Thursday, October 29, 2009

Celebrating the Holidays With Vintage Accessories and Decor

Bringing a Warm Vintage Country Cottage Look Inside

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time when many families like to bring a warm vintage country look into their homes.

While writing my second book, Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes, I was introduced to many talented collectors who turn ordinary vintage objects into charming
holiday decorations. Pam of keeps plenty of dried flowers on hand and makes lovely holiday arrangements using vintage tins, ceramic vases and wash bowl sets as her base. This is the time when a slightly cracked or chipped antique or vintage vase can be re-purposed into a charming holiday centerpiece.

Also consider adding other vintage touches to your table decor such as old picture frames, vintage clocks, old framed prints or postcards etc..

Holiday Decorating Using Architectural Salvage

Re-using salvaged materials is a lovely way to add attractive and inexpensive accessories to your holiday decor The candle sticks shown were made from old wooden railings.

Re-purposing older materials to evoke a vintage country look adds warmth, character and nostalgia to any home during the holidays.

Using Natural Materials for Holiday Decor

Country cottage collectibles mixed with natural materials such as leaves, twigs, tree branches, pine cones, berries etc. are lovely easy obtainable ingredients for a fresh and cozy holiday.

The key to country or cottage style is to be comfortable with what you own and to allow yourself free reign in experimenting with new ideas .

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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1 comment:

  1. Fabulous post, Dianne. We are fotunate enough to own mountain property here in Colorado and every year, we cut pine bows and i wire them together to make natural garland. We also load up on pine cones and other natural things to decorate for the holidays. I love this time of year.