It is so easy to be dazzled with every new sparkle and bobble that fills the stores this holiday season. I get it. I freaking love Christmas. Still, the environment takes a huge hit by the end of the month when every family starts to trash their packaging and gift wrap and all the plastic decorations that won’t survive another year.
I try to limit myself this time of year – though it’s really, REALLY difficult – to only buying one or two new decorations for the collection. It keeps the impact on the earth low and forces me to be creative with what I have. It’s a fun challenge to try to make something new and crafty or just decorate using the pieces that I already have in new and interesting ways.
For me, vintage is an easy medium to work with in terms of decorating because my favourite Christmas vignettes are the ones that evoke a feeling of nostalgia. I like to think of the old pieces in family homes spruced up with a little holiday cheer.
Here are few examples of how to incorporate vintage into your holiday decor.
Combine a few bottle brush trees with vintage silver pieces. BIG thanks to my gal Renée for scoring the tray and the sugar, creamer set for a cool 25 cents! A quarter! Talk about a Christmas miracle.
A Colour Story
Pick your favourite Christmas colours and make their proximity part of the holiday scheme. These vintage books and other red pieces only needed a few candy canes to drive it home.
Merry Milk Glass
Milk glass is the perfect vessel for your holiday treats and trinkets. I threw in this red Pyrex fridgie becuse I just love red and white – must be a twinkle of Canadiana Christmas spirit.
Deck the halls with copper and mercury glass and gold leaf! I painted some white canvas with gold paint for a bonus backdrop as well.
If you’re looking to add some fun, high quality vintage pieces to your own collection – ones that will last for many Christmases to come, check out my Etsy shop where you’ll find some of the pieces pictured above and many new pieces added weekly.