“When trimming the tree and decorating for the season, I like to forage our land, sourcing fresh, natural elements,” says Anne Marie. “This year, we actually found a bird’s nest in the tree. So, I incorporated other nests that I’d found elsewhere into my holiday décor.” Anne Marie also harvests dried hydrangeas and magnolia seedpods from her property specifically for the season, spray-painting them gold.
“The seedpods look so uninteresting, but when you spray them, they reveal this amazing texture,” she adds. These elements are tucked into the tree, which is further trimmed with fairy lights and gold ribbon as well as glass and gold Christmas balls and a few red ones. “I’m not a big fan of red,” she says, “but for the holidays, it does add a pop to my more neutral palette.” Red is also found in the native bittersweet vines that grow in the wild. “I love how [the vines] grow everywhere and entangle everything. I like to weave them into my swags and wreaths,” she says.
The greenery that Anne Marie uses—fir and pine—is cut from her trees or those of nearby friends. “I went a bit Scandinavian this year,” she adds. “I hung brass-ring wreaths with greenery, feathers, and candles in the dining room windows. They light up pretty at night.”
Her holiday tabletop takes cues from the rest of the farmhouse—favoring a clean, natural palette. “I also love layering,” Anne Marie says, “so I use a mix of vintage dishes and silverware. Nothing quite matches on the table, but it’s perfect for us.”
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