Country Sampler Special Edition

Ways to 5 Boost Holiday Farmhouse Style

You don't have to spend a lot of money to transition your current decor. Try these options before you shop for farmhouse-ready accents.



LIGHTEN UP THE COLOR PALETTE. Use white or gray chalky-finish paint to give colorful decoration­s a clean look; age wood finishes by whitewashi­ng or limewashin­g; and spray Christmas greenery with faux snow.


EMBELLISH WITH RIBBON. Quickly introduce fresh holiday cheer to any piece by tying on a farmhouse-style ribbon. Try popular fabric patterns such as large or small checks, ticking stripes or grain-sack stripes. Or, go rustic with natural or dyed burlap.


BRING IN THE OUTDOORS. Visit your yard and the local crafts store to gather branches, pinecones and berries to adorn traditiona­l items. Also consider reassignin­g outdoor lanterns and statuary as indoor decor.


TELL A STORY FROM THE PAST. Include antiques or vintage pieces in your holiday vignettes for an extra layer of character. Think about an old shutter, a child’s wagon, an advertisin­g sign or a stack of wood bowls.


INTRODUCE A HOMESPUN ELEMENT. Put your personal touch on accents with stamps, stencils, scrapbook paper or handwritte­n tags. You can turn any mass-produced piece into a one-of-akind creation with a few crafting supplies.

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