Farmhouses are crowd pleasers. And Country Living knows that rings, especially at Christmastime, when rustic materials and vintage finds are a perfect backdrop for greenery, gifts, and gathering. The warm, inviting rooms inevitably make friends and family want to gather round—with hot cocoa in hand. Country Living Farmhouse Christmas delivers on that spirit-filled, sit-and-stay-awhile aesthetic with 100 pages brimming with festive DIY projects, clever ideas for decking your halls, and charming real-life farmhouses chock-full of inspiration for your own take on a cozy, country Christmas.
Country Living FARMHOUSE Christmas
COUNTRY CLASSICS • Whether you live in the suburbs, a city apartment, or an honest-to-goodness farmhouse, these simple ideas will get your home humming a country Christmas tune.
HANG A ONE-OF-A-KIND WREATH • Like an eye-catching book cover, a festive front door sets the tone for interior merriment.
Set a Festive (Not Fussy) Table • Feast your eyes on these essentials for a warm and welcoming spread.
STRING YOUR OWN GARLAND • Nothing says country Christmas quite like a home-strung garland. While popcorn is the traditional favorite, there are other decor-worthy materials lurking in your pantry. Try one or all of these!
Add Rustic Charm to Season’s Greetings • An upcycled antique is a fitting way to show off that stronghold from a bygone era—Christmas cards. Whether clipped to a vintage sled, stuck (with magnets) to a washboard, or tucked into a tobacco basket as shown here, it’s a charming way to make messages from loved ones part of the holiday decor.
PILE ON THE PLAID • Consider classic tartan the decorating version of a Christmas elf. It gets the job done on all fronts. Add cheerful colors? Infuse old-fashioned style? Dress-up in a polished but not at all pretentious way? Check, check, and check!
DRESS UP BROWN PAPER PACKAGES • These gift toppers add wow factor to the classic gift wrap.
Prep for Long Winter’s Nap
MERRY-MAKING • Fun crafts and jolly collections add festive farmhouse flair to your holiday. ’Tis the season!
Find Your Tree • Whether you’re a color-craving maximalist or have a soft spot for simplicity, there’s a farmhouse-approved Christmas tree scheme to suit your Tannenbaum tastes. Plus, easy homemade ornaments.
VERY MERRY ORNAMENTS! • No matter your tree’s style, these cheerful creations will feel right at home in the mix.
Bring Out the Baubles • Put more happy into the holidays by embracing vintage Shiny Brite ornaments beyond the branch.
ALL ABOUT SHINY BRITES • First sold in December 1939 at Woolworth’s five-and-dime stores, glass Shiny Brites were the most popular Christmas ornaments of the midcentury. To date your vintage ornament, study the cap. The earliest Shiny Brites had a simple silver-toned metal topper with a loop. In the ’40s during World War II, caps were replaced with cardboard and paper due to a metal shortage. After the war, metal caps returned, now crimped, scalloped, and stamped “Shiny Brite” and “Made in the USA.”
Taking Stock • Embrace a well-heeled Christmas by creating a crafty spot to leave trinkets and treats.
Collect by Carol • From the jingliest jingle bells to the niftiest Saint Nicks, here’s a songbook-inspired guide to vintage holiday decor—proof your collectible displays and merry ways can exist in perfect harmony.
HOME for the HOLIDAYS • These real-life homes are the proof in the (figgy) pudding that there’s something especially magical about a farmhouse at Christmastime brimming with seasonal cheer.
FA LA LA LA FARMHOUSE • The Mitten State’s happiest hideaway wards off the icy chill of a Michigan winter with cozy collections and heartfelt finds.
KNOTTY & NICE • Featuring both rough-hewn...