Decorate with what you love at Christmas! Our holiday home home is filled with my beloved vintage ornaments and thrifted collections. If you’re a fan of Southern Living and Ballard Designs, take a look inside this traditional home. It features elevated thrift store decor, including Shiny Brite ornaments, chinoiserie porcelain, mercury glass, vintage brass and colorful patterns.
Welcome to my annual Christmas home tour. I’m excited to have you take a peek at our holiday decor.
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Especially at the holidays, our home is a reflection of all the things I love.
Pastels and glitter. Brass candlesticks and blue-and-white porcelain. Gold accents and velvet ribbon. Shiny Brite ornaments and tinsel trees. Ginger jars and birds. Mercury glass and velvet.
I’m like the grandmillennial’s maximalist older sister! I love layers and collections and fun pops of color. I embrace eclecticism over perfection.
Keep scrolling to take the full tour, or use the links below to jump ahead to your favorite rooms and spaces.
We’ll start the Christmas tour on our front porch.
Christmas Front Porch
I always tend to gravitate to traditional colors and more weathered elements on the front porch.
While our porch is covered and mostly protected from the elements, you don’t want to decorate with anything too precious outdoors.
But then, I do have a piece of painted furniture on the porch. And I use some collectible vintage items, like Thermoses, enamelware and snowshoes in my outdoor vignettes.
I did a complete porch tour with seven other decorators this year. Check it out if like to see more photos and details from our Christmas porch.
Christmas Foyer Decorations
From the porch, we’ll step into the foyer, which is a pastel wonderland of tinsel trees and vintage glass ornaments.
This year, I put our flocked pink Christmas tree in an urn to elevate it.
I decked it out with an assortment of vintage ornaments and retro-inspired ones. There are a mix of new Christopher Radko Presents Shiny Brite reproduction ornaments, as well other vintage thrifted baubles.
I reserved the older Shiny Brite ornaments for the trio of tinsel trees on the painted buffet in our foyer.
Normally, I tend to group my Shiny Brite ornaments by color. In the past, I’ve had a pink-and-green Shiny Brite tree and a silver-and-blue Shiny Brite tree.
But this year, I really mixed things up.
I love how bright and colorful this area is. It makes me happy every time I walk by.
Want to learn more about the history of Shiny Brite Ornaments? This blog post details the origin story of the iconic ornmanents and includes lots of ideas for how to showcase them.
I definitely took a cue from the grandmillenial decorating playbook by displaying this silver tinsel tree in a blue-and-white fishbowl planter.
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And what’s better than one tinsel tree in a chinoiserie planter?
Two tinsel trees, dripping with vintage ornaments!
And what’s better than two tinsel trees?
Three tinsel trees!
I purchased this tall compote bowl with plans to fill it with ornaments. But I decided it would look even better with a tinsel tree in it. So, I sent my husband to Target late one night to pick up another one!
Seriously, these little $10 tinsel trees are perfect for vintage ornaments. The branches aren’t quite as sturdy as the taller tinsel tree I have in the large fishbowl planter. But they’re definitely a great buy.
In fact, I just bought several more — in white, silver and gold — to use next year!
Check out my tips on how I secure my tinsel trees in planters to ensure fragile ornaments aren’t damaged.
Did you know I have a collection of Christmas jigsaw puzzles featuring images of Shiny Brites and other vintage Christmas ornaments?
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Dining Room Christmas Decorations
From the foyer, we will head into the dining room where the Christmas decorations are a bit more traditional chinoiserie chic.
I loved last year’s chinoiserie Christmas tree with dried hydrangeas and ginger jar ornaments. But I wanted to change things up a bit this year.
We also have a curious new cat, Susan, who showed up on our Christmas porch last year. (It was obviously very inviting!)
I wasn’t sure how Susan would behave around a Christmas tree. For that reason, I wanted to decorate the dining room tree with pretty, unbreakable elements.
Because the word “simple” does not exist in my decorating vocabulary, I stuffed the branches with red velvet floral picks, beaded picks and garland, faux poinsettias and a few bird ornaments. That may not have been the wisest choice for cat proofing!
But so far, Susan has not bothered the tree at all.
I also made some glitzy paper ornaments, and I’ll have a tutorial on how to make those soon.
I put the tree in my mother-in-law’s vintage brass planter again this year. The tree stand is too big for the pot, so I used a different technique to stabilize the tree in the planter.
I added a few other holiday touches in the dining room.
Thrifted brass candlesticks and some oversized Christmas baubles in shades of blue, silver and red add a festive touch.
I hung a DIY bejeweled wreath on the bar cart.
I added a few ornaments and bottlebrush trees, along with my collection of Portieux Vallerysthal glassware and blue milk glass, to the bar cart.
Living Room Christmas Decorations
Next, we’ll head into the formal living room, where we have our main Christmas tree.
I rarely show this angle of the room because it’s so hard to photograph against the windows and French doors.
But I think our tree is pretty magical, decorated with our collection of keepsake ornaments and pink and green velvet ribbon.
It feels very “southern” to me with the dogwood and red berry tree topper and the mix of traditional ribbons.
The full-sized 9-foot flocked pre-lit Christmas tree is new this year after the lights burned out on our old one. I think this is the largest tree we’ve ever had, and it’s gorgeous! I did a lot of looking and research before buying it.
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While themed trees with matching ornaments are beautiful, I really enjoy rediscovering our keepsakes every year.
I use ribbon and floral picks to keep things fresh every year.
By the time we got the tree main decorated, I was a little exhausted by Christmas decorating. I don’t think any of us wanted to make another trip to the attic!
So I added only a few more small touches to the living room and called it done.
Another inexpensive tinsel tree, this one in champagne gold, nestles inside a vintage brass planter with some handblown Christmas ornaments and a pink mercury glass garland. (I own this garland is several colors!)
Here’s a quick look at the other side of the living room, looking out towards the foyer and hallway. As you can see, I’m a firm believer in mixing different colors and styles for Christmas.
Thanks for taking the time to tour our holiday home. I hope you found some inspiration.
More Christmas Decorating Ideas
If you’re looking for Christmas decorating ideas, you might enjoy these virtual holiday home tours from years past.
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