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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FARM GROVE
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