Friday, December 11, 2015

A Simple Vintage Christmas

I like to keep things understated for Christmas.
With vintage family ornaments and a few natural touches,
my decorations are simple and heartfelt.

The foyer gets a wintry revamp.

Some twinkly white lights, pine cones, silver ornaments 
and a feathered friend here and there bring the outdoors in.

I love how this vintage candelabra casts a double reflection in my front window. 

I remember these foil icicles from my childhood tree 
which we always decorated on Christmas Eve.
Adding a few chandelier crystals creates shimmer and movement.

Remember when we had to carefully place each individual icicle on the tree?
My sister made the tiny snowmen. Aren't they sweet?

What's under the tree is just as important as what's on it. 
A lace-trimmed bucket of bears, some new, some old 
including the one given to me the day I was born. 
Can you guess which one it is?
(Hint, it doesn't have any eyes!)

A box of toys for good little boys!

This little vignette on the living room mantle includes a vintage figurine 
and a silver ornament atop an old Boopie glass turned upside down.

White and silver on the coffee table.

The dining room mantle features a silver horse bookend
and some snow-dabbed greenery and red berries.

A little touch of Austria graces the china cabinet.

A simple centerpiece on a milkglass cake stand with some jelly-jars to hold candles
adds a warm glow to the dining table. 

On the front porch, a weathered ladder forms a festive backdrop
for a wreath and an old pickling crock. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas
with family, loved ones and furry friends.


  1. Pat, this is so sweet. I do remember those icicles! With so many kids in our family (9!), we were always arguing over placement of those things. I guessed the wrong bear (I guessed far L, back), but that's just too cute. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Enjoy your time together.

  2. Hi Rita! I always enjoy your comments. Thanks for coming back to visit. You guessed pretty good on the bears (the one you picked was my boyfriend's bear). Your Christmases must have been crazy fun with nine kids! Hope your holiday is great!

  3. Charming Christmas decor! I remember well hanging icicles on the at a time...and then taking them off and trying to fit them all back in their box.
    Thank you for your lovely visit!
    Mary Alice

    1. Thanks Mary Alice. Oh yeah, I'd forgotten the part about trying to put them all back in their box. Ha! Love your new cottage! Hope you visit again soon.

  4. Coming by from blog hop. I must say I am a fan of iron stone and looking at some your pictures I see some. Hope I am right. They are beautiful and your silver horse is stunning. You have a lovely blog. When ever you have a chance your welcome to come visit my site. Happy Holidays

    1. Thanks for visiting. I'm pretty addicted to ironstone too. I have a post on my blog about it called Perfect Imperfection: Ironstone if you want to read it. Merry Christmas to you!

    2. Thanks for visiting. I'm pretty addicted to ironstone too. I have a post on my blog about it called Perfect Imperfection: Ironstone if you want to read it. Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Such gorgeous holiday decor. Love the hall tree with snowshoes. Visiting from SYC.

  6. Pat, always love bringing a bit of the outdoors in. Certainly does make your home welcoming! I think I'm the only child who doesn't have memories of hanging icicles on the tree. Our trees were always flocked and my mom had some clear (I think plastic) icicles that glowed in the dark. As kids we loved taking one off and running into the closet to see it light up in the day. Love those childhood memories! Have a very Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks Jann and Merry Christmas. Glow-in-the-dark icicles. Cool!!

  7. Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  8. Love all your Christmas decorating, Pat, but especially that ladder with the berry wreath hanging on it--yum! Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm and Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Diana. Found the ladder in the alley! Even better! Merry Christmas.