Christmas ~ Dining Room

Gifts are wrapped. Shopping is done.  The last of my Christmas decorating is complete.

The dining room lighting and arrangement has made pictures a challenge, but here it is. As you can see, some pictures are a little different. I’ve been snapping pictures almost every day for a weeks to try to get it right and during that time, a little rearranging happened. Does that happen to you too?

View from the kitchen…

Christmas dining room

I love this view.

Christmas dining room

What do you think of the new area rug? I love adding in a modern element. But hey, hounds-tooth is classic.  Someone loves it…

houndstooth area rug

A little shabby. A little rustic. A little country. A little natural. A touch of vintage…our cozy farmhouse.

DIYShowOff Christmas dining room

Clean dishes within easy reach for entertaining…

Christmas dish display

Christmas chalkboard…

Christmas dining room vignette

farmhouse Christmas dining room

A big coincidence with other blog friends, but I added vinyl lettering to my big mirror too, along with a thrift store sunburst mirror.

Christmas mirror

The tree is decorated with burlap ribbon, thrift store finds including a sweet bird cage, eating utensils with wooden handles, pine cones, gold and brown ornaments and topped with a grapevine star…

vintage natural Christmas

nestled in an old crate, atop an old steamer trunk to give it some height.

rustic Christmas tree

Christmas centerpiece this year is a winter wonderland terrarium. A little Christmas-y greenhouse…

Christmas winter wonderland terrarium

{photographing glass is not easy!}

Christmas terrarium centerpiece

Right off of the dining room is the sitting room

Christmas dining room

I love the flow from the dining room into the sitting room…all neutral, warm, full of charm. More seating for entertaining too. 🙂

Merry Christmas

DIY Holiday Highlights #3

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

I love Christmas carols! Happy half way through the week! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was filled with love, family, friends, many blessings, special memories and lots of food!


Once my daughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving are complete, I get into full Christmas spirit mode! Scene: Furniture has been re-arranged to make way for the Christmas tree. Boxes are piled in the dining room, living room and family room spilling decorations, ornaments and lights. Christmas music fills the air. There are even snow flurries here in western PA. Most of my DIY and decorating posts for the next couple of weeks will include Christmas projects, crafts, do-it-yourself and holiday features.

I’m currently finishing up decorating the dining room. I love that it’s a little more um…Natural? Cottage? Farmhouse? Rustic? lol…you’ll soon see.

I got our main tree up over the weekend. I shared some tips for decorating a Christmas tree the other day including stringing lights vertically, giving an artificial tree height, my favorite Christmas scent, etc. To create a fuller tree, I love using silk poinsettias and glittery leaves before adding ornaments.

decorating a Christmas tree

Our living room is more traditional, so our tree is decorated in golds and dark reds.

DIYShowOff Christmas TreeBut the family room is going to be non-traditional colors for Christmas. Merry and bright, right?!

Reindeer Games mantel

Last week, I shared a DIY reindeer games sign tutorial with a chevron pattern for a family room that I’ve never decorated in the 7 Christmases we’ve spent in this house. I’m so excited! I still have projects to complete that I haven’t started for the family room but for now, it’s at least functioning as a family room and is “decorate-able”! AND it’s a mix of eclectic and fun colors coordinating with the beautiful curtains I’m sewing…{more information coming}.

VIBRANT FESTIVE COLOR! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won the one shown last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! Just a few days left to enter to win!


Christmas ornament wreath

I know you have some holiday posts to share and I can’t wait! And if not, then take a look at the links for some inspiration!

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