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Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Christmas-12 Fabulous + Festive Styling Ideas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Whether you are searching Pinterest or just popping into the grocery store, that time of year is here. My quaint little east coast town has already been draped in lights & fresh greenery. There is just something magical about the holidays, with the cookie making, Christmas music, tree trimming festivities, the aromas of fresh pine & spruce, hot cocoa, comfort food, those sappy feel good movies {which I am such a sucker for} and of course decorating & styling your home for family and friends to enjoy. My list could go on & on, it really is my favorite time of the year! I begin by sorting through & listing all of the decorations I have, because I always forget all of the goodies I have stashed away. Then I sketch it out, moving things around, trying to get a visual of what & where. Once I have decided the direction or theme then I break out the magazines for inspiration. This may not seem like fun but it so is!! The best part is mixing & layering my old family pieces with some new things and all of my DIY project’s. Mixing vintage items in with your décor is a great way to create an original holiday home that is full of character & sentiment. Here are some of my favorite ideas for styling using time worn pieces….

Vintage Christmas 12 Fabulous + Festive Styling Ideas1. Think outside the box. I love how these old weathered shutters creates a porch screen for privacy and how some authentic finds are used to set a cheerful mood.

Celebrating Home-Jennifer Carroll Love those vintage shutterssource

2. Use vintage pieces as is to create a rustic & fun vignette. I found a pair of beautifully worn wood ski’s & thought they would be a festive addition to my mudroom.


3. Use ephemera to add charm to your Christmas décor. These music sheets make perfect neutral placemats and will no doubt spark dinner conversation.

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4. Keeping things simple & organic can create a warm & inviting space. These weathered vintage finds stand out & are appreciated in this rustic holiday setting.

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5. Adding an unexpected touch by repurposing can create a fun focal point. I love the use of these antique stocking stretchers on the mantle.

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6. Adding sentimental details to your porch is a great way to create a connection for family & friends as they are welcomed into your home. Using once worn ice skates &  sleigh are a perfect addition to this beautiful entrance.

Electically Vintage Front Door-Vintage Skates Wreathsource

7. Vintage books can add charm & instant character. You can use them for pops of holiday color or to give height to your décor.

Ella Claire Christmas Tour-using Vintage bookssource

8. Recycle, repurpose, reuse. These stag figures were found at a thrift stores & up-cycled into these adorable ornaments.

My Sweet Savannah-Upcycling Vintage Elementssource

9. Using chalkboards has become a staple in home décor lately especially during the holidays. Take a vintage frame, add a piece of MDF and roll on some chalk paint to create a beautiful focal point.

The Golden Sycamore-Upcycling an old frame into a festive chalkboardsource

10. Repurposing something vintage to hold greenery. I love this original idea of using these worn skis, painting them & adding spruce & berries for a festive feel.

The Lily Pad Cottage Vintage Skissource

11. Layer bookshelves & built ins with vintage collectables & holiday touches. By adding a few seasonal accents you can create a vignette full of personality.

The Rusty Hinge-Bookcases Layered in Festive Vintage Detailssource

12. Infusing worn whites with creams can give a peaceful feel. This mantle blends textures seamlessly & the vintage yard stick star is a stunning  focal point.

Thoughts From Alice-Vintage Mantle, Bottle Brush Treessource

Happy Holidays to you & your family!

Have a beautiful week,


City Farmhouse

Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-Repurposed Lighting Ideas

When it comes to designing a space, lighting is one of those essential details that should never be overlooked. I have a bit of a fascination with this design element. A year ago while browsing my favorite shop on Long Island I found this beautiful rewired vintage schoolhouse pendant. I had no idea where I would put it, as we already had all of our permanent lighting in place but I just knew it would be perfect somewhere. My family room was always in need of more illumination so I hung it over our desk area & wouldn’t you know it, that it is the first thing people see & ask about as they walk in. A great light fixture can set a mood, create conversation and give that aesthetic you are looking for. Repurposing something old and worn into lighting is an affordable way to express your signature style & achieve a custom look in your home. Here are some of my favorites…

BHG cottage style kitchen with vintage chandelier

It can be as simple as rewiring an old fixture with a beautiful patina. The aged texture gives a warmth to this bright & cheerful kitchen.

A clam basket has been transformed into a visual masterpiece. This modern and updated kitchen has blended new with old seamlessly. No doubt this generates fun conversation.  This perfectly aged basket has made for a living room showpiece. The aged texture brings the whole space together and makes it feel unified.


Original vintage pendants have been redesigned together for one unified piece and is attached with an aged piece of reclaimed wood. This creative, one of a kind DIY gives an authentic farmhouse feel.


Another fabulous idea using reclaimed wood and vintage blue mason jars. This fixture anchors the space and brings a warmth with the original wood tones.


Transforming this brass bowl into a kitchen pendant is a brilliant idea. All of the textures and tones work seamlessly in this kitchen to give a unique and one of a kind look that is classic & stylish.


Even a trash can makes for a showstopper of a fixture. The modern look, geometric design and warm finish blends nicely in this hip family room.


Repurposing materials can also yield a great result. Who would have thought chicken wire could look so chic. Combining this texture with the warmth of the embroidery hoop gives a true farmhouse aesthetic.

I hope these inspired you to look twice at some cast away items at your local thrift store or flea market, I know it did for me.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

House Tour: Antique Farmhouse

Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-12 Amazing Repurposed Storage Ideas

In my humble opinion, two things a home can always use more of is, extra storage & vintage charm. Being a lover of all things old & worn and a mom of 2 busy boys, I am always looking for clever ways to add storage that will keep me on budget and add warmth to my space at the same time. Repurposing vintage & salvaged items into storage can add style & character, create conversation and bring function to your space without breaking the bank. The best places to look for these items are flea markets, estate & tag sales, thrift stores, local antique shops and yard sales. Some things to look for when shopping for these items are size, shape, style, patina, condition & price. My feeling is anything can be transformed for the right price. My best score to date is a vintage stereo I bought for a SUPER steal that I turned it into a TV console table {see below}. Another favorite score was a large rolling cart that was once used for storing mason jars that is now mudroom storage for my family’s footwear and apparel. Here are 12 amazing repurposed storage ideas to inspire you to see the potential beyond old & worn…..

12 Amazing Repurposed Storage IdeasWhile rummaging through a thrift store I found this very large vintage stereo case. My first thought was, how would I get this home? But then I saw the price tag, $10! Where there is a will, there is way, needless to say I got it home. By pulling it apart & taking out the mechanics I was able to create pretty & purposeful storage for our fire wood and the media components.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to repurposing vintage pieces. I love how this homeowner turned this chicken coop into a stunning coffee table perfect for storing collectibles.

Repurposed Storage-Chicken Coop Transformed Into A Coffee Table

You can also use vintage items by simply repurposing the function. This vintage rolling cart & tool box with it’s rustic patina serves as storage & display for beautiful family treasures.

Repurposed Storage-Vintage Tool Box & Rolling Cart Showcases Family Room  Treasures Beautifully{via}

A chicken feeder makes for a perfect console table to hold magazines and display a collection of weather vanes.

Repurposed Storage-Chicken Feeder Holds Magazines

Vintage crates can create instant storage in a bedroom or family room. You can even add casters for easy movability.

Repurposed Storage-Crate at the end of bed holds bed linensThinking outside the box can have a big pay off. This empire dresser now serves as functional kitchen island storage. The original finish & caramel tones gives instant warmth to the space.

Repurposed Storage-Empire Dresser = The Perfect Bar {via}

This industrial bar was found at an old farm and now serves a new function in this rustic-modern kitchen as a center island.

Repurposed Storage-Industrial Bar Found at Farm Serves as a Kitchen Island

Storage can also go vertical, by mounting vintage crates & baskets to a wall you can increase your storage without sacrificing square footage.

Repurposed Storage-Metal Baskets Hung on the Wall For Sports Equipment-Genius!

This old rustic shelving unit serves as extra storage for this basement but can serve a variety of functions, possibly even a home office.

Repurposed Storage-This vinatge metal shelving unit serves as extra storage in the basement

Blending metal with the warm wood tones of these crates creates a beautiful balance in this kitchen.Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates as Kitchen Storage BHG

Vintage wood boxes are a useful find, they can serves as extra storage for a variety of things within the home such as this beautiful coffee table centerpiece.Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates Holdes Coffee Table Essentials{via}

Vertically stacked crates for wine storage is a genius idea, it’s pretty & functional and what a conversation piece!

Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates Serves as Storage in Wien Cellar

As you can see the possibilities are endless when it comes to vintage living.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic: Antler Decor

Nothing says fall like cozy blankets, flannels, pumpkin spice lattes, big warm sweaters and antlers. Yes, antlers, they have become a hot trend in home décor & I for one am loving it! They add a natural rustic element that infuses seamlessly with any design style and gives that textured vintage look. Since most antlered animals shed their rack organically in the fall they are somewhat easy to spot in the woods, you can also find them at local flea markets, antique & salvaged shops. The best part- the styling options are endless, here are 12 fabulous ideas for using this trend in your home….

Flea Market Chic Antler Decor

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I hope this has inspired your inner cabin self.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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Flea Market Chic-Velvet Crush

I have a tiny confession to make, I have a crazy crush on velvet lately. With the change of seasons & longing to make my home once again warm & cozy I find myself drawn to this classic choice. Whether vintage, slightly used or new I love it all. Mixing it with what you already have is a fun & whimsical way to get the look for less. For Fall I mixed velvet pillows with my white slipcovered sectional & vintage furnishings and instantly it changed the look of my room. Adding velvet touches through accessories, pillows, poufs and small upholstered pieces can allow you to follow this trend without changing the entire design aesthetic of your space.

Here are a few of my favorite velvet inspirations….

Velvet Crush-12 Stylish + Inspiring Spaces

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Makes you feel warm & cozy inside doesn’t it?

HERE is my home with a few velvet touches for Fall….

Cozy bench layered with wool throw & soft textured pillows

Rustic Fall Family RoomAre you inspired you to add a little velvet to your life?

Have a beautiful week,


Jennifer OBrien

Boho Chic – A Bold Organic Take on Vintage Living

Boho Chic has recently made a huge comeback in home design. With its bold and organic aesthetic, what’s not to love? A huge part of the look is vintage inspired, so it is a great way to infuse color and pattern into what you already have. This is a very doable look to achieve, whether you want to dive right in or make a few simple changes. My home furnishings are mostly neutral with vintage details, so I added some simple touches for fall that were inspired by this trend: cozy throws, colorful woven pillows, and a variety of rustic, natural accessories. To get this look, keep it earthy and use lots of texture, worn elements, wood, color, pattern, and leather. Here are a few ideas to get you started….

Boho Chic-A Bold & Organic Take on Vintage Living

BHG Tapestry Headboard-Boho Chic BHG

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SF Girl By Bay Boho Chic LRvia

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The Marion House Book Boho LRvia

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White Buffalo Styling Co Boho Chic Kitchenvia

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There is no right or wrong way to achieve this look, so have fun with it!

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse