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Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

In­cor­po­rate these tra­di­tional el­e­ments into your sea­sonal decor for a down-home hol­i­day look.

VIN­TAGE DEC­O­RA­TIONS:

Look through the at­tic or base­ment for some of your grand­mother’s fa­vorite pieces to lend your home a nos­tal­gic look. Watch for folk-art San­tas, col­or­ful glass balls, hand­crafted or­na­ments or old metal toys.

HOME­SPUN FAB­RICS:

Add soft­ness to your rooms with tex­tiles that look like they were made with love. Hang old-fash­ioned socks on the man­tel, spread a hand­stitched quilt over your bed, or pull out your mom’s old tree skirt to use around your own tree.

NAT­U­RAL EL­E­MENTS:

Gather goods from your own back­yard (or the su­per­mar­ket) to fash­ion dis­plays that hark back to yes­ter­year. Ar­range fruits such as ap­ples, pomegranates or pears in bowls. Hang dried or­ange slices on your Christ­mas tree. Swag fresh greens around chan­de­liers or door­ways, and drape strings of nuts or cran­ber­ries across your man­tel.

WEATH­ERED FIN­ISHES:

From dis­tressed sten­ciled signs to chippy painted can­dle­sticks, your ac­cent pieces should look like they’ve stood the test of time. If you can’t find gen­uine old items, rough up new dec­o­ra­tions with sand­pa­per, a wire brush or even a ham­mer.

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