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Finding Space For More Vintage French Christmas Decor

Beautiful French Country Christmas Decorating ideas Thrifted vintage French Christmas

Merry Christmas! Today I am excited to be joining eleven creative bloggers for the Christmas Home Tours hosted by my dear friend Angelina of Petite Haus. If you are visiting from From House To Home, or if you are just stopping by today, I am very happy to share my holiday home with you!



Last week I shared a couple of “mini-tours” of how our house is looking so far for the holidays, and I still have a few finishing touches before my final Christmas home tour of the season. Today I am excited to share a new little vintage French Christmas space I have decorated for Christmas!


Beautiful Christmas Staircase Garland Balsam Hill Wintry Woods Garland #balsamhill

This year our staircase is decked with a gorgeous Wintry Woods garland from Balsam Hill, and I absolutely love it! As I was decorating I realized the top of the stairs looked empty and boring in comparison to the beautiful new garland and all of the festive decor downstairs. I decided to shop my house and Christmas decorations to see if I could find anything to spruce up the space for the holidays.


Pretty Christmas Staircase banister garland Balsam Hill

First I moved my wooden Belsnickel Santa to the landing. After that, it seemed like everything else just started coming together.


Santa really looks good up on the landing looking down the stairs, but I also love him downstairs with the rest of the Belsnickels.  I ended up moving him back down to the living room with several of my other Belsnickels for now, but I may move him yet again.



Vintage Christmas Decorations Belsnickels Balsam Hill Wintry Woods Garland

After five years of living here I finally found the perfect garland for our staircase. I just love it!





I collect and decorate with vintage picture frames, some of which form a gallery wall alongside antique mirrors up our painted staircase. The main focal point on the staircase landing is a beautiful cedar garland swag inside an antique gold oval mirror, framed again by a larger antique wooden frame. I have had the larger frame hanging here but this is the first time I have ever decorated this space otherwise.



Vintage French Christmas decorating ideas Brocante Christmas treasures

A small console table was just biding time in my dining room (taking up space) waiting to find a home. I like it here! The top of the table is styled with two Frenchy candle sticks with gold candles, and a small collection of vintage picture frames with little vintage chandelier prisms tied on the frames as repurposed ornaments.


Vintage French Christmas Decor



I played around a little bit with styling the table in between taking pictures and I am sure I will change it again. I always think of different ideas after a blog post!  The table was a thrifted find. It was in very poor condition with original dark wood and lots of scuffs and scratches, so I gave it a chalk paint makeover.


French Christmas Decor

Someone had covered the missing veneer on the top with contact paper, but I haven’t found a fix for that yet, so I dug in my craft stash and found a French fabric remnant for a runner to cover the top.


The fabric remnant is leftover from a French script curtain panel that I used to recover the vintage French bench behind the sofa. Just like Christmas magic, the Christmas decor seems to flow seamlessly throughout the house, and it is all tied in together by a French vintage theme with a bit of cottage farmhouse style of course!


Beautiful French Candlestick Chritmas Entry way

The ceiling above the landing is over 10 feet tall, and now that I have styled this French space it screams for a shabby chandy!!! Until then, some vintage chandelier prisms add a bit of icy winter sparkle.





Cozy candles add warm winter ambiance.


French Country Christmas Decor




The bottom shelf is styled with a couple of presents I swapped from under the tree, a thrifted baby Jesus and Mary statue, and a pretty little evergreen tree in a gold gilded urn.

This, this, Is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard, and angels sing

Haste, haste, to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary!


Beautiful baby Jesus and Mary figure French Christmas decor



Beautiful Gold and Ivory Christmas wrapping paper French Christmas Martha Stewart

I just love this wrapping paper!


Vintage French Christmas Decorating Ideas Gold and ivory Christmas


I found a couple of these little trees in gold urns at a local shop and I just love them. I have enjoyed playing around with  them in different Christmas vignettes.



The trees seem to look perfect no matter where I put them.


French Country Christmas Vintage Shabby Christmas Belsnickle




Belsnickle Santa Vintage Picture Frame



The little evergreen tree in the urn just matches the cedar garland that I used for the swag.



The swag is tied up with beautiful ivory velvet ribbon and gilded jingle bells.







Simply Christmas Home Tour Balsam Hill Garland on Banister Christmas Staircase

I used the same bells on our turned handrail banister at the bottom of the staircase.


Beautiful Christmas staircase garland with big bow and gold bells Balsam Hill Wintry Woods Garland




Historic Home Decorated For Christmas with vintage French Country Decor



Beautiful Neutral and Green Christmas Decor Cozy Christmas Living Room

The vintage French Christmas theme continues in the living room where another faux cedar garland adorns the mantel.



I am loving this year’s Christmas color theme of dark green, gold and ivory. I have used as much green velvet as I could get my hands on!




More luscious green velvet and vintage shabby chic and French Christmas treasures can be found in the music room.


I shared more of the music room and my “Pretty As A Picture” dress form “Christmas tree” in my post,  A Warm Winter Welcome.



Belsnickels are actually German. I really think this year’s Christmas is a mix of traditional, vintage and “old world” European style.



Our Christmas tree is also in the music room, but it isn’t quite finished. I will be sharing it on Friday for the Merry Musical Blog Hop.








I hope you have enjoyed seeing our staircase landing decorated for Christmas in French vintage style and a few more photos of this year’s decor. I will be sharing my dining room and Christmas tablescape on Wednesday so I hope  you will plan to stop back by to see how this year’s green, gold and ivory colors and old world Christmas theme continues throughout the house.


Vintage Joyeux Noel Postcard Printable Christmas Hunting horn wreath


I will be posting my full Christmas home tour next Sunday! If you liked today’s post, be sure to take a look at my previous post, It’s Simply Christmas! Simple and Elegant Old World Christmas Decor. You might also want to subscribe by email so you can keep up with all the latest posts!


Beautiful French Country Christmas Decorating ideas Thrifted vintage French Christmas

Now it’s time to continue on with today’s lovely Christmas home tours. Next up is Back To The South.  You can find the rest of the links to the tour below.

Christmas Home Tours

Petite Haus || Raising a Farmhouse

 Virginia Sweet Pea || A Purdy Little House


Christmas Home Tours

From House to Home || Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Back to the South || Frazzled Joy


Living Large in a Small House || Our Crafty Mom

Lincluden Cottage Life || White Arrows Home



Thank you for visiting today! I hope to see you will stop back by again soon. Have a very Merry Christmas!


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  • Reply Marty

    I love your stairs and your landing is decorated so beautifully. I also really love the garland down the railing. This is my favorite spot in your home.

    December 10, 2018 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Angelina

    Amber, I love your vintage French / European Christmas style. That garland is perfect for the staircase! I envy your collection of Belsnickels… I need to collect some more. I love the vignette with the Belsnickel and deer in the vase with the little tree! There is so much eye candy here. I somehow missed the dress form in the other post, I’ll have to go check it out! Thanks for hopping with me.

    December 10, 2018 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Wanda | From House To Home

    I love all of the greenery in your Christmas decor, Amber! The garland on the staircase is beautiful, and your dress form “Christmas tree” is so pretty 🙂 I love it!

    December 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Paula

    Your home looks lovely, Amber! The Balsam Hill garland that you found is perfect for your stairs. It’s gorgeous. I love the decor that you created for your landing and also at the base of your stairs. You are so talented and I always enjoy seeing how you style your home.

    December 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Sue Purdy

    I absolutely love how you’ve decked out your home for the holidays. It’s fabulous and all the gorgeous vintage pieced make the space so warm and cozy. It must be magical to wake up on Christmas morning in your space. Beautiful!!!

    December 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    If you ever run out of room for your French Christmas items, you can always send me your left-overs. 🙂 Beautiful swags and bells! And those Santas… sigh…

    Joyeux Noël,


    December 11, 2018 at 5:04 am
  • Reply Jaybird

    I use a lot of dark green in my music room too, and my Grandgirl brought me the same “Heaven and Nature Sing” pillow!! I guess it IS the perfect item for a music person!!
    Your rooms a beautiful!! I’m hoping to get back for the musical Christmas tour.
    Blessings to you,

    December 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Gorgeous details!!! Everything is so beautiful!!! I love your style!!!

    December 12, 2018 at 2:03 am
  • Reply Kippi

    I adore the art display on the wall of the stairs. As always, you have a wonderful home! Merriest Holidays, Kippi

    December 22, 2018 at 9:09 am
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