Trading in your current surroundings for a Summer getaway centered around rolling hills, rustic vineyards, and pretty pastoral scenery? No problem. We've culled 18 countryside-ready essentials that should make your must-pack short list. Think crisp, classic pieces — like the minimalist's tailored white blouse or a breezy linen dress perfect for lounging by the pool — mixed with luxe accents, like ultrasoft cashmere cardigans and bright silky trousers for cool evenings under the stars. We couldn't help but envision sunny days in Provence, picturesque adventures in the Hamptons, and cozy nights in the Cotswolds to inspire our countryside wardrobe, but no matter which bucolic spot happens to be your final destination, our editors' picks are no-fail options. Take a look and shop your favorites now.
My superstar interior decorator friend Brian Patrick Flynn, aka Decor Demon, recently took a trip to Stone Mountain, GA, to take a personal tour of the Country Living Fair with the magazine's editor in chief, Sarah Gray Miller. With two always-evolving eyes for the seriously stylish, Flynn took note of every last gourd and antique accessory, while his curious lips asked all the right styling questions of his acclaimed tour guide. His keen analysis and ins with the experts have turned Flynn, himself, into a wise man when it comes to "the new look of all things country," as he calls it.
Given that I like to take things in strides, I asked the country connoisseur for five tips for creating a flawlessly hip pastoral pad. Flynn must have sensed that I loved picture books as a kid (still do!), as he decided to share five stunning, illuminating images from his trip, too! Check out this slideshow: y'all are in for a treat!
Photos courtesy of Christina Wedge
Cowboy boots, hats, belt buckles, and spurs are not everyone's cup of tea, and even if you like a little cowboy thrown in the mix, you may prefer a more modern country approach. But if you have a soft spot for all things country and are gung-ho about incorporating it in your living space, I've lassoed up some ways you can use Western pieces in the home. They just might be right up your, er, dirt road.
Giddyup cowgirls! Brides dreaming of a country style wedding can create the perfect setting with minimal effort. As a seasoned wedding guest, I've rounded up some of my favorite ideas from the chicest cow-town matrimonial events I've attended. Check them out and tell me which one you like best.
For those of us who dream about leaving the city and living a more rural lifestyle, crafter, DIYer, and mom, Maya, may just be living out our country life fantasy. Maya writes, "After living in many different apartments and flats for most of my life (mostly in San Francisco), I always yearned for a home in the country. I now live with my family in my dream home, an old farmhouse in rural upstate New York. Most of it was built in the 1850s, the addition was 1910. All of the floors are the original wide planks. There's so much unique, dark woodwork in the downstairs that we've gone for a very natural palette with a lot of white to brighten the space and accentuate the woodsy feeling."
Maya notes that nearly all of the furniture in her home has been found via Craigslist, auctions, and garage sales, which was at first a necessity, and now a conscious choice, since she says that she loves to fill her home with objects and pieces with a history.
She says, "Since I design sustainable home wares, many of my prototypes and seconds end up being honored on our couch or holding our books and magazines. I have a lot of artists in my family, including my children, so the walls are covered predominantly with family art. The rest of the pieces vary from my favorite indie artists to some vintage prints. I believe our homes should be a unique reflection of those who reside there and if you're lucky be in a location that inspires. I'm quite grateful for everyday I wake up to the birds calling, and the neighbors' cows lowing." Take a peek at Maya's inspirational country home, and then head over to her Etsy shop to pick up a few of her handmade goods.
While this sprawling, comfy home seems like a mellow country abode, it's actually located in South London. That doesn't mean that it's without rural amenities such as chicken coop and garden, though. While the exterior is certainly fun and funky, the interior continues the country vibe with a lived-in arts and crafts style and fun vintage furniture finds. Take the complete tour when you check out the slideshow.
When Aspen, CO, residents Cynthia and Frank Goldsmith decided their dream home should look like a 110-year-old Colorado homestead, they went to work, hiring an architect to recreate that iconic look. At the same time, the couple traveled to flea markets, antique stores, and salvage yards to find turn-of-the-century hardware, lighting, beams, doorknobs, and even hinges! The only items in this home that are new are the appliances, plumbing, and windows. Take a tour of this home, which was featured in Country Living, to step back in time. Source