Every year, our most anticipated season at The Rustic Barn is when we transform our home decor store into a winter wonderland for our farmhouse Christmas Village.
Our store in Killingworth, which is always filled with rustic finds, is completely restyled to prepare for the holiday season. Our fall florals are replaced with Christmas wreaths, porch lanters are swapped for stockings and mantle decor, and there is holiday spirit in the air. Take a look - the photos speak for themselves!
So many people ask us how we transition the store to a Christmas wonderland. Well, it starts in early January when we go to the show and buy Christmas for the following year! This part of my job is so exciting, I cannot wait to go every year! I start by purchasing items that inspire me. I don't worry about whether or not they are all from the same collection or if they all go together at the time, because eventually… they will.
Four Christmas Collections to Suit Your Unique Decor Style
There’s a reason we create “collections” within our holiday decor, rather than just putting out Christmas ornaments and opening our doors. We believe every home tells a story, and want to help you create an atmosphere you and your family will love throughout the holidays in your home. Maybe you’re full of Christmas cheer and want something upbeat and colorful, or perhaps you want to celebrate with soothing neutrals and beautiful accents that invite late night conversations by the fireplace.
Around April I will start to look at my Christmas orders and start to create vision boards. I create collections based on themes, products purchased and color. Sometimes one item may make it into a couple of collections, while other items are a sure statement piece for that one special collection.
After my vision boards are complete and I feel the collections are cohesive, the girls on my team and I will brainstorm names suitable for each holiday decor collection. We may spend 2-3 hours just coming up with names, it's crazy right? When we finally find the perfect name for each collection, that is when the decorating creativity begins and anything is possible!
We spend months talking and brainstorming about how we want our client to feel when they walk into the store and view each collection. We talk about displays, furniture placement and so much more! Each collection gets a fresh coat of paint on the walls with a color that coordinates with the theme.
The 2022 Christmas Collections are here… which was made for you?
The names of the collections this year are…
Snowed Inn, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, Christmas Wishes and The First Noel.
Each collection has a beautiful sign just in front of it hanging from the ceiling. These signs were painted by hand by Andi Roman who grew up right here in Killingworth. She did an internship with my husband, Steve, over the summer in his furniture workshop. She is truly talented and I am hoping that you take the time to notice just how detailed these signs are.
So when you visit us this Christmas season please be sure to set aside enough time to take in all the details, the sounds, the smells and the fellowship. We cannot wait to see you!
Everyone loves being snowed in and cuddled around a fire! In this collection you will find just what you need to keep you warm and cozy. You will see faux fur pillows, throws, items for baking cookies and mugs for drinking hot coco. For a little ambience don't forget our hand-poured soy candle, Snow Day, which is a peppermint mocha scent!
This Christmas decor collection features a traditional Christmas color palette: mostly white, red and green. (Hint: did you know that you can shop our Holiday decor by color?) Snowed Inn makes you feel cozy with textures of faux furs and velvet materials. The florals are brought to life with snow or ice, and in the store we drape the ceilings with snowflakes. Have kids at home? This would make an awesome Christmas DIY decor project with the little ones!
What else is there to do when you’re snowed in other than bake Christmas cookies? This collection includes holiday baking essentials like rolling pins, measuring cups, and more. Plus, sip hot cocoa from the festive Christmas mugs while you wait for the cookies in the oven.
ROCKIN AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
In this collection you will feel like you are walking through a magical forest. With elements of pine trees, wooden trees, little critters for ornaments and so much more! Enjoy walking around our ornament bar and we are certain you will find that perfect ornament for that special person in your life.
This Christmas decor collection gives a real rustic farmhouse feel with trees, botanicals, and a color palette of greens, browns, and reds. Florals bring a home to life, and for Christmas we recommend pine, cypress, and eucalyptus.
This collection is truly straight from my childhood memories! The more you look, the more you will find items that may strike a memory or two from your childhood as well. This collection is whimsical and magical. You will find color tones of reds, greens and whites. Mixed in among the magic you will find Santa's, Gingerbread Houses, fun ornaments, garlands and so much more!
Inspiring a true winter wonderland in your home, this Christmas decor collection looks like its right out of a catalog. Wow your dinner guests or host a Secret Santa party surrounded by poinsettias, festive wood bead garlands, reindeer and bottle brush trees of all colors!
This collection is straightfoward Christmas colors: red and green, bold and bright. With green florals and merry red accents, the decor is perfect for a farmhouse style home, or to soften up a more modern home for the holiday season. Plus, who doesn’t love some sparkly Christmas accents this time of year?
THE FIRST NOEL
This collection is a reflection of why we celebrate Christmas. When you first walk in the room you will find a rustic manger with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus which is what this whole collection is centered around. You will find elements of stars, angels, nativity scenes and churches. You will also find our hand-poured soy candles, Peace on Earth and our limited edition, Jubilation!
This Christmas decor collection is our most traditional, with peaceful vibes and an elegant decor style. The color tones are easy on the eyes with soft golds, silvers and blues. This palette is complimented by faux florals and pinecones, which will pair perfectly with your Christmas ornaments on your tree.
Need help decorating your home for Christmas? We offer home styling in Connecticut!
This season or any time of year, ask about our dedicated home styling team. We’ll come to you, create your own vision, and help you shop our wide selection of farmhouse finds at The Rustic Barn until you’ve styled your dream home.
Plus, check out our furniture store in Killingworth, CT for the perfect table to gather the family this year! We can’t wait to see you soon.