Dec­o­rate with Crafts

The Coun­try Sam­pler stylists em­ploy na­ture-in­spired items and rus­tic hol­i­day decor to lend a home the air of an en­chanted for­est.

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The Coun­try Sam­pler stylists put to­gether group­ings with a wood­land hol­i­day flair.


is part of the magic of Christ­mas. It’s a chance to bring out cher­ished items and new ac­qui­si­tions, to con­vert your home into a place of won­der and de­light by in­cor­po­rat­ing a spe­cial theme that en­hances your home and re­flects your in­ter­ests or a fa­vorite set­ting.

Some themes are based around a color pal­ette or a beloved col­lec­tion, while oth­ers are in­spired by a time or place. Coun­try Sam­pler stylists René Haines and Carolynn Geesaman brought a wood­land Christ­mas theme to life in the Fort Re­cov­ery, Ohio, home of Tammy and Tony Over­ton, draw­ing on the rus­tic ap­peal of their furnishings, many of them res­cued and re­pur­posed.

Since mov­ing in three years ago, Tammy, who works as a painter and dec­o­ra­tor, has spruced up many of the sur­faces in the early-1900s home, from walls to fur­ni­ture. She loves to re­fash­ion old items, es­pe­cially ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments such as shut­ters, win­dows and doors. “We’ve made them into shelves, benches, head­boards, and pic­ture frames,” she says.

One of her fa­vorite pieces—an old chalk­board—was sal­vaged from the home’s base­ment. It now hangs on the kitchen wall, where René used it as a back­drop for a cheer­ful, na­ture-in­fused vi­gnette. “It’s warm, invit­ing and earthy,” René says of the ap­peal of a woodsy mo­tif.

To see how René and Carolynn car­ried the look through­out other rooms in Tammy’s home, read on for 18 in­ven­tive hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing ideas.

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