Home for the Holidays!

This year really was all about home. I prepared for a magazine holiday photo shoot- it’ll be out next year, lips sealed til then! Pretty exciting, and I went festive on the entire house. It’s amazing what you can do with thrifted, estate saled, hunted down items, and it helps that I basically have a vintage prop closet in my studio. Stephan and I picked up quite a few new to us vintage holiday pieces this year and they certainly came in handy for the decor! I had a great time styling the house up and I think we got some great shots. I just looove working on these projects so much! I’ll share some select overall pics of the house, and if you want to see a lot more check out my instagram page, lots of details there!  LOTS!

Let’s start with the front of the house! We lucked out and had the perfect amount of festive snow for the shoot. I brought out the giant vintage 4×8 foot tree sign just for the occasion and it looked pretty cute outside or sweet bungalow. It’s on an original barn door from an old nursery, nabbed it at an estate sale a few years back.


Now let’s head to my favorite room, the kitchen nook. Something magical happens with the snow, and aqua, and silver. It feels quiet and still and super relaxing in this spot. We love to look over the garden and watch the birds and squirrels from this spot. I added an aqua tree this year, a cozy rug, and a vintage tree skirt that is amazing!

Here’s a mix of lots of details. Pink poinsettia, new to me snowman mugs, the cute tree and tree skirt, wonderful silver wreath, custom aqua artgoodies stockings, some Russel Wright aqua melmac and Sweetielicious coconut cupcakes look like fluffy snowy treats!


The kitchen got a mini makeover near the sink too. I used 4 artgoodies all over pattern snowflake tea towels and some pompon trim to create this look. Plus I decided a citrus fruit tree would be festive and bring in some nice color. We also made an awesome gingerbread house, you have to see the closeups on my instagram! And an artgoodies stripey elf towel looks right at home!


I really went all out on our bedroom. It feels fun to have it really changed out and festive. Whatdya know, I had some red and green trays lying around, lol. I’d also been saving this amazing oak leaf mid century fabric and I had just the right amount for new curtains. Thing is, if you flip them upside down they look like cool funky holly leaves! I sewed up a couple of green pillows for some leftover fabric, and here’s one of my vintage scrap pillows I make from time to time. My friend Joleen recently gave me a couple of twin chenille bedspreads and layering them gave me the perfect coverage adding extra interest with more fringe, and I styled a nice vintage plaid throw with tray of goodies for extra coziness!


Festive mania! I made the pole for these lonely vintage aluminum tree branches and filled them with green, red, and gold ornaments. Some festive tins, a sleigh, etc sit below, and would you believe I snagged this tree skirt at the dollar store!? There are some hidden gems amongst the straight up junk there. The other dresser got a healthy heaping of all sorts of vintage holiday deer, santas, etc! Lots of new to me pieces went in here. I styled in a couple jade colored planters and kitchen pieces to coordinate with my Summerettes shoe sign. And a trio of artgoodies doily stockings hang below!


It was fun to style the newly redone den man room for the holiday. We snagged this tree at the Salvation Army for a mere $1.50! It was smashed up and tangled with terrible ornaments and multicolored lights, Within a half hour I had those cut off, puffed it out, and styled it up with mini white lights and vintage and copper colored ornaments. I love the result! I also won some loot at World Market since I found a golden llama during one of their promotions so I bought these new bottle brush wreaths and styled them as candle rings. I don’t do much new, but the colors were right on for the room. A pretty poinsettia, kissing angels, and some candles completed the cozy look.


And the living room shelves got filled with vintage metal doll houses, a few decorated with wreaths, and trees outside. The aluminum tree in the window is one of 2 in the room. There are some fun details on my instagram including Santa’s Christmas Tree lot! Oh, and why not put a cozy fireplace on the tv to brighten the holiday mood.

Here’s the big tree! It sits in a pale pink stand that spins, and the vintage tree skirt is pretty great, but check out those packages covered in artgoodies wrapping paper! I whipped up a couple of more holiday themed pillows with vintage scrap too. And you can’t go wrong with an artgoodies MI pillow. There are SO many more pics and details, this is just the beginning. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

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Vintage Holiday Magazine Press!

I’m SUPER excited to share this with you! Check out the Fall 2015 issue of Vintage Holiday Magazine! It’s a special issue from the editors of Cottages and Bungalows on newsstands NOW through Nov 10! It features my vintage holiday collection, an interview, tips, quotes, and I was even the photographer for this one!!! PLUS don’t forget I’ll be stocking up the holiday section of my vintage shop with TONS of vintage holiday from now through Christmas, so check back often as I list amazing treasures, no doubt even some from my own collection! A HUGE thanks to editor Jacqueline deMontravel who was awesome to work with on this project! On the cover you’ll see some of my little deer saying hello in the first circle, then flip to page 16 for 4 pages of vintage holiday magic! Check it out below along with some extra shots and if you’d like to see more flip through my past Dec blog posts, or click on over to my flickr holiday page for a few more shots starting with its humble beginnings! One last thing!  You just might need some artgoodies holiday products to go along with your vintage holiday collection, say a NEW knee hugger elf or all over elf tea towel? Check out artgoodies holiday items here, OR now you can conveniently shop right here on the main artgoodies website! SO many options for my customers! Have fun looking around everyone! vintage holiday magazine cover page 16 and 17 page 17 and 18
brown reindeer blog

Seen here: Vintage rubber reindeer and a few blow mold reindeer pals along with a selection of bottle brush trees.

giant blue collection blog

My favorites seen here! My rare blue vintage holiday Japan collection, and a few pink pals in the mix too! Blue reindeer, snowmen, trees, angels, elves, and a blue glitter Santa too! Rubber, plastic, spun cotton, etc.

pink santa blog

Rare pink Rushton Santa, AKA “baby Santa”, large celluloid reindeer, Gurley candles, sawdust reindeer, NOS blue musical tree in box, Japanese tabletop tree, bell corsage, and a felt tree skirt with blue and pink details!

snowman holiday shelf blog

Seen here: My bathroom shelf decked out with little snowmen. Some happy, some kinda mad, I love them all!

vintage colored deer blog

Seen here: A colorful collection of hard to find Japanese rubber reindeer! White, yellow, orange, pink, red! I’ve alwasy got my eye out for blue and other color friends!

white gold holiday blog

Seen here: A menagerie of white and gold, green and red. This is as traditional as I get. My favorite are the weird poinsettia pals on the bottom, the round headed white reindeer, Christmas list box, and card mailbox!

vintage holiday wall 2015 blog

Seen here: The towering holiday display from last year that was mentioned in the magazine article. It was fun to have most, not all of course, of the collection in a condensed area to take it all in.

giant holiday blog

Seen here: A shot of the great wall of all holiday display with a Shiny Brite tabletop tree and plastic folding sleigh with knee hugger elves. I have SO many more vintage holiday items I could show you! Stay tuned for this year’s Home for the Holidaze posts for those!

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