I love Country, whether it is out & open spaces or style; I am drawn to the simplicity and comfort of a relaxed life. I've never been someone who is exclusive in decorating probably because I never had a strict style sense but decorated with what felt good and reflected who I am. One of the perplexing things for me has always been how to meld my love of country in with the clean simple lines and look that my hubby is drawn to. I think if we had a country home-farmhouse or Victorian it would be much easier because I'd decorate in the style of the house, but we've always lived in suburbs and only began to collect oak antiques over the past 20 years or so. So I guess you might say I have accent pieces that are country and I can't imagine dear hubby being content with lots of knick-knacks as was popular back when I began enjoying country. Yesterday I went to a ladies luncheon/Bunco game(for those who haven't heard of Bunco-it is a dice game similar to Yatzee) that a group of ladies who live in the same development host monthly. It is always fun to spend time with women and this group is no different. The gal who hosted yesterday's get-together has a new, contemporary home sitting on a lake. Apparently there are about 5 eagles nesting in this development this winter although we didn't see any.
What I loved about her home was although it was new and contemporary in feel she had many oak antiques throughout the house and a lot of country touches plus lots of quilts and wall hangings. They all looked so natural together and it gave me new ideas on how to mix my old with the more casual pieces. She had some beautiful elegant pieces as well, which wouldn't suit our lifestyle or family, but she was able to balance both styles well. The homes in this development are estate homes and as much as I enjoy seeing them, there truly is no place like home.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!