Colonial Christmas: Inspiration for Old (and New!) Homes


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I’ve been pretty laid-back this year about decorating for Christmas. In part this has to do with the whole ‘front stoop’ situation, since right now the front step’s sorry state detracts for anything I do outside, and in part it’s been because there isn’t any snow yet. Something about greenery paired with dead grass just doesn’t get me in the decorating spirit. But this week, the kids are off of school, insisting on wearing Santa hats indoors, and generally inspiring me to kick up my holiday cheer levels, so I’m in search of decorating inspiration!

Above is kind of my ideal décor. Simple, DIY, I could source materials from our property … and it looks beautiful! It would be really pretty to do something like this on our barn doors, and would look great leaving it up even after the holidays. Of course, I’m a sucker for black paint, so that doesn’t hurt either! I love incorporating black elements into my Christmas decor, for sure. If I’ve got green, black and brass, I’m happy.


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Another simple idea is this brass horn wreath. I love how it incorporates some vintage!


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This is a lovely, straightforward DIY that has big impact. I really like how this branch is paired with simple candles (and that the candles are keeping a nice, safe distance from the pine branch). Being able to see the beautiful roots doesn’t hurt either!


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I’m a big fan of a wreath hung in a window like the above, whether interior or exterior, like so:


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Both these photos are from the same home. I wonder if they hung matching wreaths in and out of either side of the window?


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Again, right up my alley as décor that incorporates vintage is this mantel covered in brass candlesticks, tapers and a simple (real) garland. My only hesitations are … where to store 20+ candlesticks off-season? And wouldn’t burning all these candles inevitably damage your paint (either with ash or wax) and risk setting the garland on fire? Maybe they didn’t light them, but I don’t think it’s much fun otherwise…


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I’d love to track down a little black straw ram like this one. No one does Christmas quite like the Scandinavians …


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Speaking of using black décor for Christmas and Scandanavian holiday awesomeness, I’d bet this amazing table is also from a Scandinavian source (if only I could find where it came from originally)!


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Here’s another beautiful table that’s right up my alley with its simplicity. I can never execute on these types of centerpieces, though, because I love to serve family style, which means the table is full of FOOD, not pine boughs or candles. That said, I get so envious when I see images like this one.

In order to meet my penchant for black Christmas décor, I may just have to get a black set of these sculptural candles. That way I wouldn’t have to worry as much about wax dripping, and would be able to use them in a centerpiece. Easy to move and substantial!

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