Flea Market Décor

IT SEEMS THAT EVERY NOVEMBER, THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ARRIVES WITH ITS PUNCHY REDS AND GREENS, MULTICOLOR­ED LIGHTS AND FLASHY DECORATION­S IN TOW.

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But there’s also a side of the holidays that’s soft, quiet and timeless—and that’s the feel that has been accomplish­ed in this farmhouse home.

Alicia Armstrong is the founder of the Our Vintage Nest blog (ourvintage­nest. com), an ode to her love for vintage décor and neutral color palettes. With a robust following on her Instagram page (@ourvintage­nest), it’s clear that her fans are drawn to her eye for classic design mixed with lovely flea-market finds.

“I’ve always had a passion for décor,” Alicia says. “I began publicly sharing my passion on Instagram in February 2015. I needed an outlet to express my love for design, and Instagram was the perfect platform.” Shortly thereafter Alicia launched her blog as well.

“I don’t have a profession­al background in décor,” Alicia adds. “I just really love it and have been encouraged along the way to pursue it.”

A mom to two children (Ava, 13, and Tyler, 10), Alicia has natural abilities when it comes to decorating her home. She and her husband, Chris, purchased their home in the summer of 2016. They relocated from Dallas to Arkansas to be closer to family and happened upon the 3,300-square-foot home while it was still in the framing stage. Since it was only about three months into the constructi­on process, Alicia says they were able

to choose all the interior details, like her beloved shiplap. “It was a lot of fun to be able to pick the colors and details for our home,” she says.

The neighborho­od adds to the vintage feel of the home. Alicia shares that the area is full of young families— “lots of kids playing in the streets, block parties and community pool events.”

The ties to tradition continue into the holidays, which are filled with idyllic activities.

“We always see Santa, take family pictures for the annual Christmas card and, of course, decorate the house with multiple trees,” Alicia says. “The kids each have a tree in their room that they get to decorate themselves. And we typically decorate outside with white lights, twinkling trees and lights lined up along the sidewalk.”

Alicia describes her style as “modern vintage farmhouse,” and she’s drawn to antique accents that once resided in beautiful country homes. “I love the story that vintage pieces can tell,” she says. “I look for old labels and writing that share the history of a piece: where it comes from, the patina, the wear and tear. That’s what is so special about those authentic pieces.” Her keepsakes work beautifull­y with the light-colored hues throughout the home.

She explains, “For me, farmhouse décor seems to have a lot of neutrals, textures and touches of nature. This is what you’ll see a lot of in my home.”

Alicia, who says she could spend “hours in an antiques store,” makes the rounds to see what she can discover in local shops and at vintage events. She advises, “Go with an idea in mind. It always helps me if I have a wish list of things I’m trying to find. If I’m going with friends, we often help each other by sharing what we’re looking for. It’s always good to have friends along to help you find things, and you can help them too!”

Friendship and family are key themes in Alicia’s life, values that permeate her warm and welcoming home.

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 ??  ?? “I LOVE THAT THE KITCHEN looks into the living room with the vaulted ceilings,” Alicia says. With quartz countertop­s and Darlana pendant lights, the kitchen is ready for Alicia’s marathon baking sessions. “I love to bake pumpkin bread and chocolate chip cookies. I’m more a baker than a cook, but I do enjoy both!”
“I LOVE THAT THE KITCHEN looks into the living room with the vaulted ceilings,” Alicia says. With quartz countertop­s and Darlana pendant lights, the kitchen is ready for Alicia’s marathon baking sessions. “I love to bake pumpkin bread and chocolate chip cookies. I’m more a baker than a cook, but I do enjoy both!”
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 ??  ?? NEAR THE DINING ROOM, Alicia has created a soft spot perfect for putting on boots or reading a book. The old-fashioned pew was found at an antiques store, and the “Farm Fresh Christmas Trees” sign was created by Harper Grayce Signs, another maker Alicia discovered on Instagram. “It’s semi-custom—i asked to adjust a few things from the original,” she says. The white, chippy corbel is from a 19th-century farmhouse.
NEAR THE DINING ROOM, Alicia has created a soft spot perfect for putting on boots or reading a book. The old-fashioned pew was found at an antiques store, and the “Farm Fresh Christmas Trees” sign was created by Harper Grayce Signs, another maker Alicia discovered on Instagram. “It’s semi-custom—i asked to adjust a few things from the original,” she says. The white, chippy corbel is from a 19th-century farmhouse.

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