Country Living December 2020

Rooms that invite you to linger. Vintage collectibles displayed with love. A colorful easy-care garden. A porch that says "Come sit!" All yours in the pages of Country Living!

United States
10 Issues

in this issue

6 min
the sampler

Rachel Hardage Barrett EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @RACHELHARDAGEBARRETT A A Welcome from the Editor Because this year has been a trying one for small businesses, I’m devoting this space to a few favorites. (See more in our “Shop Small” Gift Guide; pg. 44). Here goes: Alabama Booksmith (signed books;; Crab & Cleek (canvas totes in fun patterns;; Farewell Frances (quilted masks;; Pine & Birch (custom wood signs; @pine.and.birch); Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ (rubs and sauces;; Pinecrest Printery (letterpress stationery;; Sarah Bray Bermuda (sun hats with vintage ribbons;; The Sip (bubbly in a box;; Susan Gordon Pottery (pretty vessels and jewelry;; Tom Beckbe (high-end sporting apparel;; Workbench Kitchen (serving boards; Go to for more makers and artisans! treat yourself! Featuring your favorite cross-stitch patterns, our 2021 calendar is…

1 min
turn this scene into a room

HUE FINDER Let the storefront inspire your own Christmasy curb appeal. FIELD NOTES A New England Bite of Passage Ohio may have its buckeyes and Texas its tamales, but in the coastal community around Portland, ME, locals know that it isn’t Christmas until you stop—or dock—by Town Landing Market for a holiday lobster roll and a picture in front of the postcard-worthy storefront. An anchor in Falmouth since the 1800s, owner MaryBeth Bachman and her family (including rescue Goldendoodle, Maggie) even make sticky buns and coffee to welcome guests on Christmas morning. ILLUSTRATION BY MELINDA JOSIE; SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS, BOOTS, TRAY, TREE HOOKS, SCARF, AND WREATH, BRIAN WOODCOCK.…

1 min
dream schemes

2 min
crowd-pleasing kitchen

1 Calm and Bright When Katy Varney and her husband, Dave Goetz, began renovating Dave’s childhood Nashville home, their love of cooking and entertaining influenced every aspect of the kitchen, which was opened and brightened up with two shades of white (one on walls, one on cabinetry). 2 Party Compatible A 13-by-4-foot island offers ample prep space, separates work areas for cooking and cleanup, and serves as a spot for casual grazing or dining. A dishwasher-adjacent sink, flanked by cabinets customized to hold tableware, makes post-party put-aways a cinch. 3 Open and Airy Architect Michael Marchetti designed a 22-foot pitched and planked ceiling to add height to the room, as well as let in more light from the gable window. In keeping with the house’s historic character, the new white oak floorboards were stained to…

3 min
12 ideas for candy canes

EDITOR’S TIP Excluding the two projects that go in the oven, spray all the candy canes with clear varnish before you start crafting. No 1 Hook Wreath Arrange candy canes in a circle with the hooks all facing the same direction. Affix together with hot-glue (don’t worry if the ends don’t line up, as they will be covered). Top center with round peppermint candies, overlapping them slightly and holding in place with hot-glue. Thread ribbon through two candy canes at top to hang. No 2 Circle Wreath Wrap a 12-inch foam wreath form in white ribbon. Attach candy cane sticks, small candy canes, and peppermint balls with hot-glue to conceal the form. Loop a ribbon around top of wreath to hang. No 3 Door Swag Attach extra-large ($9 for 3; and regularsize candy canes together, staggering the heights and…

1 min
movie night

Movie Night Menu Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Popcorn and Candy Snack Packs Popcorn Seasoning Theater-Candy Brownies PLAY BINGE-WATCH BINGO Did you spot the reindeer? Make movie marathons more interactive with this flick-themed activity ( Use buttons or popcorn to mark the squares. Give Foot-Warmer Favors Shoes optional! Let guests kick up their feet in seasonal socks ($13; SET THE SCENE Typeset the name of your favorite holiday flick on a letter board ($33;, and hang above a popcorn buffet complete with popcorn mistletoe balls (see the instructions below) and a garland made from tickets ($8; Provide each guest their own cookie tin lined with parchment paper and filled with plain popcorn. Serve an offering of custom seasonings—try black pepper and Parmesan, cinnamon sugar, or everything-bagel seasoning—in shakers and assorted mix-in candies in mini tart…