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Christmas Home Tour At the New House 2019

Here’s our Christmas home tour for 2019. Don’t know what to do with all your Christmas collections? Or maybe you think you have too much and need to feel better about yourself that you don’t have as much as what you’re about to see. Or maybe your collection puts mine to shame! Or maybe you just enjoy looking at how other people decorate for Christmas. Or you’re looking for something else to collect. Or… or…. whatever! Here’s our home at Christmas of 2019. I’ve focused only on the Christmas decorations because, well, the regular decor leaves a lot to be desired yet.

When you have this much, and yes, it is an addiction, and not even half of the collection is in the following pictures, you don’t just add a wreath here, a stocking there, some pine over there. It totally and completely takes over everything. It’s a lot of work, but oh so fun once it’s done. Then clean up time comes. Yuck.

Let’s start with the dining room. This is where all the glitz and glamor went.

Beaded floral picks, foil garland, ball arrangements, mercury glass candles…

I don’t seem to have got a picture of the tree toppers. And that light spot on the buffet top? I left a miniature pumpkin sitting too long one year. It looked fine on top, but the bottom…um… leaked. Let that be a warning to you. Watch those pumpkins!

Now, let’s see some Santas on the hearth:

And Santas on the wall. Above vintage Christmas boxes:

Snowmen?

Let’s finish with the shelves in the casual eating area. A camel collection, foil star tree toppers and the Merry Christmas banner I grew up with.

No, that’s not all, but all I have time to share this year. Hope you have a most excellent Christmas and remember “The Reason For the Season!”

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Decorating Above the Window and Some Mint Green Pottery

Painting above window and mint green pottery

If you follow me on Instagram (@justvintagehome) you’ll have seen some pictures of decorating around the new house as it happens. I haven’t shown much of that here mainly because the same pictures look pretty horrible if I put them on the blog. I have an extremely hard time photographing my house so that it doesn’t look like a 3 year old did it. The color, lighting, and angle are never right and I don’t have the patience to figure out what’s wrong. I’m never satisfied but if I wait for perfection, it’ll never happen. So…. today I’ll share a window and the primitive cabinet next to it that showcases the mint green pottery collection.

(Of course, photographing into a window is a nightmare. Believe it or not, my walls are white.)

What do you do when the ceilings are tall and the drapes are “supposed” to go high leaving a large space between the window and the curtain rod? It looked weird to me so I put this painting up there.

I can’t decide if I like it there because it’s different or if I don’t like it because…. well…. it’s different. Right now blinds are in the window but I might end up using sheers eliminating the need to fill that space.

You’ll notice I need something on the wall to the right and, Heaven forbid a spot is left unadorned, the stair posts need something. Also, while that yellow stool doesn’t look odd in person, it sure looks out of place in this picture! Annnddddd the little chair needs to be recovered. So see? The only thing kinda complete here is the top of the cabinet and the window.


This primitive cabinet is slap-dab full to bursting of old family photos that desperately need organizing. Maybe in my spare time…..

Mint green pottery is my favorite. It’s a small collection but I do love every piece. Click here to see how the collection was used in the old house.


So how do you fill the void above your windows or does it not bother you? I’m so used to 8′ ceilings and small rooms, I don’t quite know what to do with this house.

Stay tuned and I’d especially love for you to follow me on IG for more decorating updates. Maybe I’ll get this photographing thing figured out! I’ve only been trying for 20 years!!

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Using Vintage Halloween Decorations In Your Decor

Vintage Halloween Decorations

So you have some vintage Halloween decorations and wondering what to do with them? In this post I share what I did this year. In previous years I’ve simply arranged everything on the mantle. This year, in the new house, the mantle wasn’t a good place for all that, so I spread the items around. On one hand, they have more of a punch amassed, but there’s something to be said about working them in with your regular decor.

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