It’s the first Christmas season here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home blog! Although this blog was just launched in 2017, I have been blogging for over seven years and I am excited to share some of my favorite older Christmas posts with you here! Today we will be taking a look at my cozy cottage-farmhouse style Christmas corner from 2013. I certainly wish I had a better camera back then, but I think there are still some nice ideas here worth sharing that you will enjoy.
I really don’t miss our old home too much, but I did love this cozy little farmhouse Christmas corner I created during the holidays. I still have a lot of these vintage items and decorations so it will be fun to see how I previously used them and how I will incorporate them here at our yellow brick home this Christmas.
Back in 2013 I was an antiques dealer so I was always dragging in old chippy, shabby items and rotating things in and out of my booth. An old screen door became a keeper and I loved using it to add architectural interest and break up the space between open concept dining room and kitchen. The ledge behind the door was perfect for displaying ironstone. There was something about this corner with all of that ironstone and the little primitive touches that truly made it have it an old fashioned farmhouse Christmas feel, or at least how I imagine it would be.
Just looking at these pictures and writing this post is giving me all the Christmas feels!
I am a shabby chic, vintage, French country, English/European, brocante, farmhouse, cottage style girl…but I do love classic country and homespun primitive accents in the fall and at Christmas! The primitive Christmas touches are so homey and warm. Old-world colonial style clove-studded oranges, cinnamon and peppermint sticks are so fragrant and Christmasy!
Style tip: Add peppermint and cinnamon sticks, cloved oranges, and applesauce ornaments to any vignette for quick and inexpensive, homespun-farmhouse style.
I have always loved decorating the alpine tree with grungy candy canes, warm scented spice lights and homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments.
When I found this picture at an estate sale, I knew he would become “Santa relaxing” in my farmhouse Christmas corner.
I displayed some beautiful hand-crocheted snowflake ornaments from my chippy door. I no longer have this particular door, but I do have another chippy shabby one on my back porch. I am getting inspired to bring it inside to create a farmhouse vignette this Christmas too!
I created a little “faux fireplace” under a pretty little antique table using some vintage electric logs and primitive wax lights and it really helped to make the corner even cozier. During the summer of 2013 I had found the old local milk crate one day at the flea market. It was perfect for my alpine tree right beside where I had left some “fresh milk” and cookies on the little table for Santa “by the fire place.”
The cookies I used for my vignette and tree were actually cinnamon applesauce ornaments. My son was only six years old at the time and I remember how much fun we had making them and they smelled so good! I have packed them away in a tightly sealed ziplock bag each year since we first made them and they still smell wonderful! Adding handcrafted ornaments, artwork and crafts associated with fun memories is what truly makes Christmas decor special. I could never reproduce the “feel” or look of these photos if I was given a credit card with no limit and sent out to go shopping for new Christmas decorations. A homespun Christmas is truly homespun!
Working on this post definitely has me excited to start decorating for Christmas this year. It’s always nice when you get ideas from your own decor, seeing things you maybe haven’t used the past few seasons and thinking of how they might be used in new and creative ways.
How about you? Are you knee deep in tinsel, garland and ornaments, or are you waiting just a bit longer to deck the halls? I would love to hear all about your plans for Christmas decorating this year too! I just shared my holiday music room tour as part of It’s A Wonderful House Christmas home tours with 19 other bloggers so I would love if you would click the link above to take my tour and visit the other blogs.
If you love linking up to Christmas parties and would like to share your own Christmas decor, crafts, and tours, be sure to visit on December 13 for the Home for Christmas Blogger’s Link Party hosted by yours truly and Debra from Common Ground. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we can’t wait to see what you link up too.
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