Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas

Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas

Today I’m sharing old fashioned Christmas decorating ideas. My hope is to share information you can use in your own home for the Christmas season.

Welcome, and today is the Bloggers Best Holiday home tour! If you are yearning for beautiful homes all decked for Christmas you came to the right place!

Kelly from the Tattered Pew is our host. Kelly has a beautiful home and style. Thank you so much for putting another home tour together.

Make sure you visit the links of the prior homes shared this week. You will not be disappointed because every home has so much Christmas inspiration and ideas to add to your home for the Christmas season.

If you are visiting from Renae’s over at Peacock Ridge for Christmas welcome. I hope you learned some easy tricks and ideas.

A Little Bit About Me

Little Bit About Me

Welcome to Cloches & Lavender, my name is Cindy. So make sure you visit my About Me Page so we can become friends and connect and you see how Cloches & Lavender began.

We built this home eight years ago and made it one level. This makes it easier for me to navigate with my walker. I have had MS for 30 years and having everything on one level has been a great move. This allows me to have an easier time cleaning, cooking, baking, entertaining, and more.

It also makes it easier for our two Dachshunds to find mommy at all times. And yes I mean at all times but I truly love these two being attached to me. Reeses and Peanut make us so happy, laugh out loud every day, and sure love to snuggle with us. They also love music, yes love it because we play music all the time. Since they have been puppies it’s been a musical home especially now with Christmas music on every day. Do you enjoy listening to old Christmas songs too?

Pieces to Add to the Home for an Old Fashioned Christmas

Pieces to Add to the Home for an Old Fashioned Christmas

Today I’m sharing an old-fashioned Christmas decorating ideas tour. Decorating for Christmas in this style is easy and can be accomplished easily.

How about adding red holly berries?

  • candy canes
  • a Christmas village
  • red ribbons
  • cinnamon sticks
  • vintage Santa mugs
  • fresh cranberries
  • a feather tree
  • And gingerbread houses

And how about a dough bowl filled with colorful vintage Christmas decorations or vintage Christmas ornaments found at thrift stores? Many of these items can also be found visiting estate sales and flea markets at great prices.

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How do I add this look to our home for the Christmas season? Let’s take a look at my old-fashioned Christmas tour beginning in one of my favorite places our kitchen. I make this area of our home extra special because our family and friends have an open-door policy.

Entering Our Kitchen for an Old Fashioned Holiday Season

Entering Our Kitchen for an Old Fashioned Holiday Season

When entering our home there is always Christmas music playing in the background. This keeps everyone who enters in the holiday spirit and they look forward to it every Christmas.

The first thing they see is the kitchen table. I keep this simple with a small wreath, a candle in an antique soup tureen bottom, and vintage breadboards. I also added star Anise for their warm spice smell and I especially love their star shape for Christmas.

Kitchen table centerpiece star anise, breadboards, greens and lit candle for an old fashioned Christmas

On Christmas Eve this table is also filled with a large assortment of Christmas cookies. This has become a family tradition and their dessert of choice. Of course, I love this idea because my favorite thing is baking especially for Christmas! Besides I have never met a cookie I haven’t enjoyed making and eating. Here’s an example of a great idea for a cookie filled with warm spices and white chocolate.

Close up of Star Anise

If you have been following Cloches & Lavender or visiting for the first time you will notice I adore wreaths. However, Christmas wreaths made from natural materials are my favorites. Here across from the table is an antique gate with a basic Christmas wreath. I scattered dried orange slices which is a favorite during the holidays. These are also easy to make.

Wreath with dried orange slices on a an antique gate with satin ribbon

By the way, if you enjoy wreaths as much as I do I made six of these in 30 minutes. These also smell amazing and are perfect for the Christmas season and work through the winter months too!

Adding Vintage Pieces to the China Cabinet

A Holiday Look With Vintage Items in the Kitchen Hutch

Our china cabinet is a favorite for the Christmas holiday. It’s often filled with my collection of bottle brush trees and many of my vintage pieces. The antique and vintage red transferware is perfect for Christmas time.

Old Fashioned Christmas Hutch
Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas Tour Closeup of China Cabinet

This wood tray has some of my favorite bottle brush tree collections and mini white-tipped pine cones. A walnut garland I made for fall adds a rustic touch of nature too and takes minutes to make! How great is this for a fast craft idea?


It’s also the spot where I share a very special piece from a family member. My bronze baby shoe with a small bottle brush tree. These decorations fill my heart with joy, especially during this time of year. You may enjoy seeing how I change this for the seasons with a different theme. However, I always add natural elements no matter the season.

Adding a beautiful vintage cowbell adds charm and character to an antique book. Adding battery-operated flameless candles adds a hint of warmth in the evenings.

The cabinet top is filled with paper Mache houses I purchased last year from the craft store. And are painted white with glitter roofs. The vintage and new large bottle brush trees and medium bottle brush trees add a festive feel. Fresh garland completes the old fashioned feel.

Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas Showing the Top of the Hutch with White Houses, Trees and Garland

Continuing an old fashion Christmas is a basket with an assortment of small bottle brush trees, and mini bottle brush trees in Christmas colors. By the way, learn how to add age to a new basket in minutes and it is so easy!

Assorted Small and Mini Bottle Brush Trees in a Basket under the Hutch

Adding Festive Holiday Decor to Our Family Room

Festive Christmas Decor in the Family Room

Across from the kitchen is our living room area filled with holiday decorations. We live in a semi-open floor plan so I try to keep pieces as cohesive as possible. I enjoy adding my favorite Christmas decorations in a creative way. I have mentioned this many times but the first thing you see when entering is our fireplace and bookshelves.

Old fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas Bookcase
Christmas Bookcase
Shelves with Christmas Pieces
Shelves with Christmas Pieces

As much as I like fresh greenery during this busy season I opt to use real touch garlands. Adding dry orange slices adds subtle color and also a touch of nature. The vintage-style stockings are a fun and easy Christmas project. This is great to make for your family. The best part is no-sewing and I share a stocking pattern! The bells are the perfect finishing touch for Christmas.

Entering the living room from the kitchen
Entering the living room from the kitchen

Adding Vintage Christmas Decor Pieces to the Bookcase Shelves

Vintage Christmas Decor Pieces on the Shelves of the Bookcase

Here are vintage Christmas decor pieces simple things such as cedar greens, with a small tree in an ironstone pitcher.

Another favorite way to add an old fashioned look is using a grapevine garland. Simply make a circle, and wrap it with brown wire for a small wreath. Add a battery-operated candle with a personal touch of a crown. Finishing these shelves are trees, Christmas brass bells, and other natural pieces. Such as nuts, pinecones, star anise, and old books bundled together with satin ribbon. I also added a pheasant feather as a bookmark for another little bit of nature.

Our Old Fashioned Tree and Glass Christmas Ornaments

Our Old Fashioned Tree and Glass Christmas Ornaments

On the opposite side is our artificial Christmas tree. It has an old fashioned tree feel with glass ornaments from Germany, and Poland in different colors and are special pieces in our Christmas home.

Also with Peanut unable to see getting a smaller tree is safest for her because the width is perfect so she won’t hit the branches and become scared. Besides, there’s so much going on in this room I think it fits in perfectly. Don’t you?

Our Artificial Christmas Tree Looks Incredibly Real with Vintage Glass Ornaments from Germany and Poland

We added vintage-looking candles to our tree for an old-fashioned Christmas look and added more light and softness. The Christmas star tree topper is one of three I made this year. It’s also easy and fast to make to add to your own tree.

The basket tree collar and burlap add texture, character, and a charming finishing look to our Christmas tree.

Next to the tree are my favorite French chairs. These are easy-to-make pillows with a vintage Christmas look. They also work for the winter and colder weather months ahead and a cozy throw is a must to watch Christmas movies.

The vintage antique coal scuttle is filled with small birch logs, large pine cones, and a small evergreen wreath. Adding to the old fashion Christmas look are small candles nestled in a larger wreath. This adds to our vintage Christmas decor.

Decorating a Simple Coffee Table With Natural Elements

A Simple Holiday Coffee Table With Natural Elements

Because this is open it’s particularly important to keep extra Christmas decorating simple. Our coffee table is filled with assorted sizes of pinecones. There are large pine cones, medium pinecones, white-tipped pinecones, and a deer antler. Old Christmas books and vintage Christmas cards from around the world also add an old look to a simple centerpiece. More Star Anise is for texture.

Centepiece on Coffee Table
Assorted Pinecones

Our Christmas Buffet with a Wood Crate and Natural Materials

Our Christmas Buffet with Natural Materials

Lastly, our buffet has favorite vintage decor pieces such as this antique wood crate. It has a beautiful patina too and is filled with a simple mixture of evergreens, medium pinecones, and pheasant feathers. I also added dried whole oranges with cloves to keep with an old fashion look. The wood slab with flameless candles adds warmth for the evenings. An antique scalloped dish filled with anise also continues with the theme for Christmas.

Full Picture of Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas Buffet with Greens, an ornament, dried oranges with cloves

Incidentally, I share an easy way to clean and preserve pinecones for years to come for your home decorating too!

The last thing is another natural wreath I made and the best thing is this wreath works for numerous seasons. Also, this keeps items cost-effective my homemade wreaths usually work for two or even three seasons. The small jingle bell wreath is a gift from family. It is especially close to our hearts and is usually out all winter season.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our old fashioned Christmas decorating ideas tour. I inspire you to add some of these elements to your home.

Next please visit Simply2Moms for easy and affordable ideas for a neutral Christmas. These ladies always share beautiful and creative ideas all season long!

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56 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas

  1. Hi Cindy! Your Christmas decorations are absolutely lovely and I adore your basket of bottle brush trees–pinned! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. It’s all so lovely, Cindy. I love your bookshelves with the transferware and those gorgeous vintage trees! Also love your vintage box with greenery. You have a beautiful home, Cindy. Hope you have a blessed Christmas Season!

  3. Cindy, I love how you incorporate lots of natural elements into your decorations. Love those vintage red dishes. I have only a few. Everything looks beautiful!

  4. Your home looks, gorgeous friend!!! I love the cowbell and your clip-on candle lights for the tree!!! I need to get some for next year! Merry Christmas! Aliya

  5. Cindy I enjoyed every single picture and space you shared. You have such a gift for decorating and putting together beautiful vignettes. I love all of your antique red and white pieces and how you decorated your bookcase. Pinned! So thankful you could join the tour this week!

  6. Your china cabinet is styled so beautifully for the Christmas holiday. The bottle brush trees and antique and vintage red transferware is so pretty. Happy Holidays my friend.

  7. What a beautiful Christmas tour Cindy! I love seeing your red transferware dishes and bottle brush trees on display. Those are two of my favorite things that always make me smile! Happy Christmas!

  8. Wow Cindy, your home is GORGEOUS for the holidays and of course I love that music is always playing there! You absolutely amaze me with all you do and your creativity. I love so many things here but those little bottle brush trees in the basket is just the cutest. Why didn’t I think of that? You have definitely inspired me to try that look!

    Love your little old world tree and just the cozy and elegant ambience. Enjoy it!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Cindy, your bottle brush tree collection is amazing! So many ways to decorate with them. And your mantel greenery looks for fresh and pretty! Love all the greenery touches you used!

  10. Cindy, your home looks so beautiful! I love all the vintage and French Country accents you used! That red transferware coupled with the gorgeous bottle brush trees is the best! I know you’re going to enjoy the holiday season surrounded by so much beauty! Blessings, Donna

  11. I see all that naturalness and love how you tucked it in all over the place. Makes your entire home so inviting and cohesive. And I’m totally jealous of your transferware and bottle brush tree collection. Merry Christmas

  12. Cindy-There is something comforting about incorporating old fashioned Christmas item and mixing them with newer ones. A enjoyment of the present and a nod to the past. I gave away several of my old, treasured items this year to my kids. It’s their turn to enjoy it.

    Your home is beautiful and I am so glad you are on one level–especially so those pups can find you at any given moment. lol. Happy Holidays- xo Diana

  13. What a wonderful tour with so many charming touches Cindy! I love your use of the greenery, oranges, pine cones, and star of anise. And that red transferware! Merry Christmas my friend!!

  14. Such a pretty tour! Love all the old fashioned touches. Your red and white transferware in the hutch with the thick greenery above is my favorite; so classic. Merry Christmas season, Cindy!

  15. So many beautiful vintage and antique touches for the holidays, Cindy! I love it all. You always have such a pretty way of adding just the right thing to make a space pop.Hugs, CoCo

  16. You have such a beautiful home all styled for Christmas! I ADORE all the old fashioned, vintage pieces that you used. Your red transferware collection is just stunning! Thanks so much for linking at Home Imagined today!! Happy Christmas!

  17. Cindy, your home looks so stunning for Christmas! I love all the vintage and french accents throughout. This is simply a wonderful home tour. beautiful. Pinned!

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