It’s my first Christmas in my lovely vintage home and I’ve been so excited about how to decorate it for the festive season. Here’s a quick tour to show you what ideas I’ve gone for.
My tree is of course my centrepiece and it’s covered in vintage baubles.Some of them I bought in charity shops and quite a few were my Gran’s. These concave ones are my favourite. I must admit I can’t stop looking at my tree! I’m lucky to have a gorgeous mantle piece to dress. I started with a set of white lights and added some cards and this handsome stag which I found reduced in Sainsbury’s supermarket! I had to take him home with me – although the Dr took the edge off a little when he nicknamed him Dobbin…I love way the white lights bring my glass to life – lots of glowing baubles!
I think he adds a certain something and although he was fairly expensive I know I’ll use him year after year.
Next up is my dining room. For those of you that haven’t seen it, it has a strange little mezzanine level! We inherited it when we moved in and It’ll have to go sometime, but for now I’ve hung some lights on it and it adds to the ambience if nothing else!I decorated in here a few weeks back and the walls were looking very white and bare. I decided to buy some vintage sheet music and adverts to brighten it up. I won’t leave them up all year round, but I’ll buy similar sized prints that I can just flip after Christmas.I love vintage advertising – it has such charm and brings back memories.
The other advantage is that each of these cost me just a few pounds and a search on eBay brings up hundreds of results to choose from.I went for a piece of vintage sheet music – Where did my Snowman go – which is one we sang at school as kids.I also nabbed an old Quality Street advert and a Peak Freans biscuits poster too. Both of these are products that are inextricably linked to my childhood Christmases. Tins of chocolate and biscuits were definitely reserved as Christmas treats and we looked forward to them with delight. Something so delicious about prising the lid off and finding layers of biscuits nestled under that piece of tissue paper, or sparking sweet wrappers gently squeaking against each other as you run your fingers through them.
My silver bowl car boot sale find looks lovely filled with nuts, oranges and candy canes.
I’m a sucker for candles at this time of year and a selection of seasonal scented candles and simple tea light holders make a little flickering arrangement in a corner of my living room.
Of of course this bad boy is the behemoth of Christmas, towering over all with his mostly vintage baubles and his original 1940s lights. Totally adorable and I’m going to cry a little but when I have to pack him away.
I’m happy with how everything is looking but have also been trawling the Internet to see what others have done and there are some amazing ideas out there. I’m definitely going to have a good rummage through the department store decorations in the January Sales and see what treasures I can bag. Just need to brace myself for the crowds!
It is with shin pads and Vaseline at the ready I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!