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Friday, December 6, 2013

Country Antiques and Home Decor

Authentic, vintage country antiques and home decor items are more in demand than ever before. The charm of old Americana and early American art, furniture, tools and home furnishings continues to delight. Homeowners and interior decorators searching for those rustic, handcrafted pieces recognize the inherent charm of pieces crafted decades and even centuries ago. They also recognize those old pieces as highly collectible. Not only do those delightful treasures create a warm, comforting ambiance, they promise to become valued works of American craftsmanship and art.

Items like antique corner shelves are gracing contemporary kitchens, showcasing old, cherished family photos and vintage kitchen tools. They also make excellent candle sconces to be used when the power is lost in a winter storm. Old time pine tables, crafted by hand by homesteaders and settlers in the early days of America are also in great demand. A rustic old pine table with the natural patina of aging makes an excellent telephone stand in a foyer or hallway. Paired with an old-fashioned dial phone, the look is truly enchanting.

Handcrafted items are especially desired by those with an eye for appreciating unique home decor. A willow plant stand handcrafted from natural willow branches makes a delightful accent for a sun room as a plant stand, book stand, or a place to set a hot teapot. With something so uniquely designed, the options are unlimited. Wherever it is placed, its provocative design will surely be a conversation starter.

Even parts of furniture make interesting room accents when used creatively. An old bureau or dresser drawer can be transformed into a game board, a wall accent for photos, or a shadow box. Paste a large photo or image inside and it becomes a lovely wooden frame. A vintage child's schoolroom desk easily becomes a telephone desk complete with a seat. In a child's bedroom, it is the perfect place to do homework.

The hunt for marvelous country antiques and home decor can start online or at a local flea market. With a little imagination and creativity, old antiques can quickly become the newest chic.


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