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

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