By Cathy Hobbs / Tribune News Service
FROM slip covers to painted floors and reclaimed wood, there may be no clear style that can define what some may consider country-inspired décor. In fact, these days, there is more of a push in design involving infusing country elements with a modern edge.
The result: furniture often handcrafted by artisans, as well as decorative elements that are often vintage or even salvaged.
Salvage yards can often be a treasure trove of fabulous finds, from old doors to furniture, kitchen cabinets and more.
When looking to buy salvage, here are some basic tips that can assist in your search.
Go online. In many instances, a salvage yard will have photographs of their inventory online, so you can preselect before making a trip.
Compare pricing. Many businesses that sell salvage are reselling items that have been donated to them, while others are reselling items that they purchased. Yes, you will likely snag a bargain either way, but it helps to know your bargaining power.
Visit on delivery day. Nothing beats an opportunity to secure new merchandise before it is snapped up.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
ONE of the main appeals of country-inspired furniture and accessories is its old, vintage, if not unusual look and feel. When looking for décor opportunities, consider using old items in unusual or unexpected ways.
Looking for ideas? Try these modern country-inspired tips.
Vintage doorknobs. Old doorknobs come in all different shapes and sizes, and can be used for everything from door pulls to creating an interesting wall feature in which you can hang dried herbs, lavender or floral arrangements.
Mason jars. Mason jars remain useful in a number of different ways, and they can also be repurposed and used in home décor. Some ideas include painting Mason jars muted colors or rubbing them to make them appear old. You can wrap portions of the jar with twine, or fill with moss and top with a succulent, using the Mason jar as more of a vase.
Dried herbs. Dried flowers aren’t the only option for those looking for a more country-inspired décor. Other ideas include hanging dried herbs or lavender. The look is organic and attractive, as well as fragrant and long-lasting.
Succulents. Succulents are not only hardy, but also versatile. Try placing succulents on a small bed of stones or embedded in moss for a modern look. Succulents look especially attractive when paired with natural elements, such as wood and branches.