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!



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}.



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



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.



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



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



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.}



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.



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


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  1. I love all of the natural greenery and how it looks so effortlessly festive with the red gingham ribbon. It’s stunning! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. Merry Christmas!

  2. i adore your dining room- the touch of ribbon on the chairs is gorgeous!

  3. Kim,
    This is lovely! I do love the beautiful greens available today. Your home is always a showstopper. I can’t wait to see how the bathroom remodel is going.

  4. Your dining room is just gorgeous! I love the red and white bows you added along with the fresh greenery you added for an extra special touch. Beautiful!

  5. This is just stunning! I love all the details. Pinning like mad ;)
    Hugs, Jamie

  6. Very pretty. I love the gingham bows on the chairs and how they offset the greenery! Lovely ideas here!

    Jane x

  7. Kim, everything looks so pretty – thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a jolly, holly Christmas.

  8. The ribbon touches on the chairs looks wonderful!! The whole room is lovely! Happy holidays!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  9. Just luvly Kim. Everything…. Going back for another look.

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