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Monday, November 30, 2009
Vintage Christmas Monday!
Update: Sharing this post from November 2009 with:
Seeing that I love Christmas and Vintage items it is the perfect blog party theme for me.
I have just rearranged some parts of my living room to make space for a vintage french brocante mirror that I had outside on my deck for the last 4 years and wanted to save from decay now and an old iron window I recently got from a good family friend.I hung the old mirror on the door to my basement and decorated it in spirit of the season with my soldered nostalgic Christmas ornaments, a silver glitter star, some silver tinsel and a white satin stocking.
I think it fits so well with the old iron window that I have decorated for the season too with snowflakes and vintage inspired paper ornaments as well as a Merry Christmas sign and four white letters spelling NOEL:
I also hung a very old little bird cage, a wire basket and a little toile de jouy covered inspiration board on the shutter and I decorated the little white shelf in the corner with silhouettes and bottle brush trees and I further hung up an old cream colored iron chandelier, decorated with some of my favorite Christmas glass baubles above the table that I decorated with my vintage putz houses and more bottle brush trees. Some pinecones in the wire basket sitting on the vintage cream colored chair complete the arrangement.
I have to say that this is my fave corner at the moment. Vis-à-vis is my white wooden mantle with the golden mirror that reflects the old iron window. Of course the mantle is decorated in the spirit of the vintage Christmas theme too with two old sauce boats that I filled with moos and fir tree peaks, decorated with olive green glass baubles ( an idea I got from the Christmas book "Merry and Bright" btw.)
I took one picture without the candles lit and one with candles lit to see which one brings the sparkle out more, I'm still not sure, are you?
The white paper lace on the edge of my mantle is old vintage stock too and I also have an old black iron stove standing in my faux mantle piece. The wonderful silver glass glitter garland spelling ~WINTER ~ MAGIC~ is a friendship gift from my friend Madai over at Wren Cottage http://forgetmenotsfromwrencottage.blogspot.com . She makes these beautiful vintage inspired glitter creations and also sells them in her etsy shop, in case you want one too ;-)
On the table beside of my mantle stands an iron chandelier that I decorated with some of my vintage glass baubles.
Close ups of the decorated sauce boats (gravy boats)
Another gorgeous gift from Madai is the vintage inspired ivory bottle brush tree that I hung in the corner between my white plate shelf and the old dark framed mirror so that it reflects in the mirror too. Can you tell that I love mirrors and reflections?
On the knobs of my glass cabinet which is filled with vintage rose china I hung a fabric toile heart made by my friend Anita and a cute frame with a picture of a vintage girl with her cat, another sweet gift from Madai.
The chandelier above my sofa table is decorated with lot of vintage inspired glass diamonds. Our 5 month old tom cat Riley is always watching me from his bowl on the window sil while I decorate the living room.
Some more close ups from the toile de jouy inspiration board, a friendship gift from my German friend Anita, decorated with little silver Christmas items I love, like the vintage glass bauble picks, or the very old silver trumpet:
The gorgeous silver cone is made my Madai and is from last years friendship parcel exchange.
I also love the vintage bird cage a gift from another family friend.
And I can't finish up this post without showing you some more treasures from my dear friend Madai's latest friendship parcel.
That sweet girl knows so well how to make me happy :)
Of course they are not vintage, but vintage inspired and soldered with real silver gleem solder (lead free) that will tarnish as time goes by and gives them a very vintage look (you can always polish them with silver or metall polish if you want them to shine again). I chose the sweetest vintage postcard images with winter children in the snow and sprinkeled mica flakes over the pictures for a faux snow effect. Don't they look splendid hanging from the wire basket?
As always you can right click on all the pictures to enlarge them and see more details!