Presenting our festive Farmhouse
November 15, 2020
’Tis the season to deck the halls of our beloved Farmhouse, and this year the festive touches are complemented by a newly refreshed exterior.
The decor creates a sensory experience that is sure to inspire your own home for the holidays. We’ve mixed cherished legacy designs with our new holiday collections, including our Happy Holidays, Golden Hour, and Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs, to create a feeling of nostalgia. There are also the scents of fresh greenery, including pine roping on the staircase and wreaths on the doors.
Here’s a peek at what’s happening, plus a few tips to help you enhance your own holiday decor from visual designer Linda Walker, who has decorated the Farmhouse.
The front parlor features Happy Holidays, our traditional collection, and its rich shades of red and green pop against the room’s pastel furnishings. The centerpiece is an everlasting, flocked 6-foot Christmas tree that features one of our large legacy nutcrackers, several pieces of Courtly Check enamelware, and an abundance of our signature ribbon.
The first step in decorating the tree was fluffing its branches. Then, Linda strung 400 lights and added scrolls of Courtly Harlequin, Aberdeen Tartan, and Green Filigree 4-inch ribbon around the branches and as a tree topper. Next, she wired one of our nutcrackers in the center and surrounded it with smaller lightweight pieces of Courtly Check enamelware, including mugs, salt and pepper shakers, and the Tea for Me Pot that are hung like ornaments. Linda also wired in extra groups of ornaments in red, green, silver, and gold.
Linda’s tip is to use pre-cut floral wires that are about 18 inches long to add ornaments and other elements to fill in your tree’s bare spots. The wire is more flexible and secure than ordinary ornament hooks, she says.
Additional Happy Holidays pieces are featured in the room as well, including the Happy Holidays Wreath and Happy Holidays Mantel Piece. Hanging from the mantel are Jingle Bell Stockings that are displayed on Tartan Stocking Hooks.
In the dining room, Linda created a winter wonderland, displaying our Golden Hour Standing and Sitting Deer on fresh greens as the centerpiece on our Diorama Table. The place settings mix our Courtly Check and Parchment Check ceramic dinnerware and include legacy Thistle glassware. Linda’s tip for the table is to place an ornament at each setting for extra sparkle.
In between the parlor and the dining room, Linda added a white grapevine garland to the arms of the antique chandelier and hung the Patience Brewster 12 Days Mini Ornaments Set. It features 12 handmade and hand-painted ornaments that depict the verses from the beloved Christmas carol.
Outside the Farmhouse, pine roping and twinkling white lights will accent the front and side porches, which have been repainted along with the rest of the Farmhouse. Once a creamy white, it’s now a sunny shade of yellow reminiscent of buttercups, accented with celadon green on the window trim and forest green on the shutters.
We can’t wait for you to see everything in person, so we’re happy to announce that the Farmhouse will reopen for the first time since March for socially distanced tours starting November 28. Tours, which are free, are by reservation only. They will be held at 11 a.m. on the days shown on our online booking tool. Participants must wear a mask per New York State mandate. To make a reservation, visit this link: mackenzie-childs.com/tours