Decorating for Christmas

Over the years, I’ve collected a good many vintage Christmas ornaments. I had originally planned to have a “vintage” tree, but this year I decided to group a few of them together in a footed glass container here in the family room.

Instead of the expected tassel…I hung a little berry wreath from the key.

Merry Christmas!

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  1. profenretraite says

    Susan…What a beautiful idea! That way everyone can see them and they don’t get lost on the tree. I have ornaments that I love and I am afraid to hang anymore with a house full of cats and grandchildren. This is the perfect solution. Love the little wreath, too. Gorgeous decorations..Debbie

  2. Melissa Miller says

    Hi Susan, I have always loved the look of beautiful ornaments in glass hurricanes. I need to try that one soon. It’s so lovely how you did it with a vintage touch.
    Thanks for coming by tonight.~Melissa πŸ™‚

  3. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    Charming, SS, simply charming! In my heart of hearts, I truly believe “simple is better”, but THIS year I’m getting rather “gaudy” (for ME, at least! Hmmm… I wonder “WHY”!!!). ANYHOOO, missed “Tablescape Tuesday” yesterday, so am running waaay behind, (on tooo many things, too!) but will try to catch up ASAP! Have a BEAUTIFUL evening! Hugs, Linda

  4. As always, Susan, your home looks gorgeous. Your vintage ornaments are just so pretty!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Great idea. I took out my vintage ornaments last week…took pictures and put them back away. I really don’t know how or if I will use them…but I can’t part with them either!

  6. This is so beautiful! I love your secretary. It’s such a gorgeous piece of furniture. ☺ Diane

  7. profenretraite says

    Hi Susan..Thanks for dropping by! I love to see your name on my blog. Yes, even for me from the other side of town, the tea parlor was worth the trip. I misspelled Acworth, didn’t I? Thanks…I fixed it. lol Why are we up so late again? Have a great evening!…Debbie

  8. just lovely girl! I always enjoy your style

  9. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    Delightful! I have become quite fond of ornaments in glass. Even found a new way to use them in my new bedroom (hey, the color was perfect).
    I adore that wreath too. Off to visit this Southern Belle you speak of.

  10. What a great way to display your favorite ornaments! I LOVE this idea! All the rich colors look good against the dark wood too!

  11. I love this idea… your home is beautiful

  12. I have two boxes of ornaments purchased in the mid sixties still stored from year to year in their original boxes. A few have been broken over the years but most remain intact. Years ago I was told to store with a piece of waxed paper (for me that was Cut-Rite)lying on top of the ornaments, to help keep them bright and shiny. Don’t know if the waxed paper worked, but they still look the same to me as when I bought them for my first tree, after I married in 1965. The price is still on the boxes. The plain solid colored ornaments were $ .79, and the ones decorated with something akin to crystallized glitter were $1.29. They came in boxes of 12. You have given me a marvelous idea of a way to use them, without anymore getting broken. Thanks.

  13. Barb Garrett says

    Its it just me or did you change your blog background? If not, I guess I had not noticed how pretty it was before. LOL Oh where was I? Yes, your ornaments! I have about 30 ornaments I inherited from my mom. They are amazing glass ornaments. I have a large footed crystal bowl I put them in, nestled into some faux snow. They are also really pretty in those apothecary jars. I just love your home!!!! Can’t wait to come by for another visit! Blessings, Barb

  14. Hi Susan…I’m so happy you chose to place your vintage ornaments on that gorgeous secretary so we could get to enjoy seeing it again.
    You have the interior shelves so beautifully arranged…I love seeing your home! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  15. I love the look of the vintage ornaments as well. However, like you I am not using them on my tree this year. I also love the bubble lights my grandma used to have on her tree. Now, I’m gonna go look for a glass container to display my old ones in. Thanks for the idea.

  16. Donna@designson47thstreet says

    I “want” that double bonnet secretary! πŸ™‚ LOVE it! What warm and inviting photos of your family room. Yes, I too love vintage ornaments. You have used them very well. Great post.

  17. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    This is beautiful Susan! I have several vintage ornaments in a vintage look jar. Others I put in a compote.

    I forgot all about Trim the Tree Thursday. I did a photo challenge for my photo blog, instead of Christmas. I might send my Tuesday, Back Porch post link to Brett.

  18. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Everytime I see your gorgeous double bonnet secretary I want to make a run to Clarksville and see if Richard Cottrell still has his double bonnet, in the shop. I am really tempted to put it in “layaway”, if he does layaway, that is.

  19. Lady Katherine says

    Now that just Simply Lovely! Where is all my glass, I will have to hit the store, all my glass ornaments have been broken over the years. I just love it! The wreath too!

  20. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Lovely & classy!

    I have a large collection of vinatge ornaments that I do cover a tree w/ but I also have bowls of them all over my house. I'm thinking about really downsizing my other Christmas chotchkes this year & just adding bowls of ornaments to everday vignettes; instead of having Christmas completely take over my house. It would be soo much less work & would probably look better too!

  21. As always, this is beautiful. Your blog always inspires me. I have to wait until after Thanksgiving to start any Christmas decor, but all of you bloggers are sure making me itch to get started. Loved Glenda’s comment about the price of ornaments in the 60’s. Amazing how much has changed since then. laurie

  22. This is a great Deb says,”they don’t get lost on the tree”….Ann

  23. Hi Susan,
    What a cozy, warm area. I think these Christmas items add just the right touch to it :0)

  24. Thanks for yet another great idea, Susan! I also love your lladro that I can see peeking out of your glass case….Christine

  25. I love the old ornaments! We always put these old treasures in glass bowls and such too. They would get lost in a tree and they are too priceless to get lost!

    Thanks for joining Susan!

  26. Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio says

    Hi Susan,
    I collect vintage ornaments too. I have always planned on having a vintage tree, but never have enough space in my home for a second tree. I love the way you displayed your vintage ornaments.

  27. Susan, vintage ornaments always makes me think of Christmas Past. I have quite a collection of vintage ornaments ranging from the 30s to the 70s. I decorate what I call a Grandma, Grandpa tree. I do it like I remember as a child. Tinsel and even the tacky aluminum star with lights. I put the cotton batting with the glitter and the little house out of cardboard and glitter underneath. I use to lay on my tummy and imagine people living in the houses. My grandpa would say don’t touch the lights they will burn you, remember the bubble lights, yes I even put those on. OH sweet memories. Thankyou for taking me down memory lane. Kathysue

  28. Beautiful! Your blog looks gorgeous and I love the music-reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas movies-Home Alone!

  29. Hi Susan! It’s lovely just the touch of Christmas needed for that area. Love the berry wreath too. Deb

  30. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, I love your Christmas decor. I use the same idea of putting ornaments in glass hurricanes. I think it is so fun. I have several displayed this year.
    I can’t wait to see more from your beautiful home!!
    Hugs, Terrie

  31. These look wonderful. What a great way to show them off..I’ve done this for years and still enjoy when I take them out of their boxes the memories that seem to take over..hugs ~lynne~

  32. Terri and Bob says

    Simple things are always beautiful and you proved it. I wondered what different thing I could do with my vintage ornaments… now I know!

  33. An Accomplished Woman says

    That looks so lovely. You have such great style and a great blog.

  34. Hi Susan…

    Just stopping by to say hello, my friend! I love your pretty glass vase with all of the beautiful ornaments…what a grand idea!!! And you’re absolutely right about the beautiful ornaments looking great against your burled wood secretary…gorgeous!!! Have a great day Sweetie…

    Love ya,

  35. O.k. Susan, I am blaming you…..all I want to do now is go and decorate something for Christmas, see what you have done!!Think I will tackle my bedroom, hope all is well with you. Chrissy

  36. Susan you are such an inspiration
    Christmas decorating already!!!!!
    Though I haven’t even really thought too much about it; I have begun my Christmas Shopping.

    Yesterday while ‘on the hunt’ I immediately thought of you and your wonderful tablescapes. Don’t know if you’ve ever seen it done, but for example: those white candle stick holders in your previous posting could be decoratively topped off with a large Xmas Ball ornament inverted upside down. The effect is really quite unique plus festive since the the candle holders make great pedestals.

  37. Beautiful every thing you do..I have some vintage ones also..WHAT your surprised?? have a great day..hugs and smiles Gloria

  38. This is just beautiful, Susan!! I love this piece and the Christmas balls look great! I’ve done this before, but yours is much prettier!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  39. profenretraite says

    Susan…Just stopping by to tell you that Jeanette (jfell on rms) is going to be on the TV version tonight. Her gorgeous kitchen is one of the inspiration rooms. Remember it from the front page? It stayed there 10,000 years. Isn’t that great? All of us at Micasa are so excited. Just thought you might want to know…TTYL..Debbie

  40. Displaying special ornaments in a clear glass container gives them another way of enhancing the holiday decor. I am so glad we’re doing that nowadays.

  41. Cottage Rose says

    Hey Susan; I love how you displayed your vintage ornies. Some of them look like the ones we had when I was little. I also love that desk it is just beautiful, and everything in it too. lol;


  42. Miss Janice says

    Susan, I just love this vignette with your vintage ornaments on that gorgeous secretary…a very lovely setting. Think of me on Saturday morning–I’ll be stocking up on goodies at Trader Joe’s in Midtown, heading to my Mother’s, then on to Florida…I will be back at my computer in about a week. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday in your beautiful home!

  43. Great decorating. I love it.

  44. Oh, I love vintage ornaments too, but they cost as much as the new ones now. I love your secretary. I’ve always wanted one, but haven’t found the right one. Yours is beautiful! You’re a lucky girl! :O)

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