If you’ve been thinking of adding some vintage charm to your home, winter may be the perfect setting. Here are some fun ideas from our guest blogger Nicola Reynor.
Come winters, the world takes on a whole new charm. What can be prettier than a white Christmas, and mistletoe, festive cheer showing at every shop window and display, and happy families and smitten couples walking hand-in-hand?
A cozy home, wrapped in romantic decorations in your favorite colors, the smell of freshly baked cake, a dimly-lit charming corner, a birch wood window sill, and a Christmas tree bright and dazzling with your favorite Christmas decorations, maybe. Yeah, Christmas is around the corner and it’s again that time of the year, when we spruce up our homes.
While festive cheer remains a favorite theme for home decor during the winters, how about decorating with a difference this year?
As the title suggests we are talking about bringing vintage elements and the rustic and romantic back into your homes. Sit back, sip some coffee and browse through these darling vintage decor ideas for your home.
Add Warmth to Your Bedroom with Vintage Blankets
Nothing quite spells luxury like gorgeous vintage winter blankets. Checks, plaids, and twill weaves remain the most versatile and good-looking variants of blankets. Woolrich wool woven blankets are favorites, but I must mention that I am totally drooling over the pink checks and solid indigos of Swans Island Blankets as well. Not only will these keep you feeling warm and cozy through the cold winter months, but also add a pop of color and pattern to your bedroom, giving it a defining personality.
An Antique Bookshelf Can Transform Your Gathering Place
Bookshelves always have that air of nostalgia about them that makes them perfect for family gatherings and memorable times. Invest in one of these for your neutral spaces. Pick bookshelves with interesting finishes. What’s better than cozying up in one of the corner spaces with a mug of coffee, and a book in your hand right?
If your space is smaller however, or bookshelves don’t do much for you, a vintage wine cabinet could be the perfect corner accessory. Wine bottles, vases, old photo frames, candles would be perfect adornments and will lend that air of sophistication, as well as festivity to your house. While you will get an interesting variety of both on etsy.com, a little digging in the attic and garage too could reveal some interesting vintage finds.
Gold Accents Are Just Perfect
Use of gold tones in winter decor is an absolute must as far as I am concerned. It takes you back to a long gone era that was laid back and luxurious. A touch of gold on the cushions or the candle stands, or a just a golden wreath around the door can spell magic. Colorful and fun accessories are all the rage, but a hint of gold can create magic. It may also make you remember and retell the Christmas story and how baby Jesus on his birth was showered with gold, incense, and precious stones by the three kings.
The Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments We All Love
Make a splash with your Christmas tree trims this year. The 1980’s trio of bottle brushed ornaments is simply adorable and all about Christmas. Let the trio of clown, Santa Claus, and, Snowman hang proudly on your tree.
Baubles are a Christmas tree staple. Go different, and vintage this year by decorating your tree with the Victorian indented baubles. Originally designed to reflect the candlelight on Christmas trees, these balls indeed are lovely and transport you to a different era.
Another must have vintage inspired piece are the diorama styled ornaments. Hugely popular in the 1950’s Europe and Japan begun the trend of these hollowed-out ornaments that show a beautiful landscape, or a Christmas scene. These will definitely make your tree look mesmerizing.
If we are talking Christmas, winters, and vintage, how can we possibly forget sleds? The snow vehicles take on a whole new function this year. Yes, it is being a decorative piece indeed! From sprucing up doorways to being incredibly artistic wall hangings in rooms with high ceilings, sled decor has come a long way. Sled sofa tables and entry benches are simply chic. I also came across an interesting sled card display that proudly showcased Christmas greeting cards of previous years! Heartwarming right?
But to really make an impression and bring some warmth and drama this cold season, invest in a sled coffee table. These timeless pieces command attention and give you the ultimate vibe of a rustic mountain Christmas. And of course, they take the style quotient of your home notches higher. You can find these easily at vintagewinter.com
Lighting up the Traditional Way
We do believe in saving the best for the last. Christmas is all about shine and glitter and what better way to achieve that, than incredible lighting! You will be surprised to know that there are vintage treasures lying around in the house, that will help you make some breathtaking lights and lamps this season.
Bring out the old funnels, and turn them into funky candle holders. Keep the old metallic look untouched to really rock the vintage look. These make a great dining table or corner table accessory.
To make the lighting more festive repurpose an old grain sieve into a primitive chandelier. Make sure to have Christmas wreaths around this beauty during the festive season to really make the room shine. Later you can always take off the extra adornment and, you will still have a chic vintage chandelier.
Use your old wooden dough bowl. Throw in a vintage metallic hand lamp, get together the Christmas baubles and the pine cones and make one gorgeous lighted centerpiece.
And no we haven’t forgotten the outdoors either! A simple DIY trick can transform your old rusty, front door lamp into an authentic vintage piece. Make a delicate bow with jute and pine cones around your lamp, and you will have some eyeballs grabbing vintage fare at your front door itself.
If you want some more, you could simply take an old crate lying in the attic, garage, or back of the garden. Throw in some cones, fallen leaves, and big candles and you have a stunning vintage outdoor light right there.
If DIY vintage lights don’t fire you up, consider SalvageOne and Factory20. They have some pretty cool vintage lighting options as well.
To Wrap it Up
So now that the decor bit is taken care of, it’s time to whip up the other Winter festivities. Get those freebie cookbooks and sampler albums before anyone else. Make some delicious meals, dance to the enchanting Christmas songs and sing Christmas carols. Let warmth, light, and joy spread to your homes and hearts this winter.
Nicola Reynor is a lifestyle, decor and fashion blogger. In her leisure time, she enjoys writing about home decor and going for long walks with her two dogs to explore Spanish architecture. You can Tweet her @ReynorNicola