Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Tablescape-Dining by Candlelight

I look forward every week to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch and Tablescape Thursdays.   This holiday season I have been inspired by so many beautiful tables.  This year my table was simple, but thought I would share this week.   

Christmas evening we dined by candlelight in our new dining room.  We still have some finishing touches to complete in this room as time and budget allows.  I love red and white and used my Target dishes purchased several years ago along with my favorite red goblets.   I found the goblets in a gift shop in Grapevine, Texas and just had to have them.   

I just layered a lace tablecloth over my red tartan plaid one for a more formal look.  I used my Wallace sterling silverware  and a few milk glass candlesticks mixed with my everyday  clear ones.


I bought grocery store flowers and arranged greenery and added a few candy canes for color.

We got twelve inches of snow and were really "snowed in" but  shared a wonderful family Christmas dinner with my three sons, husband and two dogs. 

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Evening Table

 Sunday Favorites
Thanks Chari for all the inspiration you have given me during the first year of my blog!

I love red and white and dining by the soft glow of candlelight.  I set a simple table this year due to time constraints.  Sometimes simplicity is just what I need with everything else I have to do during the holidays.
I just layered a white lace tablecloth over my red plaid one.  The plates are from Target and the red goblets I bought in a little shop in Grapevine, Texas a few years ago. I love the size and weight of them, not to delicate for my guys to handle. 

Another view of the dining room and Christmas tree.  We are enjoying the soft glow of the new chandelier especially since my hubbie installed the dimmer switch. I didn't order my floral centerpiece this year but bought grocery store flowers and greenery and just added a few candy canes for color.

Hope your Christmas dinner was wonderful and shared with your loved ones!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas...we are currently under blizzard conditions in Oklahoma and I'm enjoying being in the comfort of my home with my loved ones.   I'm thankful for a warm home this Christmas Eve and for all the new friends I've met this year through blogging.  Stay warm and safe!    Hope Santa brings you whatever you wished for!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sunday Favorites-Precious Angels from Heaven

I posted this originally for Pink Saturday but it's perfect for Sunday Favorites too at Chari's place at Happy to Design.  Chari, thanks for your visit today! These are some of my favorite little Christmas decorations.

I love having things around me that belong to my Mom and grandmothers as it reminds me of times we shared when I was growing up.  These familiar things bring a sense of nostalgia, comfort and family and I love decorating with special "family heirlooms" at the holidays.   My mother has given me so many lovely things, and several years ago she passed along these little Christmas angels to me.  They are from the mid 1950's and  have the sweetest little faces.  They are actually older than me and belonged to my grandmother.

I have them on the side table in the dining room this year..but I think they look cute no matter where they are.

Have a Blessed Holiday Season and Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Chandelier - My first Metamorphosis Monday

I love Metamorphosis Monday and have been a fan but have never this will be my first Metamorphosis  post.   Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch  for always being such a wonderful hostess.

We inherited my mother-in-law's Thomasville dining room suite this past summer.  I have been  working on transforming the room from a formal living room to a formal dining room.  We've  changed from a striped wallpaper to a neutral creme color on the walls.  I probably will go darker, but I wanted a clean slate to start with as picking a color can be overwhelming to me, especially darker colors.    Now that I've lived with the furniture for several months I am beginning to develop a color scheme of what I would like the finished room to look like...the work is still in progress...but I thought I would share my new chandelier we installed just in time for the holidays.  What started out as a "simple project" ended up taking us most of a weekend, and we took back two chandeliers because they just didn't look right.
Here is the room...a work in progress, we still need to hang the mirror.                                                  

Here is the ugly before....

and here is my new chandelier.

I still need to decorate it for Christmas....but will have to do that sometime this week. Next I am looking for window coverings to go over the wood blinds and fabric to cover the chair seats that will coordinate.  I am thinking along the lines of burgundy fabrics.   I would love to add crown moldings to the ceilings too but will have to wait until after the holidays.   I'll have to post the finished room someday!

Hope everyone has a great Monday and Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Napa's Bloomers-Flaunt your Flowers

Well not much is really blooming around my garden right now..but in October me and my hubbie went to Napa and there were so many gorgeous flowers...I just had to snap a few pictures to share with my bloggie friends.   I love this purple morning glory that has climbed up a sunflower.

This is another morning glory curling round a split rail fence.

We went to the Napa Valley farmer's market and they have beautiful bouquets of sunflowers..I just love them! Such a happy flower.

Here is another fuzzier varitey ..reminds me of the teddy bear sunflower.

Hope everyone has a great Friday...especially our hostess Tootsie who is a constant source of gardening and decorating inspiration!  Make sure you check out all the posts for Flaunt your Flowers.

Hope everyone is having a blessed Christmas Season!