Christmas in the Dining Room

It's the final push to Christmas with a short 3 days to go! We spent our final weekend before the big holiday cooking up a storm, last minute shopping, wrapping presents and getting organized for house guests. Among the many tasks on our list: setting the Christmas table. 

I'm not one to use a tablecloth. I love the look and warmth of a wood table and have yet to regret not using a protective cover.  Instead, I'm all about the runner. I've been using this one, with a subtle gold thread that adds a touch of glamour, for years. 

 Besides being all about the runner, I'm also all about the low and unobtrusive centerpiece. (Clearly I've got All About the Bass, No Treble on the brain.) Nothing interrupts a good chat over a nice meal like a huge centerpiece you have to lean around to see your dining partner - you know it's true. 
This year we've kept things simple with mismatched candlesticks, magnolia branches, and white poinsettias.

The candlesticks aren't the only mix-matching we did on this table...The green leaves in our formal china play nicely with our traditional Spode Christmas plates. Almost as nicely as our vintage silver plated soup spoons mix with the mother of pearl knives. Our everyday green rimmed drinking glasses are the perfect ending to this mismatched place setting. 

We're looking forward to hosting Christmas this year, especially in this mismatched dining room, our guests arrive tomorrow. I'll be signing off until after the holidays. Have a wonderful Christmas!

until next time, 

Christmas Throughout

I'm back today with more snippets of Christmas in our home. No overly done, grand gestures this year - just bits and pieces to help us bring in the Christmas spirit. 

This year we opted for fresh boxwood garland on the staircase, adorned with metallic ornaments and golden bows. 
Simple and festive. 

More vintage toys. 

My take on DIY Christmas decor: one dead terrarium + faux snow + a snowy cottage ornament = kid favorite!

My first attempt at paperwhites - beautiful and fragrant.  Definitely on the repeat list. 

As the holiday approaches I'll begin work on the tablescape in the dining room, for now: simple candles, faux snow and pinecones. 
More to come…

until next time, 

Christmas in the Den

I'm not planning a big Christmas home tour post because, honestly, I didn't push the boat out in terms of decor this year. Some things moved around the house from last year, but for the most part it's the same old stuff. And I'm ok with that because I'm slowly realizing that our family cares more about the activities associated with the season than how fancy the house is decorated. 

Now, just because I said I'm not doing a home tour, doesn't mean I'm not planning on sharing some snapshots of our house all dressed up…and I'll be starting here in the epicenter of our Christmas decor, the cozy den. 

No fires in the fireplace as of yet, it's been too warm! But the mantel is ready, just in case. Stockings hung by the chimney with care… That was the big complaint from last year, although the mantel looked beautiful there was no place to hang our stockings. Fixed that little snafu.

I love the peacocks on the mantel so much I left them in place, strung them with beads and stuck fresh greenery around them. Easiest mantel ever.

I inherited a couple of vintage toys from my parents during their downsize, one landed on our coffee table. So nice to have a daily reminder of Christmases past in my childhood home. 

This year, we went for a much more traditional tree (check out last year's here) and placed it in front of the window. It takes over a lot of the room, but looks so lovely backlit by the streaming light. It's a sacrifice we're willing to make for the short Christmas season. Ask me again how I feel about this after our group of 10 try to squeeze in this room on Christmas morning!

Our nutcrackers found a new home next to the Gilly the fish, last year's Christmas pet. We've been collecting the nutcrackers for years - two of them we purchased during our travels in Europe. I try to add to them when I can. There's just something about sentimental collections this time of year...

More Christmas to come. 

until next time,