Vintage Holiday Feature

Ages ago I met an editor at Engaged Media (the publishing powerhouse behind vintage favorites such as Atomic Ranch and Flea Market Decor) and we talked about our apartment being featured in their special holiday issue, Vintage Holiday. However, we were house hunting, I believe we may have even made an offer on a house, and if everything went how I originally intended, we would have been moving when they needed to shoot. I was beyond flattered at the proposal, and sad to say no. Well, that Christmas season came and went, but not without the editor contacting me, saying she saw we decorated, and was wondering if we would leave it up a wee bit longer to have them come shoot it. It was a surreal experience, but very fun, and I am happy to say you can see our (soon to be old) place in the issue that just hit newsstands!

There were things the editor brought to the table (both literally and figuratively) including the stockings, and got cute and creative with some of my suitcases in our bedroom. But that I believe is par for the course with any magazine on any subject. I was so flattered at the whole notion and that she thought to include items from my wardrobe that I wear during the holiday season!

For those interested in purchasing, I saw the magazine at Target and Barnes and Nobel. I have heard it is also available at some grocery stores, including Smart and Final, as well as Publix if you’re in the southeast. If you can’t get your hands on a copy, I know Engaged also does digital copies, and you can still enjoy my post from last year when I took pictures to share on the blog!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this feature or to write about or publicize the issue. I’m just that darn excited!

Cool Yule

Last week Patrick and I blasted some Christmas tunes and decorated for Christmas. It takes a couple of days to get everything sorted and put up. Between last year and this, we acquired some more vintage Christmas decorations, including a vintage wall-hanging aluminum tree! As well as some more delightful vintage ceramic pieces that belonged to my great grandmother.

What is your favorite part of the holidays? I really love decorating and listing to Christmas music. I have a massive collection, which I’m always eager to add more to, especially quirky, weird stuff. Last year I added Bad Religion’s Christmas album and Bonnie McKee’s “California Winter”, which has the most adorable music video! This year I’ve already added to the collection too, with selections from Kacey Musgrave‘s new Christmas album, which included a cover of my favorite Christmas song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.

Christmas Cheer

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I used to be of the opinion strictly no Christmas decorating or music until the day after Thanksgiving. Over the years my love of decorating has increased (as has the amount of decorations), and I hauled out the Christmas boxes in mid-November, so our place has been decorated for a few weeks now, but we’ve been so busy I just now had time to photograph!

This year we welcomed two new trees to our collection. Another small silver one, and a large six and a half foot green one. My dad had actually purchased this green beauty a few years ago, and it was the main tree at his house for sometime, but three years of putting up and taking down the pink tapered branch aluminum tree has taken a toll on me and the tree. Last year, while putting it together, I noticed that if I put up just the upper half of the tree I could have quite the adorable three foot pink tree, so I requested that my dad mail me the green one. I love having three different colored aluminum trees and hope to one day lay my hands on a blue one!

Over the years I’ve noticed the amount of new decor items dwindle, and it’s to the point where nearly every piece is vintage (which a handful of exceptions), which makes me extremely happy. Christmas is such a nostalgic time, and it genuinely feels nice handling old items with such care. While some items are family pieces (such as the houses along the mantle, which belonged to my grandmother), many are items I’ve collected through making diligent rounds of antique malls during the Christmas season over the years. How do you decorate for the holidays? New items? New to you items? Or family pieces passed through generations or items loved ones have made?

It’s hard to talk about the holidays without thinking about gifts. And honestly, I’ve been rather terrible about my Christmas shopping so far, it seems I am finding far more for myself than others, because so many of the lovely, but expensive, shops I love have been having sales! But now it’s time to try and focus on others and the season of giving.

Merry Kitschmas!

While I finally finished decorating awhile ago, I hadn’t felt up to photographing, especially since the living room had become a bit of a sick bay for me, complete with blankets, humidifier and mug of tea, Jamba Juice, bottles of Gatorade, and a massive pile of DVDs. But I’ve been feeling better, and as December has arrived, I felt it time to share some of our holiday decor.

The ceramic Mary in the last picture is a new addition, and I adore her to no end. I’m tempted to leave her up year-round. You may have noticed there are quite a number of odd little reindeer. I’m obsessed with these little guys. Most were made by Japanese company Dakin, who created the Dream Pets, a line of kooky looking animals made of velveteen and filled with sawdust. But of course knock-offs surfaced over the years as they became more and more popular. The reindeer are by and far my favorite, and I lovingly call them my “demented reindeer collection”. The current tally is 31.

Like previous years, we managed to get four aluminum trees up! Though two are small, one-footer trees. Our two larger trees are entirely decorated with space themed ornaments, with images of stars and planets on them, and even a few with atoms!

This year took what seemed to be an awfully long time to decorate! I think it was a combination of a new space and being sick. But we eventually found home for everything! Though I won’t be surprised if in our Christmas shopping I come across more festive decor that will be added! Additionally this is the first time Patrick and I have had a fireplace! So we need to get ourselves stockings!

Have you decorated for Christmas yet?

At Home in Orange Part 2

While I haven’t been feeling too hot these last few days I finally felt good enough to snap some pictures of our bedroom at our new place! Our bedroom got a bit of a western theme, as I couldn’t pass up this massive covered wagon black velvet painting my dad found, which set the tone for our bedroom. My dad also found this marvelous western states pillow.

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At Home in Orange

This post has been a long time in the making! You are finally going to see our new apartment! Well some of it anyways. While the driving portion of our move was pretty uneventful, the settling in process of the move went slower than maple syrup on a cold day. We faced multiple hurdles, some of which we had to rely on our apartment’s maintenance man to fix, while others we did ourselves. We also chose to get rid of a few items prior to packing up our truck, which we then had to replace upon moving in, and when you furnish your home in mostly vintage, it’s sometimes difficult and time consuming to find just the right pieces, which is what happened to us. There are still some bare spots, as we chose to get rid of some of the artwork we had, and we are still deciding what to put up. Additionally, this is going to be a bit of a series, as there is so much to share and it’s quite a big space. So today I will just be sharing our living room, dining area and a wee bit of our kitchen. But enough with the excuses! Onwards with the pictures!

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Settling In

As I mentioned in my last post, moving in is going a lot slower than we thought. It’s been a game of Tetris for sure, and we’ve had a few hiccups along the way. We also got rid of a great deal of items before leaving, both items that we simply didn’t want or need anymore and items that we wanted new versions of. So we’ve been rushing around trying to make things work out and replenishing our stock of cleaning supplies and groceries. We’ve made four trips to Ikea (a place that I positively loathe) countless trips to Target, and quite a few to Home Depot. There are still unpacked boxes scattered around, and a mound of empty boxes on our patio that we have yet to haul out to the recycling. But here is a little peak into our lives lately. If you follow me on Instagram then these will be old photos to you, but if you don’t follow me (just search for atomic_redhead) or don’t have an Instagram account, then these will be fresh!


I received this delightful golden horseshoe has a going away present from Christine of Living Threads Vintage, one of Portland’s finest vintage clothing stores. Not only does it offer a delightful western touch, the “saloon” inside Disneyland’s Frontierland is called The Golden Horseshoe! I also recently unpacked my boxes of records. Before leaving my dad let me go through his record collection, and I was granted permission to take some of his records, including original pressings of three of Gram Parsons’ albums, The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo and the first two Flying Burrito Brothers albums!

One item we got rid of was our entertainment center, wanting to find a Heywood Wakefield buffet or something vintage that could house our TV, media players, and movies. While searching we found one of my dream Hey-Wake pieces, the room divider. Often described as the “Holy Grail” of Hey-Wake, the room divider is one of the most versatile pieces their line, as it is finished all the way around, and can serve, as its name boasts, as a room divider, with cabinets on one side, and open shelving on the other on its lower half, and and open bookcase on top. The piece can act as a wonderful library piece, or as a China hutch of sorts. Additionally, the top and the bottom are two separate pieces, and separating them is very easy, and leaves no trace that the two really go together (for example, there are no holes or pegs to keep the shelf portion in line with the bottom). So for us, we are now using the bottom as our entertainment center, and the top is sitting by itself as a bookshelf. Here you see Patrick setting up our new TV and the room divider as it is suppose to be used. I’m a bit sad that we won’t be using it as it was intended at the moment, but one day we shall reunite the two!


Saturday we took a brief break and went to Disneyland for dinner, where I enjoyed a tasty and adorable coffin shaped cake, and Fantasmic. Fantasmic is quite possibly my favorite thing at Disneyland. In case you haven’t been to Disneyland and/or haven’t seen Fantasmic, it is a live, water, fire and laser show that happens along the Rivers of America, where Mickey explores the power of the imagination, and explores beautiful fantasies, while also experiencing nightmares, using live characters, projects on water screens and use of the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia. The show’s climax is Mickey facing off against Maleficent when she turns into the dragon version of herself and breathes fire and lighting fire to the water. It’s nothing short of spectacular!


Well, there you have it, a quick little update! Now it’s back to unpacking! I really can’t wait to have this place in order and share it with all of you! It may be a series of posts, sharing a room or two at a time to showcase some details within our place.