A jar of homemade sweet pickles (which do just fine without refrigeration) adds a homey touch on the shady windowsill. A boxwood wreath is a simple nod to the season.
Your Primitive Antiques Primer
Before you begin your own country collection, we have a few terms and tips to help you on your treasure hunt.
Southern primitives are vernacular pieces made in the South, usually by the person who meant to use them. Pine tends to be the most common material for such items. They tend to be less refined in appearance than high-style antiques and, typically, are of pegged construction (parts are held together with wooden pegs driven into preformed holes).
Start small. Dough bowls (oblong wooden bowls used for breadmaking) or simple stools and benches are a good introduction to primitive collecting. They're plentiful, relatively inexpensive, and make great accents in any decor.
The Heart of Country Antiques Show in Nashville (February 14-16, 2008) is a perfect resource for buying or learning. Visit www.heartofcountry.com for more information.
"Country Charm" is from the December 2007 issue of Southern Living.