Kitschmas Is Here: Tour Jen Perkins' Vintage Winter Wonderland

Step into "Queen of Kitsch" Jen Perkins' Austin, Texas, home decorated for the holidays with tinsel, vintage toys, retro ornaments and more than 100 Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes (we counted).

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

I'm Dreaming of a Kitschy Christmas

Ho-ho-ho there! I’m Jennifer Perkins and welcome to my Austin, Texas, Kitschmas wonderland that I share with my husband and two children (plus two dogs, two rabbits and a cat). I am a creative content designer, crafter and avid holiday lover.

Here Comes Santa Claus

My year-round decorating style is "more is more and less is a bore." But, I take this to the extreme during the holidays. There is nothing precious or classic about my version of Christmas. Right when you walk in the door you are greeted my two giant Santa collectibles, setting the mood for the entire house.

A Love for Vintage and Kitsch

To me, Kitschmas is the holidays with a wink, a smile and several trips to the thrift store.

Yes, That's a Black Christmas Tree

Christmas trees don't need to be real, and there's also no need for them to be green, either. A black Christmas tree is surprisingly festive when you add enough tinsel and vintage beaded ornaments to it.

Tabletop Tannenbaum

Even the coffee tables around the house got their own miniature Christmas tree forests. New and vintage, handmade and store-bought, traditional and kitschy all live happily together.

Santa-Themed Shelf Styling

Etageres look best when styled with a light touch. Single Santas and smaller clusters of collectibles decorate this vintage chrome shelving unit in the front room.

Cabinet of Curiosities

The collectibles and decor inside the front room's china cabinet often get changed out. I have hundreds of Santas and other vintage holiday decorations that I rotate out each year. No two years are ever the same.

Merry Mix-and-Match

I usually go with my gut, whether I am decorating for Christmas or it’s July. My holiday collection is filled with items whose dates range from the '20s to modern day. Knee-hugger elves hang out with paper mache angels and German pinecone Santa figurines.

Christmas in Color

Nobody said Christmas has to be red, white and green. A collection of vintage finials for the tops of Christmas trees are displayed in a rainbow-themed, bottle brush tree forest.

A Nostalgic Noel

As you walk into the center of the house, there is a large flocked Christmas tree surrounded by various nods to Christmas past: a large Santa cutout that was a display in my grandfather’s grocery store, toys from my youth, blow molds and more.

The Kitchen Sink Christmas Tree

The flocked Christmas tree is decorated in a style often referred to as the “kitchen sink." There are antique German glass ornaments mingling with midcentury felt Santas and toys from the '70s. You see something different each time you look at the tree.

A Sentimental Season

Though I have collected vintage toys for the better part of 20 years (both of my children’s nurseries had a vintage toy theme), a few of the toys in and around the flocked Christmas tree were actually mine as a child, like this small radio.

A Throwback Christmas

Earlier in the year I stumbled upon a booth at a flea market that was selling vintage toys, some still in the box. I felt nostalgic just looking at them and immediately knew this was going to be a Christmas display theme.

It's the Little Things

Embellishing items to fit a theme can elevate the entire look. Many of the vintage toys I styled in the room were given a quick holiday makeover with ribbons, pompoms and small holiday trinkets. To top it all off, an old shopping cart full of the toys gives that "fresh from holiday shopping" feel.

Top to Bottom

I love to use my vintage toy collection around the base of my Christmas trees in place of or in addition to a tree skirt. This year I placed those toys in the tree's branches all the way to the top.

Yuletide Yellow

I have a bright yellow Christmas tree atop the mirrored credenza. The tree sits in a basket to give it extra height. Between the two is a mixed-media self-portrait I painted.

The More You Look, the More You See

Much like everything else in the house, the more you look at the yellow Christmas tree, the more you will see. There are small plastic toys, quilted fabric decorations and antique, hand-painted German glass ornaments.

Retro Ornaments

Across the room from the flocked tree is a brass etagere from the '70s. This shelf holds a second silver tree, a collection of Christmas blow molds and yet more vintage toys. The felt tree skirt was made as a nod to my collection of vintage Jewel Brite ornaments hanging in the tree.

Rocking Around the Radio

Sometimes collections, like these midcentury cherry red radios, fit into a holiday vignette based strictly on color. With the addition of a few Santa figurines and silver tinsel, the entire etagere becomes a winter wonderland.

Kitschmas in the Kitchen

The breakfast nook off the kitchen opens up into the living room, so, at any one angle you can see a full-sized silver, flocked, yellow or hot pink tree. The midcentury bar is typically used for holiday vignettes and storage as opposed to serving cocktails.

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

No Christmas is complete at my house without a pink Christmas tree. Last year it was pastel pink. This year, I went with a hot pink, '60s-inspired theme. The bar and shadowbox have been styled with matching collectibles.

Christmas Tree Nook

When we bought this house six years ago, I joked that it was meant to be since there was a built-in Christmas tree nook at the entrance to the game room. This year, the nook holds an orange tree covered in ornaments I painted and a felt Christmas tree skirt my grandother made.

Winter Wonderland Wall

I love changing out the art on my walls for the holidays. Small swaps can make a huge impact when it comes to holiday decorating.

Aluminum Christmas Trees Are a Must

Any self-respecting Kitschmas enthusiast has at least one vintage aluminum Christmas tree in their possession. Metallic trees were made popular in the '50s. My metallic tree has two different sets of branches that can be inserted into the pegs – silver or bronze and silver ombre.

Jewelry Tree

Nothing gets people crafting like the holidays. These broken jewelry trees have been popular for years and people often remark that they remember their grandmother or great aunt having one. I made the floral tree myself out of my collection of vintage enamel flower pins.

Just Add Throw Pillows

Sometimes just a few seasonal throw pillows and a festive blanket on the couch help a room switch seasons. The black pillow was originally a vintage felt wall hanging.

The Red-Nosed Robot

My mother Fredda’s creativity knew no bounds, especially when it came to holiday crafts. This robot reindeer pulling a sleigh full of vintage toys is one of my favorite creations.

A Seasonal Shelfie

Even the built-in bookshelves get a holiday makeover. Books with green, white and red spines are displayed alongside various seasonal selections.

Take a Look, It's in a Book

The bookshelves are filled with not only books but picture frames of Christmases past, vintage ornament boxes (which are just as cute as the ornaments themselves) and small holiday collectibles.

Merry Kitschmas and Happy Thrifting

I take my holiday decorating and collecting so seriously I even have the tattoo to prove it. But at the end of the day, I don't need a single strand of tinsel to be happy as long as my family is with me.

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