colonial early americanEarly American or Colonial furniture and decor, was more 'useful' than just visually appealing. It may have crossed the ocean with the family sailing to the 'new world'. Or they may have had a cabinetmaker build what they needed after their arrival. Furniture would have been sparse. They would not have had much decor (ie: clutter in today's world). And the decor, would have needed to be useful as well.