I am happy to be a part of the “Christmas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014! I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th. Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day. There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add theirposts! Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com! I’m going to share with you my Christmas dining room decorations.
Today’s featured bloggers are:
1. Kathy from A Delightsome Life
2. Kerryanne from Shabby Art Boutique
3. Maggie from Normandy Life
And I’m thrilled to share my newly finished dining room with you, all dressed for the holidays! This has been an ongoing project which started 3 years ago when the old wallpaper was removed and a new damask print wallpaper was installed (by me, of course).
Although I loved the new wallpaper, the room still seemed dark and uninviting to me. So we set about lightening up the existing furniture with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Old Ochre, one piece at a time….
Recently, I painted the dining room table and loved it’s new look with the original top and the legs painted in Old Ochre. the room was certainly looking more like the vision. But it still wasn’t there.
So I asked my Facebook friends what they thought and they all suggested that we paint the chairs to match the table. So I did. This last week, in time for the Holiday Tour of Homes in our small town. Once that was done, it was time to set the table and dress the room for the holidays. I hope you like it:
With the chairs painted and the seats reupholstered in painters’ Drop Cloth (to match the curtains), the whole room seems lighter and brighter. The table is set with a white tablecloth and layered with a piece of organza embellished with gold poinsettias – an end of season find at a local fabric store a couple years ago.
It may seem dated, but I love to use my Gold Charger Plates at the holidays. It just seems to say festive, Christmas and special meal. On top of the chargers are my husband’s Royal Albert Val D’Or china plates and a brown depression glass salad plate. I love how the brown picks up all the gold and bronze used throughout the rest of the house. A little gold pinecone sets off the vintage linen napkins.
We recently added a vintage 8 framed window on either side of the front window. I found these sparkly bronze snowflakes at the grocery store and hung them from the top with a thumbtack and some thread. Weeping cypress cuttings hang from the window frame to add some greenery.
We also lightened up the light fixture. A can of Krylon Sweet Cream Decorator Paint was used to achieve the lighter look. The “fun” part was wrapping all the little crystals in tin foil to protect them – they weren’t removable, so this is the only way I could keep them clear. Once it was rehung, I used dollar store stars and hung them from the arms of the chandelier and finished it with some fresh greens from the garden.
A simple centrepiece was added made from fresh greens and a couple of bronze and gold garlands intertwined. These were all simply placed directly on the table and the vintage candleholders were tucked inside. I don’t know if you can see them in the photo above, but scattered on the table are shimmering “crystal” snowflakes. When the candles are lit, they seem to come alive and add some sparkle to the table.
I can’t wait to show you the rest of the house in the next few weeks as we prepare for the holidays. In the meantime, please be sure to join us on the Christmas in the Country tour each day until Decemeber 12th!