Jessie Walker's Country Decorating

Jessie Walker's Country Decorating

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What epitomizes country style in a room? A uniquely personal touch, an inviting atmosphere, and time-honored furniture and accessories that make you feel at home from the first moment you walk in the door. Jessie Walker, known for her exquisite home and garden photography, presents her best pictures along with a wealth of exceptional decorating ideas. Country embraces many different looks, from period to primitive to cottage. Once you discover which one appeals most to you, it will be easy to make over any setting. Color combination is an essential element for creating a pleasing ambiance. For many years, muted hues alone were associated with country. More recently, the palette has been expanded to include superb blends of lighter, brighter shades, as well as rich, bold colors. Today, vivid red conveys friendliness and provides a spunky accent when added in small doses, such as on dinner plates, while white and tan combined create a luxurious and soothing background. Fabrics play an equally important role in determining a room's ambiance. Soft and comfy pillows in checkered, striped, and floral patterns not only attract the eye but also create an easy, inviting atmosphere while providing a familiar, welcoming touch. Quilts are a great way to introduce a sense of history into your decor, whether you fold and hang one on a wall or use it as a bedspread. Special painting techniques quickly and inexpensively transform any setting. Brushed, stenciled, sponged, or stippled finishes in pastoral hues lovingly imbue a home with personality. Adding collectibles and accents will also help you achieve this feeling. Artfully displayed redware pottery, antique pincushions, American folk art, and classic board games are just some of the objects you can pick up second-hand at flea markets and garage sales, and all enhance ease and informality. Learn to extend your vision to your outdoor spaces using white wicker furniture on the porch; a wheelbarrow planted with flowers, herbs, and vegetables in the backyard; and whimsical birdhouses around the front lawn. Your home can always be an exciting work in progress, ready for your magic touch using the inspirational ideas that capture the best and most creative examples of today's country decorating.White, along with its companions, cream, tan, taupe, gray, brown, and black, is the natural component of a gentle ... In this living room, shades of white, tan, brown, and black are thoughtfully assembled with each element serving a purpose both practical and visual. Sofas and chairs are covered in an off-white canvas duck.

Title:Jessie Walker's Country Decorating
Author:Jessie Walker
Publisher:Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. - 2005


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