The Countryside Romantic is a blog designed to support my Etsy shop, Countryside Romantic, and to help me direct some of my indulgences. For example, I plan to absolutely show y’all my favorite home decor and design inspirations, but also to organize my thoughts on books, wines, do-it-yourselfs (it’s a word, look it up ... just kidding, don’t), my travel dreams, historical references and classic art. This will be a little bit of eclectic heaven. Well maybe it’s eclectic hell for some of you, but for those of you whose brains are constantly wandering through the fields with Elizabeth Bennet, or pining after John Keats in Bright Star - this may be just the place.
In my shop I plan to include trinkets and decorative items that are defined by the categories of English, French, Scottish and American cottage decorum. I will be forthcoming with an explanation on how I am separating and defining each, but for now I seek only to explain why I have chosen these particular locals, all around the time period of 18th and 19th centuries. It is evident that these places and those times have be romanticised in a serious way by pop-culture film and literature. For example, some of my personal favorites include: movies made from Jane Austen films (such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility), the Outlander Series, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Helena Bonham Carter in A Room With A View, and the Robert Downey Jr. / Jude Law Sherlock Holmes adaptations (and the updated Cumberbatch/Freeman BBC version ... but they don’t count in this particular list). I eat these movies, shows, and books up like candy. I buy them, I hold them, I covet them. So eventually I decided that - hey - I could create these worlds for myself in my own home! With a bit o’ thrifting and antiquing, I have begun an endeavor to romanticize my home. Now, I have a place to catalogue.
I hope to learn and grow with these posts, and I hope to have open discussions on all of the topics broached. Maximum effort will be expended to bring you useful, or at least cheerful, updates on everything one might want to know about these decor styles and time periods. Until next time, cheerio. And read on, my friends.