Last year, I didn’t decorate my dining room for Christmas, because it was just too much to try to do as my shoulder was still healing from surgery. This year, though, I was right back to dressing our dining room for Christmas! I kept it pretty simple, though, and just added some faux greenery to the chandelier, our small tree in a goat cart for our advent stockings, some garland on the mirror, and gingerbread in the hutch.
I really wanted to do my usual advent wreath for the center of the table, but the cats picked mine apart last year, so I didn’t do it. I just used a simple candle ring on a chunky candle in an ironstone bowl as the centerpiece.
The greens are just tucked into the chandelier. You can see a tutorial on my method HERE.
Violet let me know she was watching.
On the mirror, I added a couple of felt star garlands. I like how they dress down the formal gold mirror, creating an interesting visual contrast.
I draped a star garland on the hutch and tucked a faux pine garland along the top, surrounding a basket I filled with dried hydrangeas from our garden this year.
I think the palette of soft blues, springy greens, and white is an interesting combination for Christmas. It looks fresh and cozy at the same time.
In addition to the gingerbread, I added a few fresh pine branches clipped from a tree in our yard and some pinecones collected on a walk.
Little tea light candles added even more visual warmth (for the pictures only, so I don’t inadvertently set the hutch room on fire!) I should pick up some flameless tealights for next year.
Just outside of the dining room, I decorating the banister for Christmas. I also used faux greens…mixing a pine garland with eucalyptus with some juniper and cypress picks tucked in. One of the best compliments about this garland was when someone on Instagram warned me about eucalyptus being toxic for cats. It looked real enough for her to express concern! I let her know it’s all plastic, so the kitties will be fine.
The pine garland is no longer available, but you can get the eucalyptus garland HERE. I also added long strands of green and blue velvet ribbon. I tried yarn, but the cats were all over it within minutes and I realized that I’ve had better ideas in my life. They’ve left the ribbon alone, though.
The garland is secured to the banister with “Christmas” pipe cleaners. They work like normal pipe cleaners, but they are a little more heavy-duty and are covered with short, artificial “pine needles.” I like using them on my tree, garland, and wreaths, because they blend right in.
I love being greeted with the stairs dressed for Christmas when I enter the front door. I think I’ll get a little live tree for the cabinet next year to complete the look. I just ran out of time to make it worth doing this year.
I hope you enjoyed the tour, even if it’s late by blog standards!
Well, friends, this is my last official blog post for this year! I’ll be taking a break from posting through January 4, 2021, so I can hang out with my family, take some art classes, watching some movies, and recharge after a busy year.
I will be back tomorrow, though, with just one more special post…