Christmas Decorations

A House Divided

No, it’s not Gators vs FSU, that’s too obvious. Well, maybe not so obvious this year… or last…or…

It’s dressy vs casual, neutral vs colorful, sparkly vs natural. I need multiple houses to decorate. Well, ‘need’ would be an exaggeration. Since that’s not happening, I’ve come up with a solution, at least in regards to Christmas decorating. Formal spaces get the bling, gold and silver sparkles. Fun spaces get the color, big and bold accents mixed with nature. Best of both worlds. Let’s tour the two dining areas in our house. There’s really three, but we’ll ignore the family room sofa for now.

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I love the bling!

The dining room chandelier may be the sparkliest of all. Is that a word? If not, it should be. I like the sparkle so much I’ve left it up since last year. Sure makes Christmas decorating easy.

Can you find the birds?

 

Here’s one.

 

And the paper poinsettias.

And paper poinsettias.

And last, but not least, silver branches with berries.

Last, but not least, silver branches with berries.

All of these decorations were inexpensive and readily available. The birds and paper poinsettias are from HomeGoods. The silver branches with berries are from Lowes.

Our very own Christmas tree farm, trees of varying sizes and species.

 

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It even snowed!

 

The little houses throughout the dining room light up. This one is from Pottery Barn.

The little houses light up. This one is from Pottery Barn.

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If you like decorating for Christmas, but need some ideas. Who doesn’t? You may enjoy my blog, Christmas Decorations, Easy As One, Two, Three which provides step-by-step instructions for making Christmas snow terrariums and lanterns. A ten minute project that’s easy and fun.

You know I love dishes. The china cabinet houses white china mixed with silver platters, gifts from Grandma.

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Another light up house from Pottery Barn.

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The pink and green trees are new this year, a nod to baby Bri. I made this terrarium for her and had to have one for myself as well. Same way I Christmas shop, one for you and one for me. Works out quite well.

Bought too many trees. Couldn’t resist, they were 60% off at JoAnn’s.

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Ok, back to dishes. Here’s a neutral table setting for the dining room. Of course, we must have a traditional, red and green table. It’s in the breakfast room.

 

Now, Christmas in the kitchen, where we really eat.

 

We use these casual Christmas dishes for many meals beginning the day after Thanksgiving.

We use these casual Christmas dishes for many meals beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The centerpiece changes all the time. Sometimes it’s greenery, sometimes it’s a lantern, sometimes it’s actually food.

You may remember the placemats and napkin rings from my fall blog. The dinner plate is the Emma pattern from Pottery Barn. The patterned salad plates are from Target several years ago.

You may remember the placemats and napkin rings from my fall blog. The dinner plate isĀ  from Pottery Barn, Emma pattern. The salad plates are from Target several years ago. Of course, we have more plates that mix and match, including solid green and solid red dinner plates, but I prefer eating off of white dishes. Don’t ask me…I just don’t like the color of my plate clashing with my food.

We laugh about looking across the table through the candles. It's like being in a wacky jail.

We laugh about looking across the table through the candles. It’s like being in a wacky jail.

Garland and snowmen swinging in the chandelier.

Snowmen swinging in the chandelier.

A napkin ring from Crate and Barrel circles the ‘candle’.

Snowmen are the unifying theme of the kitchen. The same little guys, plus big PaPa, are hanging out on the buffet.

While we enjoy both areas, we tend to migrate to the more casual spaces with our snowman buddies. Which do you prefer? Let me know. Either way, whether you’re sparkly or natural, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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