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Cozy Vintage Christmas Decor in the Family Room and Entry

Our cozy vintage Christmas family room and entry

blue fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas with white ironstone pitchers

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Are you ready for more ideas for Christmas decor and gifts? Today I'm joining the Celebrate Christmas blog hop hosted by Leen at Sand Dollar Lane. There are 26 home bloggers and we're sharing tours, diy gift ideas, and tips for Christmas tablescapes. All of the ideas are at the bottom of the post so keep going when you finish here. If you're coming over from Aratari at Home, welcome! Don't you love her cozy Christmas living room?




I'm sharing our family room mantel and our little entry all decked out with some of my favorite vintage finds. On the hearth, I've got some chunky knit stockings hanging from a rusty old section of an iron fence. It's always fun for me to find unusual ways to use my stash (hoard). And I'm trying to use what I have or say goodbye to it since I have way too much. I actually didn't buy anything new for this Christmas mantel. I just borrowed from other spaces and used things I already had, and a couple of little items from my shop. I love it when that happens. 

white knit stockings hanging from an old rusty fence section

A couple more stockings are draped over some chippy old spindles. Why not, right? Use it or lose it. I'm using it, lol. 

vintage chippy white corbel and white knit stockings hanging from old spindles

And the star of the mantel is my collection of old white ironstone pitchers. I use them as vases when I have flowers. And most of the time they're in our old oak hutch. But I needed something neutral to go with the blue mantel and these worked like a dream. I added a few pomegranates, holly clippings, and a red stripe ribbon for some Christmas color. 

white ironstone pitchers with pomegranates and holly and red strip ribbon on a blue mantel

What do you think of my blue mantel? I gave this fireplace a makeover earlier this year with nothing but paint. It previously had black marble and a dark brown mantel and I worked some magic on it without spending much at all. It was a challenge figuring out how to decorate it for Christmas, but I love the way it turned out. 

The tree adds some more holiday spirit to the scene, and the baby eucalyptus wreath gives texture and color the the space above the mantel. 

blue mantel with white pitchers and arched wooden window frame

The arched window frame isn't old but it looks like it is so it works well with my vintage goodies. It adds a nice vertical element to the mantel and is a great backdrop for just about anything. 

white pitchers with holly and pomegranates and red stripe ribbon

Cozy Natural Christmas Entry

small entry with botanical prints on walls and cozy Christmas decor

In our entry I went pretty simple with the decor because of all the pattern on the walls. I'm still loving my fern botanicals after having them up since January. This space didn't need much else. I started with this pretty branch I found with red berries a little bird nest in it. Isn't it adorable?

mini boxwood topiaries and vintage green books with little bird nest in branch

Lately I'm more and more drawn to organic, natural, and vintage items so this fit the bill perfectly. It has an old-fashioned, homespun feeling to it. 

small bird nest in branch with red berries

 A couple of vintage green books tied up with plaid ribbon add a nice dash of Christmas spirit to the top of my little desk. And the old lamp and mirror stay in here all year. They go with everything. 

vintage green books with red and green plaid ribbon

The natural theme continues with some dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and little pine cones nestled in an old ironstone sugar bowl.

vintage green books with red and green plaid ribbon and orange slices in an old sugar bowl

One of my most cherished belongings is this old colorful quilt. It belonged to my grandmother and was actually made in the 1940's from fabric swatches that came out of an upholstery sample book. Now that's being resourceful! 

 vintage quilt with velvet fabric pieces in large basket

I love the rich colors and textures of the old velvet and tapestry fabrics. 

vintage velvet quilt in large woven basket

And just for fun, I added a little red Santa sleigh from my shop. I tucked a small tree inside it and draped it with a wood bead garland (also from my shop). 

vintage velvet quilt in large basket and small red Santa sleigh with tree

It fills up the space next to my old basket nicely. And that big ole' basket? I snagged it at a yard sale for $5 many years ago. I love filling it up with colorful blankets and throws. 

decorative red Santa sleigh with small tree and wood bead garland

I hope you've gotten some good ideas for using vintage and natural items in your Christmas decor today. In case you missed them, I recently shared these areas:


And I'll be sharing ways to use various Christmas trees and a couple of other areas of the house next week. If you don't get my newsletter, sign up at the bottom of the post and these will go directly to your inbox. 


Don't forget to keep scrolling to see my friend's ideas! Next on the tour is my dear friend, Paula, at Sweet Pea. She always has the prettiest vintage items. 


Sources - scroll to the bottom of the post for resources of the items I've used or very similar ones. 



small entry with vintage and natural Christmas decor




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26 comments

  1. Your fireplace is stunning! I love how cozy it feels!

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    1. Thanks,Lindsay. It's a super cozy room, especially when we have the fireplace burning.

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  2. Angie,

    You are speaking my love language with all these beautiful textures!!

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    1. Thank you, Libby! There's nothing like texture to add coziness to a room, especially at Christmas!

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  3. Angie,

    Pretty, I'm loving your stockings.

    Cindy

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! I've been collecting them over the past few years. I buy them after Christmas for half price!

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  4. That colorful quilt is such a special addition to your room. I'm loving the red and whites surrounding your made-over fireplace!

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    1. Thanks, Sarabeth! The quilt is very special to me. And the red and whites make the mantel feel much more Christmas-y!

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  5. I love how you used your white pitchers on your mantel. They complement the blue and look festive with the pomegranates and greenery. Your grandmother's quilt is a real treasure. I know that you are happy to have it.

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    1. Thanks, Paula! I added the pitchers on a whim and might just leave them there! And I'm so happy to have that quilt.

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  6. I love your blue mantel! What kind of paint did you use on it?
    And it looks wonderful with the white ironstone pitchers. Your living room and entry are just lovely!

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    1. Hi Carrie! Thank you so much! I used a primer first, and then a mixture of acrylic paint and acrylic varnish for the veins. I wrote about it in detail here https://www.postcardsfromtheridge.com/2019/06/faded-denim-paint-finish-mantel.html

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  7. I love the way you use books, salvage pieces and natural elements in your decor, it's beautiful! Your mantel looks great blue!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen! I love to mix old things in my decor whenever possible. They have so much character!

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  8. Angie, you do vintage in such a perfect way! Love the lighter color palette with the natural elements. Pinned! Love hopping with you!

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  9. Angie, I'm having some ironstone envy right now. Your collection is so pretty and how fun to use on your Christmas Mantel. Your entry table is also lovely with the natural elements. Love it and pinned!

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    1. Haha, thank you! My hoard has been growing for the past 15 years!

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  10. I enjoy the old and new together in seasonal decorating and you have achieved the perfect balance in your stunning holiday decor. Welcoming and inviting!
    Merry Christmas,
    Kippi

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  11. Your home is beautifully decorated, Angie! I love how you've hung your stockings too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Erin! I didn't want to put a nail in my mantel so I had to get creative with the stockings.

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  12. I love every single thing, Angie!! Just so beautiful! xo

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  13. So happy to be on this blog hop with you, Angie! Your beautiful home is so welcoming! I love the vintage details and the simplicity. Your ironstone collection is absolutely gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

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