To be able to share my dining room pictures, it required a little work on my part. Therefore, that's what I've been working on for Whatcha Workin' on Wednesday. I don't know if you have a spot like this in your home, but our dining room seems to be the room that becomes the quick "catch all". In other words, we come in from shopping and those bags go in the corner until I can unload it, homeschooling books in baskets, or books scattered on the table until we finish them. Jason comes home from work, and puts his computer and paperwork there. We just add little things here and there, and before we know it....uggh! So, that's what I've been working on.....getting my dining room decluttered and picked up, and taking pictures! Not that it was a huge undertaking, but then I had to make decisions, like where to put this or that (where I would remember, lol!), or whether to keep or throw something away! But now it's behind me, for now, and I'm so glad and vowing to do better through the Christmas season!
Joy came through there last night, and said, "Wow, this sure is clean!" I guess that tells it all! It is just a rare thing that there's not SOMETHING sitting on the table or something on the floor! And that's just the reality of LIVING in your home! Then when you add a family that LIVES there ALL DAY long and the clutter of lots of books for homeschooling and more, it just doesn't take long. It just makes me wonder if all the homes you see in magazines actually always look like that, or if they have the same problems and issues from time to time.
Anyway, on to the Christmas decor pictures. I promised more Christmas pictures and decided it would be the dining room. This used to be one of my favorite rooms (and it still is ONE of them, but now my new kitchen I believe has moved up to favorite, I think).
This is the view I get sitting on the couch in the living room....a nice thing about having it open....the rooms flow together, so I can enjoy the decor in there too when I'm sitting in there at night with the lights out and Christmas lights on.
Last year at Christmas, I didn't have this sideboard/buffet. Jason made it for me in February, so this spot has a little bit different look from years before, but I love having it! I added the table top slim alpine tree this year instead of the larger one (that one is the one you saw on my sunporch).
This tree has pinecones, tiny snowflakes (both from Dollar Tree), and for garland...strips of homespun knotted every 6" or so, and then a twig star on top that I found at Garden Ridge.
This is a little snowman I think I got for a couple of dollars at the "thrift store" part of our church's Harvest Festival last year.
To the crock that's always there, I just added some greenery with pinecones and berries. I love touches of greenery everywhere...and red berries!
I bought this sign after Christmas year. I can't ever get too many snowmen!
And here's that little bay window area all aglow...my favorite way!
Here's the view from standing in the kitchen doorway.
I got the wreath idea on back of the chairs from Krystal on the Country Sampler Forum. She had these on her chairs, so last year I went and bought the wreaths and accents and did my own version of them.
And the dining room table centerpiece....a grapevine wreath, bowl of apples, greenery and berries....
The chandelier above the table also has greenery and berries:
And lights out...all aglow...
In some years past, I have put my Christmas dishes on display in the hutch, but for the past couple of years, I didn't think the bright red on the dishes looked that great. I would love to have more primitive style dishes...the muted colors would look much better, I think. So it was kept very simple.
And Joy always get the bottom shelf of the hutch to set up the village in any way she likes. It's always set up a little different each year. She loves villages and nativity scenes. She can hardly pass up one in a store, without "rearranging" it...to look the way it should look to her!
She loves villages and nativity scenes. She can hardly pass up one in a store, without "rearranging" it...to look the way it should look to her!
I just love this little bucket. Again, I just added greenery and berries.
In another corner, is my grandmother's old ironing board, chair with homespuns and a simple berry wreath.
This is the old sled leaning in one corner (that I rescued from a friend's shed)..just with pine greenery added.
To the longjohn basket, I just added some pine greenery to the pip berries already there.
This is a photo that shows the pass through from the kitchen to dining room. I really don't have anything Christmasy there, except a little greenery and a star in the basket, but depending on where you're standing, you can see the little Christmas tree in the kitchen through there. That way anywhere I'm standing...in the kitchen, dining room, or living room....I have twinkling cozy Christmas lights!
And of course, we always have a view into the living room, so we have our big tree in sight.
Thanks for stopping by! I know alot of you will be decorating for Christmas this weekend, so I'm excited about seeing all the Christmas decor! We're on our way to Alabama for Thanksgiving and I'll be one of those black Friday shoppers! Then I'll look forward to "catching up" on what you all have been doing when I get back on Saturday and I'll share another room with you too!
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings! :)