Using Americana to furnish your home is all about using the cultural heritage of the United States. These can be vintage items collected while traveling across the country, finds from your neighborhood garage sales, or even in the form of new furniture or home furnishings that draw inspiration from this country's history or even folklore.
For an Americana based decor theme the pieces don't need not be old or even made in America, but they do need to be associated with the cultural or historical fabric of the United States.
Recently many manufacturers have brought in furniture that reflects a distinctly American heritage, and a nostalgic look back. This trend could have made its way to home furnishings from fashion, or it could be in response to another search for the nation's identity, and also a surge in patriotism.
Take a look at this sumptuous James Madison Louis Commode from French Heritage, for instance, with patriotism writ large upon it in the form of the U.S. Constitution. Far from being a simple of piece of furniture, this French inspired chest is embellished with rich color and gilded ornaments. When you remember that the Founding Fathers were inspired by French thinkers such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, this chest takes on a whole new meaning.