Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Cozy And Nostalgic Decor For The Vintage Christmas Tour Of Homes

Hi, Friends,
I hope you are doing well.

Welcome to The Vintage Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by the lovely, Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home.  Her home is celebrating a 100 year birthday. I know you will love her home as much as I do. 

 Laura from Decor To Adore was the previous stop on our tour today. Laura has such a darling cottage and she has the best Christmas themes on the internet. Today she tours another darling house. 

As I began to pull totes out of the Christmas storage area, I felt a little overwhelmed. 
There has been a temptation to reinvent the wheel each Christmas so that the decor is new and fresh for the internet. I decided, instead, to keep new purchases to minimum and to shift my focus onto my favorite motifs and collections. Scrambling to come up with new content distracts from peace and the reason we celebrate. The trinkets that I decided to use bring joy and sweet memories. They help me slow down and to savor each moment. 
Contemplating the gift of the Savior brings solace to my heart. 
I hope you find joy, peace and healing for your soul this holiday. 

Can we start the tour in the kitchen? 

An antique holly pitcher belonged to my parents. It was passed down to me a couple of years ago. It is my favorite Christmas collectable. I love white pitchers. The faded holly is darling. 

Crafting Christmas 2021 began in the kitchen with the oven setting coffee and cinnamon into muslin fabric so that it could be stitched up into little gingerbread men. My favorite one got tucked into my grandmother's old spice cabinet. 

New aqua valances that I purchased this past summer remained because aqua coordinates with red so well. 
Red and aqua is a classic vintage color scheme which is fun at Christmas. 
I also found a red and white enamel coffee pot. It was a driving force for our holiday decor. 

Using red as an accent color meant that my red transferware would dot the kitchen niches. 
Iconic Santa mugs evoke a feeling of nostalgia.  

 That jolly visage brings me back to my childhood. My childhood Christmases were characterized by classic motifs and the anticipation that something wonderful was going happen on Christmas morning. 

A few cherished pieces of cranberry glass adorn the shelves as well. 

These niches get a lot of seasonal mileage. 

The wreath on the faux vent hood was a clearance find last year. 

A new dish towel draped from the oven handle coordinates perfectly with the valances. 
As I sorted through my collections, a house and church theme emerged. I love houses and cottages. This towel will be used year after year. 

Red accents continue in the dining room. 

My holly has berries! When we lost some mature shrubs due to our horrible storm last February, I planted some hollies instead. I wanted Christmas greenery without having to go to the store.

 An antique oil lamp from my grandparents was pulled out of a closet to anchor the table display. 

The dough bowl, ticking stripe ornaments and ribbon came from Hobby Lobby. 
The pine cones came from our pine trees out in East Texas. 
I made the little gingerbread house out of some balsa wood. 
The orange slices were saved from last year. 

Another cute gingerbread man frolics in my mother's coffee service. 

The dining room tree is filled with my favorite gingerbread ornaments old and new. 

We weren't sure how our new kitty would take to our Christmas trees. 
She has stayed away from them, so precious ornaments did start to appear after a week or two. 

However, the super old ornaments are safely behind glass. The old Santas came from both sides of our family.  

This is the third year that blue and white has been our color scheme in the living room. 
I moved a blue and white lamp into the living room this summer.
A prized snowman from Green Flea Market in NYC stands guard over a sweet blue and white box which was a gift from my son.

  That cat better not even think about getting close to the box! 
A beautiful toothbrush holder turned vase holds blueberry juniper from our East Texas property. 

Non-shedding faux boxwood garland has been one of my better ideas this season. 
This will be so easy to clean up after the holidays. 

The ticking striped chair is my favorite occasional chair. It is one of the reasons that blue and white is our color scheme in the living room. 

I like to tuck Christmas elements into our every day decor. Father Christmas and a fairy lit boxwood garland are simple but festive elements. 
A concrete lamb was pulled from the garden and given a crown. 

 I guess we have moved too many pieces of furniture in the last year because I had no desire to move furniture for the tree. The tree is new from Hobby Lobby and it is in a new spot. 
I love it here. 
It's much thinner and therefore easier to decorate. 

The blue and white lamp came from 
A boxwood wreath on the faux windows is a subtle touch that could stay all year. 

The Jacobean revival breakfront was new to this spot when we put in the wood floors.
It is fun to decorate for seasons and holidays. 

Another precious lamb sits next to an antique tartanware thread box. It was a deal on eBay due to its less than perfect condition. 

A child's Santa mug was passed down from my grandmother. 

Bill picked out this breakfront so it escaped the white paint brush-capades of 2013. 

The blue Belsnickle is also from Green Flea Market. He is adorable. 

To see more, you might like this post about Starsky, The Hutch. 

That is all for now. 
I hope these vintage inspired decor elements bring good memories to your mind. 
Be sure to go see dear Paula over at Virginia Sweet Pea. You will love her Southern kitchen dressed for the holidays. 

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  1. Your home looks gorgeous decked out for Christmas. I so much enjoyed every single picture that you shared.

  2. Katie,
    What a great tour. I loved all your vintage pieces and how you style your home. It's so fun doing these tours together.

  3. You have such a beautiful home, Katie! I love all the vintage and antique pieces you've incorporated throughout and the pops of blue, white and red are so festive. Hugs, CoCo

  4. I adore how you include your family treasures Katie. The holly pitcher and Santa mug truly captured my heart!

  5. Such beautiful vintage charm Katie. I especially love that you used a toothbrush holder for greenery! Everything is beautiful and I'm so glad I got to see it. I've always loved your home. Merry Christmas!

  6. Your home is so beautiful Katie! Every antique and vintage piece is so gorgeous. Happiest of Holidays to you and your family.

  7. Love your warm, cozy home! I also love the aqua and red combo especially at Christmas:-)

  8. I love how you have so many family keepsake and antique Christmas treasures. I always find your shelves so interesting whatever the season. You have such a knack for creating small vignettes that speak of your sentimentality. Have a wonderful Christmas, Katie. I hope you get to be with your family this year to celebrate. big hugs!

  9. Very pretty Katie. Love your front door wreath with the blue and white check.

  10. It's so light, cheery and festive, Katie. I love all the sweet touches, the red and aqua, your orange slices and greens and all the charming vignettes. It's simply delightful.

  11. This is so fun to see your home decorated for Christmas with your vintage treasures and I just love your kitchen! Happy Christmas Katie!

  12. I love your Christmas home tour!!! Everything looks so beautiful!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  13. I so agree with you on savoring the season. I put up less this year and already plan to do the same next year. It's tough creating new content year after year. I love what you did this year. I see the coziness and how it is filled with love.