hol­i­days with mes­sages

Chalk­boards and hand­made signs al­low you to per­son­al­ize your home for the that res­onate with you and your fam­ily.

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“I am of­ten in­spired by a few key ob­jects and build my vi­gnettes from there,” she says. A vin­tage-in­spired tea towel, her grand­mother’s vin­tage green cof­fee set or even the cover of a vin­tage Satur­day Evening Post mag­a­zine might be her start­ing point. “With those items in mind I be­gin to layer,” she says. And layer she does, with both old and new.

ALL THINGS VIN­TAGE

A bowl of bright-red or­na­ments makes a bold, cheery state­ment on a table in the liv­ing room. In the kitchen, a vin­tage ther­mos col­lec­tion brings warmth, as a nearby can­is­ter of marsh­mal­lows sim­ply begs for hot choco­late.

The mint-green kitchen cab­i­nets made trans­form­ing the space into a vin­tage hol­i­day haven easy. Some in­ten­tion­ally placed red ac­cents, hol­i­day tow­els and poin­set­tias ef­fort­lessly cre­ate a dreamy space to take you back to an­other time and place.

An­other clas­sic Christ­mas dé­cor sta­ple seen through­out the home is bot­tle­brush trees. “You can never have too many dec­o­rat­ing small vi­gnettes and fill­ing var­i­ous con­tain­ers,” says Michelle, who filled a rusty tackle box on the porch with the charm­ing tiny trees.

KEEP IT NAT­U­RAL

Through­out the home Michelle paired vin­tage hol­i­day col­lectibles with dif­fer­ent types of sea­sonal greens to cre­ate a bal­anced space. “Us­ing both fresh and pre­served nat­u­ral el­e­ments is key to cre­at­ing a softer, more au­then­tic-look­ing vi­gnette,” she says. Al­ways in­ten­tional about even the small­est de­tails, Michelle brought in sprigs of frosted twig and pinecone gar­lands to tuck into the cur­tain ties for a win­try touch.

Flow­ing gar­lands, bright berries, cheery wreaths, and even red and white tulips add life to al­most ev­ery cor­ner of the home. Some of the gar­lands are adorned with pinecones,

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