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!
The Sampler • AN A-TO-Z LOOK AT WHAT’S IN THE DECEMBER ISSUE, AMONG OTHER SEASONAL NEWS AND NOTES
Turn This Scene into a Room • See how this charming New England storefront inspires a holiday mudroom that’s all set to welcome the rush (and slush!) of the season.
Dream Schemes • Nothing serves up comfort and joy quite like a quilt, and there’s a whole new collection of Country Living coverlets that’ll suit every style. Take your pick.
Crowd-Pleasing Kitchen • With a soaring 22-foot ceiling and warm antique touches, it’s no surprise this is where everyone wants to congregate.
Plaid Tidings • Tie one on! A crisp and classic shirtdress sets a festive tone for all sorts of merrymaking
12 Ideas for Candy Canes • Seeking fresh holiday decor? Head to the sticks! The season’s most ubiquitous sweet is more versatile than you think.
Movie Night • From a ticket garland to theater-candy brownies, this cozy flick-themed gathering makes movie viewing more memorable.
Cookie Swap • Serve up sweet memories of Christmases past with an assortment of kitchen collectibles.
What Is It? What Is It Worth? • Our team of antiques experts weighs in on your treasured holiday finds.
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Gingerbread Houses • Here, it’s the whimsical architectural detailing—not icing and gumdrops—that gives these storybook structures an irresistible sweetness.
Know Your Gingerbread • Gingerbread trim is so much more than just trim. Each architectural element has its own distinct look and purpose that, when combined with others, creates a recipe for pastoral perfection.
Creature Comforts • The latest and greatest finds for animals and the people who love them
Shop Small GIFT GUIDE • There’s a saying: Every time you support a small business, a person does a happy dance. So, here are finds from makers, mom-and-pops, and CL Fair vendors that’ll inspire more dancing. (Y’all come back now, ya hear?)
Country Living • December 2020
POSTCARD PERFECT • Greetings from the Catskills! This picturesque farmhouse—complete with a truck in the drive, rockers on the porch, and nostalgia bursting at the beams—looks like something Norman Rockwell would have dreamed up had he tried his hand at renovation instead of illustration.
The EVERYTHING Guide to TRIMMING Your Tree • If there was ever a year to put a tree in every room, this is it! Here, three fresh takes on branching out, each with a different sensibility and palette. Whether you’re a red-and-green traditionalist, have a soft spot for Shiny Brite ornaments, or tend to flock to pastels, you’ll find a Tannenbaum to suit your tastes in this tip-to-trunk tutorial.
for the NOSTALGIST • This cheerful design lets candy-colored ornaments shine and turns vintage prize ribbons into a winning garland. Tinsel and velvet round out the #tbt (throwback tree) style, best executed while dancing to holiday albums on vinyl.
for the TRADITIONALIST • Never one to stray from a red-and-green scheme, you prefer a tree rooted in rituals, whether it’s an annual trip to the tree farm or a handcrafted gingerbread garland. Ornaments strike a familiar note, courtesy of their shape (candy canes) or material (felt).
for the GRANDMILLENIAL • This design aesthetic—think granny chic meets modern prep—celebrates feminine design details (bows, beading, pastels, velvet) and estate sale–esque heirlooms like mercury glass, ginger jars, and needlepoints.
Seasoned Greetings • For an avid collector, a 208-year-old Connecticut farmhouse in a 317-year-old town...