How to Decorate with Collections at Christmas

It’s really starting to feel like Christmas now that some of my client projects are wrapping up and I can focus on some holiday cheer with my family and friends.  I thought you might like to look around at some of the holiday collections and special vignettes that make me happy as I sit here in front of the fire and write to you.  These photos are from a recent photo shoot of my home:

decorologist christmas home tour

 Melanie G Photography



Melanie G Photography 


I love displaying my collections during the holidays, like my deer and my vintage ceramic Christmas trees.

ceramic tree collection

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I love this flocked tabletop tree, and I decorate it as if it’s out in the woodland forest with snowflakes, owls, pink acorns (why not?) and yes, more deer.

 Melanie G Photography



Did I mention that I collect owls?  Many of them hang out year-round in my home. 

 Melanie G Photography



Melanie G Photography  


I have used faux sugared fruit in my Christmas decorating in the past, but now I like to use bowls and trays of real fruit.  I always think of Laura Ingalls getting an orange in her stocking and being so grateful! 

 Melanie G Photography



Christmas is a great time of year to display my collections of colored glassware and colored candlesticks.  I pick them up at estate sales whenever I can.  They are so inexpensive and beautiful in any tablescape.  I have lots of different colors, but I’m using gold and green this Christmas season.

Melanie G Photography 



Melanie G Photography 



 A snowy garland placed around anything on a tabletop instantly creates a winter vignette.   *love*

deer decoration

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I collect vintage landscapes from flea markets and yard sales, so I get really excited when I find one that is season-specific.  I like to pull out my winter scenes this time of year.

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 Melanie G Photography


This is the large Christmas tree that sits in our front window.  We’ve had it for twelve years and all the pre-lit lights are out.  We just keep stringing on new lights!  

decorologist christmas tree

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My McCoy pottery collection in the hutch is a nice backdrop to the Christmas tree, don’t you think? 

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My bird and bird nest collections are present at all times of the year – they are tucked into many of my tabletop vignettes, sitting on chandeliers, and perched on the Christmas tree.  I am NOT a red or orange kind of girl – it’s PINK all the way for me.  So I have to get plenty of pink into my Christmas each year.

 Melanie G Photography 



vintage lady portrait

 Melanie G Photography



Melanie G Photography 


 Of course, my ever-present deer and gnomes get into the Christmas spirit with a few flocked trees and another snowy garland.

 Melanie G Photography



Another favorite color of mine is turquoise, so I had to add this glittered deer from TJ Maxx to spread a little turquoise Christmas cheer.

glitter deer

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Melanie G Photography 


There are so many ways to integrate your collections and favorite things into your Christmas decor. Do you use your favorite color in your Christmas decorating or do you stick to a traditional color palette at this time of year?


Linking to these Christmas Blog Hops:

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The Inspired Room

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19 thoughts on “How to Decorate with Collections at Christmas

  1. Kelly @ JAX does design says:

    Your home is so beautiful and festive :-) Love that you’ve used non-traditional colours and created lots of vignettes. My favourite is your collection of ceramic trees. My mom made ceramic trees years ago, and every year I put mine out and think of her.

    I’ve never gone with the traditional colours for my Christmas decorating. This year I bought a bunch of new ornaments & decorations in pink, purple, turquoise, green, and orange.

  2. elizabeth davis says:

    Love this, Kristie. And thanks for the reminder about the orange. My girls are getting the Laura Ingalls’
    hard cover books along with dresses, bonnets, and aprons I had made for them. Now I am going to put an orange in each of their stockings!

  3. MK says:

    Just lovely! I would love to see your entire dining room table to see how you did the whole tablescape. You have impeccable taste. I forwarded your blog to two other friends who now also follow you.

  4. Pam from Louisville says:

    I love the deer with her evening wear jewelry. She looks so Downton Abbey. Is there a name for the green and gold wine glasses on your table? What is that style called? Your house if beautiful.

  5. Lisa@CozyCondoLiving says:

    Very pretty! I love the idea of collecting colored glasses. You must have a lot of storage in your home for all your beautiful decor.

  6. Susan says:

    Oh my goodness! Your Christmas decorating is so pretty but the curtains by
    Your big tree are….lovely! Just beautiful curtains, I love curtains.

    Living in a pink house on the outside & aqua on the inside myself, I so
    Enjoyed your tour.

    I am in Kansas & with all the Laura Ingalls talk, I have to mention that my
    Cousin has a farm in Southeastern Kansas & a tiny part of Laura’s Plum
    Creek flows on her land.

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