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Christmas in the Dining Room

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While my downstairs family room is decorated with the kids in mind {think lots of bright red on the walls, Christmas stockings, every singing/dancing toy imaginable, and the advent calendar}, my dining and living rooms are a big more subdued and a lot more formal.  This year I decided to use a lot of natural greenery – mostly cedar boughs – and I must admit, the house smells amazing!

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The buffet showcases my favorite ironstone pieces, along with some greenery and candlesticks.  My boxwood wreath hangs on the mirror year-round, but I added a big gingham bow to give it a Christmas feel.  You can see the full tutorial for making this fancy bow {here}.

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A simple striped dish towel added to my soup tureen makes a decorative holder for my bakelite flatware.

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The decor on the table is super simple, using just cedar branches and an old cucumber box for the centerpiece.  I filled the box with white taper candles, a variety of greens, pine cones, and a few glass ornaments.  Mixing rustic pieces with my more formal ones helps to keep the room from feeling too fussy and creates a personal look.

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And you can see that I didn’t stop at decorating just the flat surfaces…  :)

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A gingham bow and a sprig of cedar added to each chair is an easy wall to dress up their everyday look!

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And while I added a few types of greenery and some mercury glass ornaments to the chandelier last year, this year I used only cedar since I’ve given the chandelier a bit of a makeover with the addition of crystals.  {Tutorial for adding the crystals can be found here.}

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Just a few simple touches of natural greenery accented by reds transformed my dining room for the holiday, while giving it a look of casual elegance.

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Coming up next week, an update on the bathroom remodel and Christmas in the living room!!

 

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