Hello there! I'm Erika Ward, Owner and Principal Designer of Erika Ward Interiors. It's my greatest pleasure to inspire you to live well, to live in style, and to extinguish the myth that style and budget are mutually exclusive. Read more about my design philosophy and my work at http://www.blulabelbungalow.com
Hello there! I'm Erika Ward, Owner and Principal Designer of Erika Ward... More »
Though I find myself enjoying a fast life in the city, I often allow my thoughts to wander into the country. As a child, I remember traveling to the small town of Milledgeville, GA with one of my best friends. Her family owned a general store that reminded me of the ones seen in movies. We often wondered who in the world would want all of that old, worn stuff. Little did we know that this old stuff would later be treasured family heirlooms, and that we would soon have an appreciation of reclaimed woods, handmade vases and patinaed metal buckets.
My how times have changed, while some things remain the same. What I like to call general store decor remains just as popular now as it was then. Here are a few examples in homes across the country. Please feel free to add your own photos, too!
Whitewashed wood furniture co-mingles with a fragrant melange of lavender and daffodils while the crystal chandelier makes dining with mason jars feel like more than just a casual meal. Among this eclectic mix of rustic and country, the old ladder in the background does not look as foreign as it seems.
Recycle, reuse and reinvent something beautiful. In this lovely vignette, a book tree crafted from old torn pages naturally coexists with salvaged palladian windows. A repurposed cloche reinforces the shabby chic aesthetic.