This year is all about the vintage Christmas decorations! Welcome to our holiday home! And I’m beyond excited to be joining some crazy talented ladies this holiday season who are opening their own homes to you as well. If you’ve landed here from Virginia Sweet Pea, I’m so happy to have you! I hope you’ll find loads of inspiration here – enjoy!
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I chose vintage Christmas decorations this year because let’s be frank – this year has been HARD. I was craving nostalgia, craving a simpler time when things were just less…. complicated. While I typically gravitate towards more neutral Christmas decor, this year I was all in for some color, because color = JOY! So I hope seeing these photos helps bring a little JOY to your life, too. And maybe you can incorporate some of these ideas in your own home this holiday season.
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The kitchen is where all my vintage Santas live! I’ve been collecting mugs, pitchers, and other vintage Santa’s for several years now. They are so adorable and I can’t get enough!
Because my vintage Santas are the real focal point of this space, I try to keep the rest of my kitchen decor fairly simple. I hung a garland above the sink window and added my dried orange slices to it for an extra dose of nostalgia.
Because I live in SoCal, I always use faux garland. But to make it look more realistic, I add natural elements, like real eucalyptus and pine cones. This really makes the garland feel more dynamic and it looks absolutely stunning! For more tips on how to take your faux garland from drab to fab, head to my easy Garland recipes blog post HERE!
The living room is where my all-out vintage Christmas decorations vision really came true! My mom gifted me her collection of vintage ornaments – some dating back to pre-war Europe! They are truly STUNNING. It makes me wonder why they ever stopped making ornaments this way!
This is also the first year I changed out my rug to a holiday version! Y’all know I adore my Ruggable rugs because they are so dang practical with our sweet pup, Napa. There really is nothing more convenient than a rug you can wash! And this candy cane striped rug was the perfect pop to our Christmas living room!
If you’ve been here for awhile, you probably also saw my hanging Christmas star lanterns. They are the COOLEST things ever! The magic that they bring to the space is above and beyond what I imagined. These come in a pack of 5 and are the white with gold option. Fair warning, they get glitter everywhere – but what’s Christmas without some glitter? Am I right?!
On the opposite side of this space are my vintage theatre chairs that I found several years back on OfferUp and completely reupholstered. I sourced some old New Yorker Magazine covers earlier this year from Etsy for the holiday season to hang above them for that added charm. I have to say, I kind of want old NYer mag covers for every season now…. is that weird?
And of course, I always have my vintage crocks around – they are great to put your faux trees in! And we always have our Kanda Candles burning too so the house smells like holiday cheer! (White Snow is my personal favorite scent!)
I went over the top red and green in the guest bedroom. I renovated this room earlier this year so it’s really the first time I’ve actually decorated it for the holidays and I had a ball!
The green board and batten was the perfect backdrop for my cozy and traditional Christmas decor in this space. And can you believe I found that Hawaiian quilt at the end of the bed for only $20 just a few weeks ago?! SCORE!
TIP: You can find wonderful deals on seasonal decor at thrift and vintage stores – just keep your eyes peeled. I know it’s hard to justify spending a ton on seasonal items like a bed quilt, but when it’s only $20 and you can enjoy it for a couple of months, it doesn’t seem so unreasonable anymore!
On the wall opposite the bed is the faux fireplace mantel I built in May. It’s SO fun to decorate!! I kept it pretty simple with a large mirror, giant pinecones, some greenery and hanging ornaments. (Can you tell I love hanging things from the ceiling this year?)
As much as I love every other area of the house, our faux german schmear brick fireplace is hands down my favorite spot to decorate. Why? Because it really is the heart of our home. Our downstairs is completely open concept and the fireplace stands at the center. We spend most of our time in the family room that’s adjacent to it.
Honestly, I struggled a bit with the space this year. I just couldn’t get it right at first. But that’s the beauty of decor – if at first you don’t succeed, decorate and decorate again!
TIP: Trust me, even home decor bloggers and professional interior designers don’t always get it right instantly – we have to fuss around with it too, so don’t get discouraged in your own decorating!
The real winner here is that vintage barn quilt! It was a $10 October Goodwill find and I simply re-painted it using my Christmas colors! It looks a thousand times better than when I bought it, plus it ended up being the perfect STUNNER piece for above the mantel.
I again incorporated my dried orange and vintage grapefruit and some pinecones to keep things cohesive here. Because of the open concept layout of our home, I do try to keep one theme throughout – it just seems to flow better for us!
(P.S. Can you believe how AMAZING our new floors look with the Christmas decor this year?! I am still so smitten with them!)
This entryway makeover was my last big project of 2020, and I’m so happy I tackled it before Christmas – it is the perfect spot to decorate to welcome people into our home (granted, we won’t be doing much, or any, of that this year given the current situation with Covid19), but a girl can dream for next year right?!
I upped the vintage Christmas decorations in this space with an old sled, vintage jingle bells, and an antique basket. And of course, Santa needed a spot for his hat! That gorgeous flocked winter trees sign is from my sweet friend Emily over at Queen B Home – if you’re interested, she makes the most stunning wood signs!
And that’s it for this years vintage Christmas home tour, my friends! If you are interested in more info on where I sourced some these decorations (or similar styles that are vintage inspired), check out my blog post all about my TOP 5 vintage christmas decorations HERE! I also linked several sources throughout the post!
To continue on this fun holiday home tour, head to First Day Of Home next! And don’t forget to check out my other sweet friends and their amazing homes as well! Let’s keep all the holiday spirit and cheer as alive as we can! I know we are all needing it these days!
Wishing you a happy and HEALTHY Christmas friends. Stay safe out there!