Happy Christmas in July! This is the time of year that we begin to long for cooler days and the idea of Fall and Christmas begin to sound appealing. Summer seems to disappear in the stores about this time and we can’t help to begin to plan our seasonal decor.
Welcome to Christmas in July – Christmas Past. Being able to plan for the coming holidays requires that we take a look at the past. Unless you toss all your Christmas decor after the season, it’s important to remember what you have stored in all those boxes. Otherwise, you might be tempted to purchase items that you either don’t need or worse, that you already have! You know that’s happened to me! Yikes! In addition to taking a look back, I’m tossing in a few of my favorite tips for reusing your Christmas Past decor, saving money, and other helpful hints.
At the end of my post, I have linked some more great Christmas In July Posts. Be sure to stay until the end and check them out.
Christmas In July – Christmas Past
So come along as we tour my home decorated for Christmas 2019! You can help by keeping note of all the items that don’t need to be purchased this coming holiday season. LOL! You can also make note of some of my tips and tricks to holiday decorating.
First, I love using vintage or vintage inspired holiday decor. Here you can see the substantial collection of Shiny Brite vintage ornaments and you’ll see those scattered all around the house as we go through. If you are a collector of vintage and you want to use your collections each year, my best tip is to look for new and interesting ways to display your collections.
Handmade Christmas Decor
The main Christmas Tree is filled with nothing but the shiny ornaments. The garland is a handmade DIY project using Christmas Music Sheets, faux acorns and tinsel.
My favorite tip for holiday decorating is to use items in unexpected ways. Here is the hall table, which is located beside the Christmas tree! The table is filled with DIY wooden trees, a lantern and vintage inspired garland. Instead of hanging the garland, use it to wrap around your vignette.
Another great tip is to vary the heights of your trees and accessories. Using a variety of stools, crates, boxes and packages helps to create interesting vignettes around the tree base and as a result, you eye travels around the entire display.
Home Office Christmas Past
The vintage ladder holds a strand of garland as well as a magnolia wreath, which is another example of using items in an unexpected way.
Add little touches of holiday cheer to all spaces throughout your home. Although the desk is used for business most of the time, you can still add some holiday touches like the flocked trees and Christmas Card collection.
Here is a great space to add in some handmade charm and warmth! The fruit garland is handmade and smells wonderful as it adorns the window above the sink. Even the pantry door chalk board expresses the Christmas spirit with a handwritten Christmas message. In addition, Rudy is waiting for Santa to bring him a treat.
Silent Night from Christmas Past
My favorite painting ever is Sophie, the Christmas Cow and she holds center stage over the dining table. I have prints and Christmas Cards available of Sophie in my Store. The vintage inspired bottle brush trees shine a little brighter under the glass cloche’s and these have been used in various areas in Christmases past.
What’s your favorite part of the Christmas Past so far?
Living Room from Christmas Past
Another great way to display small collections is to display them together on a tray, basket or shelve. The Vintage Wine Barrel Bowl is a perfect example of pulling small items together and creating a big impact with these whimsical pieces of holiday decor.
Another tip is to look for holiday decor in Thrift Stores. The whimsical vintage theme continues in the loft area where you will see a vintage potato chip container and vintage children’s Christmas Books, all purchased from thrift stores. You will begin to see these type of items soon and you can pick up some great deals. If you like to know more about shopping thrift stores, you can read more here.
Here is an evening view of the screened porch and an example of looking to nature for your holiday decor. The DIY Shiplap tree is styled with pinecones and grapevine. In addition, more grapevine gathered from the property, forms a garland and holds twinkling lights to illuminate the area around the top of the screened porch. Don’t you just love FREE decor.
Here we are back on the porch again and this area is filled with items that I’ve used in different areas throughout the years. I love having new items, but when something old suddenly feels brand new, that’s even better. So my final tip is re-imagine your decor and find new and interesting places to display your items. In addition, shop your decor like you would a thrift store. How can you change an item to make it work this year? Maybe a new coat of paint, re-working a wreath or floral arrangement, etc.
I hope you enjoyed Christmas in July – Christmas Past and that you picked up some tips to start planning for your holiday decor. I’m looking forward sharing what’s in store for Christmas Future – 2020!