What is Urban Farmhouse?

January 22, 2017

Do you love the country farmhouse look, but maybe not the chickens in the backyard? Love your neighborhood but wouldn’t mind accessorizing your home as if you lived in the country? Well it’s easy to incorporate a farmhouse look into your home. It’s called Urban Farmhouse and we scouted the shop for some easy ways to incorporate the look into your own home, without betting the barn:

Chicken Wire: There are many ways to accessorize your home using chicken wire and this basket is a great, functional piece. I’ve also seen ideas online using chicken wire in lighting, cabinet fronts, and picture frames.

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Distressed Furniture: This rustic table is a perfect example of how you can work a distressed piece of furniture into your home decor to give it a farmhouse feel. I can just imagine all of the wonderful meals that were eaten on this drop leaf table.

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Statement Signs: If this rooster wall hanging doesn’t scream farmhouse, I don’t know what does! Incorporating antique or statement signs is a great way to create a country look with minimal effort.

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Checked Prints: Our Logan check valances are the perfect farmhouse compliment for any room. You can find similar checked prints in tablecloths, napkins, bedding, and throw pillows.

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Rustic Metal: This six compartment metal bucket is a must have for any farmhouse kitchen. Works great for backyard picnics and on game day too. Galvenized is the way to go.

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Sunflowers: You can never have enough sunflowers in an open field! Look for ways to use these beautiful blooms in your decorating…even if the real thing is not in season in your countryside.

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Canister Display: Keep the most used kitchen items at the ready with a lidded canister set.

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Cotton Wreath: We just received a shipment of the springy-est cotton wreaths you can imagine. Any natural element is going to be a perfect compliment for farmhouse decor.

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Rustic Wood: Even something as simple as a rustic wood picture frame can add a farmhouse touch to any room.

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As you can see, it’s not difficult to bring the style and comfort of Urban Farmhouse into your home decorating. Just look for simple, natural elements that embrace a relaxed feel. Urban Farmhouse embraces simple lines, imperfections, and the beauty of the outdoors.

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Pantone Color Institute has announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery. I love the natural, vibrant feel of this color. It makes me think of spring, beautiful garden leaves, and that fresh green color that appears on the lawn after a rain shower.

According to Pantone:

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

New beginnings? Personal vitality? Restore? Renew? I’m sold!

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You can expect to see a lot of vibrant greenery in fashion and housewares this year. And of course we’ve got you covered here at Cooper’s. From curtains to pillows, lamps and potted greens, we have a great selection of greenery items throughout the store.

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We will be on the lookout to bring you even more great greenery items for your home this year. But we could use some suggestions for how you would use this color in your life.

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Is this vibrant green something you see yourself wearing in personal fashion? Jewelry? Would you paint a room this color? Use the comments field below to let us know.

 

Our personalized townie glassware is flying off the shelves! It’s the perfect personalized gift for a housewarming, birthday, anniversary….any special occasion! We have many local towns in stock: Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Enfield, Feeding Hills, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Somers, Southwick, Springfield, Suffield, West Springfield, Westfield. The best part: we can custom order for ANY town — you just need to order a minimum of four glasses. Turnaround time is about three weeks. Made in the USA, excellent quality: $16.99 for stemware, $14.99 for stemless and pint glasses. Stop by or call today to order!

This has become my family’s weekend morning tradition.

So easy since you prep the night before and pop in the oven in the morning!

Night before:

10 oz.Challah (or Italian or French, but Challah is best) bread,

sliced 1 inch thick. Lay in bottom of greased 9×13 casserole dish.

Beat together 3 cups milk, 10 eggs, 1 T. Vanilla, ¼  C. sugar,

Pour over bread slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the Morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove clear wrap from casserole, dot with butter.

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffy.

What Shop Local Means to Me

November 22, 2016

Did you know that you can vote every day with your wallet at small businesses? I just want to let you know that for every $1 you spend here locally, 70 cents stays right here in your local community. That’s so important…for our teachers, for our policemen, firefighters…our entire community. So, please…go out and shop local with your local businesses. Get your coffee from your local, independently-owned shop. Choose the family-owned restaurant over the chain. Go to the places that are local that you love. Because I promise you, they will love you back. The best things come from small boxes and the locals love you more!
We live and breathe the Shop Local Movement and what it means for our community. We don’t believe in competition among small businesses. We’re traveling the same journey and we feel that the stronger our circle, the more we all thrive. To Cooper’s, sharing the “local love” does not diminish our success…it only amplifies it. You win, we win. Ready? Set…GO!

Best Wishes,

Kate & The Cooper’s Crew