A Homespun Holiday Home

Take some Christmas decorating tips from a homeowner who fills her rooms with family keepsakes and vintage collectibles.

Keeping It Personal

Dallas antiques dealer Donna Damon believes that if you have a favorite collectible or decoration, you should enjoy it. That's why she decorates nearly every room in her house with her Christmas collections that tell stories and bring back memories. Her Christmas tree ornaments, for instance, are very personal: a pair of mittens worn by one of her grown children, a folksy jack-o-lantern signifying another of her favorite holidays, holiday cards from past years, and old family photos.

Ornamental Ways

Donna decorates her tree with a jolly mix of Santas, from modern versions to portraits of Father Christmas. Like the vintage ornament shown here, all are part of the Santa Claus collection she has accumulated over the years.

Barrel of Baubles

To anchor her artificial tree, Donna sets it in an antique barrel and fills the creative base with a glittering assortment of extra ornaments.

Stocking Feat

Old-style stockings are hung across Donna's fireplace for each member of the family. She takes a no-fuss approach to labeling each stocking by writing names on tags and trimming them with decorative scissors before tying one to each stocking.

Sitting Pretty

In the dining room, Donna adds an elegant holiday touch with a tree-shape centerpiece of glass ornaments amidst a forest of bottle trees.

Glad Tidings

On a side table, Donna displays lightweight ornaments on mini trees made of delicate goose feathers dyed green.

Warming the Spirit

Donna displays her abundant Santa collection in groupings on shelves and furniture all around the room. At every turn, the mix of figurines she has collected over the years reminds her of happy times in her life.

Glad Tidings

The clever outfits and unique facial expressions of this mix of old and new Santas lends a creative personality to the arrangement. Donna's display approach can be used with any favorite Christmas collectible.

Bedside Manner

For a simple holiday bouquet in the master bedroom or a guest room, try this idea from Donna: Arrange evergreen branches in a sap bucket and decorate them with glass ornaments.

Natural Touch

Donna adds holiday touches in unexpected places to spread Christmas throughout the house. Here, a cedar wreath with fabric candy canes puts an antique horse in the holiday spirit.

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