I don't know about you, but to me holiday decorating can be very overwhelming, so I like to keep it SIMPLE and classic! My two secrets? Use vintage and nice red bows. Good news for my local friends - Riverbank Antiques is having their annual Sip, Chat and Mingle event tonight so you'll probably be able to find some really cool pieces to add to your stash of Christmas decor! Here are the details!
Just Put a Bow On It!
Call me boring, but my outdoor decor doesn't change from year to year. I've collected some really cool pieces over the years that I pull out from the garage. All I do is put red bows on them (not a bright red - a classic red), and hang them up. It takes about five minutes to decorate the "grounds". The only thing I buy are some greens to put in my planters and a wreath or swag.
My favorite pieces is this vintage sled that I put on my chimney. Sleds are easy to find at yard sales, antique shops and flea markets.
I'll pick up a swag and greens from Trader Joes (about $6 each) and fill in with more greens from Whole Foods ($5) and some vintage Shiny Brite ornaments (thanks Margot!)
This horse guards my house every day of the year but looks really dapper when he's wearing his red bow. My chippy birdhouse gets a little TLC with a bow too. The birds love it!
That about sums up the outdoors. Oh yes, lighting is also key. I have a spotlight highlighting the chimney and I wrap my crabapple with some lights (soft, warm white lights - not the blueish ones).
Now Let's Go Inside...
Again, not much changes from year to year in my house. Almost all of my decor is vintage and many of my ideas come from my Grandma, who was as creative as they come!
Let's start with old glass beads - there is no substitute! New beads just aren't the same! I put these on my mantle and have them strewn in the centerpiece on my dining room table. I also love this beautiful little tree chock full of glass ornaments.
These are little cardboard houses sprinkled with glitter. From the 1950's I think. The back has a circle cut out so you can put a light inside. I make a little scene with these houses surrounded by a string of lights. I just stick little bulbs inside and they glow!
Here are little metal figures - I especially love the Santa! I put these on a little mirror with the houses (shown above) to create a winter skating scene. My mom gave me this snowman - such a nice friendly smile! I keep this up after Christmas - nice winter decor.
Okay I'm saving the best for last! My grandmother made these scenes out of cheese boxes. This one is Christmas Eve - you can see the reindeer out the window. The children are nestled all snug in their beds and Santa is doing a jig on the roof. Dad is decorating the tree and Mom is having a little whisky. Can't get any better than that!
Well those are my Christmas decor ideas. As you can see they are very SIMPLE. I don't spend more than an hour decorating my house for Christmas. If you want to buy your own vintage Christmas decor, head over to Riverbank Antiques TONIGHT!
Until next time!
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