Country Living November 2020

Rooms that invite you to linger. Vintage collectibles displayed with love. A colorful easy-care garden. A porch that says "Come sit!" All yours in the pages of Country Living!

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10 Issues

in this issue

6 min
the sampler

A A Welcome from the Editor I’ve spent more time in my home than ever this year, and I’ve come to know its little quirks, like the slight buzz of a light fixture in the laundry room, the toy yo-yo string permanently fixed around the base of a living room floor lamp, and tiny sketches my children have secured to their walls with painter’s tape, including my daughter’s little lion (below) that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to take down. In a trying year, its brave demeanor feels like our family’s version of a motivational poster, but instead of a cat on a limb and the words “Hang in There,” it offers up a much more lionhearted “R-O-R-E.” (We’re working on spelling.) As we planned “Comforts of Home” (pg.…

1 min
turn this scene into a room

HUE FINDER Just look to nature for a warm and cozy palette. FIELD NOTES How “Barn Red” Came to Be Back before paint and sealers were available at hardware stores, farmers made their own versions that, according to Farmers’ Almanac, usually consisted of orange-hued linseed oil and a mix of milk, lime, and red iron oxide (aka rust). Easy to find on a farm, rust fended off mosses and mold that can grow on wood, plus it stained the barn’s boards the now-signature deep-red hue. ILLUSTRATION BY MELINDA JOSIE; PLATES, LINEN, AND NAPKIN RINGS, BRIAN WOODCOCK.…

2 min
fall tabletops

IF YOU COLLECT… Chinoiserie The rich “cinnabar” color found in patterns such as Mottahedeh’s “Fitzhugh,” shown here, pairs well with a little glitz, including a ruffle-edge charger (for similar, try “Fulda,” $49 for 8; and gold utensils. A bow topper reinforces the fall finery. To make, fold a napkin into a long, narrow rectangle. Fold it into thirds, and slip on a napkin ring. Pull out ends to make the tails. Complete the look with amber glassware and a table runner of pumpkins embellished with cotton dot trim ($2 per yard; and bits of lace secured with hot-glue. IF YOU COLLECT… Cranberry Transferware Here, the “Tower Pink” pattern by Spode inspires a warm and spicy spread. Cinnamon stick placecards (inserted into the natural crevice and wrapped at each end with red…

3 min

Craft Your Own Silhouette Unexpected mediums offer an updated version of the paper-cut classic. To get started, simply create a card-stock template made from an outlined image of your subject. Button Beauty Start by collecting buttons in various sizes. (We used all black to reinforce the silhouette feel.) Trace your template onto a piece of art paper. Attach buttons with hot-glue, using smaller buttons to outline details. Clothing Keepsake Preserve a sentimental piece of apparel by tracing the reverse of your template onto the inside of the clothing. Cut out with fabric scissors, and attach to paper or desired surface with fusible webbing. Moss Masterpiece Attach a silhouette template (reversed so it faces correctly once cut out) to the back of a preserved moss mat ($11; Cut out with an X-Acto knife. Adhere to desired surface…

2 min
turkey call

Plates & Platters Turkeys have graced ceramic dinnerware since the late 1800s. Some of the most collectible patterns are “Barnyard King” (top left) and “His Majesty” (largest platter) by English maker Johnson Brothers. Other makers, such as Wood & Sons (blue, center), Spode (bottom right), and Myott (smallest all-brown plate to the right of Wood & Sons), also introduced turkey-themed transferware in the 1900s. Older pieces can garner hundreds of dollars, while newer iterations are slightly more affordable. Honeycomb Decorations Popularized by the iconic Beistle brand (known for its elaborate paper decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other holidays), honeycomb turkey centerpieces were first designed by the company in the 1940s. While early models are incredibly rare, you can find vintage pieces from the 1970s (above) for about $10 to $15, depending on the…

3 min
creature comforts

THREE MAKES A TREND Are Ducks the New Chickens? If you’ve paid attention to Instagram lately, it seems ducks are suddenly getting top billing (heh). While we love our hen friends dearly, we decided to do some duck diligence. Here are just a few of the feeds that’ll inspire you to take the plunge. FEATHERED FACE-OFF Ducks vs. Chickens According to Dr. Tricia Earley, you should dive in to the world of ducks if… …You Don’t Mind a Mess Ducks are not as clean as chickens. They drink lots of water (which leads to a messier bathroom situation) and constantly need a water source (like a pond or a kiddie pool) to clean their feathers. …You Crave Peace and Quiet While female ducks and hens make about the same amount of noise, bypassing a rooster will save you from…