This vintage French Christmas features santos crowns, sacred hearts, reliquaries, an antique French bronze Madonna and more.
Today I’m sharing a delightful collection that was designed by a talented stylist and long time antique enthusiast. Get to know more about my friend Mikey Fuller and his holiday home!
With an eye for vintage and antique pieces, he has been involved in the business for many years. I’ve known him from when we both were regular contributors to Romantic Homes magazine. We have a brief bio about Mikey below and visit his website Mikey Fuller Interiors for more…
Born and raised in Central Virginia, Mikey Fuller has an extensive background in antiques, estate liquidation and appraisals, interior decorating, IT, graphics, web design, and business administration. He was a contributing editor, stylist, and photographer for numerous publications, including: Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, Vintage Holiday, and others.
Mikey is now part of Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, the region’s leading party rental company, where he serves as Marketing Coordinator. Formally he was Operations Manager for an estate liquidation firm, managed a 10,000 sq. ft. antiques mall, and was an Office Services Associate for DTI Global, contracted with multiple high profile law firms in the Greater Richmond Area.
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“I’ve never been a big fan of red and green, and all the years I’ve been decorating my own home for the Yuletide season, I only used red once, and didn’t like it! I’ve never had a traditional tree by any means, and when I moved to a tiny cottage 5 years ago, I knew I had to carefully curate my collections.”
“My love of religious items, specifically the beautiful candelabras, statues, and gilded and rhinestone encrusted ex voto hearts became a central focus of my home décor. A neutral palette accented with little jewels of the unexpected here and there.”
“When it came time for my vintage French Christmas, I wanted to go as big as I could, considering I knew I’d have to settle for a tabletop tree. As I have high ceilings, I was able to get a 5’ tabletop that goes to the ceiling.”
“For the tree itself, I chose a matte champagne one and filled the space between branches with mercury glass orbs and finished it off with ex voto hearts and other religious symbols. This year the tree is in the corner of my dining area, next to the mantle. I balanced it with several smaller tinsel trees in champagne buckets and vintage French sapling pot.”
“The mantle itself was adorned with realistic faux greenery, a reproduction of a 16th Century Italian nativity set, and a pair of antique candelabras from a little chapel in France. Perfect for this vintage French Christmas theme!”
“Across the room on my altar turned console table (underneath is hollow, and is where I’m able to store the majority of my Christmas decorations), I layered natural elements, including a giant clamshell filled with ex voto hearts, antlers, and a birds nest.”
“I kept the shimmer of metallic going around the room by additional tinsel trees planted in beautiful vessels—well weathered cast iron urns this time.”
“On the largest of the tinsel trees, I strung vintage aqua mercury glass beads, and filled the urn with chandelier prisms around the base of the tree. Centered is a whitewashed nativity. Also featured in the vintage French Christmas is a glass cloche filled with santos crowns, reliquaries, and an antique French bronze Madonna. Next to that is a rather large antique English Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, covered in rosaries, and topped with another santos crown.”
“In the corner is a china cupboard filled with shells and coral. Then on top is a santos crown adorned bust. Also a vintage wooded star tangled in the original fabric cord, and more faux greenery.”
“I’ve hung a rather large wreath with angel on my normally doors wide open armoire that hides my TV.”
“Centered in the room is an antique English shipping crate. It doubles as storage and a coffee table! I’ve placed a large statue of infant Jesus complete with gilt metal halo in a wooden trough.”
“I also added mercury glass hearts piled in a perfectly tarnished silver bowl. Murano glass candies are overflowing in an antique French compote.”
“Sentimentally I included a glass donkey candy dish that my great grandmother had on her coffee table for over 50 years.”
“Upstairs is only my bedroom and a small bathroom. I added three small silver trees to the existing trophies and statues on top of my dresser.”
We hope that you enjoyed Mikey’s vintage French Christmas tour!
Mikey is also a talented pianist and organist and serves as organist and choir director at Carson United Methodist Church. He has performed at many Special Occasions, Weddings, Fundraisers, Corporate Events, Parties, Concerts, and more for two decades. Head on over to his website Mikey Fuller Interiors and while you’re there, listen to some of his beautiful music!
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