November 2012


The 12 Ideas of Christmas

Time is passing quickly, and the big day is just around the corner: Get your yuletide decorating off to a fast start with a dozen jolly holiday decorations and cleverly crafted displays that you can easily reproduce or readily adapt to suit your style.

Tasteful & Simple

After custom-building their Colonial less than two blocks from their old home, a Virginia couple spend years refining its country-cozy decor to reflect their preference for clean, casual spaces. A Casual Colonial Christmas: Decorate for the holidays in a time-tested style that combines natural fare and unfussy festoons.

Glad Tidings

A Missouri homeowner readies her ranch for holiday happenings with a dash of color and a collection of flea-market finds. Festively French: Give your yuletide trimmings a French accent this year with hints for infusing Provencal style into your spaces.

Collective Perspective

An Indiana artist with a preference for imperfect finishes and natural materials makes her log cabin even cozier with an array of crafted and collected yuletide trimmings. Period-Perfect Punches of Color: Brighten up your holiday and your decor with a broad spectrum of vibrant accents.

School of Thought

A retired Massachusetts schoolteacher finds treasures to deck her halls all year round as she indulges her love of antiquing. It's a Small World: Collect ideas for displaying pint-size treasures in any room of the home. Click here for a sneak preview!

Sweetening the Deal

Abundant creativity, loads of sweet sights and a homeowner's appetite for all things Christmas transform a Massachusetts farmhouse into a welcoming, whimsical winter wonderland. Purely Ornamental: Liven up your tannenbaum this season with tips for redistributing the trimmings you already have and creating trees with newly devised themes.


Antiques Q&A

Our antiques expert presents some festive facts about a variety of Christmas charmers, including a set of children's dishes, a Santa lantern and a horse-and-cart pull toy.

Country Treasures

Give yourself gifts that keep on giving! Display these timelessly festive forms and oh-so-cute critters at present and future Christmases.

Decorate with Crafts

With a Christmas open house on tap, a homeowner calls on the Country Sampler stylists to help her fashion good-cheer displays that glimmer with celebratory shimmer. Click here to read the article!