It's nice to find a way of displaying your treasures from garage sales and flea markets in your home. If you're like me, you're most proud of those salvaged bits and pieces that mean something. I really like the ones that almost got away best.
Rustic country garden decor can be almost any kind of garden related objects, displayed on your porch, or used as primitive accents in your home.
Some of the many precious finds can be a collection of watering cans, terracotta plant pots, driftwood crafts or rustic garden signs made from salvaged barnboards, old mismatched garden chairs draped in vintage quilts or blankets on the covered porch of your tiny rustic cottage.
One of my favorite vignettes is the Eclectic Eggporeum, my rustic garden shed, with it's collection of bird-o-belia, collected over several years.
Finally, I can display the bird cages, nests, wreaths and other vintage (and not so vintage) garden stuff.
The patina and weathering of many old found items gives us so much pleasure, and it’s comforting to gather these around us.
Dented, worn and distressed items from long ago, or not so long ago make us feel connected to the past in ways that new, shiny and plastic furnishings can’t.
Punched tin is an old time method of making a design in something useful - the way the pioneers used to keep their pies and other baked goods safe from flies was to make a wooden 'pie safe' with a punched tin door.
The flies couldn't get into the small holes, so the food stayed untouched.
The tin pie plate below will give an impression of what this would look like;
Junking is the art of finding new ways to use interesting artifacts and salvage. Cultivating your eye to spot these treasures at flea markets and garage sales and learning how to barter and bargain is a weekend pastime all through the summer months.
Junk gardening is a fun way of repurposing found salvaged objects into unique garden art.
Find out where the yard sales are in your neighborhood, or check publications like Craigslist or Kijiji for great deals.
The rustic lifestyle is embellished with artifacts, salvaged or made with natural materials, and handmade items close to hand.
Finding old furniture and flea market treasures, painting them in the shabby chic method and using old textiles to soften the look can be an effective and economical way to furnish your nest.
You will be amazed at how satisfying your forays will be when you make a great buy on a rustic old item for your rustic country garden décor.
Finding that absolute gem to add to your collection is a feeling like no other.
The trick is not to go overboard and become a hoarder. Only get things because they fit with your theme; those you are instantly attracted to.
Have your goal always in mind for what to look for, and grab it when you see it – don’t be disappointed by taking too long to make up your mind and have the item snapped up from under you.
The collecting of featured pieces for your rustic country garden décor doesn’t have to happen all at once; allow the pieces to settle in to the collection, and over time you’ll find that it becomes a cohesive whole.
The aim is to have it look as though the pieces have been together a long time, just like in a country home.