Coun­try Trea­sures

Turn your home into a joy­ful win­ter won­der­land this year with clas­sic coun­try Christ­mas decor.

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Dis­cover dis­play ideas for musthave dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories.

Twin­kle Toes

Il­lu­mi­nated dec­o­ra­tions, like these light-filled translu­cent Santa boots, brightly greet guests at your home’s en­try. Stuff them with fresh greens and over­size knit candy canes to set a playful mood, or add other fun trim­mings, such as small cel­lo­phanewrapped pack­ages or out­door or­na­ments.

Jolly Jars

Homemade treats will look even more ap­peal­ing when cre­atively pack­aged in ma­son jars with dec­o­ra­tive top­pers, whether they are to be given as gifts or loaded with good­ies for party guests. Or, en­liven the con­tain­ers with shiny jin­gle bells or small or­na­ments that will catch the sun­light when placed on a win­dowsill.

Snow Glow

Large dec­o­ra­tive lan­terns are a flex­i­ble foun­da­tion for all man­ner of decor, from host­ing a group­ing of can­dles to show­cas­ing hol­i­day heirlooms. A sim­ple gath­er­ing of green­ery in­side this metal lantern high­lights the lacy snowflake mo­tifs that dress up its glass pan­els.

Ice Ca­pades

Get more mileage out of your money by choos­ing sea­sonal decor that can re­main on dis­play past the hol­i­days, such as a de­light­fully di­men­sional shut­ter decked with green­ery and a rus­tic skate. An homage to a fa­vorite win­ter pas­time, the piece can eas­ily glide from De­cem­ber through Jan­uary.

Glad Tid­ings

As­sem­ble a cheer­ful cen­ter­piece atop a fluted metal tray, start­ing with a large cen­tral piece, such as this farm­house crock brim­ming with green­ery and a bat­tery-pow­ered can­dle. Round out the ar­range­ment with col­or­ful folk-art fig­u­ral in­cense smok­ers to pro­vide a fra­grant touch.

Hol­i­day Haul

Se­lect­ing a spe­cial tree and cart­ing it home to dec­o­rate is a hol­i­day tra­di­tion that many fam­i­lies share, and this handpainted barn­wood-framed sign cap­tures the essence of that ac­tiv­ity. Hang it on the wall, or prop it on a small easel to use as the back­drop of a fes­tive vi­gnette.

Artis­tic In­spi­ra­tion

These dec­o­ra­tively painted blocks make a bold dec­la­ra­tion of com­mit­ment to Christ­mas magic and are per­fect for lin­ing a shelf or man­tel as part of a setup that in­cludes rib­bons, green­ery and tiny lights.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GRANDIN ROAD

WRIT­TEN BY LISA SLOAN FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION, SEE RE­SOURCE GUIDE, PAGE 182.

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