'Country Sampler' Decorating Ideas


"Country Sampler" magazine is a bi-monthly publication that features early American and primitive farmhouse home décor. "Country Sampler" blends real-home photo essays with editor-created rooms. The last third of each edition provides a comprehensive reference section for purchasing home decorating items, many of which are highlighted in the publication's photos. "Country Sampler" can get your decorating imagination rolling in three ways: inspiration from the real-home photos, insight from editor-created rooms, and articles on specific decorating strategies.

Real-Home Photos

  • "Country Sampler" features interior decor from homes around the nation. Each edition takes the reader on a guided tour through one or more homes that exemplify either early American, primitive farmhouse, or a unique blend of both decorating styles. The magazine's photo essays of living rooms, bedrooms, entrance halls, kitchens, bathrooms, sewing rooms, even pantries generate ideas for attractive design in your home. Exterior photos provide inspiration for developing an early American or primitive farmhouse theme for outdoor rooms.

    Note the common period elements: Shaker table sets, Hoosier cabinets, old furniture pieces given a second life by re-purposing. The pages of "Country Sampler" abound with thoughtfully arranged presentations of furniture that may seem eclectic at first glance (new, old, stained, rough-hewn), but because they represent a certain time period, they work together to create a cohesive look. Other decorating elements the magazine highlights include area rugs, lighting, baskets, folk art objects, wreaths and quilts--think all things country.

Editor-Created Rooms

  • The editor-created rooms in "Country Sampler" draw on the products of many of their advertisers. These sample rooms are a blend of period furnishings and decorating objects that can be purchased from the many cottage industries listed on the reference pages. These items range from early American settles to curtains; from folk art bunnies to quilted wall hangings; from rustic shelving to mirrored salvaged window frames. Again, all products fit in seamlessly with an early American or primitive farmhouse room.

Articles on Specific Decorating Strategies

  • Each edition of "Country Sampler" contains articles addressing specific design features. Articles have tackled such disparate topics as lighting, creating and displaying collections, determining color schemes, beefing up mantels, making garden rooms, and seasonal decorating ideas. Past issues are available through the "Country Sampler" Web site, http://www.sampler.com.

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  • "The You-Do-It Book of Early American Decorating;" Rose Bennett Gilbert; 1979
  • "American Farmhouses: Country Style and Design;" Leah Rosch and Keith Scott Morton; 2002
  • Photo Credit historic courtyard dwelling image by Chris Lofty from Fotolia.com
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