It’s that magical time of year when everything in our home comes alive. The Christmas trees are trimmed and the twinkle lights are shining. My vintage-inspired cottage is ready for the holidays so let’s go for a Christmas home tour.
Welcome to the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tour
Hi everyone! It’s day two of the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours, hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. I’m joining 28 blogging friends who will be sharing their inspiring holiday homes throughout the entire week. You can find each of their links at the end of this post.
If you’re hopping over from Shawna at Willow Bloom Home Blog, welcome! Isn’t her Christmas decor simply beautiful?
Welcome to Shiplap and Shells
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Welcome to Our Vintage Cottage Christmas Tour
When you enter our home, this is the view you’ll see.
We have no spacious entryway and our home is only 1600 square feet. I like to think of it as “cozy” rather than “small”.
My overall decorating style is more “collected vintage cottage” with a few industrial style decor pieces here and there. Our home has always been more casual than “put together”.
Simple is Better For a Small House
I have learned over the last 9 years that “more” is not necessarily better when it comes to decorating our cottage for Christmas. Because our house is on the small side it can be very easy to have a room full of clutter. Every year I try to make my Christmas decor more simple and easier than the year before.
CLICK HERE for 11 Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas and Inspiration for the Holiday Season.
Decorating in Phases
Jax, Ollie, and Lucy are here to welcome you to our Christmas cottage.
For those that have been following along with me for a bit, it will be no surprise that I tend to decorate my home in phases each season. I seem to tweak things after I’ve lived with them for a while.
Here are some of the things I’m already planning for the second phase of my Christmas decor…
- Adding dried oranges to the garland and trees.
- Making a couple of wreaths from my magnolia tree in the yard.
- Creating some Christmas DIY projects once I find some time.
Vintage Cottage Christmas Living Room Tour
The first thing you’ll notice about my home is that there are mini Christmas trees scattered throughout. That’s because a larger tree won’t fit in the house.
Each year I try to change the themes of each tree. Some years are better than others. I want to put up a flocked tree next year.
CLICK HERE to see Last Year’s Christmas Cottage Tour.
SHOP THE LOOK
I found these snowshoe reproductions a couple of weeks ago. They actually inspired me to create a more rugged and rustic Christmas theme this year.
We’ve had this reindeer for years and have had him all over the house during the Christmas season. Doesn’t the scarf make him look warm and cozy?
Vintage Inspiration for Our Christmas Cottage
I love the nostalgic charm my vintage and repurposed finds bring to my 101-year-old-cottage.
The galvanized bucket I used as a container last year for this Christmas tree was replaced with a wicker picnic basket.
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CLICK HERE for my favorite ornament picks.
Vintage books are perfect Christmas decor and can be used to make a vignette in just 5 minutes for the holidays.
I have another taller Christmas tree, more on the skinny side, in the corner of the living room which fits nicely.
CLICK HERE for more faux Christmas tree options.
What’s a girl to do when she has too many Christmas ornaments?
I’ve taken my excess ornaments that didn’t fit on the trees and added them to containers around the house.
Here’s a dough bowl filled with ornaments, greenery, pinecones, and berries that I have on my coffee table.
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I love this mercury glass bowl filled with more ornaments and greenery.
Christmas Vintage Cottage Kitchen Tour
Again, when it came to my cottage-style kitchen, “simple” seemed to be the right approach.
I added some bay leaf garland under the kitchen window and a bundle of faux mistletoe as you walk into the kitchen.
We finally finished our corbel project the other day. I shared a little bit about it in my last Saltwater Sounds Wrap-Up blog post.
I actually skipped hanging the garland on the pan rack this year, but I may have enough fresh garland to add some once I’m finished decorating outdoors. So stay tuned.
My red and white transferware will most likely be added to the open shelving to play off the white Ironstone that is already styled there.
Fragrant candles such as this Antique Candle Co. Vanilla Bean candle will go a long way with the Christmas cozy ambiance you’re trying to achieve.
A bowl of walnuts or pomegranates work wonders for your Christmas kitchen vignettes.
Here’s another great space in our cottage to show off my vintage finds for the Christmas season.
Open shelving can be a touchy subject.
Some believe that shelving isn’t practical and the dishes will get dirty.
I use the shelving for more of a place to display my seasonal decor, so it doesn’t matter if my vintage pieces and collections get a little dirty. It’s worth it to me to be able to show off my Christmas decor.
SHOP THE LOOK
On the Hunt for Vintage Collections
Every year is one more reminder that I MUST make it a priority to find more Santa mugs and thermoses for next season’s decor.
Now here’s a budget-friendly way to spruce up your Christmas kitchen. Fill a glass mason jar with candy canes for color.
The Kitchen Eating Area
We don’t have a formal dining room. But we do have an amazing view from the kitchen so we won’t complain!
I can’t wait to create a Christmas tablescape with my red and white transferware this year, but until then you can CLICK HERE to see my tablescape from last year.
Until then, this vintage galvanized bucket of flowers and greenery from Trader Joe’s sits on our farm table.
To make the flowers stand up, I placed 3 mason jars filled with water inside the bucket for them.
You can also use greenery in your garden this month like rosemary, bay leaves, magnolia leaves, and evergreen branches and berries.
A dough bowl with greenery, pinecones, ornaments, and dried oranges and/or berries would also be a lovely touch.
I can never get enough of this waterview of Puget Sound and my greenhouse.
You can even see a red sailboat anchored out in the bay if you look hard enough.
I hope you liked what you saw on my vintage-inspired Christmas cottage tour today. I will be sharing my bedroom, guest room, and greenhouse soon. Wait until you see the full-sized nutcracker I found at a local antique mall. I’m going to put him in front of the greenhouse this year.
But wait…there’s more!
Make sure to head over to Leen at Sand Dollar Lane for her holiday home tour. You’ll love her blue and gold Christmas decorations
Click the links for the Monday and Tuesday tours to see the other homes on the Christmas tour as well. And come back each day for the rest of this week to see all the new tours added via the links below.
Until next time,
Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours
This week my friends and I are sharing our homes all dressed up for the holidays. We hope you will have fun visiting each of the tours below!