Sometimes the best alternative to a typical dining room for the holidays can be a barn setting. Carriage houses, barns, and other such warm and old-fashioned rustic buildings can be used as comfortable locations to adorn for your holiday feasts.
The carriage house we have featured here is used by North Andover’s McLellan family for their annual holiday celebrations. Because of its open-air feel and convenient location near the kitchen, it’s easy for even large groups to gather there.
The carriage house has enough room for a tree, piano and several sideboards. Simple strung lights enhance the mood and children can play inside without feeling constrained. Celebrations are relaxed, with the focus on enjoying family rather than doing anything elaborate or fancy.
If you have an area outside the home that would make a cozy place for the holidays, take a chance and explore simple ways to transform it into something special.
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Lysa Pelletier – Anchor Artists
Emily O’Brien – Boston, Mass.
Acorn Home & Design
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North Andover, Mass.
Helen Thomas Simply Smashing
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Special thanks to the McLellan family of North Andover for their hospitality during this photoshoot at their homestead.