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roomstoraveabout_ BS_3478184The Windsor chair originated in late 16th C England (think Windsor castle and… all things Windsor?) before coming with immigrants to America. These new world folks didn’t literally bring their Windsor chairs with them. But they remembered them fondly from the old country and rebuilt them on this side of the pond.

Today, Windsor chairs are a hallmark of american country style… a style sooooo popular that we sort of associate these spindle-happy chairs as one of our own. We even renamed them Philadelphia chairs a few years back (a few centuries, actually). Imagine our nerve. Hope the English never found out.

Original Windsor versions were painted green (the English used these chairs more as lawn and garden furniture). The chairs shown in the room above are two-tone… a favorite american county look with black or green frames and a natural finish on the seat.

But in this room, the Windsor chairs need a little help…. a supporting cast of country characters that don’t currently exist. The chair-table-buffet combo looks suitably country. Even the warm, country color on the wall works. But beyond that there ain’t much country decor going on. Here’s how I’d fix the problem.

LP 89981 149.99 plus shadesLP -22859 - 402.91 Hubbardton Forge Black Twist Basket ChandelierHD 60814 Santiago Buffet Lamps $109First, those lamps. More rustic, wrought iron versions would create more warmth and support the country styling. That brassy chandelier is a little too elegant. It’s also too high and a little small. 

LP 16795 Black and Brick Hand Painted Wall Mirror 289.91LP F4157 249.91 Rooster Dorato and NeroLP 20019 249.91 Back Roads Oil Reproduction

Pictures and mirrors should keep up the rustic effect. I like the mirror I’ve shown on the far left. It’s got a hand-painted effect that’s perfect for this folksy style. Charming folk art, landscapes, farm animals are more fitting with Windsor style than the current Victorian-inspired (?) mirror above the buffet.  

The floor and ceiling in this room are a little less cozy than they type of decor that Windsors should be surrounded with. Grounding the table with an area rug is the answer. HD m34780930 8 x 10 539.99 Hearth Braided RugHD m82552930 8 x 10 1099.99 Gloucester BraidedHD m29293910 8 x 10 559.00 Line Dance Area RugA braided rug is ideal for the look, two suggestions are shown on the left and center. Or a simple woven stripe. shown on the right. I’d choose one that’s rectangular or square (rather than round) to reinforce the strong shape of the recessed ceiling above.

 Speaking of that ceiling, it’s a little stark-looking in white. A light version of the wall color would warm up the room. The ‘stripe’ around the recssed ceiling could be painted black or a color pulled from the artwork. Or a simple geometric stencil could be interesting.

 Finally,LP G9038 169.91 Hen and Rooster Statues the accessories. Again, rustic and casual themes look more appropriate with Windsor chair style. Roosters, weathervanes, baskets, bowls filled with fruit and simple pottery create the american country look that a Windsor chair has made famous.

Mirror, artwork and accessories:

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If you’re looking for a romantic, French-inspired look for a young girl’s bedroom, here’s a room decorating idea you might like.  And if bedroom space or re-decorating budget are tight, you’ll like it even more!

This French-inspired girl’s room has a lot more personality than furniture. You could pull it together with nothing more than a mattress and boxspring, two small night stands, a chest of drawers for storage and a few yards of fabric. 

Placing the twin bed lengthwise against the wall creates a sofa-daybed effect. The small tables on either side act as end tables during the day and nightstands at night.

The tall, ruffled skirt pools dramatically on the floor (very French!) and connects to a small area rug that frames the bed. The cascading fabric above the bed is simply gathered around a circular ring hung from the ceiling.

The rectangular wall panels behind the night tables are created with simple white trim. For extra glam, hang long, narrow mirrors between them.

A light champagne color on the wall is perfect for the look.

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White kitchen with wood counter cutting board

What  beats the warmth of a wood counter top, especially in a white kitchen? Wood is also a sanitary choice for kitchens because its inherent properties protect it from  bacteria build-up. 

For most of us, the closest we’ll get to a wood counter is a wood cutting board. So why not make it a big one? This kitchen’s wood chopping block was cut to the width of the island, giving it a built-in look.   

The cutting board here is oak, but maple, walnut, teak, bamboo, cherry or beech are all great choices for a kitchen countertop. (Just keep in mind that wood should be rubbed with mineral oil every now and then to keep it from drying out. Extremely hot cookware can also leave a mark).

The cutting board was a great way to add a natural, organic quality to this white kitchen. It also brings the warmth of the wood floor up to counter height. 

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