A look to the past

Firstly, Happy New Year from Your Vintage Life! We thank you for the support over the last year and look forward to hearing from you in the year ahead……

But, before we move into the future and all the exciting things planned for 2011, we want to share some of our Christmas vintage and retro trimmings that we have enjoyed over this festive season. So, with only a few days left until we box up the decs, here’s a quick look to the past……

As we have 2 small children we decided to hang our vintage glass baubles from the light fittings.

This was done in the January issue of Homes and Antiques magazine which inspired us to do the same. Red and gold glass ornaments hang from our 1960’s orange glass chandelier at different lengths. I love the glitter flowers on the large red bauble.

We hang pretty coloured baubles from our 1950’s light…indendations, bells and cosmic shapes were all on show.

Holly picked from our neighbour’s garden were thrown together in our West German ceramic pots and in my Grandma’s Poole Pottery.

We had 2 trees this year…one in pretty pinks and crystal, the other in retro baubles from my Great Aunt’s collection. The top of the tree is a kitsch barbie influenced fairy, complete with mohair wig and organza dress.

Candles were everywhere, in Deco Seaforth plastic candle holders, crystal tea light holders and our fab funky orange and red lotus flower holders (although not much of the candles left now!)

Now..not for the faint hearted amongst you…we come to our hall. It is awash with bright 1950s/60s paper garlands. We picked up a box of unused garlands last year in perfect condition which we hung with no self control, as well as brightly coloured folding balls. You should have seen the postman’s face when we opened the door to him!

Lastly, we decorated our dining table in red and crystal. A bon bon dish filled with red and silver glass baubles, silver edged glass coasters and old bow napkin rings sit on our red runner.

The most important and loved item is a candle holder with cherubs above.

When the candles are lit the cherubs move around gently tapping the chime bells creating a lovely sound. This belonged to my Great Aunt & Uncle…they enjoyed it every year and my family will continue to do so in the future.


The past brings us fantastically delicate and unique decorations enjoyed by our families for years…..but for now it will be packed into the loft until next year.

Happy New Year x


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  1. Kim Patrick
    1 January 2011 / 2:18 pm

    Happy New Year YVL – i’m looking forward to more of your interesting and inspiring blogging in the year ahead!

  2. Lucy Jacobs
    2 January 2011 / 3:36 pm

    I love the garlands! reminds me of my childhood (along with paper chains!)

  3. Jennifer Grumbridge
    4 January 2011 / 8:56 pm

    shows how lovely the old decs are… brings back memories. Looking forward to more blogs in 2011

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