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:

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

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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.

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

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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! 

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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.

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

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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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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!  

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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.

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

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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.

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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:

Restoration House Interiors

The Inspired Room

Finding Silver Pennies

 

The Nester

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Completely and utterly enchanting!

    I have that same set of angels shown in the second image with that amazing clock. :) They are gathered on a silver tray surrounded by faux snow. Bliss.

    As to a nod to LIW you might want to view some silver that was once owned by Laura’s uncle Lansford James Ingalls…

    http://decortoadore.blogspot.com/2012/12/glimmers-of-white-and-gold.html

  2. 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.

  3. You did such an amazing job! I love the vignettes and trees. Gorgeous colors (of course). I’m going to have to pin some of these! Thanks for sharing at the link party!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Wow! I love all your collections. It all looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your Christmas decor at our Home for the Holidays link party!

  7. OMG…I love it all! So talented! Thanks so much for sharing over at our Home for the Holidays party!

  8. So beautiful and festive Kristie! Your home looks so warm and inviting. I love all of your special vignettes. Merry Christmas my friend!

  9. Love your tour…I think I am really in love with the winter print! Dianntha

  10. 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.

  11. ooooh i love it ALL!!!! so festive and fun! i love your collection of vintage light up trees!

  12. I love all your collections and the way you used them in vignettes all around the house. Beautiful!

  13. The Ingalls orange story is one of my favorite. Thanks for reminding of the story and to be grateful

  14. 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.

  15. 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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