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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I just love this wrapping paper!
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.
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.
I used the same bells on our turned handrail banister at the bottom of the staircase.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you for visiting today! I hope to see you will stop back by again soon. Have a very Merry Christmas!