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Country decor origins and how to bring them home

Today we’re exploring country decor origins (in case you’d rather focus on the past instead of all the things you need to do today!)

When you hear the words country home decor, what comes to mind? Is it Americana woodwork? Miniature windmills and roosters? Maybe the words evoke images of earth tones, natural fabrics, distressed wood, and galvanized metal.

Country decor origins


According to SFGate Home Guides, American folk art gained a following with art collectors in the 1920s and 30s:

The style features a relaxed arrangement of furniture and accessories with a homemade sensibility. The use of salvage and craft-inspired pieces can make decorating a fun scavenger hunt or afternoon project for antique lovers and artistic types.


And says the look isn’t just for homes in the country. “It’s an adaptable style that can skew more towards an industrial or even boho look. At its core, it’s a simple yet elegant look that creates a cozy mood.”

Like many styles and practices we now embrace, early farmhouse and country decor originated more out of necessity than aesthetic. People used whatever they had available to them.



As we mentioned in an earlier post, the Candlewicking style originated from a 19th century American style of embroidery method that made use of the colonial knot. This knot required less thread, was sturdier, and held up to heavy use and washing.

Candlewicking country swag

Braided rug and quilting origins


As you might already know, early braided rug patterns made use of whatever scraps were available; often, wool and cotton left over from old clothing (source).

The Valley Forge Rug Braided Guild traced the term braided rug back to Massachusetts in 1822. But they noted rugs of any sort were rare at that time, and no records document Colonial era braided rugs. It was not until the early 1900s, the Guild says, that the use of braided rugs became widely documented.

Blackberry braided rug

Too, quilts of any kind were rare in New England in the 17th and early 18th centuries. notes textiles did not become widely available to settlers until the 1840s.

What about those applique curtains we adore so much? 


After reading about early American settlers using rugged fibers and fabric from scraps of old clothing, it probably comes as no surprise that the use of the applique method in America also had humble beginnings.

According to Sew Daily, applique was a long-established custom used centuries earlier in African and Native American cultures. In early America the technique was used as a way to strengthen or patch worn areas of an item to extend its lifespan, and evolved into an artform much later.

Bingham Star Applique Swag

A brief history of plaid


Plaid as we know it today has origins in Scotland, so how did it come to be associated with Americana and country home decor? Stitch Fix says Scottish immigration at the end of the 18th century likely contributed.

According to Blue Ridge Outdoors the origins of our beloved Buffalo Check is in 1850 Pennsylvania, when Woolrich introduced the iconic two-tone pattern. Plaids continued to gain popularity into the 1900s n America, emblematic of pioneers and the working class carving out a new frontier.

Black Buffalo Check shower curtain


What country decor origins do you want to learn more about? Shop for your country decor favorites at

This week in clearance primitive home decor

Who loves clearance primitive home decor as much as you? We do! Thanks for reading another edition of Clearance Treasure Tuesday.

Today’s the day we take a dive into our clearance section and share some of our favorite country home decor deals. Everything in this blog post is 10-45% off right now!


Bath towel rack 10% off

Bath Towel Rack

Buffalo Check shower curtain 10% off

Buffalo Check Blue Bath


The Elysee fleur-de-lis 3-piece King quilt set is 15% off, and the entire Elysee French country bedding collection is 10% off.

Elysee French Country Bedding

Our Ninepatch Star quilted bedding is also 10% off

NinePatch Star Quilted Bedding

And ALL of our bed skirts are currently 10% as well.

Burlap Natural Ruffled Bed Skirt

Country Curtains

It’s a plaid explosion!

Check out Navy Check, Burgundy Star, and Bingham Star (oh my!) All 10% off.

Bingham Star Applique Swag and Tiers

And our Newburg Gingham tiers and swag are 15% off!


Our decorative burlap letters (8″ tall) are 35% off right now, and the tin letters (2.25″ tall) are 66% off!

And if you’re dreaming of spring, our pink and cream florals are 15-30% off.


Sawmill dinnerware is all 30% off!

Sawmill Ceramic Dinnerware

Homespice Decor braided trivets 37% off!

Homespice Decor braided trivet

Lawn and Garden

Tin Pocked Star Arrow replacement 15% off and Wooden Sled arrow replacement 20% off

Galvanized Birdhouse 42% off

Galvanized Birdhouse
Galvanized Birdhouse


Trouble Light 20% off

Vintage Trouble Light


Cotton braided rugs including Cocoa Bean, Baja Blue and Pumpkin Pie are 25-35% off!

Cocoa Bean cotton braided rug

Ultra Durable braided rugs are 35-45% off!

Black Mist Ultra Durable Braided Rug


Plush Bunny 17% off

Plush Bunny

Happy Holidays Ornament Set 50% off

Happy Holidays ornaments

Large Burlap Tree Skirt 25% off

Burlap Christmas Tree skirt

Shop our entire clearance primitive home decor here, and check back for new items moved into clearance and seasonal specials.

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11 clearance country decor items you’ll love

Stopping in for a quick hello today along with 11 country clearance decor pieces we think you’ll love. Thank you for sharing a few minutes with us as we head into a new week.


Tea Cabin 12% off

This is one of our most popular quilted bedding collections. You’ll also find throw pillows, blankets and shower curtain as well!

Tea Cabin Quilted Bedding
Tea Cabin Quilted Bedding

Window Treatments

Chesterfield and Newbury 20% off

Two popular patterns with a whole lot of fun, coordinating items to complete the look.


Dakota handbag 18% off

“Love the bag, love the shoes, love everything, love to.”

Dakota shoulder bag
Dakota shoulder bag

We also love this rugged Keith Dopp Kit— makes a great gift and right now, it’s 19% off

Keith Dopp Kit
Keith Dopp Kit

Home Decor

Because we have such a wide range of home accents and decor in this section, we suggest you take a moment and check it out for yourself.

Burgundy star and berry garland 35% off

Burgundy Pip Berry and Star Garland
Pip Berry and Star Garland

Tin and burlap decorative letters, 35-66% off


Unfortunately, the Friday afternoon cocktail is not included with these stylish textured beverage glasses, but they are currently 30% off!

Textured beverage glasses
Textured beverage glasses

Lawn and Garden

Weird? But September is actually is a great time to shop clearance lawn and garden decor! Check out seasonal closeout items as well!

Galvanized Bird House 40% off

Galvanized Birdhouse


Trouble Light 40% off

The industrial style look is perfect for a farmhouse kitchen, sewing room or cozy reading nook. Cloth-covered lamp cord with switched socket, two finished ceiling hooks, two cord clamps for adjusting the height of the lamp, and easy-to-follow instructions included. (Vintage bulb sold separately.)

Trouble Light
Trouble Light

Ivory mini drip electric candle with timer 37% off. Find all of our electric candles and candle accessories right here.

Ivory Mini Drip Electric Candle
Mini Drip Electric Candle


We have a huge selection of braided stair treads and rugs right now!

Braided stair treads Up 53% off

Braided Stair Tread by Homespice Decor
Stair Tread by Homespice Decor

And please check out all of our country clearance decor any time you like, right here. Have a terrific day!

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