A porch swing
Just like it says in the song, the sun shines bright over Kentucky and when it does, is there a better place to take in the splendor of the Bluegrass than from a porch swing, swaying on the breeze? Before purchasing a swing, do a little research to determine what wood will best suit your needs. Cedar is a desirable choice because it is resistant to rot, but pine is also attractive and less expensive. Plastic porch swings require little to no maintenance, but lack the charm of their wooden counterparts. A mild cleansing with soap and water weekly will keep your swing looking fresh all season. If you can’t store the swing in a garage or shed during the colder months, keep it dry by wrapping it in plastic, but beware: If moisture gets under the cover, it can create mold damage.
This iconic Southern accessory can and should make an appearance more often than the first Saturday in May. Incorporate julep cups into your everyday décor as a centerpiece for fresh-cut flowers from your garden or as a gracious toothbrush holder in your guest bedroom. If you want the look of sterling silver julep cups but are turned off by the price tag, polished pewter cups are an excellent alternative and are readily available throughout the state.
A bourbon barrel planter
Simple, rustic and yet wildly charming, the bourbon barrel planter is a classic Kentucky garden accessory with plenty of benefits. Not only are you recycling a piece of Kentucky’s heritage, you’re able to grow larger plants that you don’t have to water as often. To prepare your barrel, drill four holes into its sides to allow for proper drainage. You can find recycled barrels at bourbon distillery gift shops or at www.kentuckybarrels.com, a Danville-based company that sells barrels and parts.
A lucky horseshoe
Hang a horseshoe over your door with the ends pointing up and you’ll collect good luck. You can find vintage horseshoes at local antique and thrift shops or bring luck home in a more creative form like an artisan designed wine rack or wreath incorporating recycled horseshoes.
Locally crafted goods
From hand-woven baskets to custom, fine wood furniture, locally made home accessories are both beautiful and great conversation pieces. In an age of mass-produced décor, these unique pieces are sure to become instant heirlooms that will be cherished by future generations.