Christmas 2017 Home Tour – The Dining Room Part 2 of 3

I came from a family of nine – seven girls and two boys. There are seven of us still living. The girls like to take the opportunity to get together as often as we can, but it’s not always possible, since one of us still lives in Chicago. This Thanksgiving, we had another opportunity to get together and I wanted it to be a special occasion. Even though it was decided that we were having a sister’s brunch, I thought it would be extra special to have the dining room decorated and ready for the holidays.

First off, I really wanted a tablecloth that would fit my table with one leaf inserted. From experience I knew that picking up one from the store wasn’t going to cut it if I wanted to be sure that the sides were even all the way around. The only way I could make sure that I had the right fit was to order a custom tablecloth. I located a great vendor online – Bright Settings that was able to whip me one up within a week’s timeframe. I was very pleased with the way it looked and fit.

The next step was to get some black chargers to match the black accents in the room. I found some that fit the bill from Crate and Barrel, unfortunately when I went to purchase them at the store downtown, they only had four and of those four, only two looked black. That prompted me to visit the store in Alpharetta; of the three they said they had in stock only one of those was the color I desired. Now most people would go to plan B at this point, but not I. I was determined to complete my set of eight. So after calling customer service and pleading my case, the representative assured me that she would add a note to my order to include the darkest charger plates they could find. I ordered 11, just so that I could be sure I’d have enough to choose from. I finally assembled my set of eight, and here is what my finished table looks like.

The china and silverware are old patterns from Mikasa, and the stemware is a newly acquired purchase from Waterford.

I added the Christmas crackers and reindeer for a touch of whimsy and for the centerpiece, I used garland, some ornaments, and ribbon threaded throughout. The black candlesticks and red candles finished off the centerpiece in style.

The two trees in the room were decorated and dressed as twins – the fraternal kind, but I tried my best to make them as identical as possible. I wanted to add height to the trees, so I asked one of my best friends to build me some risers to elevate them. I really liked how they turned out. Thank God for good friends.



The brunch spread was set up with care…

I added a poinsettia, swags and a mini lighted Christmas cabin on top of the buffet to finish off the room.

Please leave me a comment to let me know how you like the room. I look forward to your feedback. Also, if you missed it, check out part 1 of this post. Merry Christmas and happy decorating!

Christmas 2017 Home Tour – The Main Tree and Surrounds Part 1 of 3

Every year at my Christmas party I start thinking of the theme and colors for my Christmas decorations for the following year. Last year I decided that the colors that I would use would be Red, Black and White. I also was pretty stuck on the idea that I would use Snowmen as my theme. To my amazement, these colors are pretty much on trend with the seasonal offerings, so this year it was easy finding my colors. For the first time, I am actually presenting my tree and decorations before Christmas and I am excited to share with you the joy and excitement that I get from decorating for the Holiday season.

This is my fourth Christmas in my not so new home, and every year I’ve hosted a Christmas Party. Last year, I hosted a combination Christmas/Graduation party in celebration for my son, who graduated from college last December. The combination party was to avoid hosting two parties in December. Anyway, I digress – as I stated before my color scheme is Red, Black and White for my main tree, but my theme is not snowmen, – I settled for Winter Whimsy. From outside of my home coming in, you will always be able to determine the colors of the main tree as I coordinate the decorations from the front door all the way to the main tree in the family room. One more thing about the main tree, it always has the color red in it, and the other colors I pick – well, must go with red.

The main tree is one of four decorated trees this year. I also typically have a few other trees scattered throughout my home that are not decorated. You will see the other trees in my upcoming blog post, so stay tuned.

This year, I started early with my shopping and most of my decorations came from Raz Imports. (I also purchased a red sleigh – seen later).

Picks and Sprays all laid out and ready to enhance my tree:

Here is the Finished tree.

I decided that I would incorporate that color black through the ribbon, lanterns, and gift wrapping. The lanterns – five in all, add a touch of whimsy to the tree. I anchored them securely and then used picture mounting putty on the bottom of the candles to keep them from shifting.

The black and white ribbon really brings the tree to life – I used armed width lengths and stuffed the ends deep inside the tree, to give the illusion of the ribbon going in and out of the tree. I really like how the red poinsettias, snow covered pinecones and red snow berries bring the tree to life. I also think the addition of the glass finials really made the tree pop.

The red sleigh is the perfect perch for all of the gifts.

I always choose one or two homemade projects to add to my decorations, this year; I decided I would make poinsettia bows to compliment my black gift wrapping. I think they came out pretty good. Let me know what you think.

So typically, I always coordinate the fireplace mantel and other elements nearby to the Christmas tree. This year was no exception.

As I mentioned before, you can tell from my front porch the color scheme of my main tree. Here is what my front porch looks like. The sled was a used purchase, and I sourced the greens from my neighborhood.


I hope you enjoyed my decorations of my main tree. Stay tuned for Part 2.