My home is filled with family pieces, thrift store finds, and DIY projects mixed together in every room. I am always mixing old and new and love pieces that tell a story. If you follow my blog, you already know that is how I love to decorate.
That’s why I am so excited that I was selected to review Country Sampler’s Upstyled Home magazine from style expert Matthew Mead, which is out on newsstands this month! The title of the magazine was enough to get my attention. I love mixing antiques and everyday items that I can easily find around the house to create a unique look.
This magazine had so many great ideas, from items to create a stunning look, to repurposing pieces to make them useful again and make a statement. I am one who loves repurposed pieces and found so many new ideas in Matthew’s decorating style and beautiful photography in the magazine.
I decided to have a little fun while giving you a peek inside this special issue. I snapped photos of the pages that feature decorative items I use in my own home. I think it’s always neat when you see the things you have inside a magazine and get fresh ideas on ways you can style them.
I started with my Great Grandmother’s yellowware bowl since Matthew featured these in a few pages of the magazine. I love the look of yellowware pottery, but I only have this one piece. I only use it for looks and don’t use it for preparing food because it’s a special family piece and I don’t want to risk any chips or breaking (thanks to having a ceramic tile floor). I love his idea of using graduated bowls, simply using votive holders between bowls and filling them with sprigs of herbs for a lovely centerpiece. Now I definitely want more of these yellowware bowls!
Using a pitcher for a vase? I’m on it! I love my Grandmother’s antique glass pitcher to display my fresh cut flowers and I like to hold on to my summer hydrangeas as long as possible- even if they are ridiculously dry and it’s Christmas time. I think they add to the rustic look where I have gathered these vintage pieces. I noticed the flower arrangement on the tabletop right away on page 40. Now I can’t wait to have fresh cut flowers on the farmhouse table we just built. I would love to have a large pitcher, like the one in the magazine, to display them!
Here’s a current photo of our old farm gate, which includes vintage pieces and this thrift store dresser I refinished. This one has been a Pinterest favorite and the Upstyled Home magazine is the perfect inspiration to create this look.
Speaking of table centerpieces, I love how the magazine features this idea- repurposing a vintage grate over a copper tray for a perfect centerpiece with tapered candles and fresh flowers. What a brilliant idea! I’m sure a centerpiece like this one would be quite a conversation piece!
I was so excited when I saw an old scale featured on this page. I knew right away I wanted to photograph this with my Gradaddy’s old scale. It’s a fun decorative accent that adds an instant pop of color and is still very useful, much like the one Matthew features in this section of ideas for stylish pet meal centers. Anything that features our furry friends is cute anyway, and using these pieces to create a stylish spot for them just adds to the cuteness.
And last, but certainly not least, I had to show you this bright green dresser with a mix of complimentary pieces. This dresser was missing drawers and it shows here how you can use that open space to display items such as baskets to hide the clutter. This dresser caught my eye because I love repurposed and refinished furniture. I love how the green really stands out, as well as the accent pieces it displays. What a great idea to use a vintage hanger to hang a picture!
If you want more ideas on how to decorate with thrift store finds or ways to repurpose those pieces, then I would highly suggest this magazine. It gave me so many fresh ideas on different ways to use the things I have and ways I can add to the look of our home.
Thanks to Matthew and Country Sampler Magazine for allowing me to read and review this issue! It looks like I’ll have several pieces to keep my eyes open for during my coming tips to the antique stores and thrift shops!
This issue of Upstyled Home will be displayed on newsstands until March 5, 2017.