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Decorate for the Holidays in Rustic Style

Lynn Coulter
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Your holiday decorating style is RUSTIC.

You’re drawn to a down-to-earth, natural look and organic or repurposed materials like weathered wood, stone, linen and burlap.

Set Your Thanksgiving Table

For a rustic look, decorate with cuttings from your garden. Use seed pods, pine cones and twigs for texture.

Arrange sunflowers, coneflowers, mums, asters, or dried flowers such as hydrangeas, strawflowers, celosia and Chinese lanterns.

For a woodsy look, use moss, acorns, pine branches, leaves, berries and bouquets of wildflowers.

Don’t forget your garden harvest: Stack trays with apples, pears, miniature pumpkins, nuts, winter squash, ears of corn and gourds, or make a harvest cornucopia. Add battery-operated candles for a soft, muted glow.

Now use your basics to transition for Christmas!

Deck The Halls

Keep your cones, twigs and pine branches, but refresh centerpieces with fresh-cut poinsettias in baskets or substitute live poinsettia plants.

Mix in a splash of color and glitter with a few red, mint green, blue or metallic ornaments, or red, gold, silver and copper brown ornaments. Add an ornament or two to each basket. 


Set out traditional holiday plants like Christmas cactus and cyclamen. Add fragrance with paperwhite narcissus bulbs in simple containers wrapped in burlap and tied with red ribbon. Hang a festive wreath above the mantel.

Put out a large wooden box or crate to hold old quilts in Christmas colors, or a collection of children’s toys. Dress up the box or crate in trendy holiday paint colors like kelly green, poinsettia, pear green or gold.

Erect a live tree and surround it with a burlap, plaid or gingham tree skirt. Match the ornaments on your tree with your table and wreath ornaments, and match the stockings to your tree skirt. 

Maybe Rustic isn’t your style? Check out Modern and Traditional this holiday season.


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