cabinet for $582.

The country house of the architect Daniele Bedini is located in the Tuscany countryside.  The saturated shades give the feeling of romance in the country.

In 2003, Daniele bought a barn in the village Roccalbegna, in the corner of Italian countryside, and spent 5 months building and renovating it with local materials. Lavender windows and doors with sunflower yellow walls and ceiling add to the Tuscan feel of the house.  {dekio.fr}

The country house of the architect Daniele Bedini

Phil-Ward

Phil Ward, co-founder of Eskimo, better known for gorgeous radiators and beautifully designed hot things in general, designed Old Deer. Old Deer is Phil’s first foray into designing a purely decorative product with no heating function.

Wendell T. Webber

Canning Adds Vibrancy In This Kitchen- Wendell T. Webber

Reproduction-Hooks-Knobs

BARR sells an old world reproduction knob designed for curtains. They are fabulously oversized, and very ornate making them perfect for all areas of the house. Consider screwing in some regular coat hooks on your plank wall, and these knobs could be screwed directly above your coat hooks for the perfect hat hook.

Antique Vaisselier China Cabinet- Château d'Ansouis..France -

 Château d'Ansouis | Inspiring Interiors

Château d'Ansouis..France - loveisspeed

Bloomingdale's Book of Home Decorating by Barbara D'Arcy

 Bloomingdale's Book of Home Decorating by Barbara D'Arcy 

2011 Idea House, EscondidoHorseshoe Bay, TX 78657

 Southern Living

c.1890 English Painted Syrup Tin Store Fitting Seller Antiques on Old Plank Road

c.1890 English Painted Syrup Tin Store Fitting Seller Antiques on Old Plank Road

Painting Inside Your China Cabinets- Antiques dealer Jim Williams

Antiques dealer Jim Williams spotted this vintage two-piece cupboard with zinc top and had to take it home. But as an artist with a love of eye-catching colors, he didn't hesitate to paint the back of the cupboard a honeydew-melon green.

Not only does the green better show off his collection of vintage ironstone and brown transferware, but this fresh color is a happy pair with the cupboard's warm brown wood. Though perfectly crisp lines are highly overrated, you may want to tape off the shelves and back before picking up your paintbrush.

Painting In The Inside of Your China Cabinets- Country Home Magazine

In the late 18th Century, the French developed scenic, panoramic landscape wallpapers some of which are still available through iconic French paper house, Zuber. Zuber's "Decor Chinois" is shown above.

Antiques on Old Plank Road

Antiques on Old Plank Road

campagne decoration magazine Oct 2008

Campagne Decoration Magazine Oct 2008

The Irish Country House On Amazon

The Irish Country House On Amazon

Country Styles Around The World

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating Judith Miller Influential Country Styles

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country traditions from around the world which we love and adore. The comfortable warm looks of the country home have become a style that can be found around the world, and Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

In Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country homes from around the world, and she combines them into one book.

The comfortable warm looks of the country bring an atmosphere that gives peace and serenity.  Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

The best thing about Influential Country Styles is the range of country styles from around the world.  Each country has their own personality, color schemes, furniture styles, and decor.

American Rustic interiors has an entirely different color scheme than the informal English Country cottage. The brightly colored Mediterranean villa looks much different than the white looks found in the Scandinavian farmhouse.

Contents of Influential Country Styles by Judith Miller:

Materials 14

Wood 16
Stone 42
Earth 62

A Sense Of Place 82

France 84
Italy 90
Scandinavia 94
United Kingdom 100
North America 104
North Africa 110

Room By Room 114

Relaxing 116
Cooking and Eating 126
Sleeping and Bathing 134
Structural Features 146

Walls 148
Floors 156
Doors 160
Stairs 162
Fireplaces and stoves 164
Furniture 166
Chairs 168
Storage 172
Artifacts 178

Suppliers
Index 189

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country traditions from around the world which we love and adore. The comfortable warm looks of the country home have become a style that can be found around the world, and Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country traditions from around the world which we love and adore. The comfortable warm looks of the country home have become a style that can be found around the world, and Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating Judith Miller Influential Country Styles

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller

Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller

Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller

Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller

Country Style Decorating Judith Miller Influential Country Styles

 

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country traditions from around the world which we love and adore. The comfortable warm looks of the country home have become a style that can be found around the world, and Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country traditions from around the world which we love and adore. The comfortable warm looks of the country home have become a style that can be found around the world, and Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

Primitive Decor - Country Style Decorating

Picture Credit - Influential Country Styles, Judith Miller looks at the country traditions from around the world which we love and adore. The comfortable warm looks of the country home have become a style that can be found around the world, and Miller takes us on a tour of the decoration of homes which we can borrow and make our own.

9 Ways To Decorate A Country Home On A Limited Budget

Primitive Colonial Decorating: Windsor Chairs

Margot Austin, magazine editor of Style at Home furnishes her home in an updated colonial style and decorates it with primitive decor. Her home in Tweed, Ontario was featured in the Canadian Style at Home Sept 07 issue.

Decorating doesn't have to be complicated.  You can have the house of your dreams on a limited budget.

Benches Can Instantly Add "Country" To Your Home

This will instantly give you a lived in country feel to your home.  Plain oval dining tables with benches make excellent primitive country dining sets.  Use long benches in the entry way of your home our just outside on the porch.  Benches can be purchased off of craigslist, and given a quick makeover with chalk or milk paint.

As many churches renovate, old church wooden benches are discarded for new metal folding chairs.  Many churches want the option of an open floor concept, so they are getting rid of heavy dated furniture.  What is dated to them, isn't dated to collectors.

Look Out For Wall Displays

Wooden wall cupboards allow you to display collections which give your house character.  Work with hutches that allow you to show off an unique collection of plates and dishware.

In this picture we see a painted green hutch with green tableware.  The tone on tone combination sets a simplistic theme in this home. 

Use inexpensive wood wardrobes, and display a collection where the doors can be left open. Plate racks give a room instant country charm.  Plate racks can work nicely in entry ways above chests, in dining rooms, and kitchens.

Work With An Old Fashioned Farmhouse Table

Place a rectangular work table in your kitchen, and use antique kitchenware for your cooking and serving - this brings back memories of an old farm house, doesn't it?

A farmhouse table is actually easy to create out of an old table.  Simply remove the existing table top so just the frame is left.  Apply older strips of reclaimed wood on the surface.  Simply hammer the wood into place.

You can also create your own work table in the kitchen by taking apart an old table and cutting the width down.   I picture a long and narrow work table that could be paired up with your sink.  Add a butcher block to the top, and you have an old fashioned work table.  Working with existing frames, such as a table found on craigslist or at a garage sale might be the easiest way to get the look for less.  Keep your eye out for one on craigslist, and cut it down to fit your space.

Buy A Traditional Primitive Chandelier

Use traditional lighting and chandeliers for a truer experience .  Go for ones with a rough worn finish. You can find a wooden, or iron chandelier with colonial character on Ebay

Consider replacing your ceiling fixtures and lamps to something with character.  Re-cover old drum shades with fabric that looks primitive, yet would work anywhere in your house.  This is such an easy fix, and that makes such a big difference.

Re-Upholster Quality Pieces

Often times a vintage sofa shows up on craigslist, with worn out, dated fabric.  If you find such an item, think about getting it professionally upholstered.  There is nothing like having an antique sofa frame made over with canvas, or upholstery grade linen.

If you don't think you have the skill to re-upholster a piece, shop around for some country slipcovers that could give you that instant change.  Rather than spending $2000 and more on a new couch, why not shop around for something similar, but gently used?  Upholstery also allows you the say on the pattern and color of the fabric.

When my husband and I invested in our sofas, I am thankful now that we went with something  plain.  The plain fabric has allowed me to work with different pillows as I have exchanged out furniture along the way.  For for something simple that you can dress up with any color or pattern.

Collect Wood Furniture

Re-purposing existing furniture allows you to add your own personality to a piece.  If an existing piece of furniture isn't working for you today, it can be changed to work for you in the future. Sanding, painting and aging the piece allows you to get the look you are after.  If it doesn't work in 5 years, sand it down again, and stain it.  Invest in wood pieces that you can make your own.

I have an old wooden childs chair that I intend on stripping again, and painting it white.  I have had it for years, and up to this point has always made an impression.  Because it is wood, it allows me to re-work the finish, rather than starting from scratch, by finding another.  I love the frame, it just needs to be a different color.

Pick Up Special Items With Worn Patina

While we all might be pretty talented with paint and a brush, some finishes cannot be duplicated that easy.  Keep your eye on ebay for unique one of a kind objects where the paint is worn, or rusty.  Natural patina can be a focal point in your home.  Invest in a few good pieces, than a dozen of so-so average finds.  One great piece that might be more expensive is better at grabbing your attention, and any others who visit your home.

Dried Flowers Are Inexpensive, And Charming

Bouquets of dried herbs perfuming the air and hang from ceiling beams of a rustic kitchen can add that primitive touch that you need in your home.  Plan ahead next year and plant flowers that might look great dried on your table, or work with pressing flowers and framing them in a collection.  Dried flowers framed can be as easy as buying a bouquet at the grocery store that catches your attention.  As you mount them, write on the paper, what species the flower is.  This little touch in pencil might add that primitive effect you are looking for.

Quilts Are Attractive On The Walls

If you love quilts, why not cover up that used space on the walls with a old fashioned quilt.  You can find so many stunning vintage and antique quilts on ebay, that would look terrific above a bed in a guest bedroom.  We all have blank wall space that could use some decoration.  Quilts can give your space that warmth it needs.  Use quilt racks, or even drape a couple of beauties over the sofa.  The the faded fabric of a patchwork quilt used from one generation to the next captures interest.

 

Primitive Outdoor Decorating Ideas From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Outdoor Decorating Ideas From Country Home Magazine

Colonial Table Setting Ideas- Primitive Decorating Ideas

Colonial Table Setting Ideas- Primitive Decorating Ideas From Tip Junkie

Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

A distressed wood table feels at home in a farmhouse dining room. Blue-and-white checkered seat cushions complement the faded green finish of the table. A faded checkerboard pattern marks the original heart-pine floor. Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Style Decorating From Country Home Magazine

The aged finish of this painted mantel lends time-worn appeal to this fireplace. Get a similar look on your surround with this easy painting technique:

Sand a paint-grade, unfinished wood mantel with fine (180-grit) sandpaper.

Apply paste wax in the corners and along the edges where you want the natural surface to show through. Coat entire surface with primer.

Choose two shades of paint. For an antique look, we like Hunter's White (#6002-1B) and Frappé (#6003-1B) flat finish by Valspar (valspar.com). Paint the mantel with the darker color.

Put additional paste wax on areas where you want the darker paint to show through (after the first coat dries). Then paint a second coat with the lighter color.

Scour sections of the mantel with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper to encourage a peeled, timeworn appearance and fast-forward the "aging" process.

 

Primitive Style Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Evoke a homespun feel on the table with textural vintage linens. White fringed napkins center the place settings, which rest on a tablecloth made from nubby cotton dish-towel fabric. Our stylist found a bolt of it at a flea market. Raw linen or even burlap would also work. Folded under the turkey platter to catch spills is a small, square embroidered tablecloth.

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Colonial Decor Primitive Decor And Decorating

Country Living featured designer Alexandra Champalimaud as she transformed her own Revolutionary-era house in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Primitive Styled Kitchens From Designer Jackye Lanham

Primitive Styled Kitchens From Designer Jackye Lanham

Painted and Distressed Floorboards from House to Home Magazine

Painted and Distressed Floorboards from House to Home Magazine

Primitive Painted Wood Walls Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Primitive Painted Wood Walls Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Primitive Decorating - Bill Sidoriak’s Home Featured in Country Home Magazine

Bill Sidoriak’s historic Hudson Valley home is full of primitive furnishings and colorful collections. October 2008 issue of Country Home

Bernhardt Martha Stewart Laurel Stenciled Chest

Square Brick Flooring From House to Home Magazine

Square Brick Flooring From House to Home Magazine

Primitive Decor Ideas

Red doesn't have to be flashy. Certain shades, like this rich tomato red, add rustic warmth. The paint in this entry hall had been hidden under wallpaper for decades. To bring out the luster, the homeowners cleaned the paneling with ammonia water, coated it with beeswax, and buffed it. Decorating with Red - Home Decor in Red - Country Living

Primitive Decor- Rustic Style Decorating

Primitive Decor- Rustic Style Decorating

Primitive Decor- Rustic Style Decorating

Primitive Styled Bathroom

Primitive Styled Bathroom

Primitive Styled Bathroom Featured on Nenaghgal Blog Originally Featured in Country Home's book New Country Style by Meredith Books, 2001

Alec Hemer Tricia Joyce Brabourne Farm Blog

Alec Hemer Tricia Joyce Brabourne Farm Blog

Primitive Decorating Using Distressed Furniture From Martha Stewart

Primitive Decorating Using Distressed Furniture Martha Stewart

Linen Queen Anne Wingback Chairs -Pamela Pierce Veranda Magazine

Linen Queen Anne Wingback Chairs -Pamela Pierce Veranda Magazine

Pamela Pierce Veranda Magazine

Primitive Decorating Ideas

Primitive Decorating Ideas From Shabby Chic Mania

Primitive Interiors Windsor Chairs Farmhouse Tables

Primitive Interiors Windsor Chairs Farmhouse Tables- Ralph Lauren Paint

Country Living Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Primitive Decorating From Country Living Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Primitive Decorating Ideas From Badgley Mischka Elle Decor

Badgley Mischka Elle Decor

Victoria Pearson Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Victoria Pearson Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Colonial Decorating Ideas

Colonial Decorating Ideas From Decorology Blog

Rustic Home Designed by Isabel Lopez Quesada

Rustic Home Designed by Isabel Lopez Quesada

Vintage Oil Paintings Featured on Inspiring Interiors Blog

Vintage Oil Paintings Featured on Inspiring Interiors Blog

Primitive Decor Ideas From American Antiques of Portsmouth

Sharon Platt, American Antiques of Portsmouth, NH is a website we frequently visit to find inspiration and information. Stocked with unusually intimate 18th and 19th
century antiques, Platt's offerings offer a glimpse into the day to day life of
early Americans. Not only are they interesting, but they are beautiful.

Colonial Decor Primitive Decorating Ideas

Country Living featured designer Alexandra Champalimaud as she transformed her own Revolutionary-era house in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Primitive Decorating From Aged and Gided Blog

Primitive Decorating From Aged and Gided Blog

Primitive Styled Decorating

Primitive Styled Decorating From Mary Douglas Drysdale on Facebook

Shades Of Gray, Country Style Muted

Primitive Decor Ideas -Painted Trim

Charleston designer Kimberly Williams and her husband,  Craig, added a 250-square-foot kitchen to their house. The new room received a  dose of old-house charm with salvaged heart-pine flooring and a pair of French  doors that open to a tiny side garden. The former kitchen is now a cozy seating  area and storage pantry in an adjacent room. See more about this home on Country Home Magazine

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