We have a large area to decorate for Christmas, which gives me an excuse to begin on the second floor of our barn home before Thanksgiving. Spreading out the work makes each project more fun.
The theme of the guest bedroom that is used by our daughter and son-in-law is Christmas at the Cabin. The decorations enhance the country blue and quilt-bedspread look which already has décor of hunting and fishing. To continue with the natural look, I arranged bare river birch branches above the dresser mirror and hung them with a bit of English Ivy, which will dry in place. A deer-print package is decorated with pheasant feathers and the same join more birch branches in an English blue transfer-ware pitcher. The quilted runner on the dresser echoes the quilt on the bedstead. A vintage platter showcasing three deer adds more to the theme as does the “deer feed” feed sack pillow I needle-felted with the image. The wording was added with fine-line permanent marker.
The wide window is a great place for rustic bird houses from the porch to create a Christmas village that looks as natural outside as in… another trailing strand of ivy adds realism to faux’ fir trees. Two ornamental deer cavort among the houses and the side table holds the birdhouse chapel and a nesting pheasant. Hanging next to the bed from the wainscoting are two woolen socks standing in for Christmas stockings. I added the crocheted collars.
The most fun my creative brainstorm took was to drape the head board with fresh Virginia Creeper vines from our hedgerow. They were twisted together and tied to the posts with twine. Ivy is also lavishly threaded through the vine creating a natural bower. I love this look. The ivy retains its shape and color but will become fragile. If not tampered with, it will last extremely well throughout the season.
At the foot of the bed is an antique primitive blanket chest–a perfect place for the tiny lit tree as it has its original weathered red paint. Vintage and handmade decorations create a woodsy vignette’ for the “cabin” and remind us that a bit of Christmas in every room celebrates the season in a special way.
Tricks of the Trade: Enhance the décor you already have in place and use natural as well as faux’ decorations.