A Vintage Carafe’s Holiday Dress Rehearsal!

As some of you already know, I decided to tag along with hubs on his road trip this past weekend – he was giving a 2-day workshop, and me, well I brought along a little paperwork to do. But really, to be footloose and fancy free in a new community… who was I kidding ? I couldn’t resist a little thrift!

I found some treasures along the way, but it was this little vintage Art Deco carafe that stole my heart.

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At first I walked away because it had no lid and the tea light insert was missing. But around the corner was a tea light insert that turned out to be a good fit.

Walk away, walk away, WALK AWAY!

I couldn’t. I loved the stand, the aged patina and the carafe’s perky little shape. Suddenly it all came together, and in an instant I knew this piece was definitely coming home with me! It was going to be perfect for my Holiday decor (which just happens to be #3 on my friend Shauna’s Holiday Countdown Planner for this week)!!

I pictured it looking something like this…

Art Deco Carafe & Warmer Stand - 550

Then added some flowers so it looked like this.

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For the Holidays I plan to use fresh holly and other greens, and there definitely won’t be any dye discolouring the water! Some of the filler in this bouquet was dyed – never my first choice. Why do they do that anyway?

I might even opt for a variation of this holly and floating tea light display from 2 years ago. You can find more decorating idea from that year here.

Christmas Decorating - Finishing Touches 2011

I really did love this presentation, but I remember it was a bit of a pain to keep the water fresh and clean… How about you, Heather? Did you find this too? I’m also trying to decide if I have the patience to fish the holly out of the carafe at the end of the Holiday season. Hmmm, do you think I do?

For now my little thrifted treasure is sitting on my table looking like this!

Art Deco Carafe & Warmer Stand - 425

And now I’m on the hunt for a vintage tray with lots of patina to add to this mix! Click here to see how I worked in other thrifted and vintage finds with last year’s decor.

I would like to give  my friend, Shauna a special shout out for her Holiday Countdown Planner series. If you’re not following along with Shauna’s countdown, I seriously think you should! I did this last year, and it totally saved my holiday bacon! Thanks Shauna!!!

Have you started planning your Holiday decor? Are you into thrifting for a vintage look?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller – please credit and link if you choose to use! 🙂

12 Replies to “A Vintage Carafe’s Holiday Dress Rehearsal!”

  1. What a cute carafe and definitely perfect for decorating for the holidays. I think a trick to keep the water clean is to add a few drops of bleach. I am off to check out Shauna’s holiday countdown planner, anything that helps me to keep on track is a godsend.

  2. Hello Sheila! Yes, I find that the water gets a little mucky if left too long. Oh well, I have 5 holly trees on our property so refreshing is easy! I like how you’ve dressed up your beautiful carafe too, that bouquet is lovely!

    1. Heather, you have 5 holly trees? Wow, that’s awesome – they must look amazing through the Holidays!! I still love the look of the holly in water presentation, and I think I’ve decided to still do that, but not in the carafe. I know my patience limits!! 😉

    1. Hi Anne!
      Thank you for stopping by! I am so happy I didn’t walk away – even my family is loving this one! So often they indulge my thrifted have-to-haves, but aren’t always sold on my vision… this time they’re all in! 😉

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