Little Vintage Nest
Salvaged finds are repurposed into Christmas décor in this Colorado home with the help of greenery, stockings and a touch of creativity.
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CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR FAMILY AND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS, but just because something is tradition doesn’t necessarily mean it should be upheld. In this Colorado home, blogger Sarah Vandiver of Little Vintage Nest breaks the Christmas palette norm, turning to neutral accents to bring a calming Christmas atmosphere to her home. “I try to do more of what I love and less of the traditional reds and greens,” she says.
The home’s foundation is neutral, and most of Sarah’s furniture is various shades of beige, white or gray. Rather than add colorful Christmas décor, she decided to continue the theme, using distressed wood pieces to add character and faux greenery and occasional pops of red for color. “I recently
switched over to flocked trees, which blended more with my décor style,” says Sarah.
“It still gives me Christmas fun, but the green isn’t in-your-face obvious.”
Sarah’s front room Christmas tree is the only nonflocked greenery in her home, and she balanced that with white adornments. “I tried to keep it classic and minimal with neutral ornaments and ribbon,” she says. “I wanted it to be calming.”
To bring texture to her rooms and break up her neutral palette, Sarah incorporates vintage pieces into her holiday décor, using simple Christmas touches to give them a festive feel. “I always try to use vintage pieces in everything,” she says. “I add a lot of texture with chippy wood, faux greenery and dimensional pieces like wicker baskets.”
One of her go-to vintage pieces is an old sleigh she found at a barn sale. Rather than use it for its original purpose, Sarah displays it on her coffee table and styles it with greenery and candles. “When I find something I love, I ask myself, ‘How can I use this in a different way?’” Her collection of old doors comes in handy during Christmas as well. “I think they add texture and instant character to a room,” she says. “You can hang a clock, stockings or a wreath on them. I use them in a lot of rooms in our home.”
Though her home is filled with holiday spirit, her Christmas technique is to simply dress up what she already has. A vintage card catalog in the dining room is decorated with stockings, faux trees and house figurines, and an old kitchen scale gets a new look with cinnamon, sprigs of greenery and a candle. “It’s simple and basic. Sarah says. “I just pop in a few touches of Christmas around what I already have.” While simple, her method has proven to be effective in creating a relaxing and cozy holiday home.
THE FRONT ROOM is a neutral haven, filled with comfy pillows, faux greenery and repurposed finds, including a vintage sled and an old door. The faux Christmas tree is adorned with neutral ribbon and ornaments to keep it classic and minimal.
opposite: AN ANTIQUE BOOKCASEHOUSES Sarah’s vintage book collection and showcases holiday pieces such as ornaments, mini trees and a bucket of faux greenery. “Vintage books are my favorite item to collect,” she says. “I love their history, and they add pops of texture to break up the neutrals.” The “Christmas Tree Farm” sign is from an Etsy shop, and adds a vintage feel to the space.left top: REPURPOSING ITEMS is one of Sarah’s favorite things to do for holiday décor, and this porcelain basin-turned-christmas tree stand is the perfect example. “It might not be the first function you think of when you look at it, but it works,” says Sarah.
left bottom: STOCKINGS HANG, not by the chimney with care, but on Sarah’s vintage card catalog to bring Christmas cheer to her dining room. “This card catalog is one of my favorite vintage finds, and I got a good deal on it,” she says.
opposite: SARAH TAKES A MINIMAL APPROACH in her kitchen, choosing to dress up the décor she already has with subtle holiday touches. A mini faux tree on a tray brings holiday cheer to her kitchen island. “I had it custom made from barn wood, and it’s followed us from home to home all these years,” she says.
above: THIS VINTAGE SCALE is always a feature in Sarah’s kitchen, but sprigs of greenery, a few cinnamon sticks and a lit candle give it a winter vibe, suitable for Christmas. “I tried to make little clusters of décor where I had room,” she says.