| Sheila Howell

How to Style Your Antiques for the Holidays

antique table styled for the holidaysDecorating 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

antique mirror decorated with a holiday wreath 


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

 antique ginger jars in a fall tablescape


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. 

antique china styled for the holidays

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. 

holiday silver 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. 

antique pastry tabled decorated for the holidays


 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. 

antique hand-blown green glass demijohns


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!