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.

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