Thursday, November 20, 2014

Deck the windows

Good morning!

If you're a subscriber to our emails, you've been receiving decorating tips this week, including how to dress up your windows. (If you're not a subscriber, sign up here to get our newsletter, and you'll also get $5 off your next order of $25!)

Maybe you don't want to completely overhaul the house in the midst of cooking and cleaning for your holiday guests, but it might be just the right time to refresh your living room or guest room by restyling your window treatments.

Here's that decorator tip!
Lined curtains help insulate the windows AND keep the curtains from fading in the sun.  They are more expensive initially, but lined curtains help reduce energy bills and keep your home warm and cozy.
window treatments

We have more than 100 styles of lined curtains and drapes, from traditional panels to prairie curtains, fishtail swags and French door panels. One of our best sellers is the Vintage Star black panel. vintage star black curtain panels  

The Vintage Star black line includes coordinating table linens, kitchen and bath accessories, quilted bedding, rugs, blankets and throw pillows. (See it all right here!)

Here are a few other posts that may serve as further inspiration to you!
Having visitors for the holidays?

christmas vacation

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Just in time for the holidays...

Hello and happy almost-Thanksgiving! We've been busy! We're proud to share our newly redesigned website with you...

  Primitive Home Decors

 On the new site, you'll find:
  • Improved search and navigation
  • Sleek new design
  • Streamlined shopping cart and checkout to make the whole process much easier
  • MORE of all the stuff you love like quilted bedding, kitchen decor and bathroom accessories, window treatments, lighting, and floor coverings like woven rugs and braided rugs and door mats.
Shop now!

Stay tuned for more updates on new items, holiday decor and our annual gift guide!

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new design. Anything we can do to help?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kilimanjaro + decorating with bold colors

In today's salute to braided rugs and country decor (#8 in the series!), we're talking about dark brown accents and overcoming the fear of decorating with bold colors.

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Appropriately, today's featured rug is Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro braided jute rugs

A dramatic combination of dark and light browns, soft cream and toasty tan! Here are some great examples on Pinterest of dark brown accents.

white kitchen with brown accents
White kitchen with brown accents

Mason jar accents
Mason jar accents

Dark brown burlap wreath
Dark brown burlap wreath

Lime green kitchen with dark brown accents
Lime green kitchen with dark brown accents\

And we sell dozens of complementing tan and cream accessories that provide a balancing contrast to the rich, dark tones in the Kilimanjaro rugs.

Using color boldly can be challenging! According to HGTV, "the idea behind using color well is it should flow in your house, not be a patchwork of opposite looks." The idea is to create an atmosphere of harmony.

To achieve this harmony, Benjamin Moore recommends selecting colors according to the 60/30/10 rule:
  • 60% of the composition is in one color family (which for most people means neutrals, like cream, grey or taupe).
  • 30% is from a different color family.
  • 10% is a bold "pop" color.
Experiment by bringing in one bold, dramatic accessory, like an accent piece, upholstery fabric or rug. Or, says House Beautiful, start with a very small room. It's not as much of a commitment, and you'll spend less time and money.
 bright, bold powder room

This bright, bold powder room is decorated with a dramatic geometric pattern and daring red accents. (Source: Pinterest.)

Check out the rest of our new braided jute rug line: Cider BarnRussetTimber TrailHarvestCoffeeKingstonKiliminjaroAberdeenMustard SeedVancouver, and Allentown.

braided jute rugs from Primitive Home Decors

See our entire line of braided rugs and door mats.

Our next post in this series will feature Mustard Seed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Aberdeen + a summer decor link roundup

Hope you are having an excellent week! If you're just tuning in, we're doing a series of blog posts about home decorating to introduce our new collection of braided jute rugs. This one is blog post #7!

Read our other posts in this series:

Today's featured rug is Aberdeen.

Aberdeen braided jute rugs

With warm natural shades of tan, green, and rust, there's a place for this rug in just about any room of the home. The collection includes braided chair pads, coasters, place mats, table runners and oval and rectangular rugs in sizes from 20"x30" all the way up to 8'x10'.

Aberdeen braided table runner Aberdeen rectangular braided rug

 Use our website to narrow your search field by color to find coordinating items!

  Shop by color

narrow your search

Tooday we're featuring a link roundup of summer decorating ideas from all around the web.

From Pinterest: Flower pot wreath, perfect for tiny, beautiful succulents!

flower pot wreath

From Martha Stewart: 60 summer decorating ideas including flower votive displays. Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for relaxed summer entertaining.

From HGTV: 30 Ways to Get a New Look For SummerRefresh your home indoors and out with easy summer decorating projects you can tackle this weekend.

From Better Homes & Gardens: 13 Decorating ideas for summer. Don't overlook opportunities for fresh summer scents in your home like cucumber melon and ocean breeze.

From House Beautiful: Simple Summer Makeovers, like artfully stacking all your leftover fireware artfully in your fireplace!

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Check out the rest of our new braided jute rug line: Cider BarnRussetTimber TrailHarvestCoffeeKingstonKiliminjaroAberdeenMustard SeedVancouver, and Allentown.
braided jute rugs from Primitive Home Decors

See our entire line of braided rugs and door mats. Our next post in this series will feature Kilimanjaro. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kingston rugs + cheap and easy redecorating tips

Good morning! This is blog post #6 in a series about home decorating. If you're just tuning in, we're doing this series to introduce our new collection of braided jute rugs.

Read our other posts in this series:
Today, our spotlight is on the Kingston collection of rugs...

  Kingston braided jute rugs

The Kingston rugs are bursting with red and beige, but there are also some nice subtle tones of sage and black that you can draw out with the right accessories.

And now, here are a few inexpensive and EASY home decorating tips, for when you don't want to rip out the flooring, but you would like a nice change of pace.
  • Switch out your kitchen canisters. Having something fun and new to look at on your countertops each day can help you forget you'd like to install entirely new countertops!
  • Replace an old rug with a fun, new rug.
  • Buy a funky piece of old furniture at a garage sale and refinish it.
  • It's spring! Throw some fresh-cut flowers in a vase to instantly brighten up the room.
  • Replace your pillows. We've already written a whole post about pillows, but we'll mention it again because it's one of the easiest ways to transform an old piece of furniture into something fun and new.
  • Switch out your hardware. You'd be amazed by how completely a kitchen is transformed with just new cabinet and drawer handles.
  • Paint your front door a fun color!
Red door

Image source: Pinterest

Check out the rest of our new braided jute rug line: Cider BarnRussetTimber TrailHarvestCoffeeKingstonKiliminjaroAberdeenMustard SeedVancouver, and Allentown.

 braided jute rugs from Primitive Home Decors

See our entire line of braided rugs and door mats.

Our next post in this series will feature Aberdeen.  

What are your cheap and easy home decorating tips? 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Coffee braided rugs and some DOs and DON'Ts

Good morning! This is blog post #5 in a series on braided jute rugs and home decorating. Today's focus is on area rug DOs and DON'Ts, and we'll also show you the Coffee braided rugs and some great coordinating items.

Coffee

  Coffee braided jute rugs

Read our other posts in this series:

As we mentioned in the last post, you can use an area rug as an "anchor" to bring together different elements in a room. But consider the size of the rug in relation to the size of the room. You probably wouldn't want to place a small rug under a coffee table when you could place a larger rug under a coffee table, sofa and ottoman, pulling together an entire seating arrangement. (Our braided rugs are available in oval and rectangular shapes, from 20"x30" all the way to 8'x10'.)

Also consider the texture and pattern of the rugs you're using. If you already have a lot of textures and patterns, or "active" design elements in a room, a solid rug may add a calming element to level it out. Alternately, if the room is decorated in more of a minimalist style containing few colors and textures, a bright and patterned rug might be just the right finishing touch.

And don't be afraid to mix patterns and textures! You might choose a rug with a pattern that is dramatically different in scale than the other textures and patterns surrounding it.
mixed textures

Image source: Houzz.com

Last, consider function. Is the rug purely for decoration or does it also need to be sturdy and stain-resistant? If you're loving the rich brown, black, cream and mustard tones in our Coffee braided rugs, here are a few coordinating items you might also like...

Heirloom cream window treatments

Heirloom cream window treatments

Molasses ceramics

  Molasses ceramic dinnerware

Burlap window treatments and kitchen linens

Burlap window treatments

Thyme window treatments
Thyme window treatments

Adamstown sand window treatments

Adamstown sand window treatments

Sturbridge mustard window treatments and kitchen linens
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Sturbridge mustard kitchen linens

Cambridge mustard window treatments and kitchen linens

  cambridge mustard window treatments

Check out the rest of our new braided jute rug line: Cider BarnRussetTimber TrailHarvestCoffeeKingstonKiliminjaroAberdeenMustard SeedVancouver, and Allentown.

  braided jute rugs from Primitive Home Decors

See our entire line of braided rugs and door mats.

Our next post in this series will feature Kingston.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Home makeover, Harvest edition

Hi there!

In case you missed it, we're doing a series of home decorating blog posts to introduce our new line of braided jute rugs.

Read our other posts in this series:
The next pattern in our series is Harvest, and our theme for the day is home makeovers.

Harvest braided jute rugs

In our blog post, A guest-room makeover in 6 easy steps, we offered steps to making over the guest room, but these guidelines can really apply to any room in the house: choose a theme, de-clutter, accessorize with care, re-purpose and rearrange, "deck" the windows with curtains or other window treatments, and "take a step back" to examine the room as a whole.

But how do you rearrange? How can you utilize the same space in a new way?

This is the perfect time to analyze how you use the room you are redecorating, and how much space you need to move around. Especially when you're redecorating a living room or great room, consider how traffic will flow through the room and what areas you use the most. Do family members and guests gather in front of the television, or the fireplace? Is the "weight" of your furniture equally distributed around the room, or does it appear to be "piled" up in one area?

When placing furniture, some find it helpful to sketch out a diagram, while others need to see it in the flesh.

Consider what area of the room might need a rug as an "anchor," but also remember you don't want to over-accessorize. (We'll talk more about rug DOs and DON'Ts in our next blog post!)

Check out the rest of our new braided jute rug line: Cider BarnRussetTimber TrailHarvestCoffeeKingstonKiliminjaroAberdeenMustard SeedVancouver, and Allentown.

 braided jute rugs from Primitive Home Decors

 See our entire line of braided rugs and door mats.

Our next post in this series will feature Coffee!