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Folk Arts Figurines In Home Decor

Posted on July 29, 2015

Folk art is defined as various works of art, which may be made by anonymous or famous artisans. This ranges from paintings, sculptures, basketry, and utensils. These works manifest highly decorative designs usually with bright colors in simple arrangements. They depict traditional society and culture of different people, where its meaning originates. These folk arts are widely used as decors and displays in different places. They may be found in museums, art schools, and even in their homes.

Today, with the expanding knowledge on art and culture, there are already several folk artists known in the world. Each generation of works are improved with the addition of new information and ideas of making a paper mâché.

Everyday_iconLori Mitchell, a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design, is one of them. Her works were handmade using strips of paper mixed with water, glue, and other substances that hardens as it dries–paper mâché of various designs and themes. She began her work in 1999, which was influenced by children’s themes and literature, old illustrations, and toys. Her works are mainly figurines, one form of folk art, with unique designs and timeless facial expressions. Her folk art figurines portray themes of different holidays and events and are usually purchased as collectible items and gifts.

Home designing is not easy. It needs meticulous, artistic, and creative thinking. This kind of designing involves not just what are inside the structure, but also how it blends and combines with other furniture in the place. The designers also take into consideration even the most minimal detail and designs used- its color, and features. If in summer home décor, there should be a summer feel as you enter the home. The colors should be bright and warm. This can be applied to the pillowcases, tablecloth, and figurines as design. In interior home designing, every detail is very crucial as the main criteria of the best design lies on the balance and how every component is related to each other. With this, it does not mean that all colors and designs should be bright to provide a summer feel. Instead, the designer can add contrasting colors to balance the bright designs. This may be applied in the curtains and other furniture.

Balance is very difficult to achieve even for professional designers. It depends on the size of the whole space and each of the furniture to be placed inside. Why is it very important then? A place, even if big but with large furniture not properly arranged, cannot be called a good home design. It will come out as small instead because of the large furniture consuming most of the space.

However, a home even with a small space as long as the furniture are properly arranged with the other designs strategically placed can pass as a good design. It is evaluated as the entirety of the space without missing a single detail. The most important things to have a good home design are proper use of the space and balance of every furniture and detail in the home. If these two factors are always considered when designing one’s home or even one’s room, a great and successful designing will be assured.

Memorial Day | Celebrating Freedom in Colors

Posted on May 20, 2015

Freedom sometimes means so little to those who truly have it, but a denial of it makes you watch with envy, people who appear so blessed with life full of choices and opportunities; and with the gifts of life to enjoy those choices with fun and festivity.

The freedom we enjoy today and which even transcends the shores of the American territory is a phenomenon that many people all over the world have come to see as the harbinger of paradise on earth made possible by the love and true patriotic, paying the supreme sacrifice by our fearless heroes.

As we celebrate the Memorial Day, here are a few things we can do to really show our appreciation to our patriots who laid down their lives in yesteryears, for our lives to make meaning today.

Special Memorial Day decorations

Starting from your home’s look, create some great party theme ideas. Use colors that remind you of our fallen heroes and which helps their spirits know they are not forgotten. Check here for inspiration and also some great 4th of July ideas.

Special Memorial Day Food

The event is a celebration of lives of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters and our children who bravely fought so that we may have better lives and be happy.

Therefore, let’s celebrate Memorial Day with special food and drink. Let’s invite our neighbors, our friends and acquaintances on this joyous day and celebrate and make merry; it is not a day to look sad, let’s show our heroes we are happy with the kind of country they bequeath us.

Create Patriotic Home Decor

You can decorate your home with good and relevant collections of our national flag; look for good collection of figurines of men and women who fought the battle to give us freedom.

You can change the look of your home and adorn your environment with colors that remind you of someone close, whose selfless service to our country and humanity is worthy of remembrance.

Hold Thank You Memorial Day Parties

It is important for those living to take time out once in a while to get together to remind ourselves of the need to remain united, even in our diversity.

Here is a Memorial Day party idea and also some July 4th party ideas that you can adapt to your situation:

  • Create a center to celebrate our heroes: within your neighborhood, get a place where people can gather to celebrate together and remind ourselves of the cherished love we share.
  • Make it a family celebration with children particularly the focus: Let’s create love and affections among our young ones and remind them of the need to be together; create some fun for them.
  • Give out tasks to our young ones to organize the event, guide and support them. This is important to see how they would hold together when we are gone.
  • Create segments in the event to specially remember people from our community who had contributed to the wellbeing of our neighborhood, not necessarily dead but even those alive.
  • Allow the little ones to show their talents and show us how they intend to continue to defend the freedom our heroes had paid the supreme prize and which we cherish so dearly.
  • Let’s use the event to re-enact our resolve to continue to defend our unity and heritage of freedom, no matter our differences!

Have a fun filled Memorial Day celebration!

5 Motherly Ways to Appreciate Mothers

Posted on May 12, 2015

Celebrating mothers

Anytime I remember the special role my Mom played in my upbringing and even now that I am a parent myself, I have continued to wonder how best to appreciate her for all those beautiful and scary moments where she played the yeoman role in making me who I am today.

It was during her birthday recently that my sibling called to discuss a sterling idea about how she wanted us to celebrate her birthday in a special way.  According to my sister, mother deserves all the best things of life, even if we have to go the extra miles for her.

The second Sunday in the month of May every year is observed under the American skies as the day to honor our mothers. The day is usually a day when many happy and grateful children take time out to say thank you to their mothers for all the good things they have contributed to their lives.

Why Mother’s Day?

Motherhood is a state of love, expressed unconditionally no matter what is at stake. Whatever we become in life starts with our Mothers and when I think about the love of mothers, it fills you with that unconditional feeling of protection.

History in all civilizations is full of different ways of appreciating mothers, and one such way is the coming May 10th Mother’s Day.  Although not a federal holiday, but it’s a day so unique that many people pay special attention to their mothers’ needs and go the extra mile to make them happy.

Loving Ways to Appreciate Mom

Motherhood goes beyond just giving birth to a child, it involves strong emotional role playing involving unconditional care, love, nurturing, cuddling and in most cases self-denial in order to make their children secure and happy.

Motherly ways of appreciating our mothers require the same attributes of motherhood: unconditional appreciation to show love and care for our mothers; denying oneself and go out of our ways to appreciate mom!

If you have been  wondering about how to show you care and love your mom, here are my Top 5 ways to appreciate Mom.  You can copy them to make Mom feel special and loved, especially at the coming Mother’s day.

Vintage Figurine Colletibles

Mother’s home decoration:
Our mother’s home is where to start, get it specially decorated with nice feminine color that is reassuring of your appreciation and love to her.  Like the timeless thanksgiving decor, a good home decoration for our mothers would make her feel reassured of your love and respect.

Give special artworks:
Elderly people, especially mothers, cherish vintage works of art, especially those reminiscent of the good ole’ times.  Many ageless artworks, figurines and collectibles would make mothers feel good about all the sacrifices they made for us, and reflect back on a lifetime of memories.

Gift certificate:
Mother’s untiring love and sacrifices are beyond description; most times they go out of their ways to make us happy. Why not do the same for her occasionally by buying gift certificate and have it delivered to her before the D-day of the celebration, she would for certainly, appreciate it.

Vintage Home Gifts

Write memorable poem:
Remember those chilling nights when mothers have to sing and tell stories to help us to sleep?  So write Mom your appreciating thoughts in a poem, and read it to her like she used to do back in the day.

Spend the day with her:
Don’t you miss all the times you and Mom had together as you were growing up; reenact those beautiful memories by spending Mother’s Day with her and with her grandchildren if possible.  Always remember, there is no better gift to give to your Mom than the gift of your time.  That means more to her than anything.  It is priceless and timeless, and as Mothers get older and years slip away, that gift of your time becomes even more precious.

Whatever we are in life, our mother’s contributions are innumerable, so we need to acknowledge and appreciate her in a special way. There are priceless special motherly items like artworks, figurines and collectibles by renowned artists that mothers would love.

Like what we are to our mothers, a jewel of priceless quality, so should our mothers be to us; give them that well-deserved motherly love!

Home Decor Ideas that are Crazy and Amazing

Posted on May 6, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have home decoration ideas that fit all seasons? But the challenge is often the socially imposed constraints about what you can and cannot do. This article is written to dispel any limiting rule that won’t allow you the freedom to achieve your craving for an all season’s home decoration.

Break All Decoration Rules

From choosing your color scheme to hanging your artworks and placing your collectibles to designing your house for better decoration, there are always sets of rules usually couched as experts’ advice to guide intending homeowners about how far they can go. It is important you know that decoration is about you, and you alone should define what is good or bad for you.

For the average arts lovers, one expects that they are already abreast with various styles and types of decorations and as well vast in the grand rules, but isn’t it time you defined your own style? A style that would stand you out in the crowd and help in achieving the all season’s decoration dreams you’ve ever had. How about a blend of 4th of July figurines with Valentine collectibles, the colors of red and white stand out and since it’s about events of remembrance and love, wouldn’t that be awesome!

There are beautiful decorations from cultures across global boundaries and ages, you can bring together what works in these cultures and countries and use them as basis to set up your decoration mix and build a cultural unity within your home.

The vintage home decors from the Orientals, Indians, Africans, English, Australians, Americans and many more are abound with collectibles of priceless styles and beauties. Look through the Ageless works of renowned artists and see here how you can use their beautiful works to liberate your imagination. Collect as much as you can and set up your home décor in a way that brings out your creativity. Define your own style, make the new rules!

Choose Freedom for All Season’s Decorations

I grew up seeing all the rushes and troubles to meet certain season’s decorations and buying altogether, new stuffs in order to appear current and in tune with a particular holiday season. I was wondering why can’t there be some decorations that would fit all seasons, whether Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc…

And of course, there could be, if not totally, but the color scheme, setup, design etc., could be uniformly built to give a complete semblance like a chicken seasoning, which gives the exact chicken flavor and aroma replica of the real chicken!

The solution I found is freedom!

Why can’t I decorate my home the same way I choose to dress? This question can only be from someone with a revolutionary mindset. But if you are, you should decide to make a decoration statement that defines your personality and the kind of home you want, using decoration mix from different cultures.

Divide your home into various parts and decorate each part to meet certain cultural decoration specs, give it a fitting color scheme, artworks and much more. Try and see how different ideas can mix to achieve the kind of interior decoration that will create a Wow!, from your guests.

Bring related schemes of different seasons and build a decoration that links such seasons together. Get vintage figurines that give you the feeling of the season you are in and do a tweak of the artworks and figurines placement, with color matching, in a way that emphasizes specific seasons, and take to the background, those that do not.

We can repeat for each season without having to change everything or remake them to have an in-season appeal.

Decorate Your Home With Your Rules

Decorating your home should not necessarily be a predefined set of rules; it should be a thing of style and individuality that everyone else should love to copy as the idea succeeds. Like our dressing, our home decorations should tell the world more about who we are, defining our passion for beauty and personality.

In a rule focused decoration environment, we are often limited and choked on how far and wide we can spread our wings and this is often the reason many homes look boring and tasteless.

Next time you feel like changing your home’s outlook, think of freedom and choose from wide array of vintage collectibles and make it define who you truly are.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Figurines

Posted on November 5, 2014

Occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving are to be celebrated with family and friends. These come once in a year and unite distant people in an unforgettable way. So, the holidays are nearly here. It’s time for families to gather around a tree and fire place to share memories of last Christmas and eat tasty meals, and of course admire the wonderful home décor.


The tradition of giving and accepting gifts is something which cannot be replaced by any other thing, much like the Turkey Day feast. You search online and look in shops to get a perfect gift for your friends and family each Christmas. Why not try something cuter and different this time? Get Lori Mitchell’s vintage Christmas figurines for your loved these and leave them in awe. You’ll find amazing collection of ornaments to gift here. These unique and adorable pieces will keep reminding your loved ones of you, and make them smile every time they will look at it.


You can also buy these adorable figurines to decorate your own home for this special occasion as well. Your home needs to look magical and simply beautiful for Christmas. A holiday figurine from the collection of Lori Mitchell will make your place lively.  Lori Mitchell’s work is always appreciated as her whimsy and charm have made her a renowned artist in her field. There is an innovation in her style. It is not restricted to the Christmas Figurines only, but you will see this individuality in Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, and more. The loving expressions of her figurines calm the surrounding by filling it with love and warmth. When kept carefully, these can be passed on to generations. Amazing, isn’t it?


So get your delightful Christmas and Thanksgiving figurines and have a happy Christmas!


Victorian Era Influence

Posted on September 26, 2014

The wonderful thing about folk art is the many influences that inspire the art.  Nicol Sayre is a a favorite folk artist at Bayberry Cove, and her holiday figurines and ornaments are strongly influenced by the Victorian era.  The Victorian Era of history was marked by Queen Victoria’s rule from 1837 to 1901.  It is a truly fascinating period in history that enjoyed peace, prosperity, and a truly prideful period for Britain.  During Queen Victoria’s reign, there was British expansion resulting in widespread prosperity.  This prosperity led to social and fashion finery, which was recorded in bright, emotional color.

Queen Victoria

This era of bright, colorful fashion is reflected in Nicol Sayre’s holiday figurines.  Her creations, whether Halloween ornaments or Christmas figurines, exemplify the high fashion of the Victorian period.  Her holiday figurines are adorned with impeccable fashion.  They truly have refined, elegant, and even regal look.  They make a statement of class in any holiday collection.  Many of her figurines are Queens, and they take you back to a long past era of Victorian monarchy.  The dresses these figurine Queens are wearing will fill you heart with pride for that period in history.

Bayberry Cove is privileged to bring you the artistic creations of Nicol Sayre!


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Bayberry Cove is Getting Spooky as Halloween Gets Closer

Posted on September 14, 2014

Halloween is getting closer and it’s getting spooky at Bayberry Cove!

Check out our Halloween collection today.  We have a nicely varied Halloween collection, from adorable and whimsical figurines to luminaries, and everything in between. All of your favorite artists, and we are offering more charming and adorable Halloween collectibles than ever!  All items in our store are already 20% (or more) off retail, and this holiday season we offer free shipping on all orders over $50.Make sure to use the coupon code SPOOKY at check-out for $5 off of your order of $40 or more!


Bayberry Cove has been the online leader for vintage folk art and holiday collectibles since 1999!  Your trusted source to make your home come alive with the spirit of the holidays.


Halloween Fun Facts

  • “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.
  • The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
  • The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.



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