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    Tips for a modern country-inspired look

    What is a coutry-inspired decor? Actually, there is no clear style that can define what some consider country-inspired decor.


    From slipcovers to painted floors and reclaimed wood, there may be no clear style that can define what some may consider country-inspired decor.

    In fact, these days, there is more of a push to infuse country elements with a modern edge. The result: furniture often handcrafted by artisans as well as decorative elements that are often vintage or salvaged.

    Buy salvage

    Salvage yards can often be a treasure trove of fabulous finds, from old doors to furniture, kitchen cabinets and more.

    Here are some basic tips that can assist in your search:

    ■ Go online. In many instances, a salvage yard will have photographs of inventory online, so you can preselect before making a trip.

    ■ Compare pricing. Many businesses are reselling items that have been donated, while others are reselling items they purchased. It helps to know your bargaining power.

    ■ Visit on delivery day. Nothing beats an opportunity to secure new merchandise before it is snapped up.

    Think outside the box

    Consider using old items in unusual or unexpected ways. Looking for ideas? Try these:

    ■ Vintage doorknobs: Old doorknobs come in all different shapes and sizes and can be used for everything from door pulls to creating an interesting wall feature in which you can hang dried herbs, lavender or floral arrangements.

    ■ Mason jars: Mason jars remain useful in a number of different ways, and they can also be repurposed and used in home decor. Some ideas include painting Mason jars muted colors or rubbing them to make them appear old. You can wrap portions of the jar with twine, or fill with moss and top with a succulent, using the Mason jar as more of a vase.

    ■ Dried herbs: This look is organic and attractive as well as fragrant and long-lasting.

    ■ Succulents: Succulents are not only hardy, but also versatile. Try placing them on a small bed of stones or embedded in moss for a modern look. Succulents look especially attractive when paired with natural elements such as wood and branches.

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