Monday, February 18, 2013

Decorating In The Primitive Colonial Style

This post about elegant colonial interiors was like a trip down memory lane. In my early 20's I was in love with primitive colonial decor. My Bible was a magazine called Colonial Homes. In fact I bought a beautiful corner cupboard with the first pay check from my first job. I put it on lay away and paid the antique store monthly until I had it paid off.

 I was blessed to find an old two story colonial home to restore and fill with my obsession. I had some beautiful pieces, did the stenciling like you will see in some of these photos, bought pencil post canopy beds, spinning wheels, Chippendale sofas, made some gorgeous reproduction samplers (which I plan to do a post on shortly) and had a home that looks alot like some of these homes.  I only have one picture of my kitchen left because I had many old photos and items stored at my parents whose home burned in 1990.

I recently visited the old house which has been turned into a photography studio and the stenciling and murals have all been painted over. It was sad but people have the right to their own styles. Even my tastes have changed since then to more of an old world elegance. I do have a very special place in my heart for the design style of this post. It is more of a lifestyle, and there is a quite elegant quality about it that is relaxing and calming, much like the French Provence style. It is a beautiful look that will always be in style because it is timeless.

Girl With A Lamb

All colonial houses must have a couple of Windsor chairs!

This lovely tigers eye maple four poster bed is dressed out in a pretty quilt and fishnet canopy.

If you are considering this style, you must collect some old wooden bowls, and a few egg baskets like the one on the corner cupboard.

Stenciling was a popular way to decorate walls during colonial times.

This bedroom contains many items popularly used when decorating the colonial home. You see a flax winder pierced tin lantern, pencil post canopy bed, apple cone, homespun coverlet, and crockery.

Pineapples are the sign of hospitality and were commonly used in some form in colonial homes.

Harvest table and Windsor chairs are the center of attention in this colonial style kitchen.

Another pretty bedroom complete with pencil post canopy and stenciling.

This colonial bedroom features a hand painted mural.

This was an early picture of a portion of the kitchen in my old colonial in 1983 before I stenciled the walls. The stencil pattern was very similar to the one below so use your imagination.

Antique pewter is another staple of the colonial home.

This reminds me so much of my TV room in the old house. I had flame stitch chairs almost identical to these and an old plantation desk like the one in the corner except mine had a door. The room was stenciled very similar to this.

The primitive home is very pretty when decorated for Christmas. The simplistic use of all natural elements creates a warmth that adds such charm to the interiors.

Colonial portraits, quilts, hurricane globes candle stands are all accessories associated with primitive interiors.

Beamed ceilings look wonderful in colonial rooms.

Colors popular for trim and woodwork include grey, muted blue, red , and gold.

This table is surrounded by comb backed Windsor chairs.

Accessories to collect for your colonial home include, antique toys, baskets, crockery, wooden utensils, and pewter.

Blue and white were popular colonial colors. Here is another example of a fishnet canopy The corner cupboard is filled with crocks and coverlets.

Wide pine flooring was used frequently in primitive homes. Many pieces of furniture were also made of pine, poplar and maple.

Camel back Chippendale sofa in a flame stitch pattern.

Pierced tin chandeliers are best for lighting fixtures in a primitive style home. Ladderback chairs surround this harvest table.

A Deacon's Bench sits under an antique hooked rug in this colonial foyer.

You might also enjoy Decorating Colonial/Primitive Bedrooms 

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Lisa Farmer


  1. My dear, dear LISA!

    I just got back from the print shop where I have my artwork done; it is a lovely but COLD day here, and I have some artwork to finish.

    First of all, your post is lush and makes me want some Americana back in my life! THIS IS SO WARM and wonderful; with that being said, I am SO SHOCKED to know that anyone would take all of your photos and words and post them on their own blog? THAT IS SICK! I tried going over to the site but I could not locate it! That truly is robbery. Thank you for the head's up because every thing I write is mine, with the exception of quotes for my subheader or an occasional quote within the body of my work.

    My dear heart, I thank you for leaving a comment today! I am actually going to California to visit family and this opportunity that presented itself is a rare one. I will be gone just long enough to give me some much needed time in the sun (I hope!), family time and also some READING time I desperately need. I love blogland, I will miss you all, and I am only taking a small posting break because I am literally trying to juggle my time between substitute teaching, drawing cards for Etsy and reading and writing. WRITING is my first and foremost love, but is the one thing that is starting to suffer; I feel empty but that is normal for any artist, I am sure you know

    Thank you for visiting my older post. It had a French song that was necessary to listen to, so you were unable to hear it if you viewed it yesterday. Many thanks.

    Well my dear, you have alerted me to some harsh realities that exist out there, it is appalling that you had to have your beautiful work stolen. I need to put another type of message showing that the content of my blog is as well a place where the written word is my own!

    Be well, I am glad to hear you are on the mend, and I WILL BE BACK! LOVE to you, Anita

  2. OH DEAR! Do tell me what you did to prevent this from happening! Email me at:

  3. I am so glad to have found your site- Interestingly, I no longer decorate in the colonial primitive style- BUT I have a summer kitchen devoted to it still-. You just gave me a million ideas for a bedroom I have been stumped on. I am a die hard Seraph(Delaware OH.) and Ralph Lauren gal- loved the 80's- I wanted to do a Highland hunting theme-ish for a bedroom I just redid with 2 4 fullsize tigermaple posters and tartan. LOVED your pic's with the canopy's- just enough to get my head spinning with ideas how to create the look with valances and such- a pleasure again to stumble upon your site- please keep updating!
    Tish Dyke - Ohio


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