As a disclaimer, this list of Christmas decor must-haves is completely according to Katie Baker. I am a vintique, rustic-loving, traditional color touting kinda gal. If you like my style, you're in luck! These are the things I'm digging on this holiday season and what I'll be scattering about The Nest. But, if shopping in antique stores and dusty old barns isn't for you, you may wanna skip this read and check back next week for my DIY home decor ideas! Lol! ;)
While my tastes actually stay pretty consistent from year-to-year, I always seem to find something new (or super old in my case) that catches my eye! So for 2019, these are the things I'm feathering The Nest with...
#1. Natural Greens
I love bringing The Great Outdoors, indoors any time of the year, but this holiday season, I'm particularly loving the greens. But, I'm quite picky about what greenery and florals I use. Obviously, real is always my first choice but it's not always practical. My second choice is using dried or preserved greens and florals. The wreath above is a preserved Cedar wreath I ordered from Etsy last year and the little tree I bought from Lowe's several weeks ago for $15! Other places I like to shop is Hobby Lobby's dried florals, Target has some of my favorite wreaths, and of course... my yard or the side of the road! Lol! Clipping some Holly leaves, Juniper branches, or pinecones from the wild are always the least expensive option! (But always inspect for insects. I learned that lesson the hard way!)
#2. Plate Wall Wreaths
Here's my Version...
...and here's my inspiration from the Country Living Magazine November 2019 cover.
If you know me I..
A. love transferware and
B. love plate walls
So a Plate Wall Wreath is just a match made in holiday heaven! I wanted to recreate Country Living's idea for Christmas using red transferware and adding sprays of green throughout to give it a more wreath-like, holiday vibe!
They're classic, beautiful, timeless, and traditional. Enough said.
#4. Vintage Stockings
This image from @vintageticking published in Flea Market Style Magazine last year so got me right in the festive feels that I started my own little collection.
#5. Vintage Numbers
I found these old gas station sign numbers at a local antique store...
And speaking of vintage stockings... here's my little collection this year. It's a little underwhelming, I realize, but it's more than 2 and that, in my book, is a collection.
Here's another beautiful example from @heathertartaglia
Also this beautiful space from @vintage_valenta in 2018
#6. Vintage Bottle Brush Trees
What's better than bottle brush trees? VINTAGE bottle brush trees!!! Why settle for the new ones found at all the major retailers when you can have the real thing? I have found many on Ebay to be quite expensive but if you like the thrill of the hunt, like me, go scour your local antique stores and maybe even grandma's attic to find some of these little beauties!
#7. Vintage Skis, Snow Shoes, & Sleds
Here's my winter/ Christmas display this year...
Old skis, snowshoes, and sleds are a great way to bring vintage and rustic to any space! They are also great winter decor pieces that can be kept out as long as the weather is cold! I bring mine out in November and don't put them away until sometime in February!
I also loooove this beautiful rustic ski lodge inspiration from @hiddenmooselodge in Whitefish. Montana
And this cozy, rustic space from @thelongawaitedhome
Plaid is perfect for so many reasons! But let's start with the fact that it's an easy and inexpensive way to winterize (or Christmasize) a space!
Add plaid to any room and make it festive by just adding some throws and pillows like this space from @pier1
...and I'll be honest, it also makes an AH-MAZING statement piece...
And infusing plaid with vintage thermoses and lunch boxes is a wonderful way to marry plaid and vintage for the holidays! Jennifer Choate @downshilohroad does it flawlessly every year!
What are your holiday must-haves are for 2019!! I'd love to hear from you below!