French Farmhouse Christmas Decorating~Vintage Touches In Your Decor

Do you decorate with a theme for the holidays? This year I was inspired to go with a vintage French farmhouse look for our Christmas decor. Probably not surprising since I love everything French and vintage! But after all, home decorating should be a feel-good process that speaks to you and makes your heart happy.

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When I think about decorating a space I typically start out with one idea in mind—an heirloom piece I want to feature, a new purchase I’m excited about, or sometimes simply whatever is blooming in the yard.

A fruit-lined eucalyptus centerpiece was my inspo for this year’s Christmas table and the one idea that set everything in motion.

Mixing elegant and casual pieces captures the charm of the French farmhouse style. For this setting, an heirloom lace tablecloth and embroidered napkins from my grandmother add warmth and a sense of home to the space.

For seasonal color, both faux berries and real cranberries sprinkled on china make a merry impact.

I love incorporating fruit in my decor. It adds color and a primitive, farmhouse feel. French decor is often infused with fruit. Edibles are also common in vintage scenes and paintings.

I found these lovely eucalyptus garlands on Amazon and wrapped two pieces around a thrift store candle vase. For Christmas color I nestled some pomegranates, a  few cranberries and dried oranges in the greenery.

I bought this set of 3 flameless pillar candles and love how they added the perfect glow and stylish look to the table setting. They are wonderful for warming up the look around the holidays and for styling different spaces year-round.

In my How To Age Paper Post I share how easy it is to give paper an antique look for a French Farmhouse assortment of wrapped gifts by the tree.

Timeless Touches

At Christmas I get to pull out all those special family pieces that honor traditions and culture like the hand-made linens given to us from my husband’s family in Germany.

Thrift store candlesticks that I revived using DecoArt’s Antique Bronze Paint shine over a German Christmas Embroidered Table Topper.

 

Twinkle, twinkle...

A small detail like these LED fairy lights is an affordable way to add Christmas cheer to your furnishings. At night their gentle sparkle creates a lovely ambiance in the home.

I wanted a small tree, more bare than full, to resemble the essence of French Christmas trees with the simple beauty of a few bare branches.

I bought this 2 foot pre-lit tree on Amazon and love how it looks on our end table. Its rustic aesthetic ties into other vintage and French Farmhouse elements in the room.

Orange Garland

I have to admit the look of stringed dried oranges during the holidays has grown on me over the years. Earlier on it didn’t wow me. But as it happens with design taste, you come to appreciate new textures, styles and palettes over time. Now I can’t get enough of burnt, rustic and vintage touches infused into my Christmas decor.

We have a few Christmas trees we’ve accumulated over the years. We enjoy decorating each one differently and setting them up in different spots around the house.

This year for the living room pencil tree, I decided on an all-white aesthetic with a little sparkle—I love the way the dollar store ornaments I refinished came to life in a French-inspired winter scene.

Decorating with beauty and simplicity during the holidays is something I deeply enjoy. You can add your personal touch to your decor and involve the whole family in DIY’ing creations that you will be proud to put up.

Thank you friends for allowing me to share this Christmas scene with you. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post or on your favorite seasonal touches in your home. Please let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for more decor posts!

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