Today I’m sharing my Christmas decor from my mudroom/laundry room this year. I have so much kitschy vintage Christmas decor I’ve collected over the years and this seemed like the perfect spot to display some of it. I love how the bright colors really pop against the black and white gingham wallpaper and black chalkboard wall. This space is really so cheerful and fun to walk into everyday and it makes doing laundry a little bit better too!Read More
Join us to paint your own vintage-style ceramic Christmas tree at the Amsden! This workshop will be hosted by local ceramic artist Jody Jaques. Paint your own 13" bisque tree and base! Christmas tree comes with a light kit that includes base light bulb, colorful mini lights and yellow star tree topper. Jody will then fire your bisque tree and it will be ready for pick up in 1- 2 weeks!
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all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Confession: I am a hoarder of vintage coats. My jacket + coat collection is getting out of control and it just seems to expand more every year. The beauty of vintage, is that many of these coats are so well made and such classic styles that I never want to get rid of them! It also doesn't help when you find one (or two, or three....) for $5, then you REALLY can't pass them up! I also love the fit of vintage coats and they really are SO much warmer than modern styles. Every year I say that I am going to purge some before I allow myself to add anymore, but it's just nearly impossible to part with these beauties.
This buffalo plaid coat is just another new addition to my collection that I picked up recently at Peddler's Mall Stores (The Middletown Peddler Mall in Louisville to be exact). One booth had an entire rack of vintage plaid coats, most under $20, so of course I left with at least two! The majority of my vintage coat collection is plaid or faux fur, but I had yet to find the perfect buffalo plaid coat like this one. It has been my go-to coat lately, so warm and comfortable, and it basically makes an outfit on its own (I just layered it over some simple, minimal pieces here). I also like that it feels very festive and holiday appropriate! If you would love to find a similar vintage buffalo plaid coat, I've linked some below- or check out Etsy here for lots of great options!
ALL PHOTOS BY SARAH E DUNN PHOTO + DESIGN
Our little guest bedroom is one of my favorite rooms to decorate for the holidays. I love being able to pile on the pillows, throws, and make the space feel super cozy and inviting. I haven't really gotten around to finalizing the decor in here and besides painting the walls and updating the light fixture, not much has changed since we moved in. We still would like to sand up the painted floors to see if we could restore the wood underneath, but for now I am working with the brown floors (at least it's not carpet!). Since the color scheme has stayed pretty neutral in here, I added some pops of pastel for Christmas; mostly because I just HAD to find somewhere to put my pink flocked tree! Over the years I have collected a lot of little pastel vintage Christmasy trinkets and this seemed like the perfect room for them. I mixed in lots of creamy knit pillows and gray tones too so that the pastels weren't too overpowering and juvenile feeling. The room felt a little bare before but with all the Christmas decorations it instantly feels more cozy + complete- who wants to come stay?!
Knit pillows: Homegoods
Knit tassel blanket: Anthropologie
Rug: Urban Outfitters (old)
Linen duvet cover: H&M
Winter scene pillow: Vintage
Pink flocked tree: similar here
Faux fur tree skirt: similar here
Small pink bottle brush trees: similar here
White ceramic tree: Vintage
Pastel paper houses: Vintage
Deer figurines: Vintage
Gold antler: At Home
Winter scene framed picture: Vintage
Pastel deer print pillow: Target (old)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our home! I usually stick to a very strict "no decorating before Thanksgiving" rule, but with how busy the holiday season is for small businesses in addition to adding my new decorating jobs to the schedule, I decided to start early this year to alleviate some holiday stress. We also have a quite a bit more room in our new house and that means more holiday decor! The first room I have started decorating this year is the pantry (yes, the pantry). Even though it may seem ridiculous to most to decorate a pantry, ours is a space right off both the mudroom and kitchen that is clearly visible and also a room where we spend a lot of time. And let's be honest, I'm not going to miss an opportunity to deck out any room!
I knew I wanted a uniquely colored tree to really pop against the dark walls in this room. Thanks to Hayneedle, I was able to find THE PERFECT deep red tinsel tree and they were generous enough to send it to me to style for this room. If you have never heard of Hayneedle it is a one-stop online shop for home decor and you can find really great prices on just about everything, furniture, bedding, kitchenware, lighting, and more! I am always a bit nervous ordering trees online that I can't see in person, but I was SO pleasantly surprised when the tree arrived! It is extremely beautiful and expensive-looking and has more than enough lights that are a beautiful golden color when lit. I decorated it with lots of gold and metallic ornaments to play off of all the brass and gold details I have in this room, including our chandelier.
Speaking of the chandelier, it might be my favorite part of the Christmas decorations in here. I was inspired to hang lots of vintage ornaments and garland from it from pictures I had seen on Pinterest, and I love the finished look! It is such a beautiful and glamorous centerpiece for the room and a perfect way to display vintage or heirloom ornaments.
On our open shelving, I added some pops of gold as well, including garland at the top and a fun wreath hanging over the shelves. I also mixed in some of my favorite little vintage Christmas keepsakes, like these flocked deer, Christmas store signs, and my Santa cookie jar. I'm not quite finished with the entire room yet and still have a few finishing touches to add, but I wanted to go ahead and share a preview of my progress so far! Enjoy!
7.5 ft. crimson Christmas tree courtesty of Hayneedle
Red flocked deer: Vintage (similar here)
Gold wreath: Target (old)
Christmas signs: Vintage
Santa cookie jar: Vintage (similar here)
I'm all about Christmas scents for the holidays: I have candles in just about every room and fresh cut greenery throughout the house. My favorite fragrances are those with a touch of citrus and these old-fashioned orange + clove pomanders will fill up any room with a warm, fresh Christmas scent! They are super easy and quick to make and make a very beautiful and inexpensive centerpiece when grouped together.
All you need is:
1 Jar of Cloves
Any plate, tray, or platter of your choosing
Just stick your cloves into your orange creating any pattern you like! Click here for some photos of intricate patterns and ideas for your oranges. My cloves were very easy to stick into the oranges but I have read that you can also use a skewer to prepare poked holes if you are having trouble. You can make as few or as many as you please- even one will fill the room with a wonderful scent!
To create a centerpiece, lay some assorted greenery on a tray or plate in a circular wreath pattern and then place you oranges in the center stacking them as needed. It doesn't get much easier than that!
The combination of the fresh, bright citrus and spicy cloves creates the most welcoming old-fashioned Christmas scent. The color of the oranges pops so beautifully against the greenery and I just love the natural and simplistic look of this centerpiece. What a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy together year after year! You could even create individual pomanders and package them for sweet homemade gifts!