Hello everyone and welcome to the Merry Musical Blog Hop! I am super excited to be hosting this hop and to see how sixteen of my blogging friends incorporate music and musical themes into their Christmas decor and traditions.
As a music teacher and life long musician, music has always been such a big part of the holidays for me. Whether conducting Christmas choir concerts, hosting student recitals and caroling parties, or singing in the annual community performance of Handel’s Messiah, music is as much a part of my Christmas as the Christmas tree!
It is obvious from taking a look at my Christmas door decor that a music loving family lives here! Come inside and take a look at some more of my “merry musical” Christmas decor.
As you enter our home the music room is just to the left of the front door. During the holidays the music room becomes known as “The Christmas Room” since that is where we display our main family tree and so many favorite Christmas treasures.
As you peek through the 97 year-old French door you can get a glimpse of one of my new Christmas creations this year…
…my “Pretty as a Picture” dress form “Christmas tree!” As I was clearing out my music room to make way for the Christmas tree, I got the idea to change up my dress form for Christmas. Normally “she” is dressed very vintage boho, with a scarf, floppy hat, and some favorite vintage jewelry (just my style)!
For Christmas she is decked out and ready for a piano recital with her beautiful emerald green velvet blouse (a table runner tied up in the back with a pony tail holder) a fur belt and tartan plaid bow, vintage pearls and a mercury glass bead garland necklace. Her skirt is fashioned from faux pine garland, juniper sprays, and bits of faux eucalyptus.
The piano is styled much more simply than in previous years, with just a few elegant Christmas and vintage treasures on display. This vintage style German Belsnickel Santa is a favorite from my collection. I love his deep green cloak. Green, gold and ivory are the main colors I am using in this year’s Christmas decor
Last year in my Sing We Now of Christmas Holiday Music Room Tour Beethoven was front and center, surrounded by many of my beloved Christmas treasures and trinkets.
I also made a Festive Sheet Music Banner to hang above the piano last year.
In addition to the banner, I made an old-fashioned paper chain garland out of vintage sheet music.
Vintage Christmas carol books are always close at hand during the holidays. Each year I host a caroling party for my music students, family and friends and it is definitely one of my favorite holiday traditions.
This music note Christmas tree is a treasured gift from one of my music students.
I have a thing for tiny treasures and trinkets. The little group of carolers under the cloche is just too cute!
I have several small vintage themed trees that are decorated with authentic vintage ornaments and shabby chic handmade ornaments. I love this sheet music Santa ornament especially.
I am a sucker for pretty wrapping paper! No matter how I try to stick to one theme, I just can’t resist mixing and matching several different styles. Each year we always use at least one type of musical wrapping paper or music note gift bags for our family presents.
Our tree is always decorated very traditionally with a mix of ornaments including several treble clefs, musical instruments, and music notes.
I normally use lots of traditional red and plaid on our tree, but this year I was craving a calmer, simple and elegant look. I decided to stick with green, gold and ivory and I am loving it. Most of our music related ornaments are gold so it still works beautifully. Since there are several French horns on the tree, I decided to update an old brass hunting horn into a popular embroidery hoop style wreath to hang on the tall mirror to the left of the tree.
I used the same faux juniper and eucalyptus that I used in the dress form Christmas tree skirt to adorn the horn. Long streamers of gold rope tassel and dark green velvet ribbon add an elegant touch. This year I focused a lot on using French country and old world style Christmas decor and I think the horn works perfectly for the look. A pretty free printable adds a little bit of extra vintage French Christmas. Joyeux Noel!
For an easy, merry musical touch and to fill in gaps, I tucked in rolls of vintage sheet music throughout the tree.
This week I made some Charming DIY Victorian Style Christmas Ornaments for the Thrifty Chicks December ornament challenge and I love how they all turned out, especially this sweet angel with her little lute!
The ornaments were so easy to make using vintage printable and some basic craft supplies. They were actually free since I had all the supplies on hand.
Isn’t she just so precious? I love The Graphics Fairy website! There are few more angels with music instrument images that I am going to use to make more ornaments this weekend.
While I was in a crafty mood I also made a Victorian style, vintage sheet music tussie mussie.
I am loving how the Christmas tussie mussie, vintage chalkware cherub, and an old music book vignette looks on my 125 year old antique organ (a family heirloom gifted to me from my late grandfather, my first piano teacher!) The cherub was a $1.00 yard sale find from August.
My favorite little shabby chic chair by the organ got a Christmas makeover with a new green velvet seat and a pretty Christmas pillow.
I think the fabric is just perfect for my Frenchy-vintage decor style and the Christmas-music room!
Actually it is a pillow cover made from a French and Christmas music motif burlap tree skirt that I found at Lowes. As soon as I spotted the tree skirt I knew I wanted to make some pillow covers!
I was so busy with home tours that I didn’t get around to sewing the covers myself on my new sewing machine, but my dear neighbor did a fabulous job whipping up the covers in no time.
Moving out of the music room and onto the living room, we pass the staircase where I have attached some beautiful gold bells to the garland at the end of our turned handrail banister.
I have shared this photo in several previous posts, but I am just so excited about finally finding the perfect garland for our banister. The Balsam Hill Wintry Woods Garland is truly stunning!
>A favorite part of my holiday each year is hearing the bells ring out on Christmas morning from the beautiful historic church we attend for special Christmas services. It is one of the oldest in our city.
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
of peace on earth, good will, to men!
I also used the same bells on my framed cedar garland swag at the top of the stairs.
The staircase landing is a new found space to decorate for Christmas 2018 and I really love it. It completely changed the vibe of the upstairs hallway and even the entry at the bottom of the stairs looking up. You can read more about how I finally came up with the inspiration to style the landing in my post, Finding Space For More Vintage French Christmas Decor.
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Moving on into the living room there are just a couple of music references.
When I found this dark green and ivory pillow with lyrics from Joy to the World, I just had to have it! It just seemed perfect for our Christmas home!
I happened to find two of the old brass hunting horns at a thrift shop, so I created a matching design like the one in the music room to hang from an old frame in front of the fireplace.
The antique church pew in the dining room seems perfect for Christmas time when lined with festive pillows. I just can’t help but wonder how many Christmas carols, hymns and advent songs might have been sung from this very pew.
When men repent and turn from sin,
The Prince of Peace then enters in,
And grace imparts within their heart,
His peace on earth, good will to men!
With church bells in mind, I am so excited to share a new (vintage) treasure with you! Just a couple of days ago I received a surprise package in the mail full of vintage treasures from sweet Laura of Decor To Adore. One of the treasures was this beautiful vintage Putz church. I just love it! Laura found it at an antiques store in Texas. It is so perfect for my style and vintage Christmas collections. I have displayed it under my new flocked tree in the dining room next to the church pew. (Thank you so much sweet Laura!)
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
For Christ is here; His Spirit near
Brings peace on earth, good will to men.
Dear friends I have certainly enjoyed sharing my merry musical Christmas decor with you! This wraps up my blog hop posts of the season, but I will be sharing one last “official” Christmas home tour 2018 next Wednesday so I hope you will plan to visit again! Next Friday I will also be hosting A Christmas Tour of Homes Link party for bloggers to link up their Christmas home tour posts and for readers to enjoy too. I think it is going to be so much fun to see all of the beautiful home tours at the party!
A copy of the original, handwritten score of Handel’s Messiah, on display at the Chapter House of Chester Cathedral, Chester, U.K.
This weekend I will be taking a break from blogging to attend rehearsals for Handel’s Messiah and the annual performance on Sunday. Singing The Messiah is another highlight of my holiday each year.
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.
Now it is time to be inspired by some more merry musical ideas. Next up is Pam of Everyday Living. I know Pam is a lover of music as well, so I can’t wait to see what she shares! You can access all of the blog hop participant’s posts via the link up below. I am sure all the posts will put a Christmas song in your heart. Enjoy!