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Vintage Inspired Holiday Decor – Christmas Tablescape and Mantel Ideas

Happy Holidays, I am Keki from Home with Keki, and I excited to be back here with you all during the most festive time of year. Today, I thought I share a little about myself and my own holiday style. If you know me, you know that this past year has been a year of self-discovery and appreciation. I know, crazy that in my late 30’s I realized how I needed to love it, own it, and live it. Well, in the past I would decorate my home along the holiday trends. One year it was all white with burlap, another year it was bright neon green and chevron, yup, I pulled that off too. But, during this year of self discovery, my home was included in the mix. So, what is my style, I call it transitional natural vintage. I love love vintage pieces. The majority of my home decor comes from estate sales or auction. For that reason, I styled my home this year in vintage inspired holiday decor and wanted to share it with you all.

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

Vintage Inspired Holiday Decor – Christmas Tablescape and Mantel ideas:

This year, I took out all my vintage pieces for our tablescape and mantel. Then I filled in the design with natural elements, from garlands, to stems, and pinecones. Truly, the only item I had to buy new were the actual candles. When starting out a collection of vintage pieces there are a couple of tips to get you started.

1. Brass Candlesticks (and crystal)

It took me a good two years visiting estate sales to finally get a large collection of brass candlesticks. I did not care about matching styles or shades of brass. If I saw one for a couple bucks I grabbed it. Now I have over 25 candlesticks. I use them throughout the year, but I love how it looks spread out on the dining table all together. Finding good quality crystal candlesticks is my next collection, I have three so far, who knows, maybe next year you will see them all on the table too.

2. Vases

Silver is becoming a lost appreciation. In other words, remember grandma’s house had silver and it had to be polished. I think because it takes work to maintain them, people don’t want them anymore. But, there is nothing like a large silver vase. When it comes to vases, I stay away from crystal, because I drop everything and, I know I will be heartbroken when I drop a beautiful large crystal piece. So, I go for real silver. They last lifetimes and I even like how the look a little unpolished. Oh, and don’t worry, MIX YOUR METALS, I put silver with brass all the time.

3. Ornaments

I have NEVER bought ornaments in bulk at a store. Every year, my kids pick out an ornament for them that goes on the tree, but all the other ornaments have been collected over time from estate sales. I have even gotten large garbage bags full of gorgeous silver ornaments for a few dollars and I used those this year on the tree.

4. Frames

See that gold-ish, black mirror on the mantel. Well, at an estate sale it was actually white. But, I could tell it was layers and layers of white paint. I brought it home and started stripping off the white. After taking off the white paint this gold frame with hints of black was discovered. I thought of going down to the wood and then repainting it but I loved how it looked as is. And I love knowing that someone decades ago also enjoyed it in the gold glory.

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

In my dining room, the table centerpiece is always very important to me. I always begin by placing down all candlesticks. Then I weave the garland in and around the sticks and layer in pinecones, ornaments and touches of fresh berries and floral.

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

How to style your holiday table and mantel with vintage inspired holiday décor pieces, for more visit https://ablissfulnest.com #holidaydecor #holidaytablescape #holidaymantel

Well, I truly wish you all an amazing holiday with your friends and family and very happy New Year. I also hope that I have and can continue to inspire you to appreciate the vintage pieces of our ancestors (or complete strangers *estate sales*) but that they know their investment is living strong in new homes and have more stories to tell if only they could talk.

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