Interior Decor and Styling, Junkin' Finds, Vintage Style

Collecting and Decorating: Antique and Vintage Frames

Did someone say frames? Actually, my friend Cindy of County Road 407  did! She has organized a fun frames-themed blog hop today for our vintage Lifestyle of Love group!

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I am excited to be sharing some of my favorite antique and vintage frames that I have collected over the years. If you are coming over from Cindy’s blog or if you just happened to be stopping by today, I am so happy you are here! Weren’t Cindy’s framed sugar sacks just the sweetest?



I recently thrifted this gorgeous antique frame, just in time to share for the hop! Very old frames with ornate details are my absolute favorites, and I can hardly ever pass them up if the price is right.


The details on this chunky frame are gorgeous! I had originally intended to paint it creamy white and just let some of the gold come through, but the more I look at it I am thinking I would rather keep the gold. Perhaps a dark glaze would bring out some of the details like on the beautiful gold antique frame and vintage mirror pictured below.


My music room is where I keep a lot of my brass, gold, shabby brocante, French and Victorian- cottage style treasures. I have several ornate frames around the room. Some are empty, some are old pictures or mirrors.  Here you can see a reflection of the beautiful frames and mirrors on and above my piano.





I have quite a large collection of old pictures in beautiful antique frames (another post for another time!) This lovely lady with a dark green dress is a recent find. I use a lot of dark green in my Christmas decorating, so she is sure to turn up in my Christmas vignettes.




This thrifted vintage style pillow looks so pretty combined with the green velvet pillow, the picture with the lovely oval frame, and the frames on the wall.  Since this chair is rarely used except when company is here or during the holidays, I can keep this little gathering on display until I start decorating for Christmas.



Gorgeous antique frame and antique mirror wreath tied with velvet ribbon hung over a mirror

During the holidays I like to hang mini-wreaths on the frames tied up with pretty velvet ribbon.


How to layer frames and mirrors Christmas decorating ideas french country shabby chic vintage Christmas mirror inside frame wreath on mirror with ribbon




No wall space? No problem! I often display frames and mirrors on decorative chairs, corralled in baskets , or layered on shelves if I can’t find a spot to hang them.



This unique black and gold antique frame was an estate find from last summer. It eventually found a spot on the wall this summer in the music room, but that doesn’t mean it will stay there forever. If you follow my blog you will see that I am always switching around my antique frames and vintage mirrors all through our home.






In my Summer Home Tour with Vintage Finds and Flowers I shared how I layered vintage and antique pictures of beautiful ladies in pretty frames on the piano.




When it comes t0 collecting antique and vintage frames, the more frames I can layer, the better!


Beautiful and unique vitnage fall vignette art deco and victorian vintage teasures orange and blue

I have amassed a collection of various frames with beautiful designs. Some I have painted to give them a shabby-chic or farmhouse look. Others are stunning in their original state, such as the ones pictured here in the Unique Vintage Fall Vignette using Thrifted Treasures that I shared last week.




I am loving these layers for fall!




I found this old frame on a late summer junkin’ adventure. I just love the little painted roses and leaves. It matches the larger oval frame I used in the layered fall vignettes and a couple of other frames and mirrors in our living room.





French country fall vignette with bittersweet, dried hydrangeas, velvet pumpkins

Last fall I used a light and dark combo of frames in French Vignette Fall Vignette with Bittersweet, and I loved that look too.









This week I tweaked my unique vintage fall vignette just a bit to get ready for Turkey Day, but I kept the combination of layered frames and mirror the same.




I love that changing the combination of frames and mirrors creates a brand new look any time of year. Here is the dresser with vintage treasures as I was transitioning the dining room decor from late summer to early fall. The pretty floral painting is actually in one of those cheapy-plastic faux frames, but I still love it!  Could you tell it was plastic? I almost forgot until I packed it away!’



The pretty floral painting is actually in one of those cheapy-plastic faux frames, but I still love it!  Could you tell it was plastic? I almost forgot until I packed it away!’






I love that changing the combination of frames and mirrors creates a brand new look any time of year.




A French Inspired Vignette with Fresh Eucalyptus










Upcycle Vintage Chair Spindles into Farmhouse American Flags

The amazing oval blue, gold and red vintage frame was a gift from my elderly neighbor. He and I share a love of antiques and I enjoy talking to him about collecting and junkin’ finds. The frame is perfect for patriotic  decorating.



Patriotic Styled Basket Tray 







Beautiful Christmas Staircase Garland Balsam Hill Wintry Woods Garland #balsamhill

I do actually have some of my vintage mirrors and frames hanging on walls around our home, and not just in chairs and baskets and every nook and cranny! The gallery wall up the staircase is one of my favorite spots to look at. I love how old frames add seem to add architectural interest to any space. They look so pretty during the holidays!



I also have a collection of frames and mirrors that I rotate in and out hanging above the little landing at the top of the stairs. 



Vintage French Christmas Decorating Ideas Gold and ivory Christmas






Beautiful French Candlestick Chritmas Entry way

I just love old frames! I often think “outside the frame” for new ways to use them. At Christmas, vintage frames may turn up in unexpected places.






Belsnickle Santa Vintage Picture Frame



It’s Simply Christmas! Embracing the Beauty of Elegant and Old World European Style Christmas 










Vintage Christmas Decorations Belsnickels Balsam Hill Wintry Woods Garland




 Well friends, I hope this post has inspired you to use picture frames and mirrors with beautiful frames in unique ways! You can often find them for just a few dollars at yard sales, consignment shops and thrift stores.  I have several more in my collection, so if you would like to see them be sure to subscribe by email if you haven’t already, as I am often sharing posts which feature my frames and mirrors. I already have some fun ideas for using frames in my Christmas decorating this year, so plan to stop back by often during the holidays!



Of course I had to find a way to use an old frame in my new kitchen! I used a shabby ivory and gold empty frame behind the stove to add a little visual interest. I just leaned it instead of hanging it so it can easily be removed when it’s time to cook.







Now it’s time to continue the inspiration over at Common Ground. I can’t wait to see how Debra is using vintage frames in her Thanksgiving decorating! Don’t forget to visit all the other fantastic bloggers on the hop via the links below.

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  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    You are the master of using antique and vintage frames for home decor! I love how you layer your frames and use them for seasonal decor. I so much enjoyed seeing all of your ideas!

    November 14, 2020 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    You have an amazing collection. That new gold frame is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see how you style it.

    November 14, 2020 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I get lost in your photographs and am perfectly happy there. You have so many beautiful frames and fabulous ways to display them! I pinned a lot of them so I’d remember the creativity. Thanks for being in our group. You amaze me with your many talents. BTW (and I know I’ve said this before) if you ever sell tickets for an in-person tour, I’ll be the first to buy one. I don’t care how far I have to come!

    November 14, 2020 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Ann

    Amber your golden frames are just stunning my friend! Pinned

    November 14, 2020 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Marty

    I love all your wonderful frames and how you layer them. Such beautiful inspirational ideas.

    November 14, 2020 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Cindy

    You have so many beautiful frames. I’m with you all the details grab me right away.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do of the lady in the green dress for Christmas.


    November 14, 2020 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    As I’ve said before you are the queen of vintage vignettes! Part of that is how you layer your vintage pieces and those amazing frames. I think I pinned half your images; always gorgeous no matter what the season!

    November 14, 2020 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Amber, you are amazing at styling frames in your decor! I loved every single one of your pictures and I kept scrolling back through again and again! Well done my friend!

    November 14, 2020 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply CoCo

    So many beautiful layers of frames and vintage goodies, Amber, I seriously don’t know which picture to pin first! You have such a beautiful way of styling antique finds and treasured goodies. I could get lost in this eye candy all day. Hugs, CoCo

    November 15, 2020 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Marlene Stephenson

    So much inspiration from this post, i pinned it so i could remember all the ways to use my collection of frames, you have some real beauties, thank you so much.

    November 15, 2020 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    I think you may be the only person I know who owns more frames than me, Amber! Guess it’s the dealer in us;) I loved seeing your collection and all the many creative ways you use them. My fave is definitely how you put one on the dress form; brilliant!

    November 15, 2020 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Oh, Amber! You truly have a gift for layering frames. I too like to collect frames. You’ve inspired me to go dig those out of the attic and start layering them. Love hanging a little wreath in them for the holidays.

    November 19, 2020 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    You are the Queen of Frame Decorating, Amber!!! I love this hop as I do love frames… When my friends in California and I weren’t meeting for tea once a month, we’d go antiquing to various shops in Redlands or somewhere in Orange County (usually Crossroads in Orange, CA) and I found several of the frames I use around the house and our family portraits this way.

    Love all the photos you’ve shared and I am soooo ready for Mr. E to make me a mantel in our dining room (he doesn’t know about this project yet…) so I can display more. <3

    Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend,
    Barb 🙂

    November 28, 2020 at 10:53 am
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