Christ­mas A CAPE COD

Ac­cord­ing to re­cently re­turned Mas­sachusetts res­i­dent Tere Bunker, Christ­mas on Cape Cod is every bit as mag­i­cal as it sounds. If you want to recre­ate your own Cur­rier & Ives–like New Eng­land hol­i­day, con­sider these tips from Tere to give your home that c

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KEEP IT SIM­PLE: Fuss-free can still be fes­tive, Tere ad­vises, and min­i­mal­ist can be merry. One vintage tree on a ta­ble decked in heir­loom or­na­ments can have as much im­pact—or more—than a room­ful of more or­di­nary trim­mings. “Feather trees are sim­ple and per­fect in an old firkin or crock,” she adds.

HOL­I­DAY HANG-UPS: Tere makes the most of her ver­ti­cal dis­play space. For in­stance, red wool stock­ings filled with box­wood are hung with care in front of win­dows on the porch, and a wreath adds a nat­u­ral touch to a rus­tic kitchen chair. She also puts bow-be­decked wreaths on the front door and be­tween the garage doors.

NAT­U­RAL WON­DERS: Fill vintage wood trenchers or firkins with greens or fruit gath­ered from a nearby for­est (or florist) for the per­fect pe­riod cen­ter­piece. “I love greens, ei­ther live or ar­ti­fi­cial, which,

along with a splash of red berries, is the per­fect hol­i­day ad­di­tion to any coun­try decor,” Tere says.

CHRIST­MAS COL­ORS: Shop your base­ment and at­tic dur­ing the sea­son, and look for new ways to com­bine pe­riod pieces. For ex­am­ple: Red­ware is pop­u­lar year-round, but the prim sta­ple gets a sea­sonal twist when paired with ev­er­greens in a per­fect Christ­mas color combo. Tere fa­vors green for an­tique ac­ces­sories in the kitchen, and she tucks in holly berries or candy canes for an easy and at­trac­tive hol­i­day vi­gnette.

GREAT GROUP­INGS: Dis­play­ing items to­gether—a Santa col­lec­tion, minia­ture trees, a trio of nut­crack­ers—makes for max­i­mum im­pact in min­i­mum space. “My San­tas are not all old, but they have that per­fect coun­try ap­peal and blend well with the old pieces I have col­lected,” Tere notes.

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