Vintage Christmas Home Tour

Christmas is officially a week away–how are you doing with your decorating, baking, and shopping? Are you nearly ready? Completely done? Haven’t even started? No matter what point you’re at in your holiday merry-making, I hope you are able to experience some of the peace and joy of the season.

Watching a favorite Christmas show [for me it’s The Grinch] while snuggling with someone you love, taking in a child’s Christmas concert, or enjoying dinner with friends are ways that we can slow down and savor the blessings of the holiday. Not every cookie must be baked, nor every ornament hung. Cut yourself some slack!

I’ll let you in on a secret, for every pretty photo you see below, there’s another I could have taken of some imperfection, like the old chair sitting in the middle of our family room waiting for “big garbage day,” projects awaiting completion sitting outside my workroom door, or my laundry-room folding counter covered with Christmas presents and wrapping paper and more.

With all that said, will you still be able to enjoy my vintage Christmas home tour? I hope so 🙂

christmas home tour adirondackgirlatheart.comWreaths and deer make for perfect holiday decor.

ceramic nativityBut this precious nativity, a gift from my sweet mother, is what welcomes you as you walk into our foyer this year.

staircase garlandHanging a pine garland on our staircase, one of my least favorite Christmas chores, nonetheless creates an inviting entrance and warm glow that makes all the effort worthwhile.

side view of staircase garlandMy sweet daughter always asks if we can leave it up year-round because she enjoys it so much.

christmas in the living roomIn the living room, off the foyer, I’ve hung another poinsettia-filled garland along with our stockings.

needlepoint stockingsA dear family friend made these tapestry-style stockings for us when our family was young.

christmas mantel
This year I left my fancy gold mirror up on the mantel and decorated around it.

mantel garland
More white lights beam out from the pine boughs.

evening view of the treeWe decorate the tree with multi-colored lights, gold bulbs of all sizes, and ornaments the children have made through the years. Adding each to the tree gives us time to reflect on years past and the memories those special decorations bring back to us.

chalkboard globe with joy to the worldMoving into the family room, I was so excited to use my new-to-me chalkboard globe for Christmas, after having made it for my sweet daughter’s “very vintage” high school graduation last June. Placing it inside a pine wreath anchored it to the table and added some texture.

gallery wall
In the kitchen, I changed the sentiment on my chalkboard from “hello fall” to my sweet husband’s favorite song, “oh holy night,” and added a red berry wreath to my ironstone corner cupboard.

ironstone with red bulbsInside you’ll find a sprinkling of vintage Christmas bulbs in among the ironstone.

ironstone wit red bulbsOther years I’ve added pink or aqua bulbs, but this year’s color scheme seemed to lean heavily on shades of red.

centerpiece with gallery wall in backgroundOn my table I’m using an old black crate filled with greens, berries, and candles as a center piece.

merry christmas crate centerpieceIt’s still a work in progress. Today I’ll be working on some small flower arrangements to add to the table as well. If you’ve not discovered Trader Joe’s $5.99 bunch of evergreens and berries, it’s time!

christmas cardinal with plaid thermosesAnd finally, on my country cupboard in the kitchen, I’ve arranged a few favorites: a nesting cardinal, my Christmas thermos collection (did I just say that?!!), and my vintage Buddy L truck.

buddy L truck wlith bottle brush treesFilled with bottle brush trees–the epitome of a truly vintage Christmas.

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  1. Diana, so cute. I love all your little vignettes. Makes me wish I’d done a little more decorating. 🙂 – Karen

    1. I loved the tour, thank you for sharing. My son birthday is today, so last night I was wrapping gifts finally, and decorating the small angel tree . I wish you and your family a safe, happy, and Merry Christmas, so blessed to have found your blog.

      1. You’re so welcome, Mimi! Sounds like you’re getting things done–good for you. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog, that puts a smile on my face 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

  2. Your home is so lovely, Diana…welcoming and cozy! I love that globe…had to pin! Merry Christmas!

  3. So cute! I love the nativity scene and the garland! Pretty stockings. I used to make needlepoint stocking that I drew up myself and did all the work. Used to sell them for $25 each!

  4. Wow, I love everything you have shown us! I’m thinking I may need to invest in a mantle, even though I don’t own a fireplace – yours is just beautiful! Makes the room so cozy. I chuckled at your description of the “imperfect photos you could have taken” – I’m sure we all have at least one of those! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Mantels are lots of fun to decorate, Anita and I’ve seen some very cool faux versions. Even just a floating shelf could be decorated like a mantel, right? Glad I made you smile about my imperfections 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

  5. I loved all your vignettes, but personally, I’d like the see the wrapping station in the laundry room. Mine is the king-sized bed and it is NOT good for my lousy back. Besides the cats lay on the paper or the sweaters or attack the ribbon! Alternating between wrapping, last minute crafting, and FINALLY getting my Nativity set out! My all time favorite Christmas decoration. My second is the resin firgurine my daughter got me of Santa kneeling in front of the manger! For the last two years, GW bisque Santas especially with music boxes have been calling my name! I have a sizable collection of dollhouse sized Santas, some international, and SOMEDAY, I will have all these Santa’s helpers coming to a North Pole dh to collect the toys! Even tho I start Christmas shopping 12/26, I stil make myself crazy last minute!!

    1. Ha ha, maybe some day 🙂 I can’t work on a bed. I do all of my work (except for computer work) standing at a counter. Otherwise, as you said, my back couldn’t take it. Hoping the craziness ends for you Kathy and that you have some peaceful moments to enjoy your family and all your hard work 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

  6. Each detail of your Christmas home tour is so lovely. I especially like the mantel and stairway. But my favorite things are the little truck and crate. It looks wonderful.

  7. All so pretty! I am in awe of those who can get their home together in time to share a home tour, kudos (despite any mess elsewhere in the house lol). That truck is awesome, and the stairs lovely (I know exactly what you mean about putting up the stairs garland– I always hate doing it, too, but love the look!) xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. I just focus on what can be done and do it as best I can. Whatever doesn’t get done, I’m fine with. My sweet daughter came home from college yesterday and asked for a Christmas cookie I didn’t make this year. So today I made the dough and tomorrow I’ll bake them. I guess she must be special 🙂

      She likes the garland, too, so she was happy when she saw it up. So many memories and traditions wrapped up in this holiday. It can be difficult to navigate–how to make it special for everyone without losing your mind, LOL.

      Hoping your holiday is filled with joy, Kathleen!!

  8. Thanks for sharing your home with us. Everything looks so beautiful. I love the little Buddy L. truck. I finally got a few decorations up, but no time to decorate a tree. I put out several Nativity sets that I had not seen in years. Just was the year to do that. We are so blessed this year … Mr. Z. is better.
    Hugs and Merry Christmas.
    Audrey Z.

    1. So good to hear from you Audrey! So glad to hear that Mr. Z is doing better. And you are doing well, too, I hope? I love finding things that I forgot I had, especially when they are special or pretty. Glad you found your nativities and that they are just right for this year. Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas!

  9. So, so pretty, Diana! Every little corner looks special. I love the berry vine on the chandelier and the vintage red ornaments on the shelves of the hutch. I especially love the vintage old black box with the candles and greens on your table. Oh, yes, and the mantle is gorgeous. You’ve done it up most beautifully!

    All my best wishes to you and your family for a joyous and blessed Christmas and a wonderful, happy New Year !

    1. Thanks so much, Naomi, for your kind encouragement! Decorating is not really my “thing,” but I do enjoying using some of my vintage stash to make the house look special for the holiday. Hoping your Christmas is filled with peace and joy 🙂

    1. Thank you Lora!! Yes, it made me very happy when I found that truck at a garage sale 🙂 Merry Christmas to you as well 🙂

  10. So many pretty Christmas touches! Love the mantel and the globe centerpiece, and the red ornaments in amidst your ironstone!

  11. I love it all so much! Love the red bulba with the ironstone too. I hope you link up at the Home For Christmas Link party on my blog. Merry Christmas!

  12. Diana your home is so charming and beautifully decorated. You really have a knack at using your finds is amazing ways. I especially like the world globe. Have a very Happy New Year!
    xoxo Jo

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