Country Home

Winter 2021

Country Home magazine is packed with warm, inviting, personal houses that evoke the feeling of “home” on every page. From contemporary lofts that radiate a modern version of country to Texas farmhouses rich with patina, each issue delivers the style and inspiration that readers hold dear.

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2 min.
dressing our homes for the holidays is all about comfort and joy.

Festooning interiors with greenery, ornaments, twinkling lights, and all manner of holiday finery is a tradition that’s both personal and shared. Some folks draw on family rituals, others forge new memories, and many blend Christmases past and present into sparkling fresh schemes. No matter what drives your seasonal decorating—or where it takes you—layering rooms with festive elements enlivens our gatherings and the short winter days. To help you ready your spaces, we prepared a fabulous tour of homes and ideas on the pages of our winter issue. These creative homeowners wowed us with their approaches to the season, and we’re betting their originality inspires you too. Take the Haupt family, who fulfilled a dream of owning a historic home when they found an 18th-century beauty in New Jersey (page 40). Because…

2 min.
nature’s gifts

TANNENBAUM SWAG How lovely are the branches when you turn gathered twigs into charming mini trees. Make the ornaments by hot-gluing two 4- to 6-inch twigs to create the trunk. Cut additional twigs at graduated lengths and hot-glue onto the trunk. Spray lightly with gold paint and embellish with a garland of golden twine. Form a loop from the same twine and hot-glue to the top of the tree for hanging. “GATHER ITEMS FROM YOUR YARD, A WALK IN THE WOODS, OR A LOCAL TREE FARM TO FIND MATERIALS TO WEAVE INTO YOUR CHRISTMAS TRIMMINGS AND DECORATIONS.”—STYLIST MATTHEW MEAD Make Scents Hang your stocking with care by adorning it with a cuff of fragrant cinnamon sticks. Hot-glue sticks to the stocking, then top it off by inserting greenery and attaching a berry-clad ornament. Store…

6 min.
christmas past & present

AS A BOY GROWING UP IN BRUNSWICK, MAINE, BRAXTON JARRATTexplored Bailey Island as often in wintertime as he did in summer, daring the waves to catch him on the geologic formation called Giant’s Stairs and stomping along Casco Bay’s rocky beaches with friends. As an adult, he introduced his own kids, Julia, 17, and Quinn, 15, to rustic island life, renting in the summertime and visiting his folks at other times of the year. “It’s been very grounding for them,” Braxton says. While Braxton’s days of playing pond hockey are long past, he, his kids, and his partner, Tanya Lacourse, fly up from their home in Atlanta to spend holidays at the cottage he’s purchased on Bailey Island. Historic homes rarely come up for sale, so when Braxton saw this one,…

7 min.
style is glistening

GROWING UP, LEA JOHNSON OFTEN VISITED BOTH OF HER grandmothers’ distinctly different homes, and she carries those fond memories with her. One lived in a countryside farmhouse where comforting scents of fried chicken and homemade donuts welcomed her inside. The other lived in the city, where glints of silver tinsel and sparkling vintage barware caught her eye during the swanky Christmas parties her grandparents threw. Those happy visits instilled style inspiration that Lea, founder of the design blog Creekwoodhill, now weaves together during the holidays inside her home just north of Minneapolis. But while both grandmothers are represented in spirit, the blend isn’t a 50-50 formula. Lea’s newly built house leans heavily into the familiar features of an older country home, including the weathered maple floors and Shaker-style kitchen cabinets and…

9 min.
vintage all the way

SCALES WHAT: “These were a tool for grocers, bakers, butchers, and in home kitchens—a utilitarian item used every day,” Emily Baker says of her collection of scales. “Now people use them as decor—their faces are just so charming!” She says she shops for scales—tray, spring, hanging, or balance scales—based on their look. “Sometimes they are repainted and I steer clear. I like to see the wear and tear,” she says. DISPLAY IDEAS: A hanging scale might be the perfect addition to an empty corner in a dining room, while a large spring scale serves as the just-right anchor for a vignette on a shelf or a kitchen island. “These kitchen scales can be used all around the house,” Emily says. “They are not just for the kitchen!” Here, they are massed in…

8 min.
preservation instincts

THERE ARE OLD HOMES, AND THEN THERE ARE OLD HOMES. THE NEW JERSEY FARMHOUSE WHERE SHANNAN AND DREW Haupt are raising their three young boys is one of the old ones—probably predating the Revolutionary War. “The iron hardware on the doors gives us a pretty good indication of the time frame,” Shannan says. They think the main house was built in the early 1700s and then, a century or so later, two additions were built where the kitchen and dining room are today. And that’s it. Over the decades since, owners added plumbing, wiring, and HVAC systems, and they took care to preserve the house’s original features, such as the ceiling beams that show marks where they were cleaved with an ax. Since moving into the house two years ago, Shannan has…