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Decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas

Today I’m showing a tour of a Michigan farmhouse decked out for Christmas. I don’t think it’s too early for holiday inspiration, is it?

Christine and Gabe Bridger wanted their city-dwelling kids, (Emelia, 9; Jenson, 7) to experience childhood in the countryside.

They found their farmhouse in Fennville, Michigan, which has a population of 1,398. The property boasts 3 scenic acres 140 miles from the city.

The Farmhouse:

The farmhouse in decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas

The farmhouse was 100 years old and had only 400 square feet of living space. Also, it was in bad shape.

“Gabe and I agreed that we would keep the original structure at all costs,” says Christine. “We wanted the heart of the home to actually have a heart.”

Mother and children are at the rustic table making ornaments

The goal: maintaining the spirit of the existing space while adding 1,400 square feet to the structure.

The Farmhouse Living Room:

Decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas means lots of crafts for the kids.

They decided to turn the original space into a living room.

Homemade Gift Wrapping:

Christmas presents wrapped with old flannel and wool shirts

A fun way to wrap presents is to use old plaid shirts. Cut them up and pull the loose threads to make fringe.

Sew the pieces together to make longer strips if necessary. Wrap the present in the fabric from the old shirt.

“I’ll throw on an ornament, candy cane, doily, or even an old brooch for flourish,” says Christine.

The Farmhouse Kitchen:

The kitchen has a custom island and open shelving that are made from old beams and ceiling rafters.

Decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas means holiday decor in the living spaces
An apple swag hangs over an old vintage sign

This simple swag pays tribute to the adjacent orchard.

The stairs lend an industrial air to the farmhouse

A custom steel railing adds an industrial touch to the whitewashed wooden entry.

Decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas means wool stockings

Turn a vintage sweater into decor by tracing a stocking template, then cutting and sewing it inside out. (The foldover should be sewn the opposite way.)

Using scraps, sew on a loop, then add a monogram using metal house letters.

The Farmhouse Bathroom:

The bathroom has vibes of old farmhouse bathrooms

The sconce in the bathroom was painted red to contrast with the dark walls. They added a Kohler trough sink that they found at a salvage store in Chicago.

The Kids’ Room:

Decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas means mittens hanging on a line

The bunk room for the kids was outfitted with plaid flannel sheets and Pendleton blankets.

Cute wool mittens

Michigan is the Mitten State. Christine sources vintage mittens year-round online and at flea markets.

Then she uses a large needle to pull yarn through the tops of the hand-warmers. (Secure with knots if needed.)

Decorating A Michigan Farmhouse For Christmas means making homemade ornaments

Below is the recipe if you’d like to make your own homemade Christmas ornaments:

Homemade Christmas Ornaments:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water

Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth.

Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (use a straw to poke a hole for hanging).

Bake at 300°F until dry, approximately 1 hour; cool completely.

The Family Gathered On The Porch Swing:

The family gathered on the porch swing with the dog

The Bridger family together at home.

{Photos and home details courtesy of Country Living}

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10 Comments

  1. WOW – what a house! I could be very happy there! Using flannel shirts for wrapping presents is a brilliant idea!

  2. What a lovely home. That apple garland is amazing…of course, it wouldn’t work well with my allergies…but there’s always faux!! Enjoy the weekend!!

  3. Beautiful home! 🏡 Everything is practical/comfortable to enjoy without fuss. Christmas 🎄🎅
    Love the trough bathroom sink! So 😎 cool looking!! A restaurant we often go to has something similar. Made out of polished pinkish stone ,,,,, 3 faucets!!
    Kiddos are lucky to grow up in a home 🏡 🏠 like this!!
    Not too soon viewing 🎄 “stuff” ,,,,,, it’s fine & fun!!! 😊
    I have all my holiday 🎁 gifts under dining room table. Going to wrap them all on Thanksgiving!!
    Other presents will send via catalogs. I try and give original things. Also with complimentary shipping.
    There are many good values to send to a special someone!

  4. I love that area in Michigan. Lots of these beautiful farm houses. This is near The Found Cottage one of my fave shops in Hudsonville Michigan. Love that she kept the integrity of the outer home. Lots of work for them but so wonderful. Thanks for sharing. xoxo Kris

  5. I like the simple wreaths in the windows and the trough sink in the bathroom.
    I have a pair of those exact boots and they are so comfy! They keep my feet warm when I have to shovel the walkway, that I do don’t want to think about! Lol
    Have a fantastic weekend Brenda!

  6. Lovely home & family. Enjoyed this one very much. Would love to live in a light-filled old farmhouse!

  7. Beautiful home! I love the bathroom, lol! The dog is cute, all dressed up to match in the family picture. They did a good job with the house addition and the holiday decorations are beautiful!

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