Stress Less at Christmas
Relax and celebrate Christmas at an old place in the country -- no matter where you live. This collection blends nostalgia and nature in a look that trades sleek and trendy for simple and timeless. The emphasis is on natural colors, shapes, textures, and patterns. Abundant greenery, whimsical woodland creatures, and handmade-look decorations convey casual charm.
Greenery and small trees give your entry a lodge-in-the-woods look. Folksy tree decor and a DIY moose set a relaxed tone. Rustic details include weathered finishes on the wooden planters and metal pails.
Use a jigsaw to cut the moose's head and body out of cedar. Then attach shortened staircase spindles for legs.
Build a bench that you can use to display holiday decor -- and to enjoy year-round.
For a naturally festive entry, arrange a swag of live greens, pinecones, berry picks (#388576), and ribbon (#585718) on the door (#508571). Hang a berry wreath (#477176) over a table that holds snow-scene glass canisters (#677335, #677336), reindeer jar candles (#677331), LED candles (#677321, #677344, #395328, #395329), a fox (#677522), and an owl (#677320). Loop snowflake Christmas ornaments (#674139) over the drawer pulls, and add color to fiber baskets (#606279) with reindeer ornaments (#677412). Catch tracked-in snow with a pair of accent rugs (#158305).
Set the Scene
Let a gray-green wall color (Valspar Smoke Infusion, #5002-1B) set a fresh backdrop for a living room decked out naturally. Create two focal points: a Scotch pine tree topped with picks (#585795) and poinsettias (#585831), and a DIY wooden star decoration for the mantel. Add more greenery by connecting twin live wreaths with ribbon (#585718). Use pillows (#677489, model PW01-GREEN) and throws to bring color and softness to the furniture.
Live greenery makes a room look -- and smell -- like Christmas. Whether you buy live greens or cut them from your yard, be sure to keep them fresh.
- Slow-drying evergreens work best. Consider pine, a long-lasting choice with excellent needle retention.
- Fir, which has short, flat needles, also carries an invigorating scent. Fir is more accepting of hot and dry conditions, so it’s a great choice for indoor use.
- Before you hang greenery, trim the ends and soak (unadorned) in water overnight, then let air-dry completely. This helps prevent premature drying and needle loss.
- Spritz live greenery with water daily. Avoid drenching -- and possibly staining -- walls. If you can, take down greens before spraying them.
- Dry evergreens are a fire hazard. Check the needles often by bending them -- they should flex, not break. If needles break, remove the dry sections and replace them with fresh greenery.
- Learn more about how to care for decorative live greens.
Not sure how many lights to put on your tree? A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every foot of tree height. So a 6- to 7-foot tree calls for 600–700 lights. But if you really love lights, you may want to double or even triple that amount.
Give the mantel star a strong supporting cast: log-look LED candles (#677343, #677344) in stands (#677348, #677349), reindeer (#674166), ball ornaments (#674181, #739654), greens, and berry picks (#388576). Hang stockings (#673915, #673916) that look hand-knitted.
These little houses convey a folk-art charm. To make them, simply cut the desired shapes from wood, paint, and distress.
Here’s a rustic way to personalize presents. Give a metal tub (#3712) a weathered finish, add red-painted rope, and apply chalkboard paint for the name tag.
Create a cozy feel for meals with rustic holiday decor. A 4-foot pre-lit artificial wreath (#195631) catches the eye with faux greenery studded with acorns (#677526) and antler picks (#677470). Nostalgic lantern light fixtures (#616010) over the table echo smaller table lanterns (#677351, #677352) that house LED candles.
Christmas Card Holder
Greens, Christmas ornaments, and cards -- even a gingerbread house -- bring a little Christmas to a hutch. Display Christmas cards in a ruggedly colorful fashion with a striking card holder made from boards, hardware, and string.
Wooden Place Mats
Set a festive table with homemade place mats. Cut a board in two, paint the pieces, and add hardware. Make a matching napkin ring by spray-painting rope.