Holiday Home Tour 2016: A Rustic Traditional Christmas Dining Room
I was a bit unsure which room we would move to next but as it turns out, we find ourselves in the dining room. We won't have our live tree until next weekend and then I'll be able to show you more spaces! Our dining room is pretty literally in the center of our home. When you sit in our dining room, you can see all the other spaces of our downstairs (which makes prepping for shooting photos very fun). Because of this, I wanted our dining room to set the tone for the rest of the living areas. Like our master bedroom, I wanted to have a winter wonderland, woodsy feel. I also wanted to incorporate some more traditional and formal elements to help define the dining room space. Really though, like I try to do in all of my decor this time of year - I wanted to make the dining room feel really cozy. I don't know about you, but a lot of the fun in decorating our home for Christmas is bringing in pieces that remind us of our childhood. So basically, I wanted the dining room to have everything. This is what I came up with.
I flocked all of the faux greenery myself. It is so simple - you just spray the greenery (I used Santa Snow which is available at craft stores for less than $2.00 a can), allow to dry and then spray again to get your desired effect. The great thing about this spray is that you can use it indoors and it actually dusts right off wherever it unintentionally falls. In addition to the flocking spray, I adorned some of the greenery with flocked pine cones and a couple of berries here and there.
A dining room needs to be functional this time of year so I did not want to overcrowd the dining room table itself. That said, while we were piling up the table with the china from the china cabinet (that belonged to my grandmother) so that we could fill it with our Christmas china (that my mom gave to us), I decided not to put the formal china away. Instead, I left some of the small dishes and the plates stacked in piles along the runner on either side of the simple rustic centerpiece. The golden edges of the china along with their handpainted images add a bit of formality to the space but also coordinate that old-timely Christmas feel that I was trying to capture. I really love that this decision happened so organically. The centerpiece is simple - a basket filled with two flocked evergreen trees and a few taper candles of differing heights around it. I stuck a few sprigs of "snow"-glistening branches in the miniature trees for height. And one additional element, a faux red and white berry branch that circles the tree-filled basket, adds a pop of color.
My most favorite thing about all of our decor downstairs so far is what I decided to do with both of our chandeliers. I don't know where I've seen this before but I am almost positive it was in one version of A Christmas Carol (and the chandelier was holding candles) and I always wanted to do this. For the chandelier in our dining room and in our den, I adorned both with a flocked 9-ft garland. I'll talk more about the one in the den when we tour that room later but I absolutely love the way that the red chandy in that room looks wrapped with the flocked garland from our dining room. For me, our dining room chandelier adorned with the flocked garland is this room's showstopper. I wasn't even really planning on using garland on this fixture but I am so glad that I gave it a shot. It is interesting because while it really ties in that natural, wintry, woodsy feel - it also actually dresses up the chandelier. A string or two of beaded garland placed in the greenery helped with that too.
A flocked and lit wreath hang over the dining room mirror and I used the buffet to display our nutcracker collection. The nutcrackers are special to us because my mom has gathered them and given them to us throughout the years.
I topped our china cabinet with some lit golden cone trees along with more flocked miniature evergreens. I added a few sleigh bells here and there to for a bit of that magical Christmas feel. An empty black frame leans against the mirror which serves as a backdrop to the trees. I sprayed the area of the mirror inside of the frame with some flocking snow - it creates a neat effect with the lit up trees glowing in front of it. The cabinet is filled with Christmas china along with some vintage glass ornaments that belonged to my grandma (the other one). I added some splashes of bright greens and reds and I like how it made the space have that traditional Christmas look - it reminds me of being a kid and it is neat to see ornaments that I remember hanging on our tree back then. I love the golden glow that the cone trees give off - especially when you are turning into the room from the kitchen.
The pops of red in the bows and bases of the miniature evergreen trees, along with the red garland on the staircase in the backdrop of the space and in the brightly adorned nutcrackers pulls in those feelings of childhood but are incorporated into therustic feeling that I also wanted this year. Simple touches like adding the red velvety "Mr. and Mrs. Claus" jackets to each of the end chairs along with fluffy white pillows help as well. Another easy way to add some traditional Christmas color is to fill some vessels with ornaments. I did just that with a couple pieces of crystal sitting with all of the nutcrackers.
Our Christmas dining room has just the feel that we wanted - rustic, snowy and with Christmas magic. We accomplished that with a lot of random items and a lot of tradition too. The china on the table from one of my grandmothers and some vintage ornaments in the cabinet from my other grandmother. The nutcrackers that my mom has collected for us on the buffet. All of the white greenery set the rustic wintry backdrop for the other items that tell a Christmas story.
We hope that you have enjoyed this stop in our holiday home tour. And most of all, we hope that it has given you some ideas that you might be able to incorporate into your own Christmas home. Remember to follow me on Instagram to see daily shots and don't forget that you can read Authentic Living Digest in the Apple News format. You'll be able to see more of our holiday home after Thanksgiving. From our home to yours - have the happiest of Thanksgivings! Until the next time!