Last week, I shared a Pottery Barn room styled for Christmas with you. I mentioned that I liked how the neutral palette of the room provided a great backdrop for all of the seasonal decorations. Today, I’ve picked another neutral room that’s been decorated for Christmas. This parlor was featured in Country Living, and despite the similar neutral palette, it has a completely different style from the other room. While the furnishings are formal, this parlor has more of a rustic, farmhouse vibe, and the Christmas decorations used definitely add to that.
Things about this room I love are the refined sparkle of the vintage gilt mirror over the fireplace, the handmade ornaments and stockings, and all of the fresh greenery. I really like the contrast of the vintage grain sack stockings and pillows against the more formal furniture, too.
Convinced that there are ways to DIY many of the elements of this farmhouse parlor, I searched blogland looking for ideas. I’ve found 5 tutorials that you can use to create a festive farmhouse style in your own home, this season.
1. Gold Leaf Mirror
If you already have a mirror or you can find one at the thrift shop, covering it with gold leaf is a way to add some sparkle to your room. VMac & Cheese offers some tips for working with gold leaf.
2. Handmade Ornaments
Nothing says “farmhouse” like handmade, so of course handmade ornaments are a must on this parlor tree! I like these clay ornaments from Pine is Here.
3. Painted Brick Fireplace
Young House Love offers a step-by-step tutorial for painting a brick fireplace very similar to the one in my inspiration photo. The white brick makes a lovely canvas for seasonal decor.
4. Grain Sack Stockings
Admittedly, this is one of the best knockoffs I’ve ever seen: faux grain sack stockings by Saving 4 Six. I really had to search for this, because everything else I found required actual antique grain sacks–pricey! These were made from a canvas dropcloth and Sharpies–totally do-able, and perfect for farmhouse style!
5. Fresh Evergreen Garland
I just love the garland on the mantel in my inspiration photo. Craft Thyme offers a tutorial that makes it look like this is something anyone can make.
What’s your favorite part of this room? Did you notice the grain sack pillows? I bet you could use some of the steps from the faux grain sack stockings to create pillows, too!