How to style your home for Christmas – with vintage details

We don’t do Christmas by halves here at Home Barn; it’s a truly magical time of the year when our beautiful rustic barn in the Buckinghamshire countryside becomes a twinkling beacon of all things festive. It’s especially pretty under a dusting of snow.

Naturally, we love the timeless appeal of vintage Christmas decorations; from zinc garlands to glass baubles, artisan tree toppers, candelabra centrepieces, elegant festive wreaths and plenty more besides. So here, we share our tips for using vintage decorations to add a flourish of festive cheer to your home.



Handcrafted and sustainable

Vintage Christmas tree decorations abound here at Home Barn (you can never have too many!) and we like to keep the colour palette simple and the materials sustainable. So consider decorations in rustic metals like zinc, tin and aged brass, as well as glass – such as our glass baubles and glass icicles which reflect light beautifully. With plastic-free Christmas decorations in mind, our handcrafted zinc mistletoe garland is a great alternative to tinsel, while our traditional handmade decorative felt gloves and ice skate decorations bring with them a comforting touch of nostalgia. They’re perfect for Christmas gift ideas, too.



Festive feasting

One of our most treasured festive rituals is feasting around the dining table with friends and family and we love creating Christmas table settings brimming with natural materials and twinkling lights. Mixing textures adds interest, so cut glass tealight holders flicker alongside a vintage linen table runner and foraged foliage, moss and berries from the hedgerows. When creating your Christmas tablescapes, think about adding interest at different heights. Try filling a glass bell jar with a cluster of pillar candles to add drama to the table, or create a similar effect with our tall candelabra table centrepiece.



Piquing the senses

We like to consider all the senses when styling our home for Christmas, especially when creating a festive focal point in the main living area. Cire Trudon scented candles, vintage silvered glass demijohns filled with foliage, warm yellow firefly lights and textural decorations work beautifully together on the mantelpiece above a crackling fire. Arranging sparkling items such as our glitter bird decorations with real feathers and vintage Christmas lights in front of a large rustic mirror reflects and amplifies the twinkling light. Throw a soft knitted blanket or fluffy sheepskin rug over a fireside chair for extra Winter warmth.

So why not come vintage treasure hunting at Home Barn and for our latest updates follow along on Instagram

Sally & Sarah