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Golden MidCentury Modern Natural Unconventional Christmas Decorating

I’m so happy to be kicking off this year’s housewalk! Welcome to my home! It’s changed quite a bit from last year. My walls became much darker, and my decor much moodier. This year I am embracing what I call Golden MidCentury Modern Natural Unconventional Christmas Decorating by bringing in warm tones and natural decor.

Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Housewalk 2021

You can see the entire house tour below, and you can also watch the video accompanied with this post for view you won’t see in pictures and peeks at a few other things not shown.

Christmas living room with unconventional decorating. Black wall with wood fireplace. Tree with golden ornaments, and vintage MCM art with bottlebrush trees and brass deer and eucalytpus in a vase on a coffee table

For my tree and living room decor, I was really inspired by the vintage artwork I put above my mantel this fall. It was a thrift store find I fell in love with and didn’t want to put away just because I was bringing out the holiday decor.

Wood faux fireplace with MCM vintage artwork and golden warm tones for unconventional decorating

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Since I really didn’t want to take it down, I brainstormed on how I could incorporate it into my holiday decor. The gold in the tree image really called out to me, and I was drawn in by the warm cream,terra cotta, rust and umber tones.

Warm tone bottlebrsuh trees and brass deer for unconventional Christmas decor colors

Out of that came this idea for a golden tree. I had some gold and copper ornaments in my Christmas decor stash from years of accumulation, but I realized I needed a few more. Luckily, I had old mercury glass ornaments and Rub ‘n Buff to give them a makeover to fit the tree theme.

Warm and modern living room with a golden tree and gold drapes

See: Making mercury glass ornaments look brand new.

On the mantel, I layered new and vintage bottlebrush trees, and a few new brass deer from Target. The natural setting of the vintage art really started to come out, and the entire room took on a golden glow with warm tones and colors. I loved how the decor was beautiful and non-traditional and is some unconventional Christmas decorating.

Brass deer layered with gold and copper bottle brush trees on a wood fireplace mantel

With scrap yarn, I crocheted some stockings with warm colors that are mirrored in the vintage art piece. If there’s one thing about having a Polish grandma is that you learn to crochet at a very young age. I was making blankets by about the time I was 7 or 8. I tried to teach my own kids, but I think this is the kind of thing best taught by a grandma. They have way more patience. lol.

handmade crocheted stockings with scrap yarn

I love the view from our living room to dining room. In the past, our tree has always been in the far corner of our living room. Since we moved a TV upstairs last January when we were all stuck at home. It changed the layout of our space. I’m actually really enjoying being able to see it from every room this year.

Split level dining room combo with a Chrsitmas tree between. A wood fireplace with vintage MCM art and black walls with white trim

We just built a slat wall room divider as an accent, and I’ll be sharing that with you later this month. I’ve had this project on my mind for so long and I am so glad we finally did it.

Mini slat wall accent wall a vintage sign and a Christmas tree with golden ornaments looking into a living room with gold curtains

We live in a 1950’s split level which I consider a bunch of boxes pushed together. We’ve slowly been adding character with trim and molding and other architectural features. This slat wall is the most recent addition.

Split leve dining room with vintage MCM furniture and a gold chandelier with a hutch decorated for Christmas

In our dining room eating area, I added natural beeswax candles in thrift store mix and matched crystal candle holders, and mini-bouquets of greenery gathered from our yard in recycled spice jars. I know brass has reigned king for a really long time, but I think crystal candle-holders are on their way back.

Mini  winter bouquets with crabapples and evergreens in reccyled spice jars with thrift store mix and match vintage crystal candle holders with beeswax candles

On top of our thrifted MidCentury modern hutch, I created a little forest theme. I found these amazing mushrooms and paired them with a fun vintage style, fuzzy deer, and a super fun Christmas countdown calender of little houses from Target. It really feels like Modern Natural Unconventional Christmas Decorating with warm tones and wood, and nature elements.

MidCentury Modern hutch with a forest theme at the top on display and cedar garland

I really loved the mushrooms, and how it created almost a fairy land with the tiny houses. It’s become one of my favorite decor items this year. I’ll share more of that upclose in another post, there’s also a closer look in the video. I added a faux cedar garland above it. I would love a real pine one, but I have an allergy and hate cleaning up needles.

Mini house advent calender and giant mushrooms

In our main bedroom, I wanted to go with a calm green and white theme this year. It felt more wintery and less Christmas. Last year, I saw someone on Instagram who lined their window with bottle-brush trees, so I decided to recreate it in our own bedroom window with a mix of small and large bottle brush trees. You can see some tips on how to decorate with bottlebrush trees here.

Green and white bedroom with winter bedding and MCM style with green adn white bedding and gold lamps

I added some deep green velvet curtains in the window. It was a nice change from the white, cotton window treatments we had up before.

Green and white bedroom with bottle brush trees on windowsill and velvet green drapes

The bedding is my own pattern of eucalyptus and juniper sprigs. The coverlet on the end is actually a duvet cover folded over for an accent throw. I like using duvet covers as pretty pieces almost like a coverlet.

Green and white Bottlebrush trees on a windowsill

Thank you so much for visiting my home, I hope you loved this tour, and I’ll be sharing more holiday decor and DIY’s all month long! The next house to visit is the beautiful Dear Lillie’s! You can shop items from our home post at the bottom of the post!

Dear Lillie Holiday Housewalk 2021

To shop our living room: Brass Deer/ Bottle Brush trees / paper mache bowl / peppermint knit pillow/ etched glass candle/ Wood tree candles

To shop our kitchen/dining area: Gingerbread house mugs / wood dough bowl / marble tray / beeswax candles / Vintage crystal taper candleholders / Christmas in the Village serving tray / Fuzzy flocked tan deer / faux cedar garland

To shop our Bedroom: Duvet cover / deep green pillow covers / gold lamps / faux fur pillow cover/ deep green velvet drapes / white linen comforter

17 Comments

  1. Your holiday decor is lovely and will carry through the winter without looking old. I especially love the mushrooms on your hutch. Do you have a source for them?

  2. OMG I AM OBSESSED and yes I meant all caps there. I love love love your living room- my favorite version yet! The colors are so warm and gorgeous!!!! Pinned like a motha. Also, those mushrooms- LOVE. Thank you SO much for having me and all of your hard work!

  3. Typed a nice little comment from my ipad and the whole screen reloaded and poof it was gone (or at least I think so, my apologies if now you’ve got two), so I have moved to the big computer with the uncomfortable chair because I don’t want to miss any of the homes today. I’ve got rub n buff on my shopping list, berries on my yard picking list, and I’m not artistic enough to make my own bedding, but your eucalyptus would look fab in my bedroom. The tour is lovely of course, and I might just be incorporating some of the ideas I see when I get at my own Christmas decor.

  4. Wow Jen you really outdid yourself this year! I love the moody, dark walls and that room divider is stunning! Wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases!

  5. Happy Holidays JEN!
    It feels like it’s officially Christmas now 😉
    LOVING that golden glow paired with your dark moody spaces, such a cool vibe.
    And the bottle brush bedroom forest is perfect.
    Thank you so much, for another inspiring home tour, and another amazing HH.
    xo Shan

  6. So beautiful Jen! I love all of the bottle brush trees on your mantel and the advent calendar display is so cute! Thank-you so much for hosting and I can’t wait to see the rest of the homes.

  7. HI!
    My first time reading your post.
    Your rooms are interesting (on the darker side) and very inviting and cozy at the same time. Enjoyed visiting and I will be back

  8. Jen, it’s all just gorgeous. I love the darker look in your home. I can see why you wanted to keep the vintage artwork above the mantel. It’s unique and looks great with the dark walls. You did an awesome job matching the tree to its color scheme.

  9. Your home is so beautiful, warm and inviting! I love your mantel with those homemade stockings! You have outdone yourself! Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this amazing tour every year! XO Kristin

  10. Awww!! The stocking are fantastic-nice job! I remember sitting right next to my Polish grandmother (Nano) while she would crochet. I still need to learn, Jen! I love how you incorporated the warm colors and how they pop on your dark wall Your bottle brush trees on the window sill are clever… Merry Christmas!

  11. I love the view from your living room to dining room so much too. Your house flows so so well and your Christmas decor is so pretty. Thanks so much for hosting and having me be part of your tours this year. Merry Christmas!

  12. Oh, Jen, I love those warm golds – it all looks so gorgeous! Thank you also for organizing this tour! I look forward to it each year!

  13. Jen! Your home looks so amazing! I love the dark walls and those mushrooms are so cool! I pinned! Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour. I look forward to this week all year long!

    xoxo

  14. I’m so obsessed with your tree and mantel this year, Jen! It all looks amazing against the dark backdrop. Merry Christmas!

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