The second book country Living Magazine published called Decorating Style- The New Look of Country incorporated many design elements from a variety of heritages and trends, exploring country living at its best. Country Living celebrates the country style we see today: old buildings; new houses mindful of the past, and rooms that speak volumes about individual expression of country style. They have taken a new look at saltboxes, cabins, and rooms that are so much a part of our national character.
The book explores a variety of homes each with a unique individual take on country style. On page 20 shows a picture of a 1700s field stone farmhouse in eastern Pennsylvania,which was transformed into an Inn. Period pieces and old paint treatments bring 18th-century flavor to the historic house. On the walls of one of the bedroom is a walnut burl finish which is very captivating. Craftsman Craig
Mattoli (who owns the inn along with master chef Karyn Coigne) sponge-painted the mantel and doorway of a guest room then coated them with a dark-red oil glaze. The overall look gives the impression of walnut burl!
The picture above is a Salt Box home which is featured on page 65. No shutters on this colonial period style home really feature the paned windows and the beautiful design on this period style home. This section details the contents of a home put together by a Rhode Island couple who had their hearts set about to build an "Early Americans-style house. They turned to the classic Saltbox because the shape of the house resembled a Medieval. In the 1600s, few houses were built as Salt-boxes. The couple had been collecting pages from Country Living for years and knew exactly what they
wanted. The homes interior features exquisite molding, cabinetry, mantels and stunning furniture and primitive decor.
A well worn farm table replaces the expected kitchen island in this painted kitchen. What captured my attention is this beautifully painted Windsor chair. Look at the color and the distressing on this outstanding painted dining room chair. The paint choices certainly add character in this primitive styled kitchen.
On page 23 features an Illinois farmhouse. Here you see their baby's room decorated with primitive decor. A collection of antique toys that the husband had in childhood
decorates a shelf in their baby's room.
In a chapter entitled "The South" A Mississippi log house is constructed from Pre-Civil war dwellings is featured. A newly linked pair of 19th century cabins in Kentucky, a Federal period row house in Old Town Alexandria Virginia, and a Florida cottage made from cypress all pay tribute to the southern past.
Here you see the cabin in Kentucky. Look at the white washed walls, and yellow painted floor. You can see how brilliant all the colors in this room work with one another. From the painted ceiling, to the floor color even to the chairs that surround the table, the white tones really are absolutely stunning. The primitive boxes that sit in between the window and the door are the perfect paint tones of this period style. This room is perfection at its best.
In June 14, 1777, the fledgling United States Congress adopted this resolution: "Resolved,that the Flag of the United States be 13 stripes alternated red and white, and the Union be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation." No one knows for certain who actually designed the flag. Whatever its origins, the flag has
proved enduring, and its colors and patterns have inspired many for years. In the picture above a New York vacation home featured the American Flag draped over another American icon; the Windsor bench.
This picture was featured on page 78, of a 1869 barn which was remodeled. The Dutch exterior doors and layers of antiques and painted finishes really lend to a primitive style.
Decorating Style- The New Look of Country features so many stunning pictures which can inspire you in your quest for decorating your own home. They feature so many variations of country style, that you will be able to find your particular niche in this book.