Ten chocolate bean boots, nine braided wool rugs, eight Wicked Plush Throws, seven Frasier fir candles, six sailcloth stockings, five boxes of fatwood, four Santa buoys, three handblocked tablecloths, two float rope baskets and a Whirley-Pop popcorn machine.
And that’s just a small sampling of the unique, one-of-a-kind gifts to give (and pick up for yourself) here in our Home Store. Located on our Freeport campus, our Home Store feels just as cozy and rustic as a quintessential Maine cabin. The holidays are our favorite part of the year since we can deck the halls with boughs of balsam, felted ornaments, twinkling lights and more.
We’re more than just a resource for great gifts; you’ll also find fresh inspiration for how to decorate for the holidays. When it’s time to trim the tree, we decorate it with a theme in mind, from our outdoor-inspired tree that’s bedecked with kayak, ski lift and tent ornaments, to our “socks” tree, dressed up with sock monkey and Red Sox ornaments.
The countdown to Christmas is just as fun as the day itself. We love to hang our Advent Calendar with pockets and fill it with treats. Some of our favorites calendar stuffers include chocolate-covered peppermint pretzels, lobster ornaments or mini containers of our favorite Stonewall Kitchen jams.
It’s all about easy touches to give a space a festive feel. Pillows and throws are a simple way to transform a living space. Our Moose Needlepoint Pillow pairs nicely with a red plaid blanket or a red-cabled pillow is a cozy addition with our Wicked Plush Throw. Pillows don’t need to be Christmas specific – though our holiday-themed ones by Kate Nelligan are favorites to display season after season.
Display a few favorite holiday stories as décor on the coffee table and for impromptu readings by the fire. My Wonderful Christmas Tree by Maine author Dahlov Ipcar is one of our favorites.
Think outside the box when setting the holiday table. In our store, we use Chalkboard Tags that serve as place cards during dinner – and can be used later when it’s time to wrap gifts. For a different take on a centerpiece, use our small handcarved wooden trees. Our handblocked Christmas tree napkins and tablecloths are sweet enough to use all season long. Want something less formal? Paper table runners and placemats look chic but are easy to clean up – and okay to color on too!
What are your favorite rooms to decorate during the holidays? Don’t forget to stop by our Home Store in Freeport for holiday decorating inspiration and gifts that are guaranteed to please.