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Vintage Winter Decor and Vignettes

By Rachel

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Winter is in full swing here in Minnesota. It is snowy and ridiculously cold and has me eagerly waiting for spring! Once the holiday decor comes down, my house tends to feel empty and a little sad as do I this time of year. But, this winter I have given myself the challenge to embrace the cold season instead of fight with it.

A cozy and warm home is the key to embracing this winter season. If you want your home to feel like a Pendleton blanket and cup of hot coffee, vintage winter decor and vignettes help to achieve just that!

a vintage blue glass vase

Blues, Greens, and Creamy Whites

The winter decor used throughout my home this year is a theme on blues, greens, and creamy whites as well as the use of brass and natural elements. The blue reminds me of ice and snow that is present this time of year. The use of green offsets the cold feel of the blue and brings warmth and life. Creamy whites are always a good idea, especially if vintage enamelware and milk glass can be used. The white color pairs beautifully with my brass candlesticks that I kept out after the holidays. Natural elements, such as pinecones, help to bring in texture and tie everything together.
a vintage light stacked on top of vintage books

On the mantel, I wanted to keep it super minimal. This vintage light always lives here so I simply added 2 books and some pinecones. The green book is a recent antique store find. It was $3 and I love how it adds such a pop of color to this space. Using books in varying sizes helps to achieve dimension in a small area like this.

Vintage Vignettes

a winter vintage vignette with brass and milk glass

I’ve been playing around with creating vignettes over the past few months. It is something that I truly find joy in because of the creative process involved. For the use of vignettes in my winter decor, like the one above, I use pieces that complement each other, making sure that I have enough height, balance, texture, and color within the display.
a small winter vignette with trees and a vintage jar
The brass, trees, and pinecones here bring in earthy elements and texture. The white pieces help to soften the brass. Using a vintage linen runner as well as the lace ribbon on the tall tree add a feminine touch and tie the vignette together.

vintage enamelware and milk glass in a vignette

The vintage book of fly tying used here is light blue with a creamy white spine. It is the perfect addition to this vignette and helps to tie in the blues used in other parts of the house. Really, what I’ve learned with creating vignettes, is to just play around with pieces that you have. It is such a fun process and makes your home feel completely ‘you’.

Re-Use Holiday Decor

an antique pitcher on top of books

I have never kept out holiday decorations after the holidays. Ever. Until now. Obviously I put away the Santa’s and stockings and ornaments yet there were a few more subtle pieces that I decided to play around with. Inspired by a few other bloggers, I decided to keep out all of my smaller, deep green colored trees. To me, pine trees are the epitome of winter, especially here in Minnesota.

pine trees flocked with snow

One of my absolute favorite scenes is tall pine trees flocked in fresh snow. The picture above, taken while I was snowshoeing on the North Shore, was the inspiration that was in my head when using and decorating with my green trees. Isn’t that just majestic?! Anyways, I found that using trees without any holiday theme attached to them brings life and coziness to my home.

a vintage scene using trees

‘Winter Colored’ Glass

blue and white vintage glass used as winter decor

This shelf is really where the blues come into play. Over the years I have collected various types of blue and white glass. I decided to pair that glass with my milk glass for a vintage take on snow and ice. It felt a bit cold so I simply added a stick of faux velvet greenery for warmth.

vintage hobnail glass

Winter Linens

vintage linen tablecloth with scalloped edges

I hold a very special place in my heart for vintage linens and are always included in my home. Brimming with character, linens usher in softness. The blue and white colors on my vintage tablecloth paired with the delicate lace and scalloped trim make it the perfect piece to use for winter.

vintage linen placemats

Vintage placemats also make for beautiful winter decor to use on your table. I recently found these white linen placemats at antique store. Envisioning them on my table for winter paired with the tablecloth, I knew they had to come home with me. The lace around the edges reminds me of a snowflake!

Vintage Winter Art

vintage winter barn pictures

Being a lover of vintage art, I have a collection of barn and farm pictures. Many of them happen to be of winter scenes, as seen in the two pictured above. Vintage art is extremely special because there are only a handful of each art piece. The vibrancy of the colors makes me happy, especially during the winter months. I just love the character that vintage art brings to the walls of my home.

Winter Textiles

winter textiles on a couch

The use of textiles, especially in the winter, ushers in a cozy atmosphere. My favorite textile fabrics to use during the winter months are wool and corduroy. There is nothing cozier than coming in from the cold and curling up in a large wool blanket. My corduroy pillows are so soft and almost velvety. Using textiles rich in character during the cold season helps to add kindness and warmth to your home.

For A Vintage Winter Home

a vintage enamelware pitcher with faux greenery

My hope for you is that you can pull small snippets from my vintage winter decor and vignettes. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when looking at home decor options. Just start small. Change one little thing in your home to make it feel more warm and cozy for winter, however that is for you. Embrace the season and everything that comes along with it.

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For more winter decor ideas, head over and visit Cindy at County Road 47  and KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms.  These fabulous bloggers are so talented and full of amazing ideas!

Let me know in the comments below how you decorate your home for winter!

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  • Decorative Inspirations
    January 14, 2022 10:49 am

    Thanks for sharing all those lovely ideas

  • Paula@SweetPea
    January 15, 2022 9:58 am

    Your winter vignettes are beautiful.

  • You caught my attention with the milk glass–one of my very best favorites! I love using mine traditionally and non traditionally, too (i.e., using a creamer for short stemmed flowers). I also love mixing milk glass with my cobalt glass–and even red glass for patriotic holidays! I am only beginning to take down my Christmas stuff as I got it up so late but am busy crafting Valentine treasures.

    • Rachel Granholm
      January 19, 2022 8:17 pm

      Hi Kathy!! Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your lovely comment. I too LOVE milk glass…hobnail is my absolute favorite. Isn’t it fun to find different and creative uses for them?! You are so sweet and I love that you are just excited about vintage glass as I am. Thank you for being here!

  • Our Hopeful Home
    January 23, 2022 7:57 pm

    Love all your warm winter touches! I love your use of the trees – I unfortunately already packed mine away. Maybe next year:) I also wish I had some winter “art.” Guess I’ll have to add that to my “list” lol. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    • Rachel Granholm
      January 23, 2022 8:26 pm

      Hi Kathleen!! Thank you so much for stopping by tonight and for your thoughtful comment. I truly appreciate it!! Winter art is so fun to hunt for..it’s always on my list, even in the summer!!

  • We haven’t had much snow this year, but I can definitely relate to the cold. I love all of these ideas for beautiful winter decor.

  • Lynne Zemaitis
    February 4, 2022 7:23 pm

    Such beautiful winter decor! Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

  • […] Vintage Winter Decor Vignettes | The Antiqued Journey […]

  • […] Currently I have them displayed in my kitchen cubby shelf with other Christmas decor but I do plan to use them for winter decor as well. I have a winter theme in mind of using the same deep green that is on these mugs mixed with white and light blue. These will work beautifully in winter vignettes! […]

  • These vignettes are so cozy and calming. I had to check out the milk glass and enameled pitcher, they remind me of home and simpler times. Thank you so much for sharing at Whimsy Home Wednesday!

    • Rachel Granholm
      December 31, 2022 11:01 am

      Thanks so much, Becky!! I LOVE milk glass…it’s one of my very favorite things to collect, especially hobnail. Thanks so much for coming by today!

  • Love your winter decor Rachel. I hate taking down Christmas decorations too, and adding bits of winter here and there helps a bit with the vacant space in our home.

    • Rachel Granholm
      January 3, 2023 4:43 pm

      Hi Cara!
      Thanks so much!! Winter decor is super fun to decorate with because, for me, it really gets my creativity flowing. Happy New Year!

  • […] could also style the basket into a winter vignette, hang it on the wall, display it on the front door of your house, or set it on a shelf. Wherever […]

  • I’m glad I found your blog.

  • Cindy@CountyRoad407
    January 10, 2023 12:35 pm

    Super cute vignettes and you know I love all the vintage pieces. Makes me want to find some small bottle brushes. Thank you for linking up at Farmhouse Friday! pinned

  • It’s funny how the inside of our homes mirrors the colors and seasons outside our homes. I am in love with all your hobnail milk glass! You did a fabulous job combining colors and patterns. Awesome job Rachel!


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