Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring cleaning tips from around the 'net

Good afternoon!

  clothesline

 Now that it's officially spring, we've compiled a fun list of spring cleaning tips we've found around the internet, plus a few of our own!

Lighten the load. If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it.

Do a switch-out. Switch things out seasonally, or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain color or pattern. (Housebeautiful.com)

Reorganize your bookshelves. Use a funky pattern or rhmythm to break up the monotony of your shelves.

These books have been rainbowtized!

One in, one out. When you buy something new, get rid of something old.

Stock your stain-fighting kit. We love this one from MarthaStewart.com. Make sure you have the ingredients on hand to fight common stains like coffee, red wine and candle wax. (For a printable chart of common stains and what you need to remove them, see this stain chart.)

Overlooked Surfaces. You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dish liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water. (Better Homes & Gardens)

Refresh Window Treatments. While and draperies aren't typically dirty enough to launder, you can go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Remove dust from sheer curtains by putting them in the dryer on low with a dryer sheet. (Better Homes & Gardens)

Stop Clutter at the Front Door: Mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living room and family room miscellany—toys, hats, gloves, magazines. You can even designate one of the pockets for mail you’re not sure whether to save or toss. (Womansday.com)

Assess your seasonal decor. Go through your holiday drawer/box/cupboard (or in some cases, the entire attic!), identify any decorations you might be able to live without, and donate them. If you didn't use it last year, you probably won't use it next year either!
Does your attic look like this? Be honest.
Does your attic look like this? Be honest.

DIY. You don't always need to buy expensive gadgets and cleaning products! Check out this coffee filter shoe deodorizer and more DIY cleaning tips on Pinterest!

Do you have any brilliant spring cleaning tips? Do you do a deep clean once a year or do you prefer to keep things more casual? ;)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bathroom decor favorites

Good afternoon!

 How's the weather where you are? We got a little taste of spring before another cold front came through...

sad cold daffodils

 Luckily we have some fun indoor decor to share with you this week. One of our (and your) favorite topics (according to our "analysts") is bathroom decor, so we thought we'd share some of our favorite bathroom posts of blogs past...

  Our 8 favorite bathroom accessories

water faucet soap basket

  Bathroom makeover

  Thistleberry bath decor set

  New bathroom decor collections

  Kettle Grove shower curtain

  Bathroom decor patterns: shower curtains, towels, rugs and more

FFF towels  

  Our bathroom decor sale ends 4/21/14!

country bathroom decor

6 DIYs for spring and summer

Spoiler: Almost none of them include yard art! (Confession: sometimes we love yard art.)

 Pinterest! It's a great place to be in springtime. There are so many great crafts and DIY project ideas on the internet right now, we thought we'd share some of the wonderful things our Pinterest friends have been up to lately. Here are six DIYs for spring and summer.

Home Fragrances

DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce

  Rustic Mason Jar Sconce

mason jars

  Country chair planter

  country chair flower pot



flower pot wreath


felt flower bouquet


burlap bunny table runner


backyard fire pit

For more fun country home decor ideas, check us out on Pinterest and be sure to add your own crafts to the Fun Craft Projects board!
  Primitive Home Decors on Pinterest

  What's your favorite DIY project or spring craft?

 P.S. Bathroom decor is 10% until April 21!

  Bathroom sale

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring preview!

At the time of this posting, it was a balmy 31 degrees and there were flurries of snow blowing outside...Happy spring?

I can't wait any longer, I'm gardening!

We have a fun spring preview for you today, including a lot of new bunnies, chicks and critters, and some favorites you may recognize from last year.

  Easter Decor This includes everything from bunnies to decorative signs and Easter baskets.

easter bunny pair Spring stakes

Easter chicks A handful of new baby chicks just arrived!

  Easter chick

  Bug dolls We have a few new faces to add to this collection from Pearson's Simply Primitives, including Baby Flutter and Baby Bumble.

baby bumble primitive doll baby flutter primitive doll

  More bunnies! You'll recognize some old favorites here, as well as some new friends including Buddy and Bonnie.

Buddy Bunny primitive doll Bonnie Bunny primitive doll

  Spring decor Here are our miscellaneous spring critters and seasonal decor. Maddie Inchworm

 And this week, shipping is on us for all orders over $100!

  spring sale  

How's the weather where you are? 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

4 ways to dress up your windows

Good morning! In case you missed the email, we're celebrating St. Patrick's Day all week long with a 10% off sale -- good for everything in the store.

  St. Patrick's Day Sale

 We've gotten some great feedback lately on our new country curtains and window treatments (here's our post on all the new patterns!) so we thought we'd take some time today to share some fun ideas for dressing up your windows.

  country gathered swag curtains

  Shown above: Sturbridge green gathered swag

  1. Use household items as curtain hardware and tiebacks. A belt, a length or rope or even a tree branch can add a personal touch to your country curtains.

  tree  branch curtain rod

  (Image source: HGTV)

  2. Contrast. If you have dark walls or wooden window frames, try a light, airy pattern on the windows to add contrast. Or, if you have a light, neutral colored room, try painting the window frame a darker color!

  Rosemary curtain tiers

  Shown above: Rosemary country curtain tiers.

  3. Mix textures. We've mentioned before how we're big fans of mixing plaids with stripes!

  Heartland applique scalloped valance

 Shown above: Heartland striped applique scalloped valance

  4. The ball gown effect. Better Homes and Gardens suggests it's okay to let those extra long curtain panels pool on the floor rather than simply brush the surface. It's called "puddling!"

  puddled curtain style

  We also got a great photo from a customer who just received an order of the swags from us. We love getting pictures from you guys!

  country gathered swag curtains

 If you have any of our items in your house, email your photos to Marie@primitivehomedecors.com or post it on our Facebook page and we'll share it on the blog.

  Do you have any fun tips or tricks for window treatm

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This just in! Miscellaneous edition

Today we want to share with you a hodge podge of new items you may not have seen yet. Let's get to it!

  Cornbread

 This is a line of braided rugs and kitchen decor with some nicely contrasting navy and neutral shades. It's shown in the photo below with the Molasses ceramic mug.


Cornbread kitchen decor


This collection also includes a plaid woven table runner.

  Cornbread plaid table runner

Lighting

  Always Kiss Me Goodnight nightlight

  Always Kiss Me Goodnight nightlight

 Chicken Wire Dome Pendant light

Chicken wire dome light

  Mason Jar lamps

  Mason jar lamps

  More miscellany! 

  La Premiere toilet paper holder

La premiere toilet paper holder

  Coffee Bean Pip Berry and Star garland

Coffee bean berry and star garland

  Enamelware bread plate


  Enamelware bread plate

  Vintage glass bottles (Cream bottle set also available!)

  Vintage glass bottles

  Helpful hint: you can always see any of our new items by clicking the New Products link on the left side of our home page!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

4 country home decor must-haves

Today we put together a list of our country home decor must-haves, the items we think are essential to primitive decor. Enjoy!

  Stars. If you search for stars on our website, you'll get nearly 400 results! Luckily you can narrow those down by category, product line, theme, style, color and more. (Check out this recent post of star-themed kitchen decor and accessories!)

  Vintage Star Black Throw Blanket

  A braided rug can make the coldest room feel cozy. Ours are made from natural jute fibers and are carefully handcrafted to ensure long-lasting quality.

  Folk Art Braided Rugs

  Patchwork. Nothing makes a home or cabin look more genuinely country than a patchwork quilt or valance. We adore Scotch Pine, Cider Mill, Peppermill, Kettle Grove and Patriotic Patch, just to name a few!

  cider mill

  Primitive dolls. We have more than 50 adorable primitive dolls and country critters, and now that's it's almost, almost springtime, we're getting excited about our bees and bunnies too.
  Honey Bee Baby Bug Doll

  What do you think makes a home look country?