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My 100 Year-Old Kentucky Christmas Home Tour

Hello and welcome to the Vintage Christmas Tour of Homes!!! I am excited to kick off this tour with a most wonderful theme for the most wonderful time of the year…(vintage) Christmas! Since our 1921 yellow brick home has reached it’s centennial Christmas milestone, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with some vintage-loving blogging friends and all of you!

 

Surprise White Christmas 2020

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I have invited my some blogging besties to share all kinds of vintage Christmas inspo from historic homes to newer  homes decorated primarily with vintage Christmas, so if you love all-things vintage and Christmas as much as we do, you are in for a treat!

You will find links to each amazing tour at the end of this post.

 

My 100-Year Old Kentucky Christmas Home!

So far this holiday season I have shared some peeks of our new side room “mini-mudroom” entrance that was just finished up in time for the holidays. This area which serves as our daily entrance was original to the house, but in much need of a vintage-style refresh. For the holidays I started by giving an old wooden door a fresh coat of  green paint and adorned the door with a pretty DIY antique picture frame wreath.

 

Vintage Christmas postcards, traditional red velvet and fresh greenery are decor elements that can be found throughout our holiday home and are traditional Christmas touches reminiscent of a bygone era. 

 

 

The entryway is light and bright with traditional bead board and board and batten trim painted in the perfect bright off-white, Swiss Coffee by Behr. I love the vintage red metal sled here in the entrance. The red pops against the bright bead board and evokes a vintage winter feeling as soon as you walk through the door.

 

At the top of a set of three stairs is the main floor landing where a new mirror on the closet helps bounce light and reflects the beautiful 1920’s style chandelier above the door.

 

 

All of the dark, stained woodwork is 100-years old and with the exception of some the entrance and powder room trim, is unpainted. I especially love how the warm rich wood tones come to life at Christmas among the greenery, plaids, and Christmas lights.

 

All of the door knobs in our home are 1920’s crystal glass. For Christmas I have dressed them up in various ways. Some are adorned with bells, greenery, or mini-ornaments while others like this closet door dressed up with velvet ribbon and an antique skeleton key.

 

 

Coming in through the side entry and to the right is the living room which is always decked with vintage-traditional Christmas touches for the holiday season.

 

 

Our original 1921 carved fireplace mantel is one of my favorite features in our home. While old houses have plenty of charm, there are usually things that are hard to work around too. I wanted to install direct vent gas logs, but there are no logs  on the market that will fit the awkward opening of the fireplace. After many months of searching we finally found a beautiful electric logs fireplace insert that fits perfectly and we love it!

 

 

I used a found 1920’s cast iron fireplace cover/surround to make the insert look more authentic and period appropriate for our home. For more info about the logs and extra views of this part of the living room, check out my Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour.

 

 

This recliner by the “fire” is my favorite spot in the house during the holidays. Not only do I have the fire beside me, but the view straight ahead of the staircase area is one of my favorites during the Christmas season.

 

Looking straight ahead from my chair I get to enjoy the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree and the warm glow of lights on the staircase garland. 

 

 

 

There are plenty of vintagey-Christmas treasures or vintage treasures that have been creatively used in Christmas vignettes around this area by the staircase. 

 

The banister garland from Balsam Hill has been dressed up a bit more with orange slices I dried this season. The orange slices with a few pine cones and traditional plaid bows are simply vintage-Christmas to me!

 

 

Over the past few years I have moved away from store bought and mass produced Christmas decorations in favor of creating special holiday vignettes using my own everyday vintage treasures , fresh greens or holiday fruits creatively in Christmas vignettes.

 

 

 

 

I recently thrifted a beautiful and very old chalkware angel bust plaque which inspired this old-world Christmas vignette. The cherub crystal lamp was a $3.00 Habitat Restore find from summer which was swiped up specifically with Christmas in mind. I used a mix of real and realistic faux greenery on this little side entry cabinet and it is hard to tell which is which . The mini lemon cypress tree is real and it smells wonderful!

 

 

I love using many  of the antique Christmas postcards from my extensive collection in various holiday vignettes around our home. I also use various shades of vintage-looking satin and velvet ribbon everywhere!

 

 

Homemade orange slices are so vintage-Christmas, but also so on trend! I have used them all over the house along with lots of plaid and velvet ribbon which creates a unified and cohesive look without being matchy-matchy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also used dried apples and lime slices with the orange slices on the mantel garland (faux cascading hemlock.)

 

 

 

 

Christmas greenery hemlock garland with dried fruits orange slices vintage Christmas mantel

 

 

The late 1800’s antique books by James Whitcomb Riley on the mantel are treasures from a late fall Estate Sale. I knew the green and gold colors would be so pretty Christmas. What I wasn’t expecting was to adore the poetry! (More about that in an upcoming post!)

 

This special commemorative 1921 Father Christmas ornament is one of the special touches I added to mark the 100th Christmas of the yellow brick home.

 

I also framed a printed copy of the December 1921 cover of The People’s Home Journal which perfectly captures that 1920’s vintage-Christmas vibe!

 

 

 

On into the dining room, the vintage-traditional theme continues with red and green, dried fruits, plaids, velvets and various kinds of Christmas flowers and greenery which reference my love of gardening year round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read all about the details of this year’s dining room decor including the pretty roses from my husband which inspired the vignette below  in my recent Vintage-Traditional Christmas Dining Room tour Post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t created this year’s tablescape just yet, but it will be similar to my 2019 Festive Traditional Christmas Tablescape because I just love all the classic, traditional Christmas elements.

 

 

 

 

Despite enjoying sharing this tour with you, there is a bit of a sadness and honestly a little bit of guilt. While the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, many of my fellow Kentuckians aren’t so lucky this holiday season. Please join me in praying for all those who have lost everything in the recent devastating tornados. The guilt is not over having a home, which is a blessing, but more about all the things I have stressed about getting “right” for my blog tours. It has definitely helped me put things into perspective and to focus more on what is important…Jesus’ birthday of course, and the safety of my family here in this home that God has provided. 

 

 

It is never cliche to say, “Jesus is THE reason for the CHRISTmas season!” 

 

 

There are still so many things I didn’t get finished in time for this tour, and honestly with my busy holiday choir concert schedule I am not sure I will get around to it. But that’s okay! I am ready to slow down and just enjoy what is left of the holiday with my family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did manage to get the main tree mostly finished this week! We still have a few family keepsake ornaments to add this weekend.  It is a non-themed family tree which actually has a very authentic vintage Christmas look in that it is full of family ornaments that have been collected over time. Some are newer, while others are from my childhood or some of my favorite vintage ornaments from my junk-hunting adventures.

 

Battery operated candles tied loosely with dark green velvet ribbon along with the dried orange slices help create the old-world vintage look.  The “vintage” 1990’s Boyd’s bear looks much older with it’s jointed limbs and traditional styling. 

 

 

I always enjoy decorating around and under the tree with vintage toys (or vintage-looking) toys and treasures.

 

 

Last year I filled a sled with an antique baby doll, some vintage Christmas books and a little Boyd’s bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few more vintage Christmas treasures are displayed to the left of the tree on my 140+ year-old organ, a family heirloom gifted to me by my late grandfather who was my first music teacher.

 

It wouldn’t be vintage Christmas without a bit of Christmas kitsch! I recently scored a set of two little 1950’s choir boy figurines that are perfect for this year when I am lucky enough to have 18 talented boys in my choir (a very high number for a high school mixed chorus!) Even my 16 year-old son is joining in for the concert!

 

 

I am also enjoying my vintage Italian nativity on top of the organ where it is displayed yearly during December and Janurary.

 

 

Our big choir concert is coming up this week (the first in two years!) Then I can finally sit back and relax and enjoy this view!

 

I hope you have enjoyed today’s vintage-Christmas inspiration too here at my 100 year-old Kentucky home! I also hope you will stop back next week as I share one last Christmas tour with a few more vignettes and our Christmas kitchen. Until then, here’s a few throw back photos from last year’s kitchen:

 

We have added a new quartz top work table island which I will share next week.

 

Farmhouse Christmas kitchen Farmhouse Kitchen with brick floor brick paver kitchen floor

We also got around to adding new vintage-style hardware to the cabinets.

 

 

 

Everything else will look similar to last year’s Christmas kitchen because I loved it!

 

 

 

 

 

I will be decorating it very similarly, with plenty of extra vintage-Christmas sweetness!

 

Christmas Knee Hugger Elves Rae Dunn Christmas

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to continue on with even more vintage goodness on the tour!  Next up is Anita at Whispering Pines Homestead. Her historic home is decorated with unique vintage treasures will give you ALL the old-timey Christmas feels! Afterward, be sure to continue the tours via the links below.

 

Thanks so much for visiting today! Merry Christmas! 

Amber

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply [email protected]

    Your home looks gorgeous decked out for Christmas. I so much enjoyed every single picture that you shared.

    December 15, 2021 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    Amber,
    Wow, I love your home and tour. I appreciate you so much for including me.

    December 15, 2021 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    It is magical. I just love all your special collected treasures. Thank you so much for hosting. I hope you can slow down to enjoy a wonderful holiday with your family. Merry Christmas.

    December 15, 2021 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Amber,
    O Sweet Mother of God!!
    LOVED this tour of your amazing home all decked out for Christmas!! I love your 1920’s home and are so glad that you kept all the beautiful stained wood work. It looks so warm and cozy and inviting and I do wish that we lived closer that I may be able to see it all in person. everything is beautiful and you have given me some inspiration on a few vignettes that are just darling!!! LOBE that new brick Kitchen floor of yours too!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    December 15, 2021 at 9:52 am
  • Reply CoCo

    Such a gorgeous way to celebrate the holiday season and your home’s milestone anniversary, Amber! Every detail from the garlands to the ornaments to trees and all the vintage touches in between is just magical. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of the blog hop and for letting us celebrate your home too. Sending you lots of hugs for a joy-filled season, CoCo

    December 15, 2021 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Happy 100th birthday dear Yellow Brick Home! You have never looked lovelier. I join you in prayer for all those affected by the devastating tornado. Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful tour!

    December 15, 2021 at 10:57 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    Congratulations on the 100 years of your beautiful home. Y’all have taken such good care of it and I can tell from the gorgeous decor you love it. Loved this tour and all of your amazing vintage ideas. I’m curious to know if your guys help with the Christmas trees? My kids do if I make them but prefer not too. They think I’m picky. Thanks for sharing a bit of your lovely life with us. I’ve been praying for y’all. It must be devastating to so many. Merry Christmas

    December 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I love every vintage detail you’ve shared. Your 100-year-old home is gorgeous from the crystal glass knobs to the wood ceiling to the original carved fireplace mantel. I can’t wait to see your new island. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful blog vintage tour.

    December 15, 2021 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    You’ve outdone yourself once again!!! Everything is amazing and I’m loving all your magazine covers and the 1921 figurine. All the details and your gorgeous garlands with orange slices make me want to come and just “smell” your house! haha! Thanks so much for putting the Hop together!

    December 15, 2021 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Anita

    Amber there is so much beauty and attention to detail, I don’t know what to pick as a favorite!! What a magical home – and I never noticed your pump organ until now – love that as well😍😍😍 Thanks for including me and for all your work putting this together!!

    December 15, 2021 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Amber, your beautiful home proves that some things do get better with age. I don’t know when I have seen so many beautiful Christmas vignettes and ideas to admire. Happy 100th and many, many more to come!

    December 16, 2021 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Beautiful tour, Amber! Sending thoughts and prayers to those who have been devastated by loss due to the tornadoes. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    December 16, 2021 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Shelia

    Hi Amber! Oh, your home is so beautiful all decorated for Christmas! I love older things and you have really put together lovely areas of your home.
    Merry Christmas and be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

    December 16, 2021 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I loved your Christmas home tour!!! Everything looks so beautiful!!! I love all the traditional colors that you used!!! And, I’m seriously loving your kitchen!!!!! Happy Holidays!!!

    December 16, 2021 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Kelly Radcliff

    Amber your home is beautiful all decked out for Christmas! I look forward to your tour every year! Your tree is a showstopper and should be in a magazine!!! Merry Christmas!!!

    December 16, 2021 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Amber,
    Your home is really one of my favorites. Like you, I am putting up less and less of my store-bought decor. I much prefer to decorate my everyday decor with greenery and ribbon. Your home is just so festive and inviting!

    December 23, 2021 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, I am so happy to hear you are safe!!! And your home is just beautiful on it’s 100th birthday year! I am happy to feature your post for this week’s Share Your Style #330 for you. <3 Blissfully, now that we are off school, I have time to visit and really relax and read friends' posts…

    Enjoy your Christmas time and Happy New Year, too!
    Big hugs,
    Barb

    p.s. You'll have to put on Little Women and watch the March girls at Christmastime… My favorite with Winona Ryder as Jo, Christian Bale as Teddy, and a younger Kirsten Dunst as Amy. It's a holiday tradition to watch it over here! <3 Reminds me of your lovely home… <3

    December 29, 2021 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Your home is an absolute Christmas delight Amber. So many beautiful vignettes… I couldn’t choose a favourite.
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. I’m thrilled to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Happy New Year!
    Kerryanne

    December 30, 2021 at 9:08 pm
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