Festive Farmhouse Christmas

Hannah Hathaway of We Lived Happily Ever After shares how to create a cozy, vintage look in the kitchen that will inspire your family and friends around the table this holiday season.

Festive Farmhouse Christmas

Hello Friends! Hannah Hathaway here! I’m an artist & farmhouse decor loving girl. I share my passion for creativity on my blog, We Lived Happily Ever After. My husband and I purchased a major fixer upper earlier this year, and have been spending all our free time renovating it into the house of our dreams.

We have three little ones, and I just couldn’t wait all year to decorate our home for Christmas. I want to give them beautiful memories of a magical Christmas this year! The theme I was going for in our farmhouse kitchen, was a “winter wonderland” feel.

I am a very minimalistic person (or at least I aim to be!) So I wanted to go for more a simple, but cozy vintage look this year.

One of my favorite DIY’s for this space is this wreath letter board I built. You can see all the details HERE.

But in a nutshell here are the steps to make your own:

  • Cut some 1×2’s into strips (mine were 3 feet long)
  • Run the top side of the “shelves” across a table saw on a low setting to create a “ridge” for the letters to sit on.
  • I secured them to my wall by nailing into the drywall in-between our planks of “shiplap.”
  • Optional: Use some greenery (I used a mix of real and faux) to create a wreath around the letter board shelves. I added some of THESE branches from Home Depot to give it a forest flair! I secured the wreath to the wall the same way as I did the letter board- just nails in the wall.
  • Go to a craft store and get some light box letters.

And there you have it! Super simple & gorgeous!

Now let’s talk about the star of the show: This gorgeous flocked Blue Spruce. You can find it HERE on Home Depot’s website. Let’s just say that it was love at first sight! I’m a sucker for the real deal, but with this tree you can’t even tell that it isn’t fresh from the forest. And it’s pre-lit with some gorgeous warm white lights, which is amazing.

Instead of using store bought decorations, my kids and I made some gingerbread ornaments & strung fresh berries on the branches of our tree. I also made a simple watercolor garland of letters spelling out “Walking In A Winter Wonderland” to go with the lyrics on my letter board.

Simple handmade touches make Christmas feel more cozy.

These pallet gingerbread houses brought a touch of rustic to my table this year. You can see that tutorial HERE. I used copper twinkle lights to bring a whimsical sparkle to the tablescape.

One note about the gingerbread ornaments- they were hand cut (no cookie cutters), and I used paint for the frosting since we aren’t eating them.

I honestly think that I will probably keep this letter board wreath up all year.

When I was styling the rest of my kitchen, I tried to stay with creams and rustic browns. And I couldn’t resist putting my “Better Not Pout” free printable (HERE) up in my pallet hutch.

One of my favorite parts about this letter board is that it is totally customizable. So if I get the urge to switch up the saying, I can change the look & feel of the room without doing anything major.

Give me all the berries and fluffy snow!

Would you believe that there used to be a wall closing off our kitchen from our dining room before we moved in?

Having it all opened up just makes this space feel so much bigger.

Everyone who knows me, will tell you that I have a thing for all things vintage. So we totally made some old truck gingerbread ornaments for the tree as well.

The rest of the kitchen space I kept minimal & simple (which makes it easier to keep clean! Haha!)

Well, that’s all for now! Hope you enjoy the winter wonderland transformation that happened to my farmhouse kitchen!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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