Christmas decorating | the dining room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Holiday34 Comments

Decorating the house for Christmas this year has been so much fun for me.  I stayed home from the studio three days last week to blast some Christmas music and fill the house with fresh greens and Christmas decor.  The decorating is all very understated and simple, which I have really enjoyed.  The rooms look festive, but it’s not a full overhaul that involves bins and bins of decor that need to be stored.

The dining room follows that theme… (I caught this room in the morning light when the sun was streaming through the windows.  It casts the prettiest shadows)

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As I did with chandeliers in the other rooms, I tucked a mix of greenery throughout the arms, allowing it to look loose and simple.  Bunches of fresh greenery hang from each corner cabinet door.

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Eulalie is topped off with a garland of pine tucked over the frame.

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She always steals the show, so I didn’t want to ignore her when decorating the space.

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The ring mold advent wreath sits on the center of the table.

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Of course, now we’re lighting two candles, since it’s the second Sunday of December.

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I set the table with mixed blue and white antique transferware and white ironstone.

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I’ll add a few more layers to the table when it’s set for Christmas day, but the room looks dressed for the season and it ties in nicely with the living room, which adjoins it through an archway.

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More Christmas decorating to come, but I also started work on a dresser in one of our new European colors and I got our first workshops in the studio on the calendar.  I will post them on Monday.


I also wanted to share that I received the clay number tags for the advent stocking garland…

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I love the font and they look so perfect tied on.  I think we’ll use this for many years.

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(A few have asked where I purchased the clay tags.  Unfortunately, the Etsy shop I ordered them from just closed until Summer 2015.  I asked if she would let me know when she reopens and I’ll link to it, then.)

Christmas decorating | the dining room

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34 Comments on “Christmas decorating | the dining room”

    1. Since my youngest has type 1 diabetes, I can’t fill them with candy, so I picked out little toys (Match Box Cars, Lego mini-figures), some T1D-friendly treats like TicTacs and “coupons” for iPad game time, watching a VeggieTales of choice, etc.

  1. Oh my goodness, everything looks so cheery and bright. Love, Love, Love the Advent stockings and the numbered clay disks. Please tag them!!! Merry Christmas, Marian!!!

  2. Those clay tags and stockings are perfect, share a tutorial please for this beautiful garland. Di@Cottage-wishes

  3. I love how fresh everything looks – and understated. Would you tell us about your silver pitcher on the dining table? So pretty!

  4. Hi Marian, could you please share the fabric/source for your tablecloth? I love it!
    Also could you share the font that you used for the number tags? Seems that I love everything that you do, I read your blog every day 🙂 Thanks! Robyn

  5. WOW !!!! That pitcher on your dining table is absolutely exquisite. I know your flatware is Repousse` by Kirk. Is your pitcher that same pattern?

  6. I hate to take away business from an Etsy shop owner but the clay tags can be made very easily with a package of DAS molding clay. The clay is available from almost any art supply store and may be available from craft supply stores. Roll out a lump of the clay to an even thickness, just like cookie dough, and then use a circular cookie cutter (or any shape really) to make the tags. Punch a hole for the twine with the end of a dowel (or maybe some kitchen utensil or tool). Lay the tags on wax paper until completely dry. Tie a piece of jute string (or ribbon or striped twine) through the hole and hang. I’ve never tried to print on the clay, but you could probably write on them with a sharpie pen, stamp them or even carve the numbers before letting them dry. The clay has a chalky feel to it when dry, so if you want a non-porous finish, just spray both sides with a clear shellac or other sealer.

  7. Totally beautiful and inspiring! Makes me never want to buy fake greenery again! So glad that my sweet father-in-law just brought me piles of fresh cypress with the blue berries from his farm! Merry Christmas! Melissa

  8. Everything looks so beautiful! I love the blue and white color scheme in place of the traditional red. Your house looks so pretty!

  9. Hey Marian – I’m so behind on blogposts, but i just happened to see this one in my email and couldn’t resist taking a look. Your house looks so unbelievably pretty! Every single corner is amazing. I love the greenery with your blues and fresh white walls and open windows. … then I saw that Eulalie was in the mix all decorated too! Wow, everything looks amazing!


  10. Love all of this addition of fresh greenery. Our local Lowes gives fresh greenery away for free from cuttings of their Christmas trees. I usually load up a basket full ;).

    Also, the cutting board caught my eye. Is this the one from World Market? I love it too.

    Enjoy your home! Everything looks so lovely.

  11. It’s beautiful…love the greenery. Would love to see the blue and white curtains back on the windows for the holidays so the windows are dressed up too!

  12. Absolutely love your simple decorations. I have been scouring shops for a cake plate and tube mold to make your advent wreath, to no avail. I want one just like it. Any ideas where I could find “copies” of the ironstone. I have wanted one for our home for years and this one is soooooo beautiful! You have a magic touch! I agree, you need to do a Christmas book! Blessed Holidays to you and your family., Mary

  13. Just so gorgeous. I love the simple look-it still looks like your house, but festive! So nice to take that pressure off to decorate every surface but still be able to take out some of your favorite things and display them. I’ll be returning to this next year, I’m sure!!

  14. Everything looks wonderful. Where did you get the little advent stockings? They look similar to the french laundry but I love the blue,and also where did you get the striped blue runner. Love!!

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