Thursday, December 10, 2020

French Country Christmas in the Dining Room

Hello, dear friends. 
I hope you're all well and keeping your Holiday spirits high.
In the Fall I knew I wanted to do something different here in the Dining Room. I didn't really realize how I'd been using the same tabletop decor year after year until I did the "Lookback" post on the dining room last week. So this year after decorating the table with something new for Fall, I decided to keep the basket, tapestry and demi-johns to see what I could come up with for a new look for Christmas. I ended up with a bit of a French Country feel to the tabletop.

I love using Paperwhites for Christmas and they are an easy arrangement to put together. This year I bought a few more faux stems to add to my existing bunch in one of my iron urns. I love the real thing, but they are a little stinky, and come to an end way too soon.  I "transplanted" the faux stems in my Pottery Barn urn and tied them up with a burlap/gold shimmer ribbon.

I put together this little Christmas tussy mussy bouquet lots of years ago and this year it's under the cloche in a small version of the larger iron urns. The other cloche covers my Christmas tree bird's nest on the milk glass cake pedestal.

So as I mentioned, my old split oak laundry basket stayed on the dining room table with the vintage Belgian tapestry inside as a liner. I started out with a grouping of 4 smaller evergreen trees nestled inside, then added velvet poinsettias in neutrals with a dusting of glitter around the rim.  

The large alter candlesticks and demijohns stayed
and I added two silver German glass glitter reindeer.

I haven't used these poinsettias in years, 
but this year their varied pinks to brown to rust colors
just matched the basics on the table.

My antique wire plant stand holds a white church luminary,
an ironstone tureen of faux pears, and one of my topiaries.

The washstand in the corner has my little lamb tureen 
surrounded by a mossy grapevine wreath with winter fruits.

A few little snippets of Tartan plaid can still be seen. 
Touches here on the washstand and on the buffet.

And in the opposite corner, another old mirror with a small vintage wreath.

And I exchanged my small French print under the mirror 
with this 40's Madonna print in a metal frame.

It was fun to try something different this Christmas.
Not to worry, I still have a lot of Tartan Plaid around the rest of the house.
Hoping for a sunny day for photos today!

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All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
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Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
 Celebrate Your Story at The Zucchini Sisters,  
Tips and Tutorials at Home Stories A to Z,  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Party in Your PJ's at Apple Street Cottage
  Keep in Touch at Let's Add Sprinkles  Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Charming Homes and Gardens at Shiplap and Shells
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
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Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique, Farmhouse Friday at The Painted Hinge


  1. Your dining room looks fabulous Debra. I love your chair covers too. Happy Wednesday.

  2. Each table top looks beautiful and is so inviting! Your paperwhites don't look faux at all. I had some once for a short time but it's so true on the stinky part. I kill everything so I thought it was just something I did. LOL.

  3. Your dining room table ooks beautiful Debra. You have pretty treasures. Baskets add so much beauty this time of year.


  4. I love those gorgeous poinsettia colors and all the Christmas touches!

  5. Your dining room is so pretty!!!! I love your poinsettas… gorgeous!
    Happy Holiday!

  6. Your faux florals and fruits are really nice, Debra. I couldn't agree more on the stinky smell of paperwhites. The tussy mussy is sweet under the cloche, and so is that other arrangement flanking the other side of the paperwhites. Nicely done.

  7. Oh that centerpiece has caught me - it's gorgeous! Love your color scheme too. I'm totally inspired! Thank you! :)

  8. The poinsettia colors are so beautiful. This is so inspiring Debra!

  9. Thanks for the tour, Debra. Your home is always beautiful and holiday ready. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Loving your french country Christmas touches!

    Thanks for sharing with us on the Embracing Home and Family linkup party!

  11. I always enjoy your decor! Your dining room is a favorite year round! Merry Christmas!

  12. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us at Embracing Home and Family! I love French Country!

  13. Just gorgeous, as always! I'm a huge French country fan so I am in love. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm and happy holidays! xo Kathleen

  14. Your dining room looks wonderful! The china cabinet is a gorgeous piece of furniture!


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