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 A Country Living Room You Can Be Proud Of
photo courtesy Country Living

photo courtesy Country Living

Do you feel at ease, even excited to invite people into your home and relax?  Or do these excuses sound more familiar – “I’m sorry it’s such a mess!” and  ”We’ve just been so busy; We’ll get around to fixing this room up eventually.”  Of all the rooms in your country home, the living room is the most central and communal.  Let’s focus on creating a room that is an extension of your personal country style; one where you can truly live.

First, sit down and list what your country living room is used for and how often. Is this room family central? Does everyone migrate here after dinner? Is it the main room for watching TV? Does it double as a home office or craft station also?  Do you often throw parties?  Perhaps your children use it to study, or you house exercise equipment in there.

photo courtesy Country Living

photo courtesy Country Living

Answering this question will help you define what your living room’s purpose is. This is a vital step in the design process, as you want your decor to be supportive of the activities and atmosphere in your country living room. Remember to answer the question, “How often?” Is there another room in your house that is frequented more, leaving your living room less used? If so, why?  Is your living room not welcoming?  Perhaps you will consider using your furniture and decor to create a more inviting atmosphere.  Love to Know has an article with a great section (about halfway through) on country style living room design tips.

Next, decide on the color and design scheme. For many people, this brainstorming step is the most fun part of the entire process. An important question to ask in this stage is, “What do you already have in the room that you want to keep?” Is it a treasured couch or a lamp that you love? Maybe you have an antique trunk handed down from your grandmother that you are using as a coffee table. If there are certain pieces of furniture and country decor in your living room that you want to keep, now you have something to focus the rest of your design scheme around. In this stage, my best advice is to buy or make a bulletin board or design book where you post pictures of anything that inspires you – not necessarily just photos of country homes or living rooms.  If you do want some inspiration from other homes, though, Country Living has a jam-packed slideshow of Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms.

photo courtesy Country Living

photo courtesy Country Living

Finally, set a budget.  How much money can you realistically afford to spend on this project?  Time is also a huge factor here.  If you don’t have a large amount of cash right up front, perhaps you can spread the project out over a longer time frame, where you can continually add to your budget.  Maybe you don’t have a lot of time, however, to put into this.  Are you going to account in your budget for hiring outside help, such as painters or a design expert?  Think about investing money in quality pieces of country furniture, too, that can last for a lifetime.  For more advice on budgeting, see this article on Establishing an Interior Decorating Budget.

Keep in mind, even if you set a short timeline for this living room redecorating project, this is a LIVING room.  Country style is an extension of your individuality.  As life moves on, circumstances change, children grow, old habits die off and new ones begin.  As you live your life, you will be continually adding new elements to your country living room to coincide with the changing of times.

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 Country Cuisine: 3 Recipes to Keep your Cool in the Heat

Do you find yourself slaving away over a hot kitchen stove to prepare a homemade dinner,  even in the sweltering summer heat?  Timeless Country Decor offers readers 3 simple ideas for having dinner on the table fast, leaving you time to enjoy the after-dinner cool of summer nights.  Read on for advice on keeping your country kitchen cool (no oven required).

gazpacho Country Cuisine: 3 Recipes to Keep your Cool in the Heat1. Gazpacho – Incorporate some  international flair with this quick and simple vegetable soup.  Originating in the Southern parts of Spain, this thick tomato-based blend was often eaten by field hands during their mid-day break to stay cool.  The following tip from a Timeless Country Decor staff member:  “I recommend making this thpulled pork sandwich 300 Country Cuisine: 3 Recipes to Keep your Cool in the Heate night before you plan to eat it, so it has time to thoroughly chill and develop the flavors.  The following evening, remove your dish from the refrigerator, and dinner is served!”

2. Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches – Real Simple offers several recipe ideas for those nights when it’s just too hot to cook.  Remember, the jalapenos in this sandwich are optional; eating too many could make the temperature suddenly seem several degrees warmer!

3. Instant Strawberry Ice Cream – Yes, dessert in many country homes is a regular part of dinner, so we included a homemade ice cream recipe. 214322 Country Cuisine: 3 Recipes to Keep your Cool in the Heat Surprisingly, this sweet treat takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!  Timeless Country Decor recommends starting this recipe right before preparing dinner so you allow it time to freeze.  After dinner, you can surprise guests with this made-from-scratch delight!

Do you have any all-time favorite summer recipes you’d like to share with us?

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10 Ways to Update Your Country Home Without Breaking the Bank http://site.timelesscountrydecor.com/blog/2010/06/25/10-ways-update-country-home-breaking-bank/ http://site.timelesscountrydecor.com/blog/2010/06/25/10-ways-update-country-home-breaking-bank/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:35:46 +0000 Administrator http://site.timelesscountrydecor.com/blog/?p=5 10 Ways to Update Your Country Home Without Breaking the Bank is a post from: Timeless Country Decor Blog

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 10 Ways to Update Your Country Home Without Breaking the Bank

English Country KitchenDo you find yourself bored with a room in your house, but seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to inspiration?  With the state of the economy, that brick wall often affects finances as well, sometimes severely limiting design options.  Timeless Country Decor offers readers 10 tips for the tightest of budgets.

  • Add a Rug: Country rugs can be a fairly inexpensive way to change up the entire atmosphere of a room.  Besides protecting wood floors and keeping dust levels down, they can provide a splash of color to a neutral palette.
  • Paint: Whether painting just one wall, the molding, or the whole room, paint is a relatively inexpensive way to change the entire look of your home.
    Henrietta Table Lamp
  • Lighting: In my opinion, lighting is one of the most important facets of interior decorating.  Lighting can drastically alter the mood of the room.  Fluorescent lights are my least favorite, personally.  Seriously, have you ever tried putting on makeup under those bulbs?  Even if you can’t afford to completely overhaul the room in question’s lighting system, floor and country table lamps can make all the difference.  Even better, try three-way light bulbs; at the flick of a switch, you can have three different choices for how you want the light cast!
  • Candles: Technically a subcategory of lighting, however, I believe country candles deserve a category in and of themselves!  Right now I’m in the midst of a complete apartment overhaul, and this beautiful image is what I’m aiming create with my fireplace.  Who says your fireplace can’t have a functional use in the heat of summer?
  • Pillows: In all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, pillows (and pillow covers) can instantly change the color scheme or theme of your room.  When I moved into my first apartment, none of my roommates nor I could afford furniture, so we substituted large pillows all around the living room.  In my current living situation, we actually use pillows around a low coffee table in place of a traditional dining room table and chairs!  Real Simple offers some advice on this topic in their article, “Decorating with Throw Pillows.”

rooster vaseFlowers: “Always keep fresh flowers” was one of my New Years Resolutions 2 years ago…and last year…and this year.  Many design experts recommend keeping plants and flowers indoors.  F.Y.I – NASA researchers released a list of indoor pollutants along with plants and flowers that reduce these often carcinogenic chemicals.  Their recommendation is 1 potted plant per 100 square feet of home space.  Not only do you get to choose the type of plant/flowers, but you can get inspired with the vast amount of vases and planters out there; so release your inner green thumb!

  • Wall Art:  On my D.I.Y. / Crafts to-do list for a while now is this “Fabric Panel Wall Art“.  Depending on how craft savvy you are,this is a fairly easy and inexpensive project.  I predict it could be done some lazy Sunday afternoon for under $20!  Look for an update soon on how i fared with this.
  • Hardware: Switching out hardware is another tweak for your country home that will freshen up a boring piece of furniture.  Whether replacing door knobs, drawer knobs, or cabinet handles, the only tool you’ll need is a screwdriver.  The  most fun (and potentially timeliest!) pamirrors 10 Ways to Update Your Country Home Without Breaking the Bankrt of this project will be picking out the new hardware, easily found at hardware store.  These little details can really jazz up a piece of furniture, allowing you to showcase your personality!
  • Mirrors: Want to deceive others (and yourself) of your room’s size?  Try playing around with country mirrors in different sizes and shapes to create the look you’re going for.  The mirror’s frame can easily be adapted to your country style as well.
  • Rearranging Furniture:  The cheapest of all of these methods is to take what is already yours and to switch it around.  Enlist the help of friends or family to help you visualize some creative new ways to place the largest elements of your room.  If you’re feeling stuck, try removing one piece, even temporarily, and see what options open up then.  Maybe even switch furniture between rooms!  Check out this free and AMAZING “Arrange a Room” tool (short registration form required).  Couldn’t you spend hours using that ?

Do any of these style tips work for you?  How about some before and after pictures?

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