Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Woodland Christmas in the Dining Room

Have you ever been inspired to decorate a room from a scrap of fabric, piece of artwork, or even a pillow? Sometimes I find something out shopping or through my travels that sets of a chain reaction of decorating and in the case of decorating my newly-painted dining room for the holidays, a simple decorative towel inspired a "Woodland Christmas" feel...

Yes, it all started back in late October when I visited the Country Living Fair  and found this woodland-inspired decorative towel in one of the booths.  It caught my eye because I had already painted the dining room and picked out the tree fabric for the curtains and I thought the towel could be made into a pillow for my dining bench...
One evening after the Fair, I was finally able to check out a Pottery Barn Outlet and these just had to come home with me...
These cute stag salt and pepper shakers along with the butter dish (below) were great deals and went perfect with the towel pillow so I've had the Christmas theme for this room figured out now for a while...
The rest of it has just been filling out all of the details...  I mentioned when I revealed the dining room for Fall, that I would be changing the artwork out seasonally with botanical poster prints that are copyright free and inexpensive to print out at Costco ($8).  For winter, I picked out a couple of images with pretty evergreens...
I also had a pair of grapevine wreaths hung inside the chunky frame before, but swapped them out with an antique German roe deer antler mount that I bought in High Point and attached them to a large slice of basswood.
When it came to decorating the table, I knew that I wanted to mix some more silver elements into the tablescape to tie in the new salt and pepper shakers and butter dish so I simply filled my antique trophy cups with potted cypress and white roses (also from Costco) mixed with greenery...

I then simply layered an inexpensive green and white houndstooth table runner from Target with birch logs, pinecones, and glittery Christmas picks (all from Michael's)...
 I also tucked in bright green reindeer moss, candles, birch orbs, and a few acorn ornaments (from Hobby Lobby).  The antler is a shed found in the woods in N. Idaho before we moved to NC.  Yes, deer, elk, moose, etc shed and regrow their antlers naturally almost every year.
I was hoping to get some wood-slab chargers to go under the plates this year, but I used these round moss mats on top of some placemats I already owned...

The dining room is definitely feeling "woodsy" now and in many ways reminds me of home back in the Northwest where lodge-decor is a mainstay...  All we need is Christmas dinner!
I've joining up with 29 other talented bloggers sharing Christmas in our homes in a "12 days of Christmas Tour"!  Make sure you check out some of the beautiful home tours on the schedule below... Lots of inspiration...

Monday DEC 2nd-
FIRST HOME LOVE LIFE
DIO HOME IMPROVEMENTS
Tuesday DEC 3rd-
AT HOME WITH THE BARKERS
RESTORING OUR 1890 VICTORIAN
Wednesday DEC 4th-
FRESH IDEA STUDIO
THE GOLDEN SYCAMORE
HOUSE ON THE WAY
Thursday DEC 5th-
CURB ALERT
PETTICOAT JUNKTION
Friday DEC 6th-
ARTSY CHICKS RULE
RAPPSODY IN ROOMS
Saturday DEC 7th-
SIMPLY FRESH VINTAGE
COUNTRY DESIGN STYLE
Sunday DEC 8th-
MRS HINES CLASS
SNAZZY LITTLE THINGS
Monday DEC 9th-
JUST PAINT IT
THE RUSTIC PIG
JUST A GIRL AND HER BLOG
Tuesday DEC 10th-
OUR SOUTHERN HOME
VIRGINIA SWEET PEA
MEEGAN MAKES
Wednesday DEC 11th-
SOPHIAS DECOR 
A LITTLE CLAIREIFICATION
GIRL IN THE GARAGE
Thursday DEC 12th -
MOMMY IS COOCOO
LITTLE MISS CELEBRATION
INSPIRATION FOR MOMS
Friday DEC 13th-
MY SOULFUL HOME
CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DIYer
LILACS AND LONGHORNS

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38 comments:

Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration said...

Kristen, your dining room looks gorgeous! I love that towel that inspired it and it looks amazing as a pillow! The room looks like the perfect holiday woodland place for a wonderful holiday dinner. Pinning and sharing! Hope you have a merry and happy day!

Sonya Barker said...

Your table decor is gorgeous! I love the natural elements and the table runner is my favorite! Great job with that room. ~Sonya

Jeanette L. said...

Kristen this is just beautiful. I am so thrilled to have recently discovered your blog, so much of your decor I also covet at stores. I love the use of vintage trophies. There was a debate in our house about using antlers in decor, and I find it a stunning accent, thanks for helping me win that debate! I love the woodland theme, too. I see many Baby Ben clocks around your house, too which I recently started collecting. Very proud AND EXCITED to be in tour with you, such a gorgeous home and I can't wait to share. :)

Jeanette L. said...

Kristen this is just beautiful. I am so thrilled to have recently discovered your blog, so much of your decor I also covet at stores. I love the use of vintage trophies. There was a debate in our house about using antlers in decor, and I find it a stunning accent, thanks for helping me win that debate! I love the woodland theme, too. I see many Baby Ben clocks around your house, too which I recently started collecting. Very proud AND EXCITED to be in tour with you, such a gorgeous home and I can't wait to share. :)

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Kristen, Thanks for sharing your lovely dining room with us! I especially love the tree prints that you framed. Beautiful table settings. Happy Holidays!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kristen, Kristen, Kristen, OMG I love it all. Those prints on the wall and the framed antler are my favorite!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so pretty! love all the fresh greens and love the pillow!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful, Kristen! I love the towel turned pillow. It reminds me of the Cavallini calendar images.

Debra Oliver said...

this is so gorgeous, Kristen! I said it before, but that green wall color and accessories has become one of my favorites, and love your woodland theme!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I love the towel that you found at the CL fair. Making a pillow from it is a much better way to enjoy it. Your table decor is so pretty. I had to look at each photo for a long while to take in all of the details. Thanks so much for sharing you home with us this Christmas.

Just Judy said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun putting your dining room together...Magnificent Job!Thanks for sharing.
Judy

Http://whatmeeganmakes.com said...

Kristen,
Your home looks like it cam out of a magazine! You are o talented. I am inspired and loving this look.
Shared on my FB page right now.
Thanks for the beautiful eye candy :)
Merry Christmas.

Therese Feeman said...

Kristen, I'm smitten with your holiday table! Actually you're whole dining room! The green is gorgeous and all the natural woodland inspired accents are beautiful.

Petticoat Junktion said...

Kristin, I absolutely love your lime green decor. The dining room wall with the botanical prints is perfection. Also loving the silver accents. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.

Claire @ A Little Claireification said...

Kristen I am in love. Truly - I know want a woodland theme. I don't care where, but I must have one. Those framed prints... that table runner... the deer... that pillow. LOVE. Pinning now! xo

Jeanette Chaney said...

Kristen, everything is beautiful. I love the green houndstooth fabric! Thank you for sharing your holiday decor. ~Jeanette

Dria S said...

Kristen your dining room is gorgeous! I love that pillow you made! The silver deer on the table are adorable, Love that you used those trophies how fantastic is that and I adore the antler I want some of those so bad I should go hiking around our woods!! You have done a beautiful job in your dining room it's fantastic!!

Jen @ Girl in the Garage said...

Your table should be in a magazine- so gorgeous! I am love with how you used your antique trophies, just brilliant. Everything looks perfect together. Thanks for sharing with us!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL Kristen!!

FirstHomeLove said...

AHHH! So crisp!!! Love the bright green and woodland theme! That pillow is to die for! Love your table, the antlers...Seriously awesome!

Gloria Mathews said...

Very talented lady… that's you! Thanks for the link to Vintage Printable. How did you get the resolution to work for such large prints (from Costco, right?). I tried to have them printed but it warned of resolution quality being poor. I must be doing something wrong. Any suggestions?

Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

SO beautiful!!! I love everything! The table runner is gorgeous, and I love those roses! Thanks so much for sharing!

~Abby =)

Christy James said...

Gorgeous! I knew you wouldn't disappoint, Kristen!! XO

Christine Graves said...

Totally gorgeous table and I love the artwork!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I LOVE it! I love the color palette and all of the natural elements. I love the seasonal art. I love the mix of patterns and texture. I just love it all!!

Tami Michel said...

I just don't know how to describe how much I love this post! Everything is so pretty! You did a fantastic job with your dining room and the green colors with the natural elements looks so lovely! Absolutely Beautiful!
Tami @ Curb Alert!

Megan Rapp said...

The antique trophies are a brilliant idea. Your whole table just looks so inviting and divine. Thanks for sharing!

Leslie Stewart said...

Your woodland theme is so perfect and the touches of green and white are beautiful! I love the detail you place everywhere. It's been a pleasure to be a part of this tour with you. Happy Holidays!
Leslie
House on the Way

Julie S. said...

Wow -- simply beautiful! I just love the green and white houndstooth mixed with the pewter and silver -- stunning! Pinning!
So happy to be touring with you. Merry Christmas!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

This is so beautiful! I'm going for a woodland theme in my dining room this year too, but I'm not as far along as you! I just love how you mixed those gorgeous roses in with the rustic elements. Such great inspiration!

Allison @ The Golden Sycamore said...

I love your woodland themed Christmas decor, Kristen! Everything is so pretty and well-coordinated! Just beautiful! So glad to be on this tour with you! :)

Leslie Harris said...

I'm loving all that green! It's so fresh and young looking. All your details are wonderful, the moss, the prints and those vintage trophies (very hard to find here) with greenery are perfect! thank you so much for your kind comments about my post. I'm so glad I found you.
xo
Leslie aka gwen moss

Kerry@homecrushblog.com said...

This is just beautiful -- I'm in love with that runner!!

Christy Our Southern Home said...

Beautiful! I saw that runner at Target and really regretting not buying it now! You could leave that dining room like that all winter. ~Christy

Style Sisters said...

So unique and beautiful...I love the lime green and all your greenery. Truly and standout. Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday linky party that is live right now and share this with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/12/centerpiece-wednesday-106.html
Karin

Mary said...

Swoon Kristen! I love your woodland theme and the green that all started with a towel turned pillow! Your green houndstooth check runner is wonderful!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Kristen! I'm in love with houndstooth lately and your runner is wonderful. I just love this table and the decor in your dining room. What a great place to spend with family! Linda

Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful, isn't it wonderful what inspires us. Hugs

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