Friday, December 5, 2014

French Farmhouse Christmas - Dining Room

Tis the season to be jolly!  Blogland is awash with beautifully decorated Christmas homes and it's been so fun to see.  After hosting Thanksgiving, I decided to keep my Christmas decorating simpler this year (famous last words).  However I'm always tweaking....
So far I'm staying true to my plan and leaving a lot of the stash in the attic.  It's good to rotate out some decorations, right?  Although they all bring back fun memories of Christmases past.

So far I've been able to transform the dining room and it's different this year - more of a French farmhouse feel...


....and I added the color RED!  Normally I'm not a huge fan of red, but it is growing on me...especially soft touches of red at Christmas.

For instance, I added two long runners to the dining table.  They are from H&M home and were a bargain! I embroidered our children's initials on each one:



This corner got a subtle touch of red, too.  I'm loving grain sacks this year:


The other noticeable change I made to the room is to paint the inside of the white cupboard grey.
I had a pretty light blue damask wallpaper there for years, and just wanted a change:

Some greenery, ironstone and vintage white linens were all that was needed.  A rustic wooden caddy holds shiny brites for a pop of color:



At another corner you can see our built-in cupboard...peek through the chandelier adorned with ornaments...


I couldn't resist adding this fabulous piece of driftwood I found at a local beach this past fall.  It's a nice way to hang lovely things:

Not long after I took photos of this room I purchased a wreath from our school for a fundraiser.  As I set the wreath down on the chair, I couldn't help taking a new photo here!

Another corner of the room holds a desk that came from the living room (to make room for the tree).
I decided to keep this corner really simple - architectural pieces, wood caddy with ironstone and some bleached bottle brush trees lined up in jars.


A simple garland adds a sweet touch...

The dining room buffet got greenery, ironstone and our Advent candle wreath.  I added a vintage paper garland in a Scandinavian cross design above....


The Advent candles are lit for each week of Advent.  I placed a faux green wreath around them, sprinkled with pine cones I picked up at a local playground.  They were sprayed with faux snow.
The wreath rests on a favorite vintage platter:

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season...I'll be back to share our living room and kitchen soon!

Sharing with:
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday
Christmas tour of homes at The Nester

20 comments:

Rhonda said...

Susan, your home is so beautifully decorated. We are just getting started due to our busy work schedules.

I adore that shot with your chandy!!
Beautiful.

Di said...

So beautiful. I do love the soft touches of red. I painted the inside of my cabinet gray as well. I love it! Do at cottage wishes

It's me said...

Wowwwww Susan...like your Christmas decoratings.....love from me happy december.....love Ria...x!

MONICA LIVAS said...
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MONICA LIVAS said...

Your dining room is amazing Susan!

June said...

Oooo-Susan, everything is looking beautiful there in your home for the season. I love what you have done and I LOVE your photos of it all!

angie said...

your home is so beautifully decorated!!! angie

Bente said...

I just love your decoration. It`s beautiful. I`m also planing more red this year.
Love the fabric you made for the top of the chairs. Hmm, maybe I have to make them for mine.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs from here

chateau chic said...

Your dining room looks so peaceful and calm with your lovely Christmas decor, Susan.
Mary Alice

Jennelise said...

So beautiful! I love the large silver ornament sitting on the linens with the little "vintage" sign above it. All of your decorations are so lovely!
Jennelise

Blondie's Journal said...

Susan...this is just perfect and I think your touches of red are wonderful. The stitching you did made me smile, such a nice touch. I just love everything and your cabinet looks great with the gray inside. I want to do something like that with the built in's I have at the lake, this is a pretty shade. Can you tell me the color and who makes it?

Looking forward to seeing more rooms! :)

Jane xx

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love it all!

Victoria said...

Everything is gorgeous Susan! I am in love with your blue floral plates, so pretty. I love the touches of red you brought in too:) I've moved to so much white and silver lately but find myself missing the vibrant Christmas colors sometimes. You've inspired me to add some red:)

Donna said...

I just love your dining room all decked out for Christmas, Susan! The runners you added to the table are extra special with your children's initials added. I also love your hutch and the bottle brush trees in the jars are just too cute! I said I was going to do simple this year, but I ended up decorating quite a bit (sigh!!)!

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Susan! It's just beautiful! I think a lot of us bloggers have the same idea this year by keeping the Christmas decor sweet and simple. Less is sometimes just enough. :) Your built ins remind me of the ones my grandmother used to have in her dining area off the kitchen. Thanks for the sweet memories.... ♥

xoxo laurie

Robin Johnson said...

Susan you have created another fabulous room for us to drool over. I know I have said it before, but I just love your style so much. You make it look so easy.

Tante Mali said...

Stunning, everythins looks so fresh and beautiful. My absolutely favorit is your chair!!! Great decoration made with love!
Have a happy time
Elisabeth

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

It's always a treat to visit you Susan and see your beautiful home. I'm delighted to be featuring your Christmas dining room at Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
Merry Christmas ~ Kerryanne

Lisa @ 2Perfection Decor said...

Just came over from Shabby Art Boutique.. Your home is absolutely stunning. Congrats on the feature.
Happy Holidays!

Lisa@2PerfectionDecor

lynn said...

such a sweet mix of vintage white, susan! merry christmas to you:)

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