Christmas Charm 2020

2020 has certainly been a year for the books, Orwell’s 1984 that is.

We recently sold our house in preparation to build a new home and moved into a rented house in Salt Lake City on Sunnyside Avenue near Newell’s work at the University of Utah. Sunnyside – that’s charming. The house was built in 1943 and other than having few electrical outlets in most rooms, no garbage disposal or dishwasher and being scented with an unmistakable old house musk, it is imbued with a certain vintage charm.

For years I have been collecting and creating Christmas decor with retro styling. I love me some 40’s, and 50’s mid-century illustrations and objects and guess what? They are right at home in our little house. For some reason living in a vintage house is comforting to me. It somehow helps me feel connected with my loved ones who have passed on.

This little snowman guards the gardening equipment until spring returns again.

A gingerbread cottage I created for a Long Island Pulse article.

Before the holidays, I gather my creative supplies so they are easy to find
Vintage Christmas items inspire my designs
I love gorgeous vintage-style textiles and paper.

Our tall bookcases were relegated to the main floor giving me lots of places to display favorite Christmas decorations.

My grandmother’s dresser holds gifts awaiting bows and tags.

Our living room had just enough space for a small tree that we displayed on an end table.

The Birthday Boy. Happy birthday Baby Jesus!

A built-in hutch was the perfect spot to place a few more favorite things.

I hung this little quilt I made for my grandmother way back in 1989. My aunt returned it to me after my beloved Mimie passed. Poignant to me this year as we are housing my elderly Mom whose time with us seems like it may be short.

While most of us love Santa, the Grinch has fans too.

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Even though the world is topsy-turvy right now, our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ gives us strength and hope.