I love that delightful mix of rustic and elegant in a room. The gilded French chair with a chipping table next to it. A burlap covered seat with an aubusson pillow. A chandelier in every room; even if it’s a closet or a hallway. Everyday elegance; like setting a table with vintage china and fine stemware and an abundance of beautiful blooms is a favorite thing. Especially if it’s on an old weathered farm table in the middle of the woods with a chandelier hanging from the branches. I love creating that ambiance and inviting the conversations and laughs to linger a bit longer. You can find more on my blog French Country Cottage where I share decorating, DIY renovations and projects and french cottage inspired living.

Classic Vintage

Channel the spirit of Bing Crosby this Christmas with this classic vintage look, inspired by traditions of holidays past.

Begin with 9-foot Balsam Fir Tree, one of the most common and beloved tree species in North America. Next, use mouth-blown, red glass ornaments from the Red, White, and Sparkle Ornament Set to decorate its branches. For additional vintage touches, place lanterns along with old thrift store treasures and toys under the tree. You can also incorporate other subtle vintage touches throughout the room to complete the classic vintage look — think wicker chairs adorned with chunky knit blankets and this charming stag pillow, old tree stumps, and copper mugs filled with hot cocoa.

Did you have any specific theme in mind before starting?

I was thinking vintage and traditional, and red ornaments and toys came to mind.

What inspired you to decorate your tree entirely with red ornaments?

It is not something I normally would do, but the patio can definitely show off that classic Christmas color well. So it was inspired by the location of the tree, as well as the vintage toy bin in red.

What did you enjoy the most about decorating this tree?

I liked that it was something different from what I normally do.

What sets this tree apart from other trees you’ve decorated?

Probably that it is decorated with red – a color that is traditional for Christmas but not necessarily for me.

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