November 2013


Getting Creative

A Minnesota couple fill their home with handmade goods for a welcoming vibe that lends itself to storytelling. A Handmade Holiday: Pick up some merry and bright ideas for decorating with handmade goods. Win! Enter here for your chance to win a framed snowman-themed applique from Handcrafted by Michelle.

A Warm Welcome

Awash with homespun hues and personal details, a quaint and cozy Indiana home celebrates the joys of family, faith and friends all year round -- but turns the merriment up a notch for the holidays. Holiday Help: Get an event planner's practical tips for decorating your home for a special holiday event. Click here to preview the article.

Dream Weavers

A transplanted New England couple build an idyllic life on a verdant Virginia farm, combining their creative talents to rejuvenate their farmhouse with country character. Sew It Up: Follow a needlepoint pattern designer's lead and fashion an inviting home with fabric touches here and there. Bonus: Click here to download a free winter-themed cross-stitch pattern from Not Forgotten Farm!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

With cheerful cottage decor as a backdrop, bold-colored holiday accents and scores of bright, budget-friendly decorating ideas fill an Illinois home with seasonal magic and merriment. Cost-Effective Christmas: Save a little cash as you turn up the holiday charm in your home with festive touches that don't break the bank. Bonus: Click here to download instructions for crafting pretty Christmas card holders.

A Season of Simplicity

Thinking inside the saltbox, Minnesota homeowners transport Colonial Williamsburg to the heartland by using a historic color palette and timeless relics. Make It a Historic Holiday: Honor yesteryear with your holiday decorating and pay tribute to Christmases past with these helpful hints.

Old Favorites

Rustic country style lightens up in this California home, where a heartfelt approach to holiday decorating celebrates a mix of family mementos, vintage fare and homespun details. Dreaming of a White Christmas: Gather up some tips for sticking to a neutral palette when decking the halls for the holidays.


Antiques Q&A

Our expert analyzes a variety of treasures from Christmases past, including beaded ornaments, a McCoy cookie jar and a pair of vintage sleds.

Country Treasures

Deck your halls with the fa-la-la-latest ornaments, garlands and more that will add down-home seasonal cheer to any room's decor.

Trees that Please

Want your holiday decor to be a forest of nature? Try out one of our DIY Christmas trees, from uniquely trimmed pines to tree-like structures made from ordinary objects. Plus, click here to download a paper tree template and view additional ideas.

Decorate with Crafts

Boost your home's Christmas spirit with inspiration taken from delightful displays designed by the Country Sampler stylists. Click here to preview the full article.

Win! Get Set for the Season Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win one of our most popular giveaways of the year: a complete, festive tablesetting featuring dishes, flatware, linens, glasses and accessories. Click here for full details.

Online Craft Fair

Our Craft Fair offers you one-stop, hassle-free shopping for home and garden accessories, furnishings and patterns. Click here to find out more information on our crafters and their products.