| Sheila Howell
Decorating for the holidays can be as simple as adding beautiful ornaments and candles to a favorite antique table. Here, our antique gilt and bronze Louis XVI occasional table is decorated with antique mercury glass candlesticks, ornaments and pinecones.
Antiques are meant to be loved and used, not stored away and carefully displayed! The holidays are the perfect time to style your home by transforming your antiques into stunning holiday decor. Here are some easy ways to dress your antiques for the holidays.
6 Tips for Holiday Decorating with Antiques
1. Hang a Wreath
An antique mirror or armoire becomes a holiday decoration when hung with a live or faux wreath, like this mantel mirror in House and Home.
2. Repurpose for a Holiday Tablescape
Bring antique pieces from other rooms into the dining room to set your holiday table. Urns, vases and jars add height and drama to a tablescape, like these cobalt blue ginger jars from Love and Lodge.
3. Mix Antique China With Modern Dishes
Contrast your fine antique china with modern cutlery, glassware and tablecloths. This festive table setting uses Marjorie Merriweather Post's china combined with emerald green and coral accents.
Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey
4. Create a Collection
Do you love silver, and have it randomly displayed throughout your home? Bring an assortment of silver pieces together, arrange on a tray decorated with ornaments and greenery and create a holiday vignette.
5. Bring Out the Metalics
Nothing says holidays like shimmery gold and gilt! In the kitchen, our antique pastry or bakery table with a marble top is ready for holiday entertaining by adding simple gold accent pieces.
6. Light It Up
Candles and twinkle lights add a festive tone to the most ordinary pieces. Our antique hand-blown wine demijohns light up the night when decorated with twinkle lights, pinecones and fall leaves.
Antiques add the patina and traditions of the past to the holiday season. The holidays are the perfect time to show off your antiques and vintage treasures. With a bit of imagination and creativity, you can transform your home into a holiday showcase.
At European Finds, our selection of antiques and vintage pieces includes gorgeous European antiques from every corner of the Continent. Some are extremely rare, others less so, but all are historic, authentic survivors from a bygone era, and will make lovely additions to your home or office.
Note: Our inventory is always changing, so be sure to check back frequently for our latest additions!