Welcome to Cloches & Lavender today for a great vintage French Christmas. This is (Part one) of our Christmas home tour.
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If this is your first visit to Cloches & Lavender, welcome and I hope you enjoy our vintage French Christmas. I love mixing old with new adding a cozy home with a bit of elegance. And truly love all things French, hence, a vintage French Christmas.
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Entering Our Home Through Our Kitchen Dressed For A Vintage French Christmas
Because family always enters our home through our kitchen, I enjoy making things especially festive as they enter our home. For the most part, I begin decorating for the holidays in this hutch.
Immediately as the family enters the kitchen, they see this pinecone wreath I made a few weeks ago. You can see the easy-to-follow DIY details and make one for your home.
The kitchen table is also one of the first pieces seen in our vintage French Christmas. I keep this simple since we eat dinner here every night. A silver bowl on an antique mirror is all that’s needed. I filled it with walnuts and pinecones. The postcard is a great find and is from 1905!
Now let’s take a look at vintage French Christmas pieces I am sharing in our hutch. Having a love for bottle brush trees this is the center of our vintage Christmas home.
Is this door on this hutch honestly not the most beautiful?
Next, I began filling the hutch with the large paper Mache house. By the way, this is an easy craft project the kids can help with too!
Nestling a bottle brush tree in an antique white Santa mug adds whimsy. Now, this Santa mug may not be French, however, he’s adorable.
Next to it is a Flameless candle I made. This is easy DIY with a full tutorial you can see simple steps to make these too. By the way, this project is inexpensive and very easy to achieve and makes a great gift!
Red transferware automatically says Christmas and adding a vintage white bottle brush tree seems perfect. Antique gold Mercury glass garland adds a bit of bling. The mini soup tureen is a lucky find from a small shop. Nowadays these small tureens can be a challenge to find.
This silver frame from France with a chalkboard that says my favorite word JOY is a pretty vintage French Christmas touch too. The addition of a bottle brush tree in my bronzed baby shoe looks right at home. This baby shoe holds special memories.
More Of The Hutch And Where I Have Found Some Of These Antique Pieces
Lastly, the hutch has additional vintage bottle brush trees for our vintage French Christmas with an assortment of antique red transferware I had bought from Etsy.
The larger red dish is a favorite from France from the early 1900s.
The small-footed sugar bowl in my French Christmas hutch is from a shop in NJ. It’s filled with an antique garland. Sheep say Christmas to me so one is added.
I have a fondness for crowns and nestling a bottle brush tree inside one makes the tree appear to have a tree skirt.
Adding flower pots and silver to the bottle brush trees adds a finishing touch.
Here vintage bottle brush trees fill in the hutch top. An old metal basket has a Mercury glass garland from Antique Farmhouse.
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On the opposite side, is another old wire basket with vintage Christmas balls and more bottle brush trees.
To add a bit of height a seedling finishes the hutch off with a pretty piece of garland.
More Vintage Pieces In A Small Kitchen Corner
Across from the vintage French Christmas, is a small prelit tree nestled inside an old feed bucket. Here, is how I enjoy adding vintage pieces to our home. It adds charm and makes it feel lived in adding a rustic look.
When lit it immediately accents antique Cameos I purchased from one of my Favorite Etsy shops. If you especially love Florentine from Italy make sure to pay a visit.
Enter Our French Christmas Great Room And Sit For A Visit
As you enter the great room Reeses is here to greet you. You may notice he has a perplexed look on his face. He is confused because he’s wondering what happened to our Christmas tree for our vintage French Christmas. He’s concerned if there’s no tree Santa may forget him and his sister Peanut. He may think they have no Christmas spirit.
Here’s The Story About The Christmas Tree Missing From This French Christmas Tour
Well, here’s what happened to our tree, when I plugged it in and it didn’t light. Reeses, Peanut, and my husband say my face was priceless. However, I can tell you I wasn’t calm, I freaked out. How can this happen the weekend before our vintage French Christmas tour? All the licks and kisses from all three weren’t helping. So, off to the computer, I went to order a new tree in hopes it will be here.
Well, it didn’t make it because it will be covering that ugly black speaker on the floor.
Now, we are all aware of shipping delays, but now isn’t a great time for this to happen. To end the drama the tree will be arriving two days after this tour.
So, I will love for you to come for a visit to see the second part of this Christmas tour on December 8th. The tree and more of the house will be shared.
Now Back To This Tour Of A Vintage Holiday In The Great Room
When first entering the great room two French chairs greet you will deep gray faux fur pillows. I love adding these to our home beginning right after Thanksgiving. A chunky throw is here in case thrills a chill during movie nights.
I have to mention this table because I love it and found it on Facebook Marketplace for $35. Needless to sy, when I saw this I jumped on it because in our area this type of find is rare.
A basket filled with French Country Ornaments from Balsam Hill are favorite of mine. Fairy lights on a timer add a pretty glow in the evenings. Adding pieces of satin ribbon adds a pretty touch. The seedling also received a satin accent.
Across from the chairs is our coffee table with an old silver bowl filled with simple snow-covered pinecones. After all, a vintage French Christmas is simple.
Sharing The Coffee Table With Pinecones And Christmas Books
A vintage Charles Dickens book sits on the table too!
On the couch are sweater pillow covers I can use all winter. Also the pillows with the vintage French graphics I made. I will be sharing this soon and you won’t believe how easy and fast these are to make. Not to mention inexpensive too!
The graphics on these pillows are perfect all winter!
Across from the couch is another favorite spot to decorate with vintage French Christmas finds. As you can see, I keep this relatively simple. Antique French books as well as thrifted books add texture and interest.
Also, more bottle brush trees and a few crowns add a touch of formality. Can you believe I found the Alabaster birdbath at a thrift store? With a bird attached? This is a rarity to find with a bird. I paid $5 for the piece, I almost fell over.
Next to the tureen filled with walnuts and pinecones is another flameless candle I made. The Currier & Ives plate is a thrift store find too. When I saw it I had to buy it because I remember my mom having the same picture growing up in her bedroom.
Another old rustic piece I enjoy adding to our French Christmas home is this old bell. It has a perfect patina, don’t you think?
Adding Vintage French Christmas Pieces To Our Mantel
This year I wanted to get new stockings. Instead of buying them, I decided to make my own. However, not being a sewer I made these with washable fabric glue and a tablecloth that shrank.
Can you believe this costs $4 to make? You can see this easy, quick tutorial. Honestly, you will not believe how all these pieces came together to make these stockings.
This year I also added the bells from Target which are another bargain. Finishing the vintage French Christmas on the mantes is a mixture of greens, silver-leafed ornaments, and pinecones.
Lastly Is Our Buffet Filled With French Christmas Inspiration
This buffet is home to this antique wood crate from France. I love the texture and patina on this piece so much. Filling it with simple green trees, a mixture of greens, pinecones, and silver leaf balls keeps it natural and simple. Of course, I had to add a crown to finish the look.
Lastly, is an antique shutter with a Christmas Sign I made and share an easy-to-follow tutorial. Here I share how to make stainless steel washer rusty. It’s an easy process and adds character to mostly anything.
This corbel below needs a simple green wreath with satin ribbon. Satin ribbon is a perfect Christmas touch to a home.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a great vintage French Christmas tour! Let me know which is your favorite part of the tour. Have you ever had a tree fail at the last moment? I enjoy connecting with my followers so let’s chat!