Friday, December 13, 2013

Sherri's Epic Mid Century Modern Christmas Decoration Collection to End 'Em All

I shared a memorable look at vintage reseller Sherry's gorgeous collection of mid century modern goodness curated in her family home. I was urged to return for Christmas to see the house explode with aluminum Christmas trees and Christmas vintage beauty galore. I asked Sherry a few questions about her collection of vintage Christmas goodness:


1) How long did it take you to amass your collection of mid century modern Christmas goodness, Sherri?

It has taken me about 5 years to collect the majority of the pieces, some were inherited.


2) What's your favorite piece of mid century modern Christmas gear?

My favorite piece in my collection are the ceramics made by my husband's MiMi. My second favorite is my green Aluminum tree.

You can't put lights on these vintage trees, this bright rotating light underneath the tree made the branches change from green, to blue, to red. Gorgeous affect!

3) What draws you to mid century modern items?

The simplicity and beauty of the vintage pieces. Nothing modern compares.


4) I completely agree there, the clean lines and shapes are timeless, just great design hands-down. What vintage item is on your dream list to own?

The #1 item on my vintage wish list is a pink aluminum Christmas tree.



5) Random fun: What's your favorite Christmas movie? 

My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story!


6) Mine is "The Nightmare Before Christmas" but "Edward Scissor Hands" is a close second! So where you did you find most of your gorgeous Christmas pieces?

 I have actually purchased most of mine from Antique stores, but I will purchase anywhere I can find it!

Even the bathroom (top photo) has Christmas spirit! That's dedication! 

7) How many Christmas tree do you have displayed in your home right now?

11 Aluminum Christmas trees and 11 Ceramic trees. Insane...I know.


Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous collection with us, Sherry! I can only aspire to such greatness someday!



What's your favorite Christmas goodie in Sherri's collection? Mine is hands-down the gorgeous large green tree above. Would love one for my completely tree-less apartment! Gorgeous simple shape.
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56 comments:

  1. How beautiful and fun!! I adore the framed Christmas tree art and the one hanging on the wall with all the ornaments. Love this lady's mid-century style!!

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    1. I was telling her that framed tree piece is stunning. She's got great taste and she's curated it beautifully :D

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  2. The wall ornament tree is my absolute favorite. What wonderful treasures to look at and aspire to. Great photos too, Van.

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  3. The wall ornament tree is my absolute favorite. What wonderful treasures to look at and aspire to. Great photos too, Van.

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  4. The wall ornament tree is my absolute favorite. What wonderful treasures to look at and aspire to. Great photos too, Van.

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  5. The wall ornament tree is my absolute favorite. What wonderful treasures to look at and aspire to. Great photos too, Van.

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  6. Thanks! I aspire to have at least one gorgeous mod tree like hers! I need to go to a certain local antique mall and hunt one down. She told me the wall ornament tree was a rusted mess when she found it and she only realized what it was later, then cleaned it up to display. The story inspired me to look at the neglected finds more carefully, they could be mod treasures that just need some work.

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  7. Love the ceramic trees! I grew up with one of those being my Grandma's tree, so they've got a special place for me. But, I've never seen such a collection! Wow!

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    1. I've always loved the look of 'em. I used to be fascinated my Christmas decorations as a kid, miss those days were simple stuff like that could hold my fascination for hours.

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  8. This is amazing! I'm so envious of her aluminum tree collection! I'm hoping I'm lucky enough to stumble upon one hidden away in a thrift store someday!

    I have to admit, I spent years thinking of aluminum trees like they appeared in A Charlie Brown Christmas - a big solid sheet of aluminum in a tree shape. It's embarrassing, but only in the past couple of years did I realize they actually looked like this! So much better than Charlie Brown's!

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    1. That's what I thought as a kid, too on the aluminum trees, haha. We just weren't raised in the era to know. I'd love a couple of my own too, especially after seeing this!

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  9. Amazing! "Epic" really is a fitting description :)

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    1. Indeed it truly is. I don't like to use it in vain, haha.

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  10. I have to agree with several other comments. My favorite is the tree embroidery/crewel wall hanging and the metal wall hanging with ornaments! I have always wanted a pink tree. A big one! My husbands thinks Im insane. The kids aren't feeling it either. But one day, I will get one, put it up and decorate it, and they will think its the most beautiful thing ever....one day....

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    1. I'd like a salmon colored one, I wonder if those exist? Orangey-pink? No? I'll take any aluminum tree really, this post has inspired me to get one for the holidays. And I never decorate for the holidays.

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  11. LOVE!! And I don't even have my ONE tree up yet!

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    1. Haha, me either. I don't even own a tree, I found a free one I just sold for $15.00 on Craigslist ;) I have a tiny fake one from the dollar store I use as a photo prop I guess...

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  12. Your blog post today brought back good memories. Loved those aluminum trees! And the super shiny brites! I put up a Charlie Brown pine tree, but wait until after the 20th. We do have some lights up in these dark days of winter. Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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    1. Same here on the memories, though our decorations were late 80s stuff and not mod amazingness.

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  13. Absolutely INCREDIBLE. I'm not sure I'd be able to take all of those beauties down after Christmas.

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    1. Indeed. We did used to keep ours up until Three Kings Day, the gift giving day often celebrated in Spanish speaking countries. (We did one gift on 3 Kings and the rest on Christmas.)

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  14. This is adorable. And I don't even care about decorating :)

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    1. Same here ;) It does make me at least want a cool atomic tree.

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  15. Gorgeous! I love all the trees. I also love her blue walls and checkered floor!

    xo, Michelle
    Neon Rattail

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    1. I picked my first apartment (foolishly) on the checkered tile alone. Always loved how it looks, but mine was a nightmare to keep clean.

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  16. I'd also like to know more about that wire wall hanging Christmas tree that she has the ornaments on. I'm obsessed with it since we can't have trees due to mischievous cats.

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    1. I'll ask her about it, she got it at an antique mall where it was in a state of disrepair and when she discovered the use she fixed it up and hung it. She did tell me another sad story of her kids playing fetch with the dog and throwing a ball at the piece, knocking their favorite heirloom vintage ornaments to the floor. It happened in slow motion, so painful, so vivid I'm sure the memory is in the scarred hearts! So it's still a precarious way to hang ornaments and would have to be high up with no furniture under it that a cat could hop on the access it.

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  17. What a wonderful post! Just so many old treasures to look at! I am going to keep going back to look at each picture. I find something new everytime I look!

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    1. She had such a huge collection to take in, there were many things I didn't have space to highlight!

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  18. 2 things I really like. That ornament tree is magical! How she put everything together is great! I don't have the eye for putting it together.

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    1. She really does have an eye for good design/composition. She's inspired me to MODify (ha) my space, too.

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  19. Wow Van, Sherri's kitschtastic Christmas decs are incredible!
    (and that's an understatement)

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    1. Yes indeed! Wish I had the space to show it all, perhaps took another 100 photos or so!

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  20. Oh wow! It's like a kitschy Christmas wonderland! I love the white ceramic trees and would give my left arm for an aluminum tree like that!

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    1. Same here, now I must hunt down my own aluminum tree.

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  21. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. No prob, twas fun. Wish I had space to show even more of the photos.

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  22. This Christmas collection puts my very small vintage bottle brush tree collection to way shame! I just went through my Mom's Christmas stuff...and they had already gotten rid of all their ornaments??? Who does that? They only put little trees she crafted from wire hanger and garland around the house now. Even though my house is so very mid Century Modern, it is missing the ever so lovely kitch that this wonderful collector put together. Love it!

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    1. My mom weaves tales of the amazing 1960s goodness her mom had that were unfortunately not left to her. There's no heirlooms in my family, this may one of many reasons why I'm drawn to vintage.

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  23. What a treat for the eyes! I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual tour. I have massive amounts of antique ornaments (takes up almost a full closet) that I inherited from my grandmother. I have enough to fill two aluminum christmas trees. Their sparse gaps are ideal for filling a tree with beautiful ornaments. I don't do a monochrome effect like traditionally suggested at the time of their heyday.

    Tips on how I scored mine aluminum trees: first, shop around off season for the best $$ deals, and second go to estate sales in which someone is clearing out grandmother's or an older aunt's house - you know, the houses that people have lived in for 50-60 years - they are treasure troves.

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    1. Thanks for the aluminum tree hunting tips. I haven't spotted an aluminum tree an estate sale yet but I'll keep hunting.

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  24. My favorites are the white ceramic Christmas trees. I would love to amass a forest like that!

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    1. They are pretty gorgeous grouped-up like that.

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  25. truly an INCREDIBLE collection! i LOVE how she has it all displayed, and that wall wire tree is probably my favorite.

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    1. The wire tree is a gorgeous piece indeed. Wish I could have done the big aluminum tree justice, 'twas huge!

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  26. Im drooling! I have the silver tree but Im desperate for the color wheel, why oh why are they so pricey

    retro rover

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    1. They looked like something that would be pricey, she found them at our local huge antique mall :D I need to load up on their post holiday sales.

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  27. Thanks for going back to Sherry's place and showing us her Christmas decorations. Love them, especially the glass ball ornaments, the "Merry Christmas to All" sign, and the fake, cardboard fireplace. They look even more inviting inside her mid century home!

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    1. 'Twas far away so all should be grateful! I kid! Always fun to explore and photograph her home. The little fireplace was some type of metal like tin I believe, it was so damn cute! I was thinking I'd love something like that for my home. :) Since we have no chimney and all.

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  28. oh wow. everything is just amazing!!! I have always coveted everyone's aluminium Christmas trees and I found one the other day at an op shop and now I am overjoyed! but there is no comparison to her amazing trees though haha

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    1. Congrats on your find. I'd love one, too!

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  29. Your whole collection is awesome...but for sentimental reasons...that green ceramic Christmas is my favorite item...It reminds of my Grandma...I have got to get me one...that one is perfect....

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  30. Ceramic trees yayz bouncybouncy HAMSTER

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