Merry Christmas everyone! This Christmas season seems to have flown by faster than any I can ever remember! With returning to full-time teaching just three days before Thanksgiving and heading full force into the busy holiday concert season as a high school choir director, I didn’t get around to finishing up my Christmas decorating until the last few days. I really love the simple and old fashioned, traditional feel of our home this holiday season and I would like to invite you in on this Merry Christmas Day!
Last year I experimented with creating a more neutral holiday home with lots of green, but this year I have enjoyed adding more traditional reds back into the mix. Lots of Christmas tartan and plaids can be found throughout our home.
This year I concentrated on “less is more” and only used my favorite Christmas decorations. I didn’t buy very many new holiday items this year with the exception of this beautiful pillow featuring a buck in snowy woods and a coordinating tartan plaid lumbar pillow for the matching chair to the right. New vintage style red striped French grain sack stockings add a bit of French farmhouse flair to the fireplace.
This beautiful pillow will remain on display throughout the winter months.
I kept the fireplace decor simple by adding some red berries and pretty red velvet ribbon to my year round boxwood sphere topiaries flanking each side of the fireplace. My vintage Christmas boy brings tidings of great joy with arms full of fresh picked holly and presents.
This year’s color scheme was inspired by this gorgeous green plaid wrapping paper I found back in early November.
I also decorated the mantel simply by keeping my everyday display of candlesticks, antique clock and moss spheres and adding just a few elegant Christmas touches. Realistic faux cedar garland, mercury glass bead garland, and ivory velvet bows adorn our original 99 year-old fireplace. Pomegranates, cloved oranges, flickering candles, plaid votive holders and a vintage postcard add simple, old world holiday style.
Rustic woodland winter accents on the vintage trunk will easily transition to winter.
We won’t be having a white Christmas this year but Christmas Day has definitely been merry and bright! This year’s decor really is giving me all the old fashioned holiday feels! I really love how everything turned out this year and how the holiday decor flows seamlessly throughout the house.
Earlier in the season I shared how I started off the season by Creating Christmas in the Dining Room. The same theme of bright green and red, farmhouse and French vintage accents, and natural and rustic touches from the living room flows right in to the dining room.
I love this year’s dough bowl centerpiece filled with natural elements and a few mossy green ornaments.
This cozy Christmas corner has definitely been my favorite decorating spot this holiday season. We didn’t get a white Christmas but my flocked tree tucked in next to the bright windows creates the illusion of a snowy day.
More shabby-vintage-farmhouse Christmas treasures on top of the antique chest will also easily transition to winter with the removal of thebead garland and bottle brush tree. The German Belsnickel Santas in ivory cloaks will become “Old Man Winter” figures in January.
Last week I shared how I whipped up a super quick salvaged porch post peppermint stick using and old post and red striped ribbon. This was one of my favorite Christmas projects this year. After Christmas I will just remove the ribbon and keep the old post as decor.
A bow made from the same ribbon I used on the peppermint stick adorns a simple greenery swag on butler door between the kitchen and dining room.
Yesterday my husband installed a “new” porcelain sink just and farmhouse style faucet just in time for Christmas. I found the gently used Kohler sink at a yard sale for just $15 back in the fall!
With the mess of installing the new sink, plumbing, etc, I didn’t get a chance to many pictures of the kitchen but I am loving the simple juniper, cloved oranges and dried apples slices on the window ledge behind my pretty new sink! I will be sharing more about the sink later this week on the blog.
Back in the living room you will find more traditional and vintage Christmas touches around the staircase area. The banister is adorned with simple greenery draped loosely up the hand rail with pretty bead garland and Victorian style red velvet bows.
My french market basket is full of presents wrapped in pretty paper and a beautiful “vintage” Christmas Boyds Bear from the 1990’s.
The small vintage cabinet in front of the staircase showcases a small collection of my favorite vintage Christmas treasures and Belsnickel Santas.
The music room was the first room decorated just after Thanksgiving which includes our main Christmas tree. For most of the month the weather was rainy and gloomy and I never really had a chance to get a good picture of the tree in the daytime. Here you can see glimpse of our tree in the reflection in the antique mirror hanging behind the piano.
Each year I display a beautiful vintage Italian nativity on the back of our family heirloom 140+ year-old organ.
Isaiah 9: 6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Even though I didn’t get around to sharing more of the music room and our tree, I hope you have enjoyed seeing most of our home decorated in traditional Christmas style. It has been a wonderful Christmas Day and I am looking forward to an evening spent sipping peppermint tea in my new cozy plaid pj’s and watching a few Christmas classics with the family.
Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!