Podcast 15: Country Christmas Home

With Anita Diaz

Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo In this episode, Anita Diaz shares her country Christmas home with us.

As author and creator of the wonderful blog, Far Above Rubies, Anita's decorating ideas have been featured in numerous magazines such as Country Woman, Romantic Homes, Southern Holiday Life and Ideal Home.

If you have ever seen photos of Anita's home, inside or out, you will know exactly why publishers wish to feature her.

Anita Diaz lives in beautiful Balsam NC right near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park where she grew up. The property has been in her family for five generations.

After serving their country in the United States Air Force, Anita and her husband Luis moved back to the mountains of North Carolina where they are raising their family in a lovely country home with beautiful porches! Anita is not only a wonderful home decorator and seamstress, but also a Worship Leader and singer in her church and community. She is most certainly gifted.


Anita's porch is lovingly known as Whispering Pines

Dave and I love the sign that hangs on Anita's country porch "Whispering Pines". Her grandfather left this on the property and now it hangs proudly on her porch. It is perfect if you ask us.


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Program Highlights

In this podcast, Anita Diaz shares her beautiful country Christmas home with us. It's just a pleasure to hear Anita speak about her family homestead and how she uses treasures from her family to decorate. Please listen to our program!

Anita drapes garland and beautiful red bows on her porch railings and porch steps. Notice the lovely colored lights, too.


Anita shares:
  • What her NC mountain home means to her and her family
  • Her fascination with the 1950's and the life her grandparents had
  • Why you don't have to spend a lot of money or shop at the big box stores in order to have a wonderfully decorated home
  • You can reclaim, repurpose or make things yourself like Anita does
  • How to enhance inexpensive wreaths with fresh greenery and natural elements
  • Where to get cuttings for free that you can incorporate into your garland and wreaths
  • Why she switched from white Christmas holiday lights to colored lights and how she is slowly converting over to LED
  • How she achieves a rustic look by mixing materials such as burlap, velvet, and tartan
  • Where to shop for authentic vintage items without spending a lot


Excerpts: Country Christmas Home

Country Theme: "I have a sled that my grandfather made that I use as a focal point, and the rocking chairs, mason jars with candles in them, anything that looks country and vintage."


Lights "Look at the colored lights...that's how it was when I was a child. Everybody used colored lights. So for the last several years I've used those big colored lights and love the way they look. It says Christmas to me and reminds me of being a child." "


Garlands: "For the garlands I drape around, I bought the cheapest, most unattractive garland you can buy. I can't use real garland outside because they won't last.

I fluff them and make them look nice and put red bows on them and use pine to insert into the wreaths and garland to make them look really nice. I take out [the fresh greenery] at the end of the season before putting it away for next year."



Christmas Vignettes: "...I'll take a basket like that and fill it up with greenery and I have a poncho of my grandmother's, a red, plaid, wool poncho, and I will just drape it over the basket and perhaps put a candle there; they are things that mean something to me."


Take a Look at Anita's Country Christmas Home

Anita Diaz beautiful NC mountain home

A beautiful country home in lovely Balsam NC, Anita and her husband Luis have made this a most enchanting home for their family.


Anita's porch is lovingly known as Whispering Pines

A scene from Christmas past: Her country porch in the mountains of North Carolina is decorated and we love the traditional and rustic decorations that Anita uses throughout her porch and home


Burlap, red bows and garland grace Anita's porch steps
A close-up view of the burlap, red bows and garland that grace Anita's porch steps






Anita's country porch is decorated with garland and red bows

Anita's Christmas porch often includes this vintage sled that belonged to her grandfather and the poncho that belonged to her grandmother. Using treasures that you love and have been handed down to you makes for a more meaningful Christmas and wonderful memories.


Anita's double front doors decorated with wreaths

One of Anita's tips is to add fresh greenery (of various types) to faux wreaths. Here you can see how beautiful it looks with delightfully hand-tied bows, sprigs of holly and pinecones. We love her double front doors.


Anita decorates her home with Christmas vintage

A close-up of the faux wreaths with fresh elements added. Isn't this a wonderful idea? You can save the faux wreaths from year to year (and get the least expensive kind, too) and then dress them up with greenery from your yard or scraps from the Christmas tree patch


Anita decorates her home with Christmas vintage

Anita beautifully decorates her trees with authentic vintage Christmas elements


Vintage mason jars with snow and old-fashioned ornaments

Anita shows how you can create a vintage vignette using mason jars, some snow and lovely old-fashioned ornaments and bottle brush trees. What a magical scene that would work perfect on your porch, too.


Putz house that Anita made as a fascimile to their homestead

Anita lovingly created this putz house which is a replica of the old house that belonged to her grandparents. What a wonderful way of preserving their legend. This putz house is made of cardboard, tissue paper, Christmas lights, a rock wall, a screen door and even a snowman. Glitter, too, of course!


Anita's dining room decorated for Christmas

You can just see all the whimsical country touches that Anita adds to make for a truly memorable country Christmas. We love the tree. It's totally natural and whimsical with its vintage-inspired elements. As Anita says, "It's authentic!"


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