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~how to decorate a dining room for the holidays~

Like I mentioned in yesterdays post, my friend Monica and I were asked to help with one of the homes in the Holiday House Walk which is tomorrow in Woodinville Washington.

Here is what the dining room looked like upon arrival.

We decided to use almost all her pieces. The homeowners had great furniture.
We new we wanted to take the formality down a notch, so we opted to bring in a mix match of new linen chairs and tufted linen  bench on one side of the table. 

We decided to leave the artwork and play off it's moodiness by creating a swanky bar area on top of the credenza.

One obstacle we had, was how to decorate with Christmas colors when there was a purple wall.
The homeowners rug also had a lot of blue and pink in it.
We decided to use a lot of silver and grey to play off the purple and "neutralize" it.

Crown linens provided gorgeous ruffled table runners and napkins for us to use. We chose a dark grey for both and I am so glad we did.
The ruffle added a bit of playfulness to the  formal room.

We packed the table with seating for 8.
{missing one chair in this photo but it's coming!}
You can refer to yesterdays post on the table details.
The linen chairs and tablecloths and napkins really add to the relaxed feel we were going for.
I have a slight obsession with linen.

The bar area. This piece is a family heirloom of the homeowners so to protect it we added another dark grey linen runner from Crown Linens.
Monica brought in a cool glass jar which she filled with a sprig of fresh magnolia, curly willow, and antlers. 
A tray with a shaker and a couple of glasses, as well as some linen cocktail napkins finish off the center. We did add a candle and a zinc pot filled with paper whites from Whole Foods.
I added a wooden bowl which we filled with tangerines and limes and a few ornaments.
And speaking of ornaments, a glass dome on a pedestal holds gorgeous vintage ones.
We finished it off with a few sprigs of fresh greenery.

If you have any broken ornaments or extra hooks, simple push them into fresh fruit for a fun "live" take on ornaments.

The hutch is still not complete as we are bringing in macaroons and donuts and such to fill it up for the show to create a dessert bar.
But, we did add plenty of pedestals, new and vintage, as well as some of the homeowners silver pieces that we tucked fresh greenery into.
My fresh preserved boxwood wreath from Birch Lane got tied on with thick grey ribbon.
We also added more oranges to tie in that color from one side of the room to the next.

And a few other fun details are this chair we brought in from Haley's Cottage to fill up this empty corner. We wrapped packages in greys to go with our color scheme and topped it with a cute gift tag and a sprig of pepper berries.
All the greenery and plants we used in this room are real, no faux here!

And to add interest to the window and looking in from the outside of the house, we added this vintage wash tub, also from Haley's Cottage and filled it with potted trees and paper whites, more greenery, and more curly willow.
Since I took this picture, Monica added white twinkle lights.

Each bread plate got one of Monica's orange ornaments and a cute little tag.

And because before and after shots are always fun......

Lots of layering and lots of texture helped to create this beautiful dining room.
And check out that giant beautiful bouquet in the entry!
Wow! I cannot take credit for that, but it is stunning!
If you go on this tour Friday and see me, be sure to say hi!
There will be a great raffle, at this house {#2} and Santa will be at one of the homes, as well as cookies and coffee.
Tickets can be purchased here.


via My Sweet Savannah