Farm Grove Barn Christmas House Tour

We have the joy of living in a restored four-level dairy barn.  Originally the barn was the home of the Farm Grove Restaurant and Shops and Farm Grove Collectables which we owned and operated for 26 years.  Now that we are retired, we still enjoy decking the barn for Christmas as if our customers were still arriving for a Christmas Open House.


The front porch is draped with garland and red velvet bows hinting at what is inside.  Welcome!


A primitive basket is filled with greens, berries, and two Hammond peppermint lollypops in the foyer.

The Great Room Tree

The Great Room Tree

Our favorite toys come out to play under the great room tree.  Tanner the Christmas deer keeps a wary eye for mischievous antics.  Rabbit has been known to take the vintage wagon for a spin.  Tim the teddy is happy on the hobby horse, a hand-crafted toy passed down in Butch’s family.


Our country kitchen is perfect for traditional decorations.  A tall fir sits on the island counter. Garland drapes the hutch and open shelving.  The Hoosier cabinet is still my baking center as it was for cooks around the turn of the century.



The barn wood staircase is draped in grapevine, double garland, cherries, glass icicles and holly ribbon bows.


The two guest bedrooms are also decorated for the season.  The rose bedroom is aptly decorated in roses and sugarplums. This rosy red room is filled with vintage fashions and collectable toys that would gladden the heart of any young miss.


The silver tea tray serves Christmas morning breakfast.  Actual silk roses fill a corner vase.  My grandmother’s treadle sewing machine is a simple vanity with antique mirror.


A vintage dress form wears a circa 1900’s lace day dress.  My wedding gown is also displayed on a full dress form; two Jessica McClintock dresses hang on a weathered shutter screen.

A Tea Tray for Christmas Morning

A Tea Tray for Christmas Morning

The tea tray holds a vintage china cup and saucer and egg cup.  A cinnamon candy cane and tiny bear are treats that will help the little princess wait until it is time to open presents.


The next-door blue bedroom is decorated with natural elements and has a decided cabin and deer theme.  Hand-knit wool gloves trimmed with red gingham hang on the door.  A rustic cabin birdhouse sits on the dresser surrounded by greens and a candle-lit lantern. Nubby boot socks with vintage lace trim are hung for stockings.  Make these boot socks by sewing vintage lace trim to a pair of warm work socks or hunting socks from a sporting goods store.


Small Cedar Tree in the Window

Small Cedar Tree in the Window

A small cedar tree on our Farm Grove property is potted in a Hall pottery stump base with moss and tiny cones around the base.  A glittery deer looks right at home beneath the tree. The vintage 1950’s candle casts soft light at dusk.  The rough linen Deer Feed pillow looks right at home among the primitive outdoor landscapes and cabin prints.



The focal point in the blue bedroom is a sparkling blue and silver candelabra.  I removed the wiring from a white chandelier, replaced the light bulbs with glass tea cups and tea lights, and shrouded it in greens and silver berries.  A collection of new and vintage glass balls and strands of blue beads hang from the greens.


As we go back downstairs a vintage Santa and Christmas journal with cardinals sits next to a china kitten in a basket.


An oil by Pelbam I call “Abraham” sits on the staircase next to a large fruit and berry studded wreath.

Lighted Candles on the Piano

Lighted Candles on the Piano

The piano, decorated with a cranberry arrangement and garland studded with antique cards, is set against the wall at the bottom of the stairs next to a large antique oak armoire.  Playing Christmas carols like Silent Night and favorite standards like Sleigh Ride, Silver Bells, and White Christmas is sweetly nostalgic.  I remember singing carols on Christmas Day as my aunt played.  My tinkling is not as competent but the sweet melodies that tell of Christ’s birth more than makeup for my mistakes.



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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 Farm Grove Barn Christmas House Tour

  1. Sharon, thank you again for sharing the unique story of your home and the beautiful decorating talent you have been gifted with. Also for sharing our Lord with all who care to listen and read about .
    You and your lovely family have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Jesus is the reason for the season .

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