Décor-8-ing for the 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas cannot come soon enough. Christmas is one of the only holidays that I love to decorate for – and decorate and decorate and decorate! There can never be too much festive cheer and glitter and gold, glitz and glam and a little shabby cottage chic mixed in. One of the things I love so much about the holiday decorating is that there are virtually limitless options for decorating themes and schemes. While no rules can sometimes lead to utter chaos, I think it’s best to pick one theme – whether by color or figure –to focus on each year (or if you really can’t decide, you could do a different theme for each room.)

The themes I am obsessed with this holiday season are “Elf on the Shelf – Rewind”, a retro look at mid-century elves – remember those red and green felted, bendable pixies!?, white tinsel foil trees ; “A Very Victorian Christmas”, a mix of classic Victorian Christmas elements and more modern shabby cottage chic décor, including green pine trees decorated with pink velvet bows, roses, angels and teacups, vintage ephemera, rocking horses and pastel mercury glass ornaments and baubles; and finally the trend I keep seeing at all the big box stores: “Winter Wonderland in the Forest”, a natural take on Christmas, combining burlap, crochet lace and glitter, mostly in neutral tones, creamy winter whites, sparkling silver and gold, chocolate browns, faux fur and glistening white snowcapped forest animals and trees. But, alas, I don’t have that many rooms to decorate so I thought I’d share some of my favorite inspirational photos here. What are you planning to decorate with this season??

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Bedroom turned Winter Wonderland Forest.

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Too cute idea using a vintage toy wheelbarrow and doll sized reindeer, elf and ornaments.

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Woodland elves, gnomes, mushrooms in their natural pine setting.

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A creative use for a Jadeite collection and mid-century knee hugger elves. This decorating idea would work well with Fiesta ware too!

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These too cute woodland creatures are available at Targets everywhere! Only $3.00!!

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Pastel mercury ornaments set against a white subway tiled brick fireplace and mantle.

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Owls hooting in a Christmas tree.

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Shabby cottage chic vintage pink reindeer and a putz church.

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Little gnomes and mushrooms decorate this retro tree.

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Gorgeous Christmas tree full of pink, silver, pearls and angels.

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A DIY Winter WOnderland with cloche jars and candlesticks. Find all the materials at your local Michaels or other crafts stores.

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My favorite shabby chic inspired display of Victorian vignettes.

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Who says ornaments are just for the tree?

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From Etsy – a retro inspired Elf Diorama using vintage ornament box, bottle brush tree, knee hugger elf and Herman Miller doll size chair.

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New meaning to an old image of “elves on the shelves”.

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Vintage suitcase repurposed as holiday decor and storage.

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The pink and blue snowman waiting in front of this vintage Putz house reminds me of the Narrator to the classic Frosty the Snowman.

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Retro kitschy fun tree!

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A Victorian cherub perched high atop a pink and white tree.

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A beautiful use of Victorian ephemera and angel wings.

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Can you spot the wooded creatures hiding in this glitzy forest?

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This is by far my favorite Winter Wonderland transformation! I could sleep in this bedroom all winter long.

 

Ga Ga for Florentine Furniture

It has been a dreary, rainy (tropical storm-like) June. This time of year I usually walk around on my break at work, taking in the sights, admiring the Victorian houses in the area – one of them, my new favorite, freshly painted in a light grey with turquoise shutters and trim; but I digress. Not feeling so spring-y out lately, I decided I needed to do something to perk up the mood in the form of a little “retail” therapy. A new antique co-op popped up on Main Street very recently, and I thought it’d make a great lunch hour retreat.

I had only been in the shop once before but already much of the inventory had changed (i.e. sold) and more great finds put in their place. My favorite area was the front of the shop where there is some painted furniture, Parisian inspired vanity accessories and some gorgeous beaded and needlepoint handbags. I tried not to linger too long so that I could get back to work, but I still wanted to make a quick loop of the booths and I am so glad I did because that was how I stumbled upon my newest treasure.

Sitting in the front of the store but tucked behind a standing screen so as to not be too obvious to passersby was a trio of vintage Florentine nesting tables with one extra table of the smallest, square table – all 4 being sold as a set. Circa 1960, each table was in the Italian signature white and gold with ornate scroll and floral carvings detailing the top tray and long, lean, Queen Anne legs bowing out. Very Paris apartment and absolutely gorgeous!

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Funnily enough, I had just been drooling over a Florentine table featured in an issue of Romantic Country magazine and day dreaming about how gorgeous it would look in my apartment. Not only beautiful, but practical, with the three tables nesting, each one fitting perfectly under one another, they are a great space saver to be pulled out and moved around as needed.

I picture a stack of vintage books and a flowery coffee cup with mismatched saucer on the tallest table. Do you go ga-ga for Florentine furniture? What would you place on your table?

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Vintage Fabulous Vanity Accessories

What girl (or woman) doesn’t love a pretty vanity area to get ready in each day and night? I picture a white vanity table with a matching scalloped edge mirror or a fabulous gilted gold desk and coordinating leopard print stool; whatever you imagine that would make you feel like a queen getting ready for her day. Here are some of the recent treasures I’ve come across lately that you can add to your own personal vanity that won’t break the bank.

My absolute favorites are the filigree perfume bottles that were so popular in the 50s and 60s. One of the ones I have for sale is undoubtedly made by Stylebuilt, a manufacturing company from New York, well known for their “guaranteed never to tarnish” filigree metals that enwrap these beautiful trinkets. Not only are they stunning to look at, but they are super functional as well, serving as a container to hold your most breathtaking of scents, perfumes and fragrances. I have two of these beautiful bottles for sale, one with intricate rose detailing and the other with an ornately melded braided rope.
 Among the other items I’ve plundered include a gorgeous gold makeup compact with mirror adorned with a ruby heart gemstone on its cover from England brand Stratton. There is a set of shabby but fabulously chic hairbrush and comb set in ornate gold and rose detailing. And of course, a gold filigree metal vanity tray to store all of your precious goods.
**Want to buy one of these fabulously chic vintage vanity items? Check them out on my Ebay listings for these and a whole lot more fabulous vintage home décor finds. Also, finally my Etsy shop, Vintage Velvet and Lace, is open!! There are only a few items posted as of yet, but if you follow my shop you will get alerts as new items are posted throughout the week!

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…Who’s Got the Most Fabulous Mirror of All?

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who doesn’t remember this classic Disney catchphrase in which the Evil Queen vowed to steal the youth and beauty of Snow White? Well, what more perfect day than Halloween to recreate your very own Evil Queen moment? With one of these stunning mirrors, you just might find yourself gazing into your reflection just a little longer…
These mirrors are a mid-century classic with their gold and ornate detailing of flowers, columnar posts, fleur de lis elements. They are just the kind of thing you would see hanging on the wall in an old Greta Garbo movie. This is just one of many accessories in the interior decorating style called Hollywood Regency that has been shown in the designs of every home show and magazine of late. Lavish and very intricately detailed, these beauties were made by Syroco, Inc. of Syracuse, New York in 1965. They melded a plastic, painted gold compound into beautiful shapes and designs to create the beautiful, ornate, floral and columnar look you see above.  These fabulous mirrors are works of art in and of themselves. They are back in fashion and definitely here to stay.
Don’t these lovelies remind you of Snow White? Just don’t eat the apple….Happy Halloween!
To buy one or both of these gorgeous mirrors, please check out my list of Ebay items for sale. I have three Syroco mirrors in total (right now). Two of the “Mirror Mirror” ones above and another Octagon with ornate shell and scroll design. I just love them. I think they are so beautiful and I hope you do too.
Let me know in the comments section what you think of the mirrors, my blog or my Ebay Items for sale.  I have many other vintage, antique and various home decorating products to fit any design scheme, from French Provincial to Hollywood Regency and more!
**Check back to my blog frequently. Soon, I hope to have all my items on a page listed for sale and available to buy through Paypal. For now, please check my Ebay Items for sale – I update almost daily and am always scouring local haunts for the best vintage goods!