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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Vintage Charm

Posted by Merri Cvetan on Dec 15, 2017 12:26:15 PM
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Vintage Charm

Just when you think you’ve filled every nook and cranny with snowmen, santas and angels, you realize the china cabinet hasn’t been decorated! Pack away whatever has been on display all year long and create a pretty, vintage winter display.

Vintage Charm

A (not-so-secret) designer tip is to stick with two or three colors and textures. For each shelf, I made a little vignette using old red books, vintage pewter and snow-covered mini houses.

Vintage Charm

I found cute little houses at Goodwill for less than $4 each. Some are open in the back for candles and the others are just for fun. In keeping with my red, white and pewter-grey theme, I spray-painted each building with a few coats of white. After the paint dried, I sprayed layers of fake snow and doused each with lots of glitter while the paint was still wet.

Vintage Charm

Stacks of old books add vintage charm and give height to other items. Nestle the houses on clouds of “snow” (pillow batting). Finally add battery operated tea lights to make each shelf glow.

Since this display is more wintery than Christmassy, you can keep it up all season long.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!

Topics: Merri Cvetan, winter decor, winter decorating tips, winter display