A Visit To The Barn At Christmas

The tree is traditional, loaded with family ornaments and vintage reproductions.

The tree is traditional, loaded with family ornaments and vintage reproductions.


A village on the library table.

A village on the library table.

Christmas in a 100-year-old barn begins with a ten-foot frasier fir in the great room.  Tanner, the Christmas watch deer, stands guard over the tree toys.

The rustic barn board is a warm background for traditional decorations.

A small oil painting of a winter scene adds a nice touch to the little Christmas village on a table at the foot of the staircase.

Vintage post-WWII candle lamps are a retro-accent.

IM007144IM007145Is that Shirley Temple in the sitting room?

A candy-pink wreath brings out the sweeter softness in the sitting room and decks the mantle.  Family photos remain for the Christmas holidays.  Vintage purses and an antique child’s knit bootie hangs like a tiny stocking waiting to be stuffed with treats.

IM007151The stairs leading to the third floor loft are evidence of the salvaged barn board used in the barn’s restoration.  Wood from three older barns was used to turn a dairy barn with hay loft into a multi-level home.

Merry Christmas from the Farm Grove Barn!  The Clemens family wishes you a holiday rich in tradition and memories.

The center of our season will be the celebration of Christ’s birth with our church family at Harvest Bible Chapel.  Christmas has no substance for us without the reason for the season.

christmaschildcarolersangelstarshepherdsMay your Christmas be filled with all the joys of His coming, and your hope be centered on His return!  Merry Christmas!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to A Visit To The Barn At Christmas

  1. Merry Christmas, Tanner!!!!

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