Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

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Im­i­ta­tion, mi­ta­tion it has been said, is the sin­cer­est form of flat­tery, and in the case of this month’s cover, it also is a rich source of in­spi­ra­tion. Our staff was quite en­er­gized by all the won­der­ful ideas and styles in this is­sue’s fea­tured homes, but we were es­pe­cially taken with the beau­ti­ful decor in Maryann and Michael Roche’s din­ing room (see the first photo in “Colo­nial Tra­di­tions,” pages 60–69). We were so much in the hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing frame of mind that we de­cided to rein­ter­pret and recre­ate the Roches’ coun­try Christ­mas scene for our cover. In­di­ana res­i­dents Robin and David Ful­lenkamp gra­ciously “loaned” their lovely home to Coun­try Sam­pler stylists René Haines and Carolynn Geesaman, pho­tog­ra­pher Scott Camp­bell and me to use as our can­vas. Here are six take­away ideas from our photo shoot that are eas­ily adapt­able to any dec­o­rat­ing style:

➊ Down to ba­sics.

René and Carolynn set the stage for a wood­land dis­play with a length of burlap topped off with two red run­ners. A painted door panel base can be moved with ease at din­ner­time.

➋ Bird’s-eye view.

Carolynn and René cre­ated a fo­cal point us­ing dis­tressed tin can­dle­hold­ers dressed up with burlap bird or­na­ments nest­ing in a layer of faux greens.

➌ Pail in com­par­i­son.

Carolynn copied the can­dle­hold­ers’ fin­ish by paint­ing and sand­pa­per­ing a bucket, which is topped by a tree form cov­ered in im­i­ta­tion cran­ber­ries.

➍ A very berry Christ­mas.

Berries are boun­ti­ful through­out the room—on or­na­ments, in the vase and mixed among greens.

➎ Get­ting flaky.

Small snowflake or­na­ments on the tree and in the cen­ter­piece com­ple­ment the large flakes on the man­tel.

➏ Ties that bind.

To pull the whole look to­gether, René adorned a wreath with a third bird or­na­ment. As it turns out, Robin’s wreath was a per­fect com­pan­ion to the table­top vi­gnette, as it came equipped with a string of jin­gle bells that match those on the gar­land in Santa’s hands and the one on his hat. We hope that the homes and ideas in­side fill you with the spirit of hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing. We wish you and your fam­ily a joy­ous and fes­tive Christ­mas sea­son! Donna Mar­cel Ed­i­tor dmar­cel@coun­trysam­pler.com

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