Welcome to the farmhouse 1820 holiday Christmas tour. Here, you’ll find beautiful and inspiring festive photos along with a gorgeous video!
My love of an old farmhouse, and decorating an old house like this for Christmas, stems way back to the early 90’s. It was when Martha Stewart Living Magazine first launched, and shortly after that, her television show. I taped every episode on my VCR, and had an impressive video library, along with saving every single issue.
Peering into Martha’s home through the TV screen, and soaking in every single bit of inspiration from her magazine, I decided early on that living in an old farmhouse was my destiny. And when I would think about decorating the old farmhouse and making it ours, it was the thoughts of Christmas that really got me going.
Fast forward 20 years later, and here we are in our 1820 Farmhouse that, serendipitously, is pretty close to Martha’s house when she lived on Turkey Hill Road. It stopped me in my tracks the first step I took inside the front door, and certainly does so as well, to this day. It’s the character, the charm and the quirks of owning such an old home that makes me tick.
And, It’s Decorating For Christmas!
Far from an open concept to those modern day “farmhouses,” it’s all about the various rooms and bringing on the Christmas and holiday decor. Each room can have its own theme essentially; traditional green and red in one room, sparkle and glam in another. It all works in our 1820. As I always preach, no rules in decorating, just go with what you like.
And we like it all. And then some.
The 1820 has four trees this year; two real, two artificial, which we’ve had for years. The white one always goes in the butler’s pantry, displaying all things white.
The other artificial is displayed in my studio, and holds such a close place to my heart. All of the ornaments on this tree are ones that we decorated our tree with when I was growing up. A dear family friend made 90% of these ornaments with her own hands, carefully cross stitching, needlepointing, and embroidering each one with care. There’s an ornament representing every school I attended growing up, along with other Christmasy themed ones. This tree is special to me.
Each year, we have a Christmas tree in our kitchen, whether it’s a good sized one, or one that fits on top of a table. This year, we moved Hudson’s dog dish to another room because it’s this spot that deemed perfect for the tree. This tree displays all of the overflow ornaments that didn’t quite fit on our main family tree. Ornaments, like all, that we’ve collected over the years. Also displayed here in the kitchen are the paper whites; the bulbs I forced a few weeks ago that are now blooming and gorgeous.
For our main Christmas tree, the one that we put all of the presents under, well this year we have reserved this tree to just the kids’s ornaments. Ones that we give M & C yearly and promise to them when they move out and start their own family. Delicate ornaments where each one tells a story.
Like my Garden House Holiday Video, I’ve created one here, for the 1820. Still taking cues from old Martha Stewart episodes that inspired this whole old farmhouse journey in the first place. Take a look and enjoy.