While Christmas may be over, we are still knee deep in holiday spirit over here. We have some friends and family coming for New Year’s and just after and they requested that we leave the farmhouse Christmas decor up so they can see it.
And since it’s still up, there’s an added benefit! I can show you all the spots in the house and in the barn that I didn’t get around to showcasing before the holiday craziness took over.
I decided to start with the barn since you all of you have followed us on the construction journey this year. You have all been such wonderful support as I’ve shared tidbits each day over on my stories at the Sugar Maple Farmhouse instragram. I appreciate that more than words can say.
While I didn’t go totally crazy decorating each space within the barndominium, I did some little spots that turned out beautiful.
My goal for decorating in the barn for the farmhouse Christmas decor was to keep it simple. Going with more natural elements was a goal. Here’s a little glance at them all!
The Christmas Tree
For the barn Christmas tree, which is on the second story of the barndominium, I wanted it to feel a bit like a Charlie Brown tree. There’s something about those slightly-bare, not perfectly sculpted trees that tugs at my heart strings.
I did go with an artificial tree from Balsam Hill because the idea cutting down a tree for my enjoyment breaks my heart just a bit. That said, this will probably be the last artificial tree I buy. After doing some research into the subject, the experts seem to agree, cutting down real trees is better for the environment than the factory producing the artificial one. There’s a great article here on all the pros and cons of artificial versus real if you want to read it.
As for the ornaments, I kept them mostly wood with a few touches of sparkles and bells. I’m having a bit of a love affair with bells this year. The way they look, the little sounds and all the It’s a Wonderful Life happy juju that goes with having bells around our home makes my soul feel happy. I found some beautiful bells at Kirklands, Pier 1, World Market and Boxwood Avenue this year.
Local shops I love
One of my favorite things about this little tree was the wooden garland that I found at a local shop here in Grand Rapids called Rebel GR. I was planning on making my own. However, developing pneumonia just after Thanksgiving, that put all my magical holiday creation plans on hold. So, I was thrilled in finding this and felt even better that I was supporting a local small shop.
I added a vintage step stool that has been painted red to add a touch of color. I think it’s the perfect pop. It was in one of my favorite local shops called Blue Door GR and literally walking out when I spotted this out of the corner of my eye. In a little red in a sea of farmhouse white makes would make a happy statement. I doubled back to pick up this sweet addition.
The ladder is an Amazon find that I adore. It’s actually not really a ladder at all – even though they call it that. IYou should not climb on this. It’s not sturdy enough to hold anything other than décor items. But I love how it looks as a décor piece. It works well for hanging my ice skates and helps balance out the white space next to the tree without being too much. It will look just as sweet in the spring with some plants hanging off it too. You can find it here.
The entry way
The barn entryway is an interesting spot. The door pretty much opens right to the table. However, there is a small area between the wall and the French doors that was just crying out for some farmhouse Christmas decor. It was crying out partially because the electrician decided to put the electrical box here and made it lower on the wall than I would have liked.
I covered the box with The Night Before Christmas poem sign from Kirlands. Ideally, I’d like something larger for the space so I can center it appropriately. We will have to see if I can find something or make something this spring that doesn’t feel too big. The box comes to the top of the little side table I have here, and it really is just in an awkward spot.
As for the rest of the décor, this table was the perfect fit! We’ve had this for years and it’s from Hobby Lobby. They actually still have it. However, we did paint it a color called White Pepper from Behr when we were painting the dining room in our old house. It provides a place for things like keys, scissors and other little odds and ends.
The bottom baskets are perfect for shoes too. I don’t like shoes being worn in the house or the barndominium since we actually live on a farm. Finding a spot for people to put them is important to me.
Like the Christmas tree, I wanted this space to feel natural and used some cedar garland to define the space (and match the bar area, which is on the opposite side of the French Doors.).
On top of the table I used additional cedar branches and dried eucalyptus. I love the different shades of green and all the textures they bring to the space. Additionally, I did dress up the table with a little sparkle with some rustic, wood trees from World Market.
Our Christmas table
I’m going to go a bit deeper into the table in another post. However, I had to include it here since it was such a big statement within the barn. I went very natural with the décor using the cedar branches, hypericum berries, burgundy Chrysanthemums, dried oranges that I made, pomegranates and Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthus), which is the plant with the yellow pods in the center of the table.
The candlesticks are something I was searching for for a long time. I wanted antiques but I wasn’t able to find any at the local stores. I found these from Crate & Barrel and you can find them here.
As soon as the full post is up on the table I’ll link it here.
I found this little side table Blue Door GR on the same day I found the red ladder. Again, I wasn’t looking for it but the piece kind of called out to me. Sometimes, I swear, it really happens, and you know it’s right.
I was looking for a coffee bar for this very spot when I saw this table. It felt a bit too good to be true. I love that it’s unique and an antique. I’m not sure if I’m overly in love with the color but I think it works for the holiday.
When I got it home, instead of coffee, it immediately felt like it would work better for wine. Whether it remains a wine bar or converts to a coffee bar after the holidays is fluid. I might change it out depending on my needs.
To give this area a little coziness I again added the cedar garland. I love that this space and the entryway balance one another out when looking at the room. Balance is very big to me. They’re hung at the same heights and help bring your eye up. The ceilings in the barndominium are very tall so filling some of this white space in a flattering way for the season feels really good.
I dressed up the table with some wine glasses I purchased for the barn from World Market (because getting this studio space ready and filled was just like having another house) and used candles from there too on the windowsill with additional, real branches.
The Merry & Bright sign is from Hobby Lobby (did you know Rae Dunn has/has a collection of Christmas items there?) and I think it’s the perfect sentiment for the holidays all the way through the New Year.
So, what do you think friends? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you will come back again. You can find more farmhouse decor here.