Hello Friends!  You know how I’ve mentioned before that I’m a genius but some of you don’t believe me?  Well here’s proof.  I made 3 large Birch Bark candles for less than $1.00!  I know, right?!  You’re thinking no way and I’m saying yes way!

It all started when I finally put away the ridiculous amount of Christmas decor we had and got a burst of energy to do some winter decorating.  Remember a couple of posts back when I gave you some great tips on winter decorating (you can find that post here)?

Birch Bark Candle supplies by County Road 407 blog

Well I saw that my fave craft store had candles at 50% off so I had to go.  But the candles I went to get looked so fake and yucky.  I put them in my basket even though I was disappointed.  I could have gotten these from Amazon but I had a Veruca Salt moment and wanted them right then.  Not a proud moment but even worse, at half off they were still over $10 each.

DIY Birch Bark Candles using scrap book paper from Countyroad407.com

Walking around checking out the rest of the sale stuff I just kept thinking it was ridiculous to spend $30 on something I didn’t like.  I know it’s not that expensive and I’ve definitely spent more on other decor items but these were down right ugly.  But that’s when my genius moment struck.

Making a Birch Bark Candle from paper with a DIY on CountyRoad407.com

I already had 3 candles at home so I pushed my little basket over to the paper section and picked up 2 – 12″ sheets of Birch Bark scrap book paper.    I also had tape and scissors which is all you need for this easy DIY.  Best of all, the 2 sheets were .59 cents each and on sale too!  Baahahaha



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Birch Bark Candle DIY from CountyRoad407.com

I used my two 6 inch tall candles and could wrap both of them with only one sheet by cutting it in half.  The other candle sitting in the lantern is 7-1/2″ tall which needed it’s own sheet.  Since I intend to use the candles again I didn’t want to glue the paper on.  Just use clear packing tape to hold it together.  I have to admit, with the fat 6 inch candles, the paper didn’t go all the way around.  It left about a 1/4 inch gap.  It doesn’t bother me and no one can see it when you turn the candles just right.  If that sort of thing keeps you up at night, use skinnier candles.  😉

Candles made with birch bark paper with a DIY on CountyRoad407.com

Genius, right?!  I think they turned out great and this is the start of some fabulous and super inexpensive winter decorating!  Oh yeah, the Mister said to mention they were only for decorative purposes and not to light them because the paper could catch on fire.  Okay, maybe safety isn’t my thing but all I have to do is use LED candles instead.  See there – still a genius.  😉

As I think back on 2017 and realize what a great year it was, I look forward to 2018 and wonder what I want to accomplish in my life, my house, my relationships.  Do you do that – reflect and look forward?

I’m not a big New Year resolution maker but certainly want to be a better person, a better wife, mom, neighbor, etc., but this year I’m adding to the list.  I want to be a better blogger!  Blogging is for you as much as it is for me so I want to ask YOU what YOU’D like to see more of or less of from County Road 407.

Don’t worry about hurting my feelings, you won’t.  I’m ready!  I have on my thick skin whatever-you-say-bounces-off-me-and-on-to-you suit.  😉   So get started and take my 2018 Reader Survey!

2018 Reader Survey for CountyRoad407.com

1) What would you like to see more of on County Road 407? (Click all that apply)

2) What do you struggle with in decorating?
3) What areas/rooms in your home do you feel you need help?
4) When I decorate a new space, do you prefer to see the entire process from start to finish or only the end in all its glory?
5) How do you find out about NEW posts from County Road 407?
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Most of us will leave the Christmas decor up until after the new year and some maybe up until the end of January.  Some of us have had our Christmas decor up since before the first official day of fall and have grown weary of it looking forward to a less cluttered, clean and spacious look.  I am definitely the latter and am raising my hands with glee, dancing the winter hokey pokey, waiting to put it all away.  Are you like that?  Are you sad because you don’t want your home to look bare after the Christmas decor is put away?  Well I’m here with inspiration and a few tips on how to decorate for Winter.

First I go room to room bringing everything that looks like Christmas to the dining room table for easy organizing and packing.  Like the red and green candles, the Santa’s, the cranberry wreaths, the red ribbon, etc.  With what’s left I try and use in my winter decor.  Things like the natural looking garland, other pieces of greenery, pinecones, and woodsy elements.

Tips on how to decorate for winter!

Tip #1:  Replace the red/green candles with cream or possibly these wonderful birch bark candles.  They are perfect for winter.

winter vignette by Dear Lillie

Winter vignette by Dear Lillie

Tip #2:  On the mantel I have greenery that looks wintery and even though I’ll not use it on the mantel, I can move it to the dining table instead.  For the mantel though, I may use pompom garland like this here.  I think it is so cute.

Tip #3:  Potted trees and wreaths are always nice.  I keep boxwood wreaths and topiaries around all year.  Check out this wreath here and this one here for inspiration.   Simply placing them around the room is enough.

Winter living room by Nested Bliss

Winter living room by Nested Bliss

Tip #4:  Keep the comfy throw blankets out like this one and this one but keep them in wintery colors instead of reds and greens.  They are so pretty and add just a touch of brightness on what could be gloomy days.

Tip #5:  Something that is classic and goes with almost any style is a cowhide rug .  I’ll add one over my popcorn jute rug for extra comfort.  Added layers are always nice.

Tip#6:  On your dining table, consider using metallic candle sticks with pinecones and natural garland for a centerpiece.

winter table top by Elizabeth Anne

Winter table top by Elizabeth Anne



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Tip #7:  If you have a tall vase, consider adding bare branches from the yard.  Ooh, adding a strand of lights to the cluster would be fun and cheery!

branches in vase for winter decor by Aesthetic Nest

Branches in vase for winter decor by Aesthetic Nest

Winter decor is usually neutral in color like the colors you see outside – creams, whites, grays, browns, etc.  But if you aren’t a person that likes all that neutral stuff, then bring in pops of green or ice blue.  You’re still decorating in a wintery mood with green and blue.  When you are finished, look around at your decor.  Does it make you feel cozy or cold?  If it’s cozy, curl up with a cup of cocoa and a book.  If you feel like it’s frosty and uninviting, try and add more warm wood tones.  Keep tweaking until it makes you smile.  Remember too, it doesn’t have to be done in a day. 😉

Happy December friends!  I remembered that during the Christmas Farmhouse tour, you didn’t get to see our bedroom.  So today I thought I’d share what I did in there to hopefully inspire you to decorate your bedroom too.  Because the bedroom is fairly small, I feel the Christmas decorations should be simple to keep it relaxing.  So here’s some Christmas decor for a small farmhouse bedroom.

Christmas Decor for a Small Farmhouse Bedroom

A Simple farmhouse Christmas bedroom by countyroad407.com

If I made a list for Santa, I’d ask him to push the wall out about 5 foot so I could fit in a king size bed and open the closet door all the way.  But as nice as that would be, it’s never happening.  Oh Santa would if I asked, but I’d rather spend the money on a new house (insert winky face and a big-fat-all-teeth-showing grin).  So instead the decor is about color and fresh greenery of course.  Can’t do without the greenery!

Christmas bedroom by countyroad407.com

Fresh greenery over a bed for a Christmas farmhouse bedroom by countyroad407.com

The shutter and wooden “R” always hang there but the added touch of live greens makes it much more festive.  When I put together the swag of greenery, I used two old rusty bed springs to mimic a bell.  I think it turned out super cute.

Add two old bed springs to look like a bell in a Christmas farmhouse bedroom by Countyroad407.com

One of our daughters lives here full time and uses the closet in our bedroom because her room doesn’t have one.  I keep saying – gotta love old houses – and one day it might not sound so negative but for now, this place comes with rolling eyes, grunts and groans all day long.   With that said, the Mister’s bed side table is small and still partially blocks the closet door so he gets a cranberry wreath hanging on the corner of the bed instead.  He doesn’t care but because I care, I decided to add left over ribbon to both lampshades which pulls things together.

Christmas bedside table for a farmhouse bedroom by countyroad407.com

I think my favorite thing about the bedroom is the fresh tree on my bedside table.  It’s just the end of a cedar limb but I thought it looked just like a tiny tree so it sits inside a cupcake holder that I turned upside down.  The underside of the cupcake holder has a hole in it so I stuck the limb in the hole with a bit of water and voila, a mini Christmas tree stand.  I’m a genius I know.  Just kidding.  Pure fluke but I love it.  And after adding a tiny ornament to the deconstructed books and a few other red decor items, I think my work here is complete.



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Christmas decor for a small farmhouse bedroom. Countyroad407.com

 

It’s simple, cozy, comfy, clutter free, Christmasy and festive – goal accomplished.  It’s not to late to do something festive to your bedroom.  It will make a huge difference in the way you feel when you walk in and get ready for bed.  Even if you just throw on a decorative pillow or add Christmas ribbon around the lampshades.  What about hanging mistletoe at the doorway or buying holiday sheets like these, these or these?  Whatever you decide, make it special and make it different than the everyday.

Merry Christmas Friends!

I’m excited to share my very first Christmas Farmhouse tour with you!  I’ve joined together with other Blogger friends to bring you lots of inspiration in a Christmas Tour of Homes and since this post has a lot of pictures, I’ll stop all the blah blah blah and get right to – a Christmas Farmhouse Tour.

Farmhouse Front Porch

Christmas Farmhouse front porch by CountyRoad407.com

The porch is where I try and spend the majority of my time while visiting so I want it to be cozy.  We double up on blankets for the night time chilly air and try and have a surface within reach for everyone’s hot chocolate.  I also want to surround myself with Christmas cheer and lights so both cranberry trees are lit up as are the trees in the yard.

Farmhouse front porch Christmas by CountyrRoad407.com

Yes, I tend to go a bit crazy with the fresh greenery cut from the surrounding pastures. I’ve added it to the embossed metal stocking and the iron tree.  Can’t forget about the dogs.  They hang with us too so they enjoy the cowhide rug under their bellies.

Rock away on this cozy Christmas porch by Countyroad407.com

One of my favorite things is the DIY light fixture.  It hangs there all year round so it had to have a few Christmas embellishments too.  Look at those ginormous pine cones.  Actually they’re sugar cones found at Hobby Lobby.  I’ve never seen such but they got a little fresh greenery as well.

Fabulous light fixture done by CountyRoad407.com for Christmas

If you can stop yourself from sitting down on the porch, you’ll walk through the front door right into the one and only living area.  I find it calming to sit there now.  Before, not so much.  If you want to see the oh-my-lanta before pics, check them out here.

Farmhouse Living Room

Christmas banner greeting you as you enter the farmhouse living room in Navasota. Countyroad407.com

You’re greeted with a banner, touches of red decor and fresh greenery all around the room.

Farmhouse Christmas decor by Countyroad407.com

Christmas decor at the farmhouse by Countyroad407.com

 

Farmhouse Dining Room

The last room I’ll show you on the Christmas farmhouse tour is the dining room.  Gratefully it’s in the middle of the house now.  When it was the Mister’s great-grandmothers home it was located on the back of the house.  You can tell that from the windows.  Then when it was his grandmothers house they added indoor plumbing and a bathroom off the back porch.  Thank heavens for that!  If you’d like to see the no-one-could-have-had-an-appetite-in-that-dining room, you can see those before pictures here.

Cozy farmhouse Christmas Dining room with farmhouse tour by CountyRoad407.com

The back porch is now an enclosed mudroom which makes it so much nicer when you come inside through the back of the house.  Now you aren’t immediately walking into the kitchen.  I love old houses but sometimes it boggles the brain.

Dining light fixture with fresh greenery by CountyRoad407.com

I told you I go crazy with the fresh greenery!  Look at that light fixture.  I LOVE IT!  It makes you feel as though you’re dining in a romantic restaurant.  Minus not having a cook, a waiter, and having to do the dishes but I still LOVE IT!

Simple Christmas centerpiece by CountyRoad407.com

To keep the centerpiece simple, I used an old ironstone serving bowl and added candles, plastic ornaments, antlers and greenery.  The woodland plates came from Hobby Lobby.  They were actually the inspiration for the entire table decor.  The plaid table cloth isn’t a table cloth.  I couldn’t find one I liked so I bought 2-1/2 yards of flannel fabric to use instead.

Woodland table setting by CountyRoad407.com

Last but not least, when we have visitors, there’s a fun “snack” table.  Don’t you want one?  All you need is a separate table decorated nicely with whatever your little heart desires.  Hint: We use cups instead of plates for easier handling.



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Snack table in the diningroom in a farmhouse tour from CountyRoad407.com

Fun Christmas Snack Table in a farmhouse tour by Countyroad407.com

That’s what has kept me busy the past couple of weeks and I truly enjoyed every minute.  I thought of my hubbies family and how they would have decorated.  I’m sure they would have enjoyed how bright and cozy and fun and colorful it is.  Also thought maybe I should string cranberries and popcorn for the Christmas tree.  Then I came to my senses and said how about a trip to Hobby Lobby instead.

Hope you enjoyed this Christmas Farmhouse Tour and like I mentioned before, I’ve joined in with several Blogging Friends to give you lots of inspiration every day of the week!  You won’t want to miss visiting their pages below in the Christmas Tour of Homes!

Merry Christmas

 

Christmas Tour of Homes 2017

Monday

Deeply Southern Home | Poofing The Pillows | Noting Grace

The Red Painted Cottage |  Love Create Celebrate

Tuesday

 Simple Nature Decor | Houseologie | At Home With Jemma | Paint Yourself A Smile

County Road 407 | Art and Sand

Wednesday

Celebrate Creativity| Celebrate and Decorate | All Things Renee

Nourish and Nestle

Thursday

Savvy Apron Hey FitzyCamelot Art Creations

Weekend Crafts  |A Home To Grow Old In

Friday

The Summery UmbrellaLove Your Abode | Twelve on Main | Bluesky at Home

Sweet Parrish Place | The Aspiring Home