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Create a Festive Farmhouse Dining Room

Vintage furnishings set the stage for a homey holiday spread. Here's how to re-create this welcoming feel using thrifty finds

Fit for Family

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Timeworn finishes, natural textures, and muted colors in the dining area of Macksi and Cody Warner's 1890s farm-house recall a simpler way of life—when furniture was made by hand and holiday trimmings came from the land.

In preparation for a family gathering, the couple set their primitive pine table, shown here, with a block-printed runner, stoneware plates, a tiered pewter server loaded with fruits, and weighty wine goblets. For the centerpiece, a white-glazed pitcher, rather than a formal vase, holds fresh-cut evergreen branches.

The cheery treatment extends to the windows, where fragrant bay-leaf wreaths hang from green burlap ribbons. The effect is an inviting dining area that's ready for a harvest feast. Read on to learn how to bring this festive farmhouse feel to your home.

Woven Basket

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Alison Rosa (inset)

Store table linens and throws in a generous basket. This one's deep sides echo the Warners' early-1900s hops-collecting basket.

About $70; wisteria.com

Block-Print Runner

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Alison Rosa (inset)

Liven up the tabletop with a natural twill runner decorated with rust-colored vines.

About $70; williams-sonoma.com

Throw Pillow

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Alison Rosa (inset)

Add comfy pillows with a handmade quality. These have embroidery and painted stripes resembling those on grain sacks.

Floral cover, $11; ikea.com

Burlap cover, about $40; northcountrycomforts.etsy.com

Bronze Pendant

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Courtesy of Lowe's (inset)

A pared-down fixture with a clear glass globe sheds a soft glow for dining.

About $120, including a 60-watt Edison-style bulb; lowes.com

Herb Wreath

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Alison Rosa (inset)

Hang a ring of bay leaves for seasonal greenery that can also flavor stews.

Wreath, about $25; shop.mcfaddenfarm.com

Ribbon, $6 for 10 yards; onlinefabricstore.net

Harvest Table

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Make a vintage-look table from a kit. This one has mortise-and-tenon joints, and a ¾-inch-thick top. Minwax Hunter Green stain supplies the two-tone effect.

Pine base, about $180, and soft maple top, about $300; tablelegs.com

Spindle Chair

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Courtesy of Gelco Furniture (inset)

Similar to the Warners' antique half-spindle Windsors, this new perch comes unfinished. Top it off with a warm, honey-hued stain.

Chair, about $60; gelcofurniture.com

Pewter Server

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Alison Rosa (inset)

Add polish and height to a holiday tablescape with a handsome tiered dish.

About $55; boxwoodsfurnishings.com

Houndstooth Rug

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Alison Rosa (inset)

This flat-woven wool rug in a traditional broken-check pattern is reversible—ideal for under the dining table.

About $200; homedecorators.com

Rustic Red Bench

Photo by Wendell T. Webber, Courtesy of L.L.Bean (inset)

Fitted with a lower shelf, this bench provides extra seating and storage for half the cost of the one shown at left.

About $130; llbean.com