This season beckons like the English countryside. Our minds fill with the image of a fresh cut tree hoisted up tall in a quaint country cottage next to a wood-burning fireplace where handmade stockings hang expectantly. Snow is falling softly outside. We can hardly wait for that first bite of Christmas pudding, but until then we savor the sights and smells of a stateside farmhouse Christmas.
Colourful symbols of this season greet you alongside this quiet country drive as you approach the house.
Both the original farm gate – built generations ago – and the bell that was once used to call workers in from the fields are decked with fresh wreathes and bows.
The oversized porch invites you to sit and soak in the winter wonderland as you are surrounded by simple Christmas charm.
And if you think the outside of the farmhouse is festive, you won’t believe the Christmas cheer found once you step inside.
The key to a cozy holiday farmhouse is combining bright, shimmering decorations with simple, natural elements.
All the beauty found in nearby fields and forests are brought inside to create the perfect holiday homecoming.
The mantel sets the tone for the rest of the interior with its fresh evergreen swag and a welcome message for friends and family painted on a worn piece of barn board. Glittery ornaments are tucked in alongside bright red holly berries.
Around every corner, in each room, little holiday surprises await you.
In addition to fresh evergreen - pine cones, artificial snowflakes, and candy canes are lovely accents to spruce up containers and counter spaces.
A fresh cut fir tree is trimmed with greens and gold to create a simple and elegant centerpiece for the living room.
Many of the ornaments are family heirlooms or handmade items.
Every carefully crafted detail makes for a cozy family home that beautifully reflects what this season is all about – peace, hope, and joy.
Merry Christmas from the farm!
Fri, December 21, 2012
by Hope Gough filed under