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Farmhouse Christmas tree and holiday decor on front porch
The Sassy Barn Presents: Christmas Décor Ideas for a Farmhouse Home
December 6, 2019
Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn
We are excited to welcome guest blogger Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn! Ashlee is a DIY enthusiast renovating her 1949 ranch into a picture-perfect farmhouse haven. This week, she walks us through her carefully decorated home, decked out in her most cherished Christmas décor and handmade creations. Ashlee’s designs are full of rustic charm and DIY one-of-a-kind pieces that we all will want to try!
Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn
We are excited to welcome guest blogger Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn! Ashlee is a DIY enthusiast renovating her 1949 ranch into a picture-perfect farmhouse haven. This week, she walks us through her carefully decorated home, decked out in her most cherished Christmas décor and handmade creations. Ashlee’s designs are full of rustic charm and DIY one-of-a-kind pieces that we all will want to try!

I’m a true kid at heart…especially around the holidays! I grew up with old fashioned traditions around Christmas time, such as my grandparents’ bubble tree, do you remember the bubble trees? I thought they were so magical. My grandmother also bought me a new apron every year to wear when baking and decorating cookies. I could always count on my mom, sister and grandmother to gather in the kitchen for the day and bake. Now that I’ve grown up, each year around the holidays, I hold those memories close and make sure to carry on those traditions as I create my own.

I’m a true kid at heart…especially around the holidays! I grew up with old fashioned traditions around Christmas time, such as my grandparents’ bubble tree, do you remember the bubble trees? I thought they were so magical. My grandmother also bought me a new apron every year to wear when baking and decorating cookies. I could always count on my mom, sister and grandmother to gather in the kitchen for the day and bake. Now that I’ve grown up, each year around the holidays, I hold those memories close and make sure to carry on those traditions as I create my own.

Beautiful farmhouse shelf decorated with Christmas trees and lights!
Beautiful farmhouse shelf decorated with Christmas trees and lights!

This is our first Christmas on the ranch and I couldn’t be happier to decorate my home! The kitchen is my dream kitchen and I’ve incorporated lots of cedar branches, dried oranges and cinnamon dough gingerbread for the theme. I’ve also added a pencil tree in the dining room because… why not! On the dining table, you’ll see some old tins. Those were my grandmother’s that she filled with cookies and now I carry on that tradition of filling them with cookies.

This is our first Christmas on the ranch and I couldn’t be happier to decorate my home! The kitchen is my dream kitchen and I’ve incorporated lots of cedar branches, dried oranges and cinnamon dough gingerbread for the theme. I’ve also added a pencil tree in the dining room because… why not! On the dining table, you’ll see some old tins. Those were my grandmother’s that she filled with cookies and now I carry on that tradition of filling them with cookies.

Farmhouse dining table with red candles and fresh pine. Dining room ready for holiday guests with placemats and Christmas decor.
Farmhouse dining table with red candles and fresh pine.

My treasured pieces flow from the living room to the guest room and all throughout the house. I like to reuse and reimagine decorations that I’ve stored from previous years, staying on budget and adding an extra flare to their existing charm. I enjoy doing this because I am able to save the memories but still have a fresh new Christmas look displayed throughout my home.

My treasured pieces flow from the living room to the guest room and all throughout the house. I like to reuse and reimagine decorations that I’ve stored from previous years, staying on budget and adding an extra flare to their existing charm. I enjoy doing this because I am able to save the memories but still have a fresh new Christmas look displayed throughout my home.

Christmas decorations and treasured pieces inside of cozy little guest bedroom. Santa Claus mug filled with coffee in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
Christmas decorations and treasured pieces inside of cozy little guest bedroom.

My sun porch, this little area is my pride and joy! We gutted this room to create a cozy space where I could curl up in with some coffee and take all the beauty in. I added a faux Douglas fir pre-lit tree and kept it simple by hanging a few garland bells to complete the holiday look. This room shows off a lot of my vintage collection, including my pair of 1940 wooden skis that I scored a few weeks ago while junkin’. I enjoy taking vintage pieces and bringing them back to life by incorporating them into my décor!

My sun porch, this little area is my pride and joy! We gutted this room to create a cozy space where I could curl up in with some coffee and take all the beauty in. I added a faux Douglas fir pre-lit tree and kept it simple by hanging a few garland bells to complete the holiday look. This room shows off a lot of my vintage collection, including my pair of 1940 wooden skis that I scored a few weeks ago while junkin’. I enjoy taking vintage pieces and bringing them back to life by incorporating them into my décor!

Sun porch decorated with a faux Douglas fir Christmas tree and a pair of 1940 wooden skis! Douglas fir Christmas tree lit up during the evening on the sun porch!
Sun porch decorated with a faux Douglas fir Christmas tree and a pair of 1940 wooden skis!

I hope you enjoyed a little Christmas Farmhouse Tour of my home! Here are some fun tips to create festive décor throughout your home without breaking the bank.

I hope you enjoyed a little Christmas Farmhouse Tour of my home! Here are some fun tips to create festive décor throughout your home without breaking the bank.

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DIY Decorations

DIY Decorations

Use dried oranges and cinnamon dough gingerbread that you can decorate with every year. I like to tie my oranges around swags, wreaths, or garlands to add some color around the house. The cinnamon dough cookies smell amazing and are (sadly) not edible, but that means you can use them for years to come!

Use dried oranges and cinnamon dough gingerbread that you can decorate with every year. I like to tie my oranges around swags, wreaths, or garlands to add some color around the house. The cinnamon dough cookies smell amazing and are (sadly) not edible, but that means you can use them for years to come!

Make your own decorations by gathering some branches, pine, and dried oranges!
Make your own decorations by gathering some branches, pine, and dried oranges!
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Look Outdoors

Look Outdoors

If you have pines, cedars, or spruces on your property, gather some branches to make your own wreath or garland. The smell is amazing! Using your own pinecones is an added bonus and brings life to your space with nature’s best piece of décor.

If you have pines, cedars, or spruces on your property, gather some branches to make your own wreath or garland. The smell is amazing! Using your own pinecones is an added bonus and brings life to your space with nature’s best piece of décor.

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Create Your Own

Create Your Own

Buy faux garland and add your own twinkle lights, faux berries and pinecones for an inexpensive yet elegant option.

Buy faux garland and add your own twinkle lights, faux berries and pinecones for an inexpensive yet elegant option.

Merry Decorating!

Merry Decorating!

Follow Ashlee at @thesassybarn on Instagram or read her blog for inspirational home décor and lifestyle content. All Photos Courtesy Of: Ashlee Keene

Follow Ashlee at @thesassybarn on Instagram or read her blog for inspirational home décor and lifestyle content. All Photos Courtesy Of: Ashlee Keene