BH&G Farmhouse Christmas 2019

This holiday-theme decorating magazine is packed with warm, inviting, personal houses that evoke the feeling of “home” on every page. In addition to these inspiring spaces, it delivers ideas for pretty garlands to make, festive wreaths to create, and other projects that make this magazine a practical guide to the season.

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in this issue

1 min
merry christmas

We’re all perfectly imperfect. And that’s what farmhouse style embraces. Whether taking form as an antique that has been loved for centuries or a new item that looks old, farmhouse style represents comfort, calm, and authenticity. And what better time of the year to celebrate our farmhouse love than during the holidays? Turn these pages and you’ll meet wonderful homeowners who have graciously opened their doors to us for your enjoyment. You’ll also find Christmas wreaths (page 34), outdoor decor (page 58), and the cutest gingerbread cookies you’ve ever seen (page 42). Get inspired by Matthew Mead’s interpretation of farmhouse Christmas decor (page 4); he’s a regular contributor to our sister publication, Country Home. Pour a cup of something warm, and sit back and enjoy a few minutes of Christmas…

3 min
joyful tidings

Berry, Berry Christmas Greet guests with a boxwood wreath studded with festive red berries, opposite. Take a 12-inch real or faux boxwood wreath and tuck in clusters of fresh or faux Hypericum berry stems to create a lush, full look. Anchor stems in place using a hot-glue gun. ’Tis the Season Deck the halls with farmhouse-motif cookies, above. Bake gingerbread cookies in desired shapes. Use a wooden skewer to make a hole in the top of each hot cookie. Roll out ¼-inchthick black fondant and cut out matching shapes. Lay fondant onto the cookies and let dry. Use a liner paintbrush and white food coloring to create details. Hang cookies with twine. Goodness and Light Easily carry Christmas spirit room-to-room by dressing up a vintage tin votive tray, above—or a cupcake pan—with pinecones, glass votive…

3 min
tidings how-to

PAPER WHIRLY ROUNDS MATERIALS □ Writing or scrapbook paper cut to 81½×11 for large rounds, 61½×9 for medium, 41½×7 for small (three pieces of the same-size paper needed for each round)□ Hot glue and gun□ Hole punch□ Twine□ Button INSTRUCTIONS Score each sheet of paper across the short-side center. Fan-fold each sheet (short side). Bend in the center and glue edges together to create one-third of round. Repeat steps, gluing the edges of two more fans to the first to create round. Punch hole and thread with twine. Glue button to cover center. EMBROIDERY HOOP ORNAMENT MATERIALS □ ½-yard fabric□ 5-inch square template□ Six 4-inch embroidery hoops□ Hot glue and gun□ Twine INSTRUCTIONS Place fabric flat on work table. Place square template over desired design, trace around, and cut out. Secure fabric square inside embroidery hoop. Trim extra fabric…

5 min
all in the family

AS A KID, HOLLY BLAIN WAS BEYOND BORED tagging along with her mom to flea markets and thrift stores. “I sat in the car waiting for her—I wouldn’t even go inside,” Holly says. “She would come out with something I thought was silly at the time.” But as with so many things we grow to appreciate with age, mom’s penchant for tracking down treasures amid trash eventually passed down to daughter. These days, the duo enjoy outings to barn sales and thrift shops to pick up this or that for their homes. “She has a better eye than I do,” Holly says of her mom. “She will grab something that I think is just all right, but once she styles it, I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I buy that?’ ” Where Holly…

3 min
red, white & festive

Holiday Twinery Nothing looks more festive than a tree and mantel decorated in crimson red and crisp white, right. Add in the deep green of fir or pine for a traditional farmhouse-style palette. The handmade treasures on these pages share one readily available ingredient—baker’s twine. Move beyond tying up goody bags and sweet confections, and use it for stylish accents in every space. FRESH OR FAUX, EVERGREEN ENJOYS A LIFT WITH A FEW ADD-ONS LIKE EUCALYPTUS AND BRIGHT RED BERRIES. Frosted Greens Wherever you live, you can enjoy the winter wonder of snowy branches when you choose flocked everlasting wreaths and garlands, opposite. Make the designs your own by adding berry picks and stems with leaves—such as fresh magnolia and boxwood—for a grand presentation. Tree Chic Whether you are a butcher, a baker, or a twine-tree…

2 min
baker’s twine how-to

GIFT TAGS MATERIALS □ Tag templates,□ Precut chipboard or cardstock tags□ Baker’s twine: 12-ply red-and-white□ Yarn needle□ Hot glue and gun or clear-drying crafts glu INSTRUCTIONS Download tag templates at Make small holes in tags using desired template as a guide. For chipboard tags, punch holes with a hammer and nail. For cardstock, use a small-hole punch or push through with a nail. Secure one twine end on the back with a dot of glue. Use yarn needle to sew in and out of the holes to create the shape, and secure end to the back with glue. TWINE-WRAPPED BALLS MATERIALS □ Baker’s twine: 12-ply red-and-white□ ½-inch wooden bead□ Hot glue and gun□ 2½-inch papier-mâché ball ornament□ Paintbrush□ Clear-drying crafts glue□ Yarn needle INSTRUCTIONS With a length of twine, make a loop, thread through bead, and knot…