How to Accessorize Early American Colonial Period DecorThere are three basic principles to keep in mind
|The spinning wheel above |
is Available through Amazon.com
1. Keep it simple: Hang a candle box on the wall. Find a super antique spinning wheel. Hang bundles of dried herbs.
2. Keep it natural: Twigs twined into wreaths, pinecones or apples piled in a wooden bowl, hand-made tapered candles.
3. Think hand-made and unique: The last thing you want is for your home decor items to look mass-produced, new (as in contemporary) and matched (as in furniture suites). One option is to make some simple items yourself. After all, “hand-crafted” by you is appropriate to both the independent spirit and the necessary thrift of American Colonial life.
|Artist's Conception of an Interior of a New England settler's home in the 17th century, after an illustration by George H. Boughton (litho), American School / Private Collection / Peter Newark Pictures / The Bridgeman Art Library Available at AllPosters.com in a variety of sizes and formats.|
Stencils and Samplers
|The Sampler shown above was made by Mary Emmes |
and is dated 1764. A reproduction of it is available in a
variety of formats and sizes at AllPosters.com
If you Don't have a Family Heirloom Sampler, Why not Create One?
|A Restored pre-Revolutionary War Rhode Island Interior|
American Colonial Style Lighting
For Period Home Decorating
Root Unscented 12-Inch Hand Dipped Taper Candles, Raw Beeswax Color, 12-Count Box
For centuries, tapered candles have been formed by meticulously hand-dipping. Root takes this traditional process to another level by continuously dipping our tapers to create up to 35 individual layers of wax. The result is a satin-like finish with solid, consistently colored, unscented wax throughout. Our timeless observation: You can't rush perfection. Box of 12 candles, each 12-inches tall with a burn time of 12 hours each.
Courting Candle Holder with Red Dish ~ Free Bees Wax Candle Included
From the 1600's to the 1800's... If a young gentleman looked OK with the colonial father, the candle was placed high up when lit so that the daughter and young man had a lot of courting time... If Dad had any doubts...the candle would be placed lower in the spiral and be extinguished sooner. When the candle burned out, the "date" was over. 6" wide and 6¾" high. Fits a standard taper candle. Includes rustic pan, spiral courting candle holder, wooden hammer gauge and a free pure bees wax candle.
Piedmont Room, Guildford County North Carolina, circa 1766
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American Colonial Kitchen Accessories
Useful by Necessity; Charming by Design
~ 21-1/4-Inch-by-6-1/4-Inch-by-1-Inch cutting board
~ Hickory wood; hand-sanded smooth edges; hand-stained
~ Handcrafted and finished in Vermont, U.S.A.
~ Hand wash with warm soapy water and dry promptly
Bayou Classic 6 Quart Cast Iron Soup Pot and Lid*A 2nd-Generation, Family-Owned Company: Kitchen storage solutions by J.K. Adams make it easy to save on valuable kitchen space while enjoying the best of USA-made craftsmanship. The family-owned company provides everything from pot hooks and spice bottles to wooden spice carousels, kitchen-knife blocks, bread boxes, wine racks, pot racks, and more. J.K. Adams' wooden kitchen items feature renewable and sustainable wood in Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Alder, Ash, or Hickory varieties. A thoughtful choice for gift giving, the high-quality kitchen items provide sleek designs and convenient functionality for year after year of everyday convenience
with Loop Handle. Also Available in Other Sizes.
Legendary American Cookware
Still Made the Original Handcrafted Way
The oldest cookware in America made with traditional methods for over 200 years. Left to right: Pioneer tea kettle, chestnut roaster, Ben Franklin stein, healthy popcorn popper, frontier frying pans, Homestead rolling pin, and Old West shot glasses. All from Jacob Bromwell.
To see a collection of historically appropriate fabrics that will help you recreate an Early American Colonial period interior decor in your home. Please visit Restoration Fabrics & Trims. (Page will open in a new browser window.)
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