December 7, 2013

Our Christmas Dining and Living Rooms

There are no formal spaces in our home that we've knocked down every wall we possibly could.  Yesterday, I shared pictures of our kitchen.  Today, I will share what the rest of this level of our house looks like.  This level of our house is lighter and brighter than our lower level family room.

First,  I will begin with our dining area.  We had some family over for dinner this week and I enjoyed setting the table for that.  It was relaxed and casual.  I think I enjoy small gatherings even more than the actual holiday where there is so much more pressure to get everything done...

Christmas Dining with hurricane chandelier and preserved boxwood wreath and

Preserved boxwood topiaries as centerpiece on Christmas tables

Christmas casual table scape with preserved boxwood and dining

Target melamine Christmas plate and chocolate bar

I picked up the small melamine plates at Target.  For under $3/plate, they dress up our everyday white plates for the holidays.  I also wrapped a chocolate bar in some kraft paper as a place card.  

Target melamine Christmas plate and chocolate bar

Pottery Barn pillow with french stripe and wreath and Christmas Farm house style

Hurricane chandelier with preserved boxwood wreath and dining

I love these old drink recipe books I picked up at a used book sale.  My mom enjoys bringing wine to my house dressed in holiday clothing.  My wine bottles have quite a wardrobe :)

Vintage holiday recipe books and wine bottle accessories hat, scarf and

This green farmhouse hutch separates the dining space from the living space on this level.  I have considered painting this hutch countless times, but every year at Christmas I am glad I haven't taken the paint brush to it...yet.

Farmhouse style hutch with pine bead

Red gingham drapes made from tablecloths and Pottery Barn plaid throw pillows at

Our faux fireplace now has a tv over it.  Very functional, but not fun to decorate :(

Ikea grey check Jennylund chair and faux fireplace with stacked

The red check "drapes" are actually tablecloths from Christmas Tree Shop.  Each cost $5.99.  An affordable way to add a Christmas-y touch.

Red check curtain, Pottery Barn plaid pillows, chalk writing DIY pillow and pre lit Christmas

Our Dept 56 Snow Village is in the front bow window.  I cleared out the Lego people to take these pictures, but usually they "live" in the village all throughout the holiday season.  

Department 56 Snow

Christmas desk made from a console

pre lit Christmas tree with snowman tree topper and red check

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I have a snow village too althought it's very traditional and old fashion here. I've spent 11 years in the north of France and it's a strong tradition in Alsace-Lorraine. they are really found of st nicolas and christmas. december is their month ! me I'm from Provence so that's not the thing we usually do. we do a "crĂȘche" witch is a reproduction of the barn, with the holy family and the "rois mages". the donk, etc... we do have a lot of santons. we are very serious about them !! so I'm kind of an outsider lol. I really like this american thing to decorate your house with the seasons. here we don't really do that. I'm starting to and I think more and more people do thanks to you and other american women who blog about home. it's inspiring.

    1. Hi Chris,

      I love hearing about your traditions in France so thank you so much for sharing them. I really enjoy decorating with the seasons, especially Christmas. I think that it great for a family to have traditions, no matter what they are. It brings people closer when they can share in something.

      Thank you so very much for reading my blog, and especially for taking the time to comment. I love that I can provide a little inspiration to you and you can share a bit about your country, that I dream of visiting someday soon, with me. Thank you!!

  2. Oh my those wine bottles in sweaters are adorable! Love your use of color- so pretty!!