I totally meant to do this post before Christmas decorations went up, but I got so swept up in wanting to decorate for Christmas I completely forgot to photograph for this post! Anyway, today I bring you another installment of “Our 1954 House” showcasing our window treatments.
Oh my! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, with Thanksgiving this week I’m actually behind in decorating for Christmas! Yes, I am one of those who decorates before Thanksgiving. But we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, and I do enjoy Christmas so much! But what has been keeping me from decorating and blogging? The house! We’ve been hard at work changing this and that, and trying to get it to a place where we can decorate for Christmas! Also I likely won’t be able to do a home tour post between now and decorating! So the first time you’ll really see the place will be when I share Christmas decorations. Oh well! But back to the house and what this post is really about! It’s certainly a process making this house a home, and I really want to share it with all of you! So today I bring you the first in a new series (and category): Our 1954 Home, where I share the processes we are going through to turn the clock back on our home in our own way.
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!
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”.
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.
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?
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.