Christmas in the Dining Room...A Christmas Past


Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
I'm still "chugging along" with all my Christmas decorating! Sheeesh...I had really hoped to finish it over the weekend and then honey offered to take me to the big city for shopping. I had sooo much fun...made a trip to Hobby Lobby...TJ Maxx! Yeeehawww!!! However, my little weekend excursion set me back on my Christmas decor "To Do List".
Sooo...today I thought I would share another post from Christmas Past...my little french country dining room...all dressed up for Christmas! I hope you enjoy!!! I will be joining a couple of parties...you'll find the credits at the end of my post.
Christmas Past
December 13, 2009

Merry Christmas!
Hello my friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas holiday!
I'm so happy that you came by today...I would like to share with you my newly decorated for Christmas...dining room!
A Christmas Dining Room

Here is our French Country dining room all decked out in its Christmas finery!

I just love decorating for Christmas...with the red and olive green wall color...Christmas decorating is such a joy!

A Woodlands Christmas!
I decided to use my "Woodlands" Santa in the dining room this year. Thus...the dining room buffet becomes a Christmas Woodlands! I hung a beautiful Christmas wreath over the mirror...just above Santa!

Woodlands Santa
I have had this Santa for a number of years. He is my favorite, dressed in his burgandy cordoroy coat and hat! Santa is carrying a burgandy velvet bag over his shoulder...filled with sugared fruit and pine boughs. Another bag sits at his feet...filled with more sugared fruit and pine. Ohhh...and just look at Santa's Christmas staff...a little cardinal is nestled into the pine branches!!!

A Christmas Woodlands Vignette...
A garland of pine and holly twists around Santa on top of the buffet. A few pinecones are strewn about the pine garland for a little extra "woodsy" feel. I thought that I would use my frenchy black birdhouse since we have a "Woodlands" theme going...I just love how it looks in this vignette!!!

Do you see the black bird? I found two of these pretty black birds at Hobby Lobby over the summer. They are soooo beautiful with the holly and berries cut-work pattern in the sides of the birds!!!
I found these pretty red and gold Christmas trees at the Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. They really are pretty and I gave only .50 each for them!
I also added a few candles into the mix. Two of the large burgandy pillar candles sit atop off-white iron candleholders. I used pine, red berries, a small pinecone, and some twine to decorate the large candles.

A close-up of the Woodlands Santa. He is standing in front of the buffet mirror so you can see what he has in the bag that he is carrying over his shoulder.

Left side of the vignette. I also added a real bird's nest...do you see it?
A Christmas Woodlands Mosaic

My Christmas Chandelier

The chandelier was really so easy to decorate. I just used a Christmas garland...wrapped it around the arms of the chandelier...and added a few extra pinecones!
A Christmas Centerpiece for the Dining Room Table

I love silver...and I love using a few pieces of my silver at Christmas!

My Newest Treasure Find...
Just a couple of weeks ago, I found this gorgeous silver soup tureen at the Goodwill! Ohhh my...you should have seen me doin' the "happy dance"!!! I gave $19 for it...I think I got a great bargain! The piece really is lovely and I just had to use it in my Christmas centerpiece for the dining room table! I left the silver soup ladle in the tureen and added a big, chunky burgandy candle to the tureen. Just propped that pretty lid in front on the pine boughs.

A bit of Christmas greenery: pine boughs, red berries, and pinecones flank the sides of the silver tureen. I just love how this photo turned out...I had a nice sun shiny day for photographing!!! I love the look of the Christmas greenery with all the pieces of silver...sooo pretty!!! Ohhh...almost forgot...I used a table runner done in a burgandy patchwork fabric for the table.

Burgandy candles in silver candleholders...along with two mercury glass, goblet shaped, candleholders...grace this Christmas centerpiece!
I love the look of the burgandy candles with the silver! It just sings Christmas to me! I also placed burgandy pillar candles inside the mercury glass holders...you can see the subtle color peeking through the design on the glass.

Just a few "artsy" photos.



Silver...Glorious Silver!!!

I am very pleased with how this Christmas centerpiece turned out!!! I love the look of silver and I'm really enjoying the look of the silver with the greenery and all that red!!! Ohhh...I do love Christmas decor!!!
A Christmas Table Centerpiece Mosaic

Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by today and took a peek at little french country Christmas dining room...from Christmas Past! Thank you so much...I know ya'll are busy with all the activities and festivities of the season! I know that I have been promising...but I really do hope to share some of my 2010 Christmas decor with you very soon!
I'm joining these fabulous parties...*

Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at a Stroll Thru Life.

Christmas Party...hosted by Jessa over at A Holiday Haven.
A heartfelt thanks to Marty and Jessa for hosting these fabulous parties for us to enjoy!
Warmest Christmas Wishes!


Olive said...

Chari, never pass up a trip to TJ Maxx. Your dining room is stunning and I guess you have changed it this year. Can't wait to see it. merry♥O

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Chari! You've reminded me that I still want to decorate my kitchen and dining room light fixtures. I did want to get to Michaels and/or the dollar store this weekend, but it didn't happen. I'll have to go after work this week and just do it. I hate to still be decorating after this week!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Chari, your dining room is totally gorgeous. I love your buffet, your Father Santa and your cone trees are just fabulous. Your table is stunning. I so love the way you mix in silver. You always have the prettiest vignettes. Hugs, Marty

Vanessa said...

Hi Chari! Oh, it is all so absolutely, unbelievably gorgeous! You are making me want to run and add a few more things to my own dining room! :-) I love your chandelier decor and I don't know that I have ever seen your floors in that room before. They are just beautiful! I can't wait to see what you come up with for this year!

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Chari! You sure are all decked out. You have some beautiful pieces that I just adorned. The X-mas trees and mercury glass were my fav! Hope you are almost finished decking it out, so you can rest and enjoy!

Rhonda said...

Hi girl!
You know I love your beautiful red room anyway, but at Christmas it is just wonderful!
I can't believe you found that gorgeous soup tureen for $19.00! I would have been doing the happy cartwheel dance!!!

Gail said...

Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do this year. Thanks for sharing.

Enjoy your evening,

Becca Bertotti said...

Chari ... this is over the top fab. Once again, you've created a festive, regal tablescape and vignette. I love your Santa and his cute embellishments. Your mercury pieces are rich and lovely, too. And, oh, your chandie is bee-you-tee-ful !! Thanks for sharing, *Becca*

Sarah said...

Chari, I remember how beautiful this room was last year. I'm eager to see how you changed it for this Christmas season. ~ Sarah

Unknown said...

Beautiful job as usual, I just love visiting your home. Every room feels so warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed week.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Chari,
Girl, this is so beautiful! I remember how in love I was with this beautiful post and I am so glad to see it again! The colors, the silver, you have it all!
And I so love that Santa!
You make me want to get a buffet so bad! I love what you did with your's it's so gorgeous!
I think you are the only one I will visit tonight. I had to work and I just got home and I'm beat.
It feels like I keep going but still get farther behind.
I was so happy to see your note too!
Well I'm going to go kiss the hubby and veg out awhile.
Big Hugs my friend,

Debbie said...

BEAUTIFUL... As usual!!!!! I use you for my inspiration!!!! :-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I just love revisiting your Christmas Past posts! I didn't see them last year (or I forgot!) You are such a great designer/decorator! The chandy looks so pretty all dressed for Christmas! I have two of those little black birds too!


we three dogs and me said...

I love the silver but don't like cleaning it. I f this year is as beautiful as last years I can'yt wait to see it.

Diane said...

Wonderful job. Your Christmas decor is beautiful...you have inspired me! Happy Christmas.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my gosh.. girl I'm in love with woodland Christmas..don't you love using the pinecones? They are such a great staple for any time of the year.. Sure wish I was on your Christmas list with all that beautiful silver... your greatest find is over the top gorgeous.
hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

Hi Chari! OH, I don't know where to begin to tell you how beautiful your dining room is! I love everything. Your buffet is glorious and so full! I love that and your table! Yum! The silver looks so pretty with your reds. You are just an amazing decorator! Wish I had just a teeny bit of your talent! ;)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning Sis...as always another great Chari post...girl your photos are always so beautiful as are your displays...Loved seeing this once again...I pray all is well in your world today Sis...My heart is so heavy and just can't seem to shake it...need to put on my Big girl panties and deal with it ha ha!! Love ya Sis...Many hugs and love to you...Gl♥ria

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, Your decorations and table setting is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the silver, especially the soup tureen. The silver and greenery look fabulous with your red walls. I am so looking forward to seeing this years decor.

Jessa said...

Love the silver with the woodland theme mixed in. Such a rich and beautiful combination. Your santa is wonderful with his staff and sack of goodies. Your tureen is amazing and what a deal! Thanks for sharing your post from last Christmas with the Christmas Party and I hope you find some rest from all your shopping soon!

Chubby Chieque said...

Dear Chari,
If you know, how I drool with that silver turen? YUMMM... to die for, Lady?

That's what I want to grab & run from You.

§;-) Happy TTT & great mid-week to come.

Salmagundi said...

My favorite - pinecones and glitz together - especially done by you!! You certainly have a way with wonderful combinations. Can't wait to see what your trip to the city produced. I know that you didn't come home empty handed. I think I'm about done decorating - just need to work at cleaning house, now. Enjoy every day of this glorious season. Sally

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Chari.... I'd pick Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx and time with the Hubbs too... How sweet of him to offer.. My DH thinks he's being beaten to death if he has to shop.... If only I could find a craft store with a recliner and football. :-) As always everything is SUPER perfect... Love it all. You're the BOMB!


Sue said...

It really would be fun to decorate with the red walls...you are halfway there before you even start! Everything is so elegant. I wouldn't turn down a trip to Hobby Lobby to decorate either!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

So elegant and gorgeous! I think you'd have a hard time topping that this year, but I bet you will. The reason I got a little decorating done is that my husband offered to take me to hunting camp with him last weekend - not shopping! Wasn't too hard to make that decision (although I do relax when I'm at the hunting camp). If he had offered shopping, I'd have been there! laurie

Unknown said...


Everything looks gorgeous!!! You do a fab job girl!! Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Remember this fab post Cheri with all that gorgeous silver!! Looking forward to seeing what you have come up this year- I know it will be just as wonderful!!

I am not getting alot of decorating done but am not worrying about it. It is amazing how much more relaxed I am about this kind of thing these days- wish I had been more so when the boys were growing up!! I would like to get some outside decor up- we will see!

Will need to head back to NM to rip out carpet and do some repairs to get house back on the market. We have a few people interested in it and would be wonderful if one of these would buy it as we just paid out $6000 last year for realtor fees!

bee blessed

Debbie~ said...

Hi Chari, I looove your post of yesteryear! That silver soup tureen is do die for gorgeous!!! Your room looks wonderful, I really love the red walls and your chandy is beautiful in all it's Christmas splender!!! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Chari, such a beautiful room. How fun to have red walls as the background for Christmas. Just makes it cheerier. Loving all the silver and mercury glass.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Chari,

Your dining room from Christmas past looks fabulous! I love the Woodland Christmas decorations. I cannot wait to see what you do with that lovely room this year.

~ Tracy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Chari,
Your dining room is simply stunning! I love the way you decorate. The black birdhouse and birdie are so lovely. Your chandy is fabulous too! Love all your silver touches! I have come to a standstill in my decorating because I sprained my wrist. Perhaps you'd like to drop in and help me finish up? I love your style! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

Christmas blessings,

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