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Christmas In July – Christmas Past

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.

Christmas In July - Christmas Past - Holiday Tips and Trick to get ready for Christmas Decorating.

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.

Christmas Porch decor.  Great Tips for holiday decorating
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.

Vintage Inspired Christmas Decor.  Tips for re-purposing your holiday decor and saving money.
I like to use the vintage ornament boxes as part of my decor as well.

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.

Vintage and handmade deccor for Christmas.  Here are tips to make your holiday decorating easy and save money.

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.

Home office decorated for Christmas.  See tips and tricks for saving money when decorating for the holidays.
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The Kitchen

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.

Cow Painting and Vintage Inspired Bottle Brush Trees create a beautiful holiday table.
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Candle Sticks Here
Wooden Plate Chargers here & White Dishes here

Another unexpected surprise is hanging a wreath inside a vintage picture frame and wrapping the handmade garland around the frame. However, this wreath from Floral Treasure is a work of art.

Tips for decorating for Christmas and re-purposing your holiday decor from Christmases past.

What’s your favorite part of the Christmas Past so far?

Christmas in July - Christmas Past
Holiday decorating tips and tricks to save money.
Bottle Trees here
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.

Best Tips for Christmas Decorating and re-purposing last years holiday decor.
Snowman Pillow, Distressed Red Ticking Pillows
Loft View

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.

Vintage inspired flea market style decorating for Christmas.
Screened Porch

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.

Screened Porch Christmas Decor Tips

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!

Make your front entry inviting with these helpful tips on holiday decorating - Christmas in July - Christmas Past

Don’t miss these other great Christmas In July Posts

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Kim – ShiplapandShells

Michele – VintageHomeDesigns

Rachel – The PondsFarmhouse

Janae Helt

Monday 12th of July 2021

Absolutely stunning! This may be a silly question, but where did you get your porch lights?

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Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Janae, They were a special order from Lowes Home Improvement. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Susan

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Love the decorations. Can you tell me about the large metal container that your Christmas tree is in, I believe it is at your front door area. I have been looking for these for awhile. Thanks for sharing all your pictures Susan

rahrags@gmail.com

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Susan, I appreciate your comments and thanks for stopping by also! Rachel

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Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Susan, It's a European Grape Gathering Barrel I'm told. I purchased from a Barn Sale 3 years ago and they no longer have them. I wish I knew where to find them because everyone wants to know.

Melissa

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I do not see it but maybe you've mentioned the "Thirty five Hundred" sign! I LOVE everything here! This really caught my eye! Can you tell me where you found it?

rahrags@gmail.com

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Melissa, We made the sign ourselves. I wish I had a source but I don't. Sorry. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel

Michelle

Thursday 26th of November 2020

My first visit....I'm so happy to have found you. I think we could be friends but I would be afraid to go shopping with you because we might fight over the same items!!! Love your style it is so similiar to mine!

rahrags@gmail.com

Friday 27th of November 2020

Michelle, Thanks for making my day and welcome. So glad you stopped by. Rachel

Angela Smith

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

I am wondering where you got the orangish bronze and turquoise Christmas ornament balls! Your decorating is beautiful!!!

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Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Angela, Thanks for stopping by. Most of my ornament balls are vintage shiny brites. I have a few reproduction vintage inspired pieces but my tree is full of vintage.