Monday, June 22, 2009

Country Home Decor

By Gail Jones

The house is finally spick and span and you put your feet up for a minute with a nice cup of coffee by the side of you and you pick away at your muffin. You feel worn out but it's the good kind of tired where you know you've done a hard day's work and you have no regrets about it. A happy feeling settles on you and you look around yourself with contentment.

A magazine lies in front of you tantalizingly within reach and you give in and pull it to you, intent on enjoying a well-deserved rest. The main cover story jumps out at you, entitled 'Country Home Decor'. Naturally you flip through eagerly to that very section, you had only just read an article on some stylish country home decor about turning a house into a small country retreat in another magazine and it had greatly interested you.

There is page after page of the magazine filled with what can only be described as the most perfect examples of country home decor you can imagine. You gaze longingly at the various styles and furnishings you see gracing the magazine's pages. A quick look up from your magazine assures you that your own modest abode hasn't changed somehow into one of those lovely country homes you were just looking at.

A heavy sigh passes your lips at this disappointment and you go back to gazing at the magazine spread. You had never thought that you were a person who could stand the whole country home decor style but now upon reflection you think you just might be able to.

Now without your even realising it, you start marking the pieces that fascinate you the most, doing small maths calculations on how best to achieve the same effect but on the more modest budget that you have to spend. After all, it just wouldn't do to spring for that lovely Welsh dresser and have to go without your freshly ground whole bean coffee, would it?

However, you could definitely go for that beautiful table runner without any problem. And if you donated all those modern chrome coffee mugs and dinner sets to charity you wouldn't really be splurging, would you, since you would've done your best for charity and given them all these things unselfishly?

What about swapping your snazzy blinds for something that's a bit more in the country home decor style, and while you're at it perhaps you could even swap that ugly lampshade you received as a Christmas gift for something a little more country.

The only thing that is left for you to do now is to lie back and enjoy the fruits of your labours and gaze with beaming pride upon your beautifully redecorated home. Furnished, naturally enough, in the best country home decor style that you could cull from every source that you found, like that first magazine which spurred it all off way back then.

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