Elisabeth and I love Christmas. It’s a holiday filled with some great childhood memories, strongly etched due to the family traditions that my parents established long since. Now, it’s our turn to make holiday traditions for our families and hopefully one day our children will recall fondly of them. Since Elisabeth decorates her home much earlier than I do, I will share some images of her beautifully decorated home with some vintage rustic Christmas ornaments. Believe me, these images don’t do any justice to her rental home, but you’ll get a pretty fair idea of vintage inspired Christmas decorating.
Just like me, Elisabeth is totally into vintage ornaments like wooden toys, angels, lots of Santas, hearts and bells among others. Both of us, have concluded that red decor, primarily, looks better than any other color scheme on our fake Christmas tree. We also both love the organic feel of rustic style ornaments that make even a fake tree like ours look more real.
We don’t like much tinsel and so, this year we both turned our backs to it. But, one thing is for sure when it comes to fake trees. It needs lots of lights to look extra nice. The more the merrier! Old vintage glass ornaments we once had as kids have unfortunately, not survived over the years. Come to think of it, it wouldn’t be a very safe choice for little kids. When they get smashed I remember how hard it was for our mom to clean up those tiny bits.
Elisabeth, decorates every possible little spot with ornaments, creating vignettes. She carries the rustic styled theme all around the house for a very cohesive result. And more often than not, she even follows this theme for the lunch’s Christmas tabletop. Anyhow, under the Christmas tree, she’s adds a few wooden decor toys, Christmas cards and gift wrapping paper and more LED lights, so that it feels like there’s an ongoing process.
Then, she always combines LED lights with ornaments and a fake garland on her fireplace mantel, making it look even more inviting especially with a built fire going on. But, in order to keep the clutter under control while Christmas decorating, she swaps some of her usual decor for the Christmas ones. This little trick really helps, especially when it comes to doing chores like dusting away. 😉
Another thing Elisabeth likes to decorate is her kitchen’s pot rack hanger. It really creates a festive mood in the entire room. And believe me, it really looks a lot better in real life. Also, a little pointer to note: when Elisabeth first bought her tree, she bought a fair amount of ornaments too.
However, she’s bought a few more along these last few years and now it all looks homey without looking like a big clutter everywhere. So, it does work best if we start out with lesser ornaments and buy or make a few along the way. One thing I recommend about Christmas decorating, is that it’s best to opt for timeless decorpieces that you’d like to add to your collection, bearing in mind that you’ll be using them year in year out…
Hope you liked these images… What do you think? Do you have any family decorating rituals and traditions? Do you have a special feature that you like to decorate and make it stand out? What’s your favorite color scheme?