As I get older it seems that I love the idea of a simple Christmas decor. The ornaments and decor that I use have a much more sentimental value. I’m not as concerned with using the most shiny or matching decor. I do love looking at blogs that show homes decorated in every room and that would easily be showcased in magazines. They are beautiful! But, I long let go of the comparison demon and look forward to sharing my simple and nostalgic Christmas decor.
You might remember my mentioning I wanted to update my front room and get rid of my large dining table. We never used it and it was simply in the way, so off to my mom’s house it went. I did keep the china hutch because I simply have too many collectibles that need a place to live.
So, the tree this year will be in this front room so you can see it through the window from the outside (that’s something my daughter has wanted for a while). I did place beside it a vintage chair I picked up at an estate sale for a mere $20! Score! The table is the “dumpster dive” rescue I restored last month (you can see that project here). I moved it from my bedroom temporarily to hold this Poinsettia. On the wall is my collection of vintage teacups and small original paintings.
The last couple of years we’ve gone with a real tree after years of a fake one. I love the aroma of pine in the house and the needles aren’t so bad to sweep up. Remarkably, I only purchased one new ornament this year, and broke only one in the process of decorating.
As my daughter and I were decorating, I could remember the story behind each and every ornament. All of the Hallmark collectibles we have from when the kids were small and just had to have the Barbie collection or Sponge Bob, or all the visits to Disneyland and all the Mickey ornaments. That was the best part of this decorating!
Even Rosie has her own ornament from San Diego of all places!
Last year I made some mini canvas ornaments and they are now part of our collection. These are all ornaments I plan on keeping and handing down to the kids as they make their own homes and memories. They may think it’s corny now, but I know years from now they will be happy with it.
Do you remember the mirror I painted and the vintage dresser I purchased? Well, they’re all decorated with the some vintage goodies.
This incredible wreath is made with vintage glass balls and Christmas toys. It’s made by my good friend Shirley from Artsy Fartsy Fairy.
This cute and simple little tree is made by the talented Karen Lackey from Starshine Salon.
The little golden wire tree was a gift I received about 15 years ago, I love it’s simplicity.
Next to the dresser I’m displaying a couple of my holiday pieces, along with my new string art piece from Strings by Jen. I’m still amazed at the detail in the string art!
And finally, we had to hang the stockings! I’m still searching for an old wood mantel to use as a faux fireplace, but in the meantime, they are displayed here with Santa keeping watch.
So there you have it! My simple Christmas decor with a vintage and handmade touch. Now to fill up the bottom of the tree with presents. That’s my next project this week, wrapping all the presents I’m hiding in my closet!
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