Farmhouse Christmas Decorating with Sparkles and Branches

I may have gone too far.  Maybe my philosophy of “if one is good, lots is better” only works for shoes and chickens.  Perhaps it does not extend into the realm of tree-branches-as-decor.  But who would I be if not one inclined to push the boundaries?  Before you come inside the farmhouse to see all the Christmas wonderousness, just be forewarned.

It’s possible that I have gone beyond the point of “wintery wonderland” and created something vaguely “fairy forest” or a type of woodland habitat wherein you may see the odd hobbit.  But I’m just so darn excited to live somewhere that has actual real trees growing all over the property that I can’t stop myself from bringing in things I find outdoors!

This year, we decided that we are not getting new Christmas decorations, because we’ve had a bunch of other things to buy with moving and settling in.  At first I thought, “There’s no way all my wild hot pink and turquoise ornaments from the other house will EVER work in a farmhouse.  Eeew!  No way.”  But now I’m really glad I used what we had.  

I think that with some creativity there is usually a way to take what you have and re-imagine it.  This year, all it took was some branches.

The branch theme started with this centerpiece. And I had so many branches gathered I just kept going!

The branch theme started with this centerpiece. And I had so many branches gathered I just kept going!

The mini tree was too cute to pass up at the farm stand! It fits perfectly in a galvanized bucket I had already. It's secured in floral foam with some rocks for weight. The branch is held up with Command hooks. Pretty frame for the pretty view out back!

The mini tree was too cute to pass up at the farm stand! It fits perfectly in a galvanized bucket I had already. It’s secured in floral foam with some rocks for weight. The branch is held up with Command hooks. Pretty frame for the pretty view out back!

 

My marabou-ladies were a HomeGoods find a few years ago, and as un-farm-house as they are, they are my very favorite decorations.   My decorating criteria is that it must make me smile.

My marabou-ladies were a HomeGoods find a few years ago, and as un-farm-house as they are, they are my very favorite decorations. My decorating criteria is that it must make me smile.

 

This is where we sit to watch the sun rise and have coffee after our morning chores of putting wood in the boiler and feeding dogs, chicks, chickens and goats. The windows are a great place to drape beads, hang ornaments and display "the guys," as my little one calls Nutcrackers.

This is where we sit to watch the sun rise and have coffee after our morning chores of putting wood in the boiler and feeding dogs, chicks, chickens and goats. The windows are a great place to drape beads, hang ornaments and display “the guys,” as my little one calls Nutcrackers. (sorry for the yellowish cast… the natural light coming in makes it hard to get good photo color!)

 

The ornaments and beads create a shimmery Christmas valance of sorts, my mother pointed out.

The ornaments and beads create a shimmery Christmas valance of sorts, my mother pointed out.

 

So different at night, with the sparkles against the black night sky.

So different at night, with the sparkles against the black night sky.

 

I couldn't resist the branch... It's a whole 'nother tree! Almost.

I couldn’t resist the branch… It’s a whole ‘nother tree! Almost. (Command Hooks may be my new best friend.)

 

The branch perfectly fills the space!  Wall art... for FREE.  This, I love.  And it's a way to bring in natural elements, which I so enjoy.

The branch perfectly fills the space! Wall art… for FREE. This, I love. And it’s a way to bring in natural elements, which I so enjoy.

 

Just when you think you've seen all the branches, you go into the hallway....

Just when you think you’ve seen all the branches, you go into the hallway….

 

I'm sure my husband is amused that our bedroom has a hot pink jingle bell garland... and a branch so humongous that it snaggled on the doorways coming through the house.  You really can't get the gist of its hugeness from this photo.

I’m sure my husband is amused that our bedroom has a hot pink jingle bell garland… and a branch so humongous that it snaggled on the doorways coming through the house. You really can’t get the gist of its hugeness from this photo.

Our little entryway, with Sage's artwork, a collection of "the guys"..... and branches tied up with gold ribbon and dripping with plastic glitter snowflakes. Aw yeah!

Our little entryway, with Sage’s artwork, a collection of “the guys”….. and branches tied up with gold ribbon and dripping with plastic glitter snowflakes. Aw yeah!

 

These never really "went" in the old Victorian house we had, but little wooden sleds are perfect at a farmhouse!

These never really “went” in the old Victorian house we had, but little wooden sleds are perfect at a farmhouse!

 

This is maybe my favorite.  I love the collection of artwork, and the branch with my little peacock and some sparkles is just perfect, I think!

This is maybe my favorite. I love the collection of artwork, and the branch with my little peacock and some sparkles is just perfect, I think!

 

God made the most beautiful pink sky this morning.  The sky out here is a gift every day.  No matter what the weather, it's magnificent to look out over the fence.  None of the creative stuff I do inside can hold a candle to a sky like this!

God made the most beautiful pink sky this morning. The sky out here is a gift every day. No matter what the weather, it’s magnificent to look out over the fence. None of the creative stuff I do inside can hold a candle to a sky like this!

 

Do you have a decorating obsession or theme this year?  Certain colors you love to use?  Do you love or hate the branches? (And did I go way overboard!!!!???? You can tell me.  We’re friends.  I can handle it!)

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