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Ingredients for a Rustic Cabin Christmas
Everything you need to create a warm and rustic Christmas cabin feel, no matter where you are.
Do you long for a cozy cabin Christmas? When we found out Debbie Macomber’s Christmas book Alaskan Holiday is set in a snowy cabin in the woods, we couldn’t wait to create a fireside scene inspired by her story. In the book, protagonist Josie Avery finds herself stuck in a lakeside lodge in Alaska; what was supposed... Keep Scrolling
Written by JICKIE TORRES
PHOTOGRAPHY by BRET GUM


Do you long for a cozy cabin Christmas? When we found out Debbie Macomber’s Christmas book Alaskan Holiday is set in a snowy cabin in the woods, we couldn’t wait to create a fireside scene inspired by her story. In the book, protagonist Josie Avery finds herself stuck in a lakeside lodge in Alaska; what was supposed to be a summer gig turns into a long winter’s stay. So what would the ultimate winter rustic cabin christmas contain? Check out these elements, and discover ways you can incorporate these looks no matter where you call home this holiday season.

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Pinecones and a black and white gingham wrapped present with a red bow sit on an indoor decorative sled for a rustic Christmas look.
A child’s sled is a fun, creative way to add dimension and height to your gift groupings

Rustic Cabin Christmas Patterns

We love this native-inspired multicolor rug which transitions perfectly from summer to winter. Mirroring the geometric patterns in the rug, a quilt-inspired wooden piece of wall art makes a great country cabin focal point above the fireplace.

Vignette featuring a rustic Christmas themed book surrounded by pinecone, thermos, candle and stacked presents.
This sock vignette welcomes you into all things cozy cabin.

Knit the Way

From chunky knit throws to Fair Isle stockings and macramé pillows, this cozy fireplace setting draws on thick woven textures to create a warm and inviting vibe. The key here is to pile it on! A woven pouf brings the material forward, while extra throw pillows on the chair and in the baskets really drive the mood home.

Stored firewood logs in a distressed, galvanized bucket.
Spruce up your firewood stash by tucking fresh greens in between the logs

Natural Elements

Fresh greens have a way of adding inimitable natural elegance and vibrancy to a space. We imagine Josie could use any fresh greenery she can get her hands on to refresh her spaces. We chose Grevillea in lieu of pine for our mantel garland, for a look that feels more from the wilds. Rattan trees, an old wood lantern and plenty of pine and wood textures finish the rustic cabin Christmas vibe.

layered rugs topped with a reading basket full of blankets and books.
Layer your rugs—and bonus points for using a faux-fur rug or throw—to create a cozy and rustic setting

The Alaskan Touch

We couldn’t resist layering faux-fur throws over the rug to build a warm winter nest feeling. And last but not least, a little sled serves as a fun and whimsical platform to display some presents wrapped in traditional plaid and checks.

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