I broke my hard and steadfast rule this season. One holiday at a time and you never decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving has been celebrated. Well, all bets are off when you have a kid in college so far away that the first time she gets to come home is Thanksgiving, and all she wants to do is relish in the family traditions of the holiday season. It's what gets her through the stress of impending finals upon her return to school. So I broke out the boxes of old Christmas decor and bought some new pieces to freshen things up resulting in my vintage inspired holiday design.

A friend of 35 years always says antique and vintage pieces remind her of a tired old granny's home. Well, we should all be so lucky to have some of the well-crafted pieces from our family's past that deserve a second time around after surviving 100 plus holiday seasons. I've really enjoyed the challenge of working antiques into my contemporary and casual lifestyle that's why I'm sharing my inspirations today.

My most treasured find is an old workbench that serves as a sofa table in my family room. This heavy-as-lead old table is from the late 1800s out of Indiana. The weathered marks of countless hours spent building many things on this piece gives it the character that prompts every visitor that comes through the door to ask what it is and will I sell it. This holiday season, I topped it with a new vintage-inspired mercury glass compote from Z Gallerie, an antique English tobacco jar, some art books and three singing nuns given to me by my mother 21 years ago. Flanked by an old sewing box and a modern, yet vintage-industrial styled floor lamp from Arteriors in Dallas makes the look current and brings visual interest to an otherwise boring space.  

A home's fireplace is typically a focal point and reminds us of chilly nights spent by the fire roasting marshmallows as kids. So I dress mine up for the holidays, mixing in some antique ornaments from my Grandmother with my sparkling white deer from Z Gallerie and my Santa Claus's from around the world to complete the story. The additional touch of current holiday accessories like a gold deer print on wood from Target framed with an old weathered window and a pillow printed with a gold deer placed on an antique settee - not grandma's old sofa - help to tie it all together making my home warm and inviting this holiday season.

So after the turkey has been devoured and the last piece of pie is fought over, get into your attic, blow the dust off granny's old trunk, sewing cabinet, writing desk, whatever it may be and give it a new look by adding some modern accessories to freshen it up. If nothing else, it will inspire your family and friends to say "hey that's cool, what's that all about?" And let the story telling begin.