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15 Vintage Decorating Ideas for Modern Farmhouse Christmas

Hey friends, I’ve shared many times my dream of having an old farmhouse to renovate! Instead, we are renovating the property here at the ponds, which didn’t come with a house. Therefore, we had to build a new farmhouse and try to create that authentic vintage feel.

Here are my 15 Vintage Decorating Ideas to make your modern farmhouse Christmas feel vintage. Ideas that I’ve used throughout our industrial, modern farmhouse that give it the feel of a much older home.

My favorite question is “What did it look like before the renovation?”

Christmas tree is in a antique European Hod

I didn’t want the farmhouse to feel like a new build and that questions confirms that I achieved my goal.

So here are some of the ways I’ve made our modern farmhouse feel vintage.

Vintage Christmas Tour of HOmes

But first, I’m excited to be joining Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home, who is celebrating her 100 year old home.

The Vintage Christmas Tour of Homes is filled with other vintage loving bloggers who are sharing how to decorate with a vintage feel. You will want to hop over by linking at the end of my post.

If you are joining me from Christy, at My Southern Home, I know you loved her beautiful historic home tour of Southport, NC. Thank you for stopping by today.

Vintage Decorating Ideas for Modern Farmhouse

First, I want t share a few of the architectural details that we incorporated into the new farmhouse to create a vintage feel.

Architectural Salvage

Almost all the interior doors are rescued from old homes.

Old doors make the modern farmhouse feel old.

Four of the doors are circa 1880’s from a beautiful old home, that was being torn down. Thankfully, a friend rescued a few door, before it was destroyed.

In addition, all the interior door hardware is vintage. We have a combination of vintage glass and antique porcelain.

Some came with the doors and other’s were rescued from other old homes.

Vintage door knobs add to the authentic vintage feel.

The master bedroom door is also an antique and was repurposed as a barn door. The architectural piece about the door is another treasured find.

architectural details make this modern farmhouse feel vintage.

You can see this video tour of all the doors that I shared on Instagram right after we built.

Vintage Lighting

Our lighting adventure began with two enamelware gas station lights. We found them in an Antique Mall and decided they would be perfect over our kitchen island.

Next, we ran across another similar one which graces our dinning table.

Christmas Table Decor with Reindeers and patchwork tablecloth

And finally, a fourth one that is over our front door.

It is combined with the vintage ceiling tins to add more architectural interest

Architectural details make a modern farmhouse feel vintage.

A Vintage Modern Farmhouse Christmas

Another way to increase the vintage factor is to use vintage and antique decorations, especially during the holidays.

The European antique hod holds our Christmas tree each year. Because we get so many requests for a source, we made a wooden version this year. The tutorial can be seen here.

I surround it with vintage Christmas items, such as a vintage sleigh, old children’s Christmas books and more.

Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree in modern farmhouse

This year the tree is filled with dried hydrangeas, vintage blue shiny brites and a vintage inspired rag ball garland. See How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Dried Hydrangeas, for more details.

Vintage Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

To give the guest bedroom a vintage feel, it is filed with an old iron bed, ticking strip bedding and vintage screens as lighting backdrops.

Modern Farmhouse Christmas with a vintage decorating vibe

Vintage Decorating Ideas

The guest bathroom mirror is actually a repurposed old window for a vintage feel. It is draped with a cedar garland for the holidays.

Antique window repurposed as a bathroom mirror for a vintage decorating idea.

The mirror is combined with old doors, a free standing vanity and retro feel black & white floor tiles to create an old home feel.

Vintage Accessories

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that seeking out vintage home decor is one of my favorite things to do.

Therefore, decorating with those treasures helps me to create an old world feel within my modern farmhouse.

Vintage Decorating Ideas in a modern farmhouse for Christmas

This year I filled vintage dough bowl with dried hydrangeas, vintage shiny brite ornaments and a few twinkle lights to brighten the cabinet top.

In addition, a collection of vintage copper, wooden bread boards and white ironstone fill this corner of the kitchen.

You can see more views of my home decorated for Christmas here and a porch tour here.

In addition, use old dishes, bowls and cookware, to add that vintage vibe. The antique bowl holds a tiny tree with dried orange & mini cookie cutter garland.

Modern Farmhouse Christmas with Vintage vibe - Christmas tree in a vintage bowl

I mentioned that the property didn’t have a farmhouse, however, there was a 60 year old rustic block cabin.

Although it had seen better days, we managed to transform the tiny cabin into a rustic outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen is filled with retro appliances and chippy cabinet

The outdoor kitchen is filled with vintage treasures. You can see the chippy thrift store cabinet and a fully operating circa 1950 refrigerator. In addition, my aunts original 1930’s Victor Junior wood cook stove is just out of view. To see more about the outdoor kitchen here.

I hope you enjoyed these 15 Vintage Decorating Ideas for Modern Farmhouse Christmas!

Be sure to continue on the tour for more vintage inspiration. Next up is Laura from Decor to Adore, sharing a Christmas From Days Gone By. She is sharing a tour of an historical home located in Farmers Branch Historical Park and I know you are going to enjoy her tour!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Amber D Ferguson

Saturday 18th of December 2021

Rachel your beautiful "old" farmhouse looks absolutely beautiful at Christmas with all of your amazing vintage finds! I love seeing all the details you added to give your home authenticity. I am crazy for vintage door knobs and I love that you have a mix of porcelain and crystal.

The little tree in the antique bowl with dried orange slices is darling! Even though there is just a week until Christmas your post has inspired me to dig even deeper into my Christmas totes and drag out all the vintage Christmas! I love seeing all of your treasures year round, but your Christmas home is truly special!

Thank you so much for joining the tour. Merry Christmas!


Sunday 19th of December 2021

Amber, What a sweet compliment. Thanks for including me in the tour.

Kelly Radcliff

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Rachel I love your house at Christmas!!! Your tree in the vintage container is my absolute favorite and I love that you added hydrangeas!!! So stunning, Merry Christmas!!!


Friday 17th of December 2021

Kelly, Thanks for your sweet compliments.


Thursday 16th of December 2021

I love your Christmas home tour!!! Everything looks so beautiful!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Friday 17th of December 2021

Emily, I really appreciate this.

Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Beautiful tour Rachel and I love getting a look at guest bedroom and bath. So beautifully decorated for Christmas!


Friday 17th of December 2021

Michelle, I really appreciate this.

Anita Diaz

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Oh my goodness those doors!! I restored and installed about 13 doors from my great grandfather's house here, so I can certainly appreciate what that brings to a newer home;-) Love your beautiful home all decorated for Christmas!


Friday 17th of December 2021

Anita, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.