Sing we now of Christmas, sing we here noel! Yes indeed, here at our home you will hear singing all through the holiday season! For a music teacher, vintage Christmas collector, and home decor blogger it is certainly the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year! Today I will be sharing my music room for the It’s A Wonderful House Christmas home tours that I have joined with 19 other bloggers! If you have just come over from Slightly Coastal, I know you have already been treated to some amazing Christmas decor. A special thank you to Olivia at Reinvented Collection for hosting this tour and for all of the inspiration she provides on her beautiful blog too! I am also excited to be linking up this post for Jennifer Rizzo’s 2017 Holiday House Walk Link Party. There is truly so much inspiration in blog land right now. I hope you find this post inspiring too!
Our holiday home is always busy and bustling with the sounds of the season! At Christmas time we have many guests and visitors who are greeted at the front door with a shabby wooden treble clef “wreath” that is on display year round. I simply change the seasonal floral and greenery picks for the seasons. This year I have created a simple, wintry welcome with boxwood, blue juniper and eucalyptus.
While standing at the front door you will more than likely hear familiar carols being sung or played on the piano or guitar, since the music room is right inside. Come on in and join the chorus!
When you first enter our home the music room is just to the left through a set of original French doors, in what was typically called a parlor room in the 1920’s. It is the perfect room for the music lessons I teach weekly.
This week marks the fourth anniversary of moving into our yellow brick home! The very first thing we did was set up the Christmas tree right in the center of the parlor before we even had our boxes moved in. Since then the parlor-turned-music room is also known as the Christmas room!
It is a beautiful space for displaying Christmas treasures and singing familiar carols. I especially love sitting in the living room and looking in at the glistening tree lights through the nearly 100 year old glass…even when there is a falling star tree topper hanging on the side of the tree. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful, right?
It is the perfect space for displaying Christmas treasures and singing familiar carols. I especially love sitting in the living room and looking in at the glistening tree lights through the nearly 100 year old glass…even when there is a falling star tree topper hanging on the side of the tree. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful, right?
Young and old alike enjoy this room! My son’s toy train that whistles and whizzes around the glittering Putz village at the bottom of the tree is loved by all who visit. I will be sharing more about the train, village, and tiny treasures in an upcoming post.
I have been teaching music either in public school or in my private studio for over twenty years. Because so many children of all ages are in and out of our home during the holidays, I decorate with little ones in mind, and I enjoy being a big kid and playing with all of my Christmas goodies too! I style the 130 year old organ on one side of the room (a family heirloom) and the piano on the other side with carefully curated vignettes that have special meaning or tell a story.
When it comes to Christmas decorating, it is my wish to create a magical experience for anyone who visits our home. Although there are many antiques and vintage collectibles, I encourage children to look and explore. Nothing makes me happier than to see them smile and gaze at the Christmas wonderland! It makes all the hoarding of vintage Christmas so worth it! And it’s not just the little kids… elderly visitors often smile in remembrance of some decoration or ornament they find familiar from their past. Christmas magic!
I love a designer themed tree as much as the next decorator, but our family tree is very traditional and I find it to be the most beautiful of all because it is ours! It is adorned with a mixture of old and new ornaments with special memories, along with photos of loved ones, handmade decorations, and the family’s collection of Santa ornaments from all eras and in all styles. Several strands of multi-colored mercury glass beads and a beautiful mercury glass star are the finishing touches.
Our copper tile ceiling is one of my favorite features in our home. It is especially pretty at Christmas when it reflects all the lights. I have used some pretty copper bulbs on the tree to tie in the colors.
I have a few music ornaments on the tree, but I wanted to add even more music touches around the room for Christmas. When I found a plain music note banner at the Target dollar spot, I decided to make it into a Christmas decoration to hang above the piano. To find out more about the banner click here: Deck The Halls With A Festive Sheet Music Christmas Banner.
Deck the hall with handmade garlands, Fa La La La La, (la la, la la!)
In addition to the banner I made a paper chain garland out of vintage sheet music and I am really loving both of them together draped over a pretty faux small needle pine garland and tied up with yummy velvet ribbon.
The room is not very large, but I have had over twenty children gathered around the piano and crowded out in the entry for our yearly Christmas caroling parties. Beautiful voices in four part harmony fill our home and hearts. Those memories are so priceless to me!
I have decorated the top of the piano with some shabby chic Christmas treasures and trinkets. In late fall I found some vintage pink ornaments so I have been experimenting with adding touches of pink and it is a fun change!
With all the Christmas decorations around the room, students can get a little distracted during lessons…but we have such fun during the holidays!
Here is a precious vignette made up entirely of junkin’ finds. If you love little vignettes and treasures like these, there’s a lot more where these came from! Let’s take a look at the organ now.
The organ sits across the room from the piano. It is also decked with meaningful Christmas treasures and even more vintage junkin’ finds!
Isn’t this the cutest little metal pail? This special treasure actually belonged to my grandmother, pictured here at age three. She carried this charming lunch pail to school every day in the 1930’s with “half a pocket book sandwich (fold over) and a piece of fruit if we had it.” Although I am fascinated by it, at 86 years old she finds it humorous that I decorate with her “old junk!”
Sing we now of Christmas, noel sing we here! Hear our grateful praises to the babe so dear! Sing we noel, the King is born Noel! Sing we noel, the king is born noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we here noel! No Christmas room is complete without a reminder of the reason for the season! Each year I display my vintage Italian nativity on the old organ. I am still unpacking and decorating the rest of the house, which means I will be switching things around off and on throughout the season. I will put the full nativity set on top of the organ soon.
Next to the organ in the corner is a wonderful vintage desk, perfect for filling out Christmas cards and scheduling lessons and Christmas recitals.
An antique pressed back chair is actually quite comfy for sipping tea and looking through Christmas magazines or watching the deer out the window in the forest across the street!
If the desk looks a little messy, there’s a reason for that!
Those little vintage knee huggers are back again this year to wreak their elven havoc! Santa can barely get his letters typed and cards sent out without them getting all tangled up in the typewriter ribbon and scattering things about on the desk! (The kids LOVE the elves and look forward to seeing what new mischief they have created each week!)
Hanging above the desk are two beautiful antique pieces. I love the large guilded picture frame and smaller antique mirror hanging inside. I have had the frame since October with no idea where to put it, but when I found the mirror yesterday I came up with this idea, just in time for the tour!
I really love the ivory velvet ribbon which I have used here and on the music note banner. I collect Christmas from all time periods, but Victorian Christmas is probably my most beloved. This lovely ribbon seems perfect for evoking a touch of Victorian Christmas charm.
A gold tinsel tree holds some of my oldest ornaments along with some vintage reproductions.
I sometimes sit at the desk and study vintage Christmas. Yes, study! I pour over books and magazines to learn about vintage customs, traditions and decor that I can incorporate in my own Christmas decorating. I like to learn about holiday customs, decor styles and collectibles that would be fitting for a home built in 1921 and I try to add a few 1920’s touches for authenticity.
This little vintage “Patsy” style 1920’s composite doll only had a head and torso when I rescued her at a yard sale. I bundled her up in a winter sweater and hat, then tucked her down in a music gift bag in a chippy shabby sled for my own take on a 1920’s Christmas present. I have another Patsy head that is getting some tlc. She will definitely be making a debut in an upcoming Christmas post too.
This easy upcycle is like getting a new Christmas treasure. Merry Christmas to me!!!
Now we are going to play musical chairs here in the music room and head over to the cozy Christmas corner on the opposite side of the room. My favorite Frenchy chair sits among many wonderful Christmas finds.
There are so many beautiful things in this corner including two salvaged columns, (recent Craigslist scores) a sweet antique picture of a little girl in a winter cloak with her dog, an antique chandelier, some fun snowmen, and boxes of vintage Shiny Brites!
I love my new pillow from Home Goods which features a vintage Christmas postcard graphic of Santa with his sack of antique toys. Be still my heart! A sweet little snow girl and her teddy bear are sitting pretty, just waiting for Santa to fill the feed sack stocking full of more vintage Christmas treasures! Next to the chair is a chippy-shabby tiered garden stand which holds a few more snowmen and some other favorite vintage treasures.
Oh! I just noticed a new treasure behind the tree! It looks like Santa has already paid me an early visit and left me a sweet antique doll to enjoy during the holidays!
These happy snow folks are in no danger of melting here in the bright winter sun! The music room looks so pretty in the day time when the sun is shining, but it is even more magical at night. I love to play carols by candlelight, just like in days of old! I do have the benefit of modern illumination from 1000 lights on the Christmas tree however!
Do you have a favorite carol? I love them all, but Away in a Manger is at the top of my list. I can specifically remember my Mommy teaching me this particular carol at a very young age. We would sing it together when she tucked me into bed during the holiday season. We still sing hymns and carols together!
Well dear readers now that it is officially December I can happily conclude my posts with “Merry Christmas!” I am wrapping up my music room tour for now but I will share more throughout December as I continue to decorate and make changes. I have started making a paper chain for the tree too! It might take a while to finish, but I plan to slow down and enjoy Christmas this year! It will be fun to work on while watching Christmas movies with the family.
There are still so many tiny treasures and details I would have liked to have shown you here today, but I have decided to save them for later posts. I often get questions and comments about the Christmas train so I will be blogging about it soon along with a tutorial for the music banner and garland. I am just now really getting started on the Christmas decorating and I am looking forward to sharing more with you throughout December! I am excited to be teaming up with sweet Debra from Common Ground for a spectacular Home For Christmas Blogger’s Link Party December 13th-26th so do plan to join us! (Live now!)
Now if you are looking for more Christmas inspiration be sure to visit all of the beautiful homes on the It’s A Holiday House home tours this week. You can find the full tour schedule below. Next up is Dru at Polka Dot Poplars. I am on my way to check out her beautiful home now!
Have a very Merry Christmas!
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