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Deck the Halls With Handmade Treasures

Dec 5, 2014

by Country Living Magazine handmade and vintage goods

As the Style Director for Country Living, Jami Supsic travels to rural locations to direct home and lifestyle shoots; scours markets (both flea and web) seeking great finds to share with readers; and helps plan covers for every issue. When not at work, she can be found renovating her 1920s bungalow in Birmingham, Alabama.

Seasonal decor, like any other collection, is best accumulated over time (after all, buying every last thing in bulk at the post-holiday sales just doesn’t yield the same lived-in, memory-filled charm). To help you add some handmade appeal to your usual array of decorations, we’ve rounded up some special pieces from Etsy sellers to incorporate throughout your home — from a plush plaid reindeer trophy to a festive, not-quite-Fair-Isle pillow cover. Order a few now — and bookmark some for next year, too. (You’ll thank us later.)

The Swell Company’s slim wool Christmas stockings are handmade in Maine and offer just the right balance of a traditional palette and fresh, graphic stripes.

We’re wild for tartan, faux taxidermy, and old holiday tales. Designer Kelsey Davis brings all three together with her colorful plush trophy. (Rest assured, none of Rudolph’s kin were harmed in the making.)

There are two reasons we love Two Inspire You’s olive wreath: for the branches’ longstanding status as a symbol of peace, and for the arrangement’s chic twist on standard Christmas greenery.

Made in the USA, the Tiny Collection’s eco-friendly mistletoe candle can be personalized with a custom label; even better, each sale helps an animal in need, through a donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

These whimsical napkin rings will add a playful vibe to even the most formal of settings. But order soon — they ship all the way from Australia.

We love River Oak Studio’s printed spin on intarsia knitting. (Bonus: this flat-weave pillow cover will never pill!)

Move over, twinkle lights. A vintage-inspired marquee-style tree will brighten a mantel or ledge like no other décor.

Florida-born artist Gregory Morris creates all manner of reclaimed-wood wall art (much of it with a Southern bent — and a sense of humor) in his New Orleans studio. His rustic wreath’s faded paint supplies a warm patina that only gets better with time.

Paloma’s Nest makes personalized canvas-and-ceramic stockings in a beautifully neutral palette. Whatever your seasonal style, they’re guaranteed not to clash. (If only the same could be said for your family’s holiday-portrait attire.)

This space-saving trio of sustainably harvested cherry-wood trees folds flat for easy storage. (Just make sure to order before December 13 for in-season delivery!)

At Country Living, we’ve almost never met a mason jar we didn’t like, and these versatile candy cane-inspired designs are no exception. They’d add a pop of holiday pizzazz just about anywhere: use one to hold silverware in the kitchen, toiletries in the bath, or extra branches from the tree on the mantel.


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