Christmas At Our House, Part 1, The Dining Room

November 26, 2012

Little by little and day by day we've been decorating the house for Christmas.
It's been a blessing to take it slowly and have it finished early.
I'll be taking pictures along the way and am planning to show you as we progress.
I'll make a few posts and jump around from room to room, but first want to share the dining room.

I love decorating the buffet in the dining room.
The large space makes it perfect for some bigger pieces.
I remove a bit of my everyday display pieces
and replace them with these big resin reindeer.
A few faux pine garlands and red flowery branches, and voila, it's done.

I love how it turned out, simple and elegant.

We'll have house guests in December so decorated the guest room and guest bath too.

I try to keep the surfaces in this room free for our guest's own things,
but these Santas are on top of a high-boy dresser and out of the way.

The two Santas on the left are from the 40's or 50's and are from my husband's family.
Their bottoms open up for batteries so their hands can wave and ring the bells.

My mother remembers buying the Santa on the right at the
Piggly Wiggly sometime in the 50s.
I remember it as always part of our decorating
and very happy to have it now.

In our guest bath I placed the painted wood 3-tiered display
covered with a snow blanket of felt and icicle crystal beads.
My collection of Wendt and Kuhn hand painted wood figures from Germany live in
the glittered cardboard houses from the 50's.

You can read about Wendt and Kuhn here, their website is charming and very well done.

Santa holding hands with the Christmas angel.

I started collecting these adorable little people when I was first married.
I don't add to it much anymore, I think I have quite enough :-)

In an upcoming post I'll show an enchanting Angel Orchestra
that I set up in the living room.  I can't wait to show it to you!

This is my favorite time of the year and I have some fun decorating posts planned
taking you from room to room.
Come back and visit!
Next post, the living room mantel.

Linked to Wow Us Wednesdays and A Humble Creation.

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  1. Love your display in the hutch, so pretty. The silver is all stunning. What a fabulous tiered display in the bathroom too. So fun. Hugs, Marty

  2. The buffet display is so elegant and beautiful!! Love it. Deer are my favorite. :-)

  3. Oh, the holiday magic begins! Love, love, love your collections!
    Look forward to every post of yours!
    Have a wonderful holiday seasons and thank you very much for inspiration!

  4. Kristen! I love the tiered display what a great idea.

  5. I like those snow blankets very much - and the little houses remind me of ones my siblings and I had for tree ornaments in the 50's - they must have broken or gotten lost, because they are only foggy memories now.

  6. You said the magic words: "...I remove a bit of my everyday display pieces...". I think a lot of people aren't willing to do that. It makes a HUGE difference, though!!! This is the time of year to take a little break from the day-to-day and just go nuts! Your dining room buffet looks gorgeous! I love that it is built in like that, and the curve at the top just makes it dyno-MYTE!!! :-) This is what I would love to put in our kitchen area where there is currently a worthless desk. I don't NEED a desk in my kitchen. I have an office. I WANT and NEED a space just like this one!!!!!!!!!!! I love the wispy evergreens and the cluster of berries in the silver vase. Very pretty! I really like that you do a little somethin'-somethin' in your guest bath, too. Hmmm...I think I'll have to go take a peek at what's going on in ours and make some adjustments. Thank you for planting that seed! :-) As for the guest bedroom, I think I'll just add a few boughs of greenery to the 4-poster bed and call it a day. I doubt we'll have guests over the holidays who will be spending the night, but it's nice to have just a teensy touch in there. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great week!

  7. Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for linking up at my link party today. Your work is lovely! I enjoyed every bit of it, but your buffet was definitely my favorite part! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    Jessica @ A Humble Creation

    1. I'm following you on Bloglovin'. So glad to have found you!

  8. Your decorations are so pretty. I love your gorgeous hutch.


  9. Hi Kristen,
    You were the most viewed link at my link party last week, so I'm sharing your dining room today at
    Thanks again for joining me at my new party!


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