After that, we headed to Independence, Iowa to The Little Red Schoolhouse and Distinctions.
These two shops are connected, but are on different ends of the decorating spectrum. The Little Red Schoolhouse has lots of primitives and country decor, while Distinctions has more modern pieces. I think this combination is more reflective of what "country" decorating is today. Most people's homes are more eclectic, and while you may have country touches likes antiques, rustics, and repurposed items, you likely have pieces that reflect what's popular in today's home decorating as well. That's why a shop like this is great. You can get a little of each, put it together, and create your own personal style.
The next day, we headed further away and ended up at The Buttery in Elkader, Iowa.