Our Christmas Dining Room

neutral Christmas dining room with simple decorations

Our home is a work in progress but I love to celebrate little successes and this month, we’ve had a few. After neglecting the dining room for months, I finally added a few integral pieces. Step inside our Christmas dining room! If you recall, the dining room was originally brick red with a modern light fixture and carpet…it wasn’t horrible, just not our taste {it appears to be staged}.
Dining Room Design - before photos

We moved in and of course, painted it “white”, repurposing the dining room table from our previous home.

dining room before photos - tips on how to design a home you love

Then I had my mom’s/grandma’s dining room furniture delivered, because nothing is more beautiful to me than a family heirloom, even if it isn’t quite my taste.

Our dining room in progress - balancing dark wood furniture & minimizing dated features

We had wood floors installed throughout our home, including the dining room. I’m still looking for a rug, but I’d rather find the right piece, than a piece right away.

simple Christmas decorations | hanging greens on a chandelier

Recently, we added this brass light fixture. It has beautiful shades as well, but I love candlelight around Christmas.

Traditional dining room decor

I had intended to use light blue accents for the room, but I came across a couple of my Grandma’s oil paintings and really wanted to include them – I decided I love them enough to let go of my original vision and let the design evolve naturally. I reframed them {60’s frames were BAD} to fit the style of our home.

Simple and beautiful Christmas decorations

Finally, I added an antique mirror above the buffet. I want to add seasonal flowers and limited decor so that I can use the buffet for it’s intended purpose – serving. While I rarely serve a meal buffet style, I’ll often use a buffet to host water pitchers, bottles of wine, and dessert. I used an abundance of eucalyptus with a few blooms {lily, roses and a mum} for an effortless and inexpensive Christmas flower arrangement.

Effortless and inexpensive flower arrangement

Traditional dining room decor

For Christmas I added fresh cedar to the chandelier and in the hutch. You’ll also find a few pears for a little added color. I deconstructed a poinsettia in my mom’s crystal for long-lasting table decorations.

natural Christmas decorating ideas | poinsettias and greens on a chandelier

I hope you’re enjoying all that the holidays have to offer. Our weekend plans include decorating the tree, baking cookies, shopping and a little trip to see some friends for a holiday dinner. ‘Tis the season!

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