Winter decorating home tour

Once the Christmas decor was stored away, I got busy decorating for the cool winter months. It often feels a little bare once all the excess Christmas decor is gone, but one of the things I love about winter decor is that heavy pieces and lots of layering work visually and aesthetically. It also doesn’t hurt to have multiple throw blankets and pillows around to just add a cozy feeling. I hope our winter decorating home tour inspires your own after-Christmas redecorating!

Winter decorating home tour

How to distress glass bottles
Decorating with antlers

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how to decorate with antlers

How to decorate with antlers

I finally figured out how to decorate with antlers, but I have to share the backstory. When my mom remarried my step-dad eighteen years ago I was thrilled for her and saw how they made such a great match. My step-dad, Tom, was very outdoorsy, and my mom always said that she loved camping, fishing, and hunting – when she was a kid. Well, Tom definitely made all her outdoor dreams come true – they bought a fifth-wheel and did several annual camping trips – she got her fill of fresh fish. And Tom was a no-waste responsible hunter. He had a collection of antlers in the garage and when I admired them, he gave me a box full of them! I’ve had the antlers for many years, determined to do something special with them, but overwhelmed by the idea of mounting them. I found a way to decorate with antlers without compromising the original state of the antlers (just in case I decide to display them in a different way someday).

how to decorate with antlers

I love vintage milk glass, my great grandmother had a huge built-in cabinet full of it and I’d walk around her china cabinet admiring all her beautiful milk glass and china. I have four of the same style pedestal vases so needless to say, I could part with one to try out my idea.

how to decorate with antlers

How to decorate with antlers

I wanted the greenery to climb up each antler a little more without overwhelming or hiding the antlers too much, but it’s hard to find the right viney greenery, so I did the best I could with what I had and I’m happy with the results.

how to decorate with antlers

My first step was securing the antlers to the vase. I ended up balling up a paper grocery bag and glue gunning it to the bottom of the milk glass vase. I tore off additional paper bag and tied it securely to the antler base. Then I glued the paper connected to the antlers to the paper in the vase. That way nothing permanent was done to the antlers and glue gun glue can also be removed from the vase.

how to decorate with antlers

After the glue was dry and the antlers secure, I began gluing greenery up each side of the antlers. I took care to glue the greenery to the paper and used the wire in the greenery to twist it up the antlers. Once the sides looked right, I added flowers and leaves to the center. I think little clover leaves or moss would have also worked throughout the center of the arrangement. I love the style and natural beauty antlers add to the decor.

Antler decor ideas

Here are some additional ways to decorate with antlers. I know the owner/designer of Deer to Ewe jewelry – she makes lovely pieces using antlers, vintage tin, beads, and findings. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry of heirloom quality to last, check out her online shop!

antler decor ideas
Deer to Ewe




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How to easily distress glass bottles

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How to distress glass bottles

I just love the charm that a collection of glass bottles can add to your decor. Personally, I love vintage glass and worn items. However, old, worn, and dirty vintage bottles can cost a small fortune – so to save money, but not sacrifice charm, I’m going to share how to distress glass bottles.

How to distress glass bottles
My glass bottles before they were distressed and labeled.

I first tried using sand paper to rough up the outside of a bottle, but I only had one grit of sand paper, and the little progress I made took way too long. So, I ended up using a more simple method that gave me the subtle affect I was after. This process is so easy, costs next to nothing, and you probably already have the necessary items on hand .

How to distress glass bottles

I poured about 3 tablespoons of Elmer’s glue into a paper cup, and then added about 3 tablespoons of tea – mix well . (I steeped one tea packet into a third cup of hot water to get a strong tea color.)

how to distress glass bottles
Distressed this spaghetti jar in just a few minutes!

Pour some of the mixture into the bottle and after turning the bottle around to spread the glue mixture onto the entire inside surface, just pour out the excess back into the paper cup.

French ephemera labels

Allow to dry and decorate! For some interest, I added these free French ephemera labels by the Graphics Fairy. You could age the labels too if you wanted a more authentic vintage look.

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For more vintage farmhouse decorating inspiration, check out my 4 easy winter decorating ideas.

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