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Friday, December 2, 2016

2016 Holiday Housewalk ~ Home for Christmas

We made it to Day 5 of the 2016 Holiday Housewalk!  This is its 6th year running and each year gets better and better!  My mind is a glorious whirlwind of Christmas inspiration after peeking in all the beautifully decorated homes this week! 

Christmas Home Tour 2016  ~ Rusty Hinge

You just dropped in at Rusty Hinge, Stop #30 on the tour.  Welcome to our turn-of-the-century Victorian situated in northern Michigan.  This will be our third Christmas here and we are knee-deep in some impressive cosmetic updates, but not to worry, we were able to finish a couple rooms just in time for our Christmas tour!  

If you are here by way of  The Shabby Nest, Wendy's home in Utah, welcome, so glad to have you!  Wendy, your home looks amazing!  

To take another peek into her home, simply *Click Here* or on the button below.

Want to take another go from the very beginning of the Holiday Housewalk?  Simply *Click Here* or on the button below to head back to Day 1 of the tour.

We are also delighted to welcome our awesome sponsor, Wayfair!   Ever been on their site?  If you need anything at all, you are merely a couple clicks away from it arriving on your doorstep.  Seriously be careful though, many hours have been known to disappear browsing through all the wares (especially the furniture department!)  

All right, that being said...

Christmas music turned up?  Check!
            Coffee mug in hand?  Check!
                      Warm blanket?  Check!
       Snuggled in your favorite chair?  Check!  Check!

Yay!  Looks like we are all set!  Let's go!  First up, the entry room!


Christmas Tree in a Vintage Olive Bucket

Vintage French Sleigh

An antique French sleigh resides on a vintage garden table in the entry room.  Fresh pine greens are a staple in our Christmas decor!

Vintage Coat Rack Hooks Decorated for Christmas

Antique Italian Chandelier Decorated with Vintage Bells

Vintage Sleigh Bells

I love decorating with these vintage sleigh bells at Christmas time, now available in the shop!  Here, I hooked them to our antique Italian chandelier hanging above the garden table.

Vintage French Sleigh

Victorian Woodwork Staircase

This lovely holiday throw is from Wayfair!  I adore red and white together, especially at Christmastime!  

Vintage Shiny Brite Ornament Collection

Yes, this beautiful tree was found at Wayfair!  I completed the look with red glass balls and birds clipped to the flocked branches.

Hmm, what to do with a collection of Victorian door knobs?  Why, of course!

An old funnel adds a festive touch re-purposed into a decorated tree complete with lights, ornaments, and even its very own star topper!

THANK YOU for coming along with us thus far on the tour!  It has been wonderful having you!
Good news, the tour doesn't end here, next stop is Kindred Vintage!  Susan is beautiful inside and out and so is her decorating style!  You won't want to miss it, so get over there and say hello.
Please *Click Here* or on the button below to head over!

Merry Christmas, friends!

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:14


  1. You have such a magical way with decor. I love all your vintage finds and festive touches for Christmas. Bravo!

    xo Michael

  2. Stunning,love love love your home

  3. Beautiful and creative!!! I LOVE your home and decorating style! Well done Maria!

  4. It's all so beautiful, Maria! I love all the vintage finds. Just perfect.

  5. I've always been in love with your armoires, Maria! Love all your vintage finds.

  6. Maria, your home is so beautiful and you've done so much work! It looks amazing!! Thank you so much for being a part of the housewalk!!!!i love that tree on your bedroom!

  7. I love everything. You are so creative. Going to save to Pinterest so I can come back again and again.

  8. So much wonderful vintage Christmas inspiration!
    Mary Alice

  9. I think the simplisity of the French/Scandinarian red and white theme is wonderful. Love it all!

  10. Maria, As always, your beautiful home is the highlight of the Christmas tour for me. Congratulations on making this home as Christmasy and gorgeous as your precious farmhouse. Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2017. Diana

  11. That's it - I'm moving in! I especially love your beautiful bedroom and those lockers!

  12. Your home is my favorite of all on the 2016 Housewalk. You have beautiful and totally stunning home and family.

  13. As always, never has RED looked SO GOOD!!! Everything in your home works together so nicely. This year we are between 2 homes, not 100% moved into our farmhouse yet. Things never move as quickly as you need them to-the new projected move in time- 3 weeks! which basically brings us to CHRISTMAS! so it's stressful! I can tell you I would LOVE to be listening to Christmas music, snuggled in my favorite chair with a warm blanket and coffee mug BUT it's going to be a challenge even setting up the tree so Santa has somewhere to put presents this year. REALLY going to try to make the best of this! Happy Holidays! ~always inspired!~mel

  14. ~and THANK YOU for purchasing my handmade wares! ~Mel ;)

  15. I'm obsessed with how you decorated your chandelier-- how you did it is something I've never seen before and the result is stunning. Such a beautiful home full of unique vintage finds!

  16. you have such an amazingly beautiful holiday home. I love all of your special touches scattered throughout. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  17. I love all of it,and i love your home.

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