Incorporate these traditional elements into your seasonal decor for a down-home holiday look.
Look through the attic or basement for some of your grandmother’s favorite pieces to lend your home a nostalgic look. Watch for folk-art Santas, colorful glass balls, handcrafted ornaments or old metal toys.
Add softness to your rooms with textiles that look like they were made with love. Hang old-fashioned socks on the mantel, spread a handstitched quilt over your bed, or pull out your mom’s old tree skirt to use around your own tree.
Gather goods from your own backyard (or the supermarket) to fashion displays that hark back to yesteryear. Arrange fruits such as apples, pomegranates or pears in bowls. Hang dried orange slices on your Christmas tree. Swag fresh greens around chandeliers or doorways, and drape strings of nuts or cranberries across your mantel.
From distressed stenciled signs to chippy painted candlesticks, your accent pieces should look like they’ve stood the test of time. If you can’t find genuine old items, rough up new decorations with sandpaper, a wire brush or even a hammer.