Rustic Christmas Decorating

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“SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN!” Cover your ears because a very tone deaf woman (myself) was belting out the Christmas songs this weekend. With Thanksgiving behind us, I released the restraints and broke out the Christmas décor. The kids are loving it and counting down the days until old St. Nick comes down our chimney!
Christmas Morning 2009 – Magic North Pole Snow Footprints (Baking Soda y’all!)
As I told you the other day, I wanted to create a rustic country theme this year in our living room. So, without anymore restraints….here it is!
I spy with my own two eyes, a Pottery Barn Inspired Lantern from the Habitat ReStore!
I told you I had a plan for those old pool balls!
Do you think I achieved my goal? Rustic? Country?
Goal or not, I think I like it.
Although it took me four days of noodling to decide I have to let it be.
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for an affordable cake stand.
Thieve’s market in Raleigh had THREE! Count them…1…2…3!
Of course I only bought one, so if you need one, head on over there.
Yeah, Baby! You know I couldn’t pass up those rusty sleigh bells at SuzAnna’s!
An old cheese grater (you can’t see it but it has a candle inside.)
An old sports stop clock and one of two large acorn decorations.
I couldn’t resist them, after all Raleigh IS the City of Oaks.
Another PB Inspired Lantern. Love these $5 finds!
Each year I try to think of a new and creative way to display all our holiday cards.
This year I put together two shutters to make a screen.
The tutorial is HERE!

That concludes the living room tour. If you aren’t bored to death,
I’ll show you a small vignette I have in our kitchen on top of the pie safe.
Isn’t she adorable? That little angel found her way into my shopping bag at SuzAnna’s.
I hope you all have a fabulous holiday season!

Now cover your ears again as I sing to Santa Baby (because I’m no Eartha Kitt!)

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62 replies
  1. Funky Junk Interiors
    Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Ahaaa! And there it is in all it's wonderfully rustic glory!

    Wow, you really went to town with this Christmas thing! I am just adoring that stick type treatment you have by the stockings, what a neat effect!

    Lovely touches! You've inspired me to keep going! And here I was just going to quit and rest… 🙂


  2. Erin @ Two Story Cottage
    Erin @ Two Story Cottage says:

    I'm with Donna – I like your garland! Great job with your decorating! I love it. I really like the clock & angel too. Good finds!

  3. Christie, Describe Happy
    Christie, Describe Happy says:

    Oh yes, beautiful rustic country — you nailed it! I love how you were able to work in a cheese grater and pool balls. Now that's creativity, and they look like they are meant to be there 🙂

  4. Jenny S
    Jenny S says:

    LOVE IT ALL! Woohoo! Especially the shout out for SuzAnna's! Hope you can make it to our open house Thursday night! We have a ton of fun and lots of shopping.!

  5. Black Cat Ranch
    Black Cat Ranch says:

    Wonderful! I'm going for that rustic theme this year, too, so it's nice to get some ideas. I love the cut-out tree on the pie safe!

  6. cindy @ cottage instincts
    cindy @ cottage instincts says:

    Definitely achieved your goal! Love it. Great textures, great colors…how can you go wrong with lanterns, *snicker*.

    Great job!

  7. Pam
    Pam says:

    I love all the small touches. The lanterns filled with ornaments are my favorite and I just might have to steal that idea. It looks very rustic and very country!

  8. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top
    Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    Your mantel looks great. I love the rustic look. Your whole living room looks lovely. I like the ornaments in the lantern. Very cute.

  9. The Writer Chic
    The Writer Chic says:

    I love how you display your cards — and I'm totally inspired to break out my cake stand now. I already have the trifle dish with ornaments in the firebox…but why not get the cake stand in on the party, too? Thanks!

  10. Erin at Carolina Country Living
    Erin at Carolina Country Living says:

    I think you nailed (no pun intended–ha!) the rustic country Christmas look! I'll be hauling out my Christmas stuff in the next day or so and since I do live in the country and have about as rustic a house as you can get with a log cabin, I will be drawing inspiration from your decorating. And can I say how much I love the cake stand-as-a-cloche? I have a hardly-ever-used cake stand that will be perfect as a table centerpiece. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! 🙂

  11. Elizabeth (blue clear sky)
    Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says:

    Love your rustic mantel. I used stars, pinecones and rusty bells for our living room too, and love the way you used yours. The red barn door/gate is the icing on the cake! Wonderful pop of colour and texture. Love love it. I also like the other vignettes, and your pie safe is adorable.

  12. Christine
    Christine says:

    You did a beautiful job here! I like the Santa foot prints in the first picture up there! We do that with cotton balls and flour for the eater Bunny!…lol Wonderful Christmas display here!

  13. InMyOwnStyle
    InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Brittany-

    Looks like Christmas camew to your your house – love the baking soda footprints. Wish I thought of that whe my kids were little. I think you hit rustic perfectly in your decorating theme.
    My best- Diane

  14. arminda
    arminda says:

    I've been trying to come up with ideas for our dining room and this just totally inspired me! I love the barn door AND the screen idea! 🙂

  15. Molly
    Molly says:

    i'm going to be honest, I wasn't dying to see rustic decor, but yours is worth the trip! It is done so well, not too "country," really it is quite lovely! I love your touches around too! The shutter card holder-divine. Such a nice job!

  16. Tardevil
    Tardevil says:

    Looks great! I don't have a lot of country stuff, but it always feels cozy. Really like the lanterns…great find. I miss Thieves Market…can never leave empty handed.

  17. Nutbird
    Nutbird says:

    I was trying to think of an adjective. Junkolicious? Are you a Rustifarian, like Donna? If I put down Santa's footprints will the dogs eat them and get sick? Great post as usual. Ann

  18. Sandi (Meme)
    Sandi (Meme) says:

    You are all WAY ahead of me! I haven't even got my Christmas decorations out yet, so can't show my mantel, but I SO appreciate your sharing yours! I would love to borrow your idea with the shutters – I only have one, but will definitely use it as you did! Thanks so much! I'm going to join as your newest follower, and hope you will come visit me too! Have a great week, Sandi

  19. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
    Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    I just love your rustic Christmas touches, looks so great. You've got so many interesting vignettes in every little space. So pretty & festive & of course, I love the rustic too. The red gate is perfect for Christmas!

  20. Karena
    Karena says:

    Adore the unique items you have found and yes it is a great holiday look! Bravo!!

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    Do come and enter!

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  21. Karen
    Karen says:

    The mantel looks great! It's a beautiful country mantel. I love, love, love the Christmas Cards on the Shutters! If I could only think of where I could use this idea? Saving it to my file… 🙂

  22. elisabeth
    elisabeth says:

    You did a marvelous job and I think you accomplished your goal of country and rustic. I love the way you used your shutters.

    Elisabeth @ Treasuring the Moments

  23. Susan Graham
    Susan Graham says:

    I just love your blog and I think your article is so awesome!! I love antiques and what a way to go green!! I think the towels would just be so adorable also. Thanks for sharing the story about how it was made. Makes it that more special! Take care, Fran.

  24. Nook Cranny Gifts
    Nook Cranny Gifts says:

    I just love your cracker tin, right up my alley. I also love how you put the balls in the lantern.
    Happy Holidays

  25. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com
    ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    You definitely achieved the look you were going for!! I love the rustic door over the mantel and the shutter screen you made..genius!

  26. buy rustic furniture
    buy rustic furniture says:

    Wow…love the collection of photos. The interiors are so inspiring…with the right amount Indian and Western decor to be appreciated by all.Thanks for sharing the photos

    Susan Graham


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