Country decor from Rick Rutherford
Rick Rutherford’s Country Shoppe in Lawson, NSW, Australia is a walk down memory lane for me. I came from a small farm in West Virginia to this town and many of the decor he has in his shoppe were the everyday at home. It has quilts, china, home decor, stuffed bears, wooden frames, books, homemade dog treats, and everything to make your home comfortable and charming.
Rick Rutherford is a journalist with a love of country and its charm. He launched Australian Country Collections magazine and Rick Rutherford’s Country magazine (that is now online) to share with the world the love of all things country. He dreams of making a showcase of these items and found a place in the little town of Lawson. In 1007 he opened this shop to put words into displays that are mesmerizing.
It is said that the building the shoppe is housed in was known as “Cholderton” and it may have been built around 1909 by joining two houses. It has been several operations over the years and fell in disrepair. Rick has restored it delightful and renamed it the “Badger House”.
I am a quilter, and when I walked into what he calls the American room decked out with quilt displays I was brought to tears. It is just that beautiful. There is a Victorian room, a retro country room, children’s room, beach treasures, French decor, Christmas and classic English.
The Christmas room is filled with stockings, ceramics, different Santas and colourful wreaths hanging from the ceiling. There is a complete table setting and a tree of homemade ornament splendours. It was like going to Grandma’s house for the holidays in July.
Being a china collector, there is a wide range of unique items that caught my eye. A tea set of a small cottage, the French blue/white are one of my favourites and flowered plates that were bright and cheery.
This is a must stop when you come to the Blue Mountains, you will find something for every room in your house and add to your own collections. I will be back again to feel the joy of the settings. [more]
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