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Christmas Dining Room: Navy + Red

Well, it looks like Christmas decorating is starting a little earlier than usual these days….. for everyone!!  With Thanksgiving falling earlier in November this year, and all of the dept. stores pulling out Christmas decor in like JULY, more and more of us are moving to that same trend.  And I gotta admit- I ain’t hating it!!  LOL!!  Not to dismiss Thanksgiving or anything fall related, Christmas is a magical season that brings people together!  And where does that take place (- in the bellies )….- well really in the dining room- where we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!!  AMEN!!  So, here is my Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red.


CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM:  NAVY + RED

So, I set up my Christmas dining room with a couple of quick swaps from my Fall Dining Room.  Click here to see Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps

It is a very informative post that helps you get ready for hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and gives you the tools to transition from one holiday to the next with little effort.

WOOHOO!!  And that means more time to spend with your family and do some Christmas shopping.  Click here to see my dining room before we flooded Blue Christmas Dining Room.

I love how easy it is to change out a couple of decorating items, and basically you have a new “season.”  Stay tuned for my next post Going from Fall to Christmas: Dining Room – (now ready)! 

Click 33 Ideas Decorating Stairs for Christmas or 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths for more holiday decorating inspiration.

***TIP***  Make a wreath to form an “O” from a pom pom pick or floral (greenery) pick by bending the wire. 

You could always use a candle ring too….like the red ones on my 3 candle sticks. 😉

Remember to use what you have on hand to help save extra money.  I found my red napkin rings in one of my buffet drawers – that I had from 10 yrs ago. 

Just never know when you may need something small to add a big punch of color.  It’s your Christmas Dining Room, so use YOUR goodies!!

Adding Christmas words like joy, merry, hope, peace, and noel help add a touch of whimsy to a formal decor palette. 

Use them on walls, pillows, signs, or even on dishes.

Want more buffalo check ideas….click Buffalo Check Snowman Using Embroidery Hoops or Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls.

Don’t forget to add a couple of sparkly ornaments to your chandelier.  Use different sizes and shapes to add interest, and also hang them at different lengths. 

Just remember to use light-weight and shatter proof ornaments.  I think I dropped all but one when trying to figure out where to hang mine – HA!!

Add some colored glasses to bring in a little holiday cheer.  I used my red glasses that my dear friend gave me over 5 years ago. 

Not only to they add some fun to the table, I think of her every time I glance over at my table – LOVE THIS!!

Make sure to add a couple of candles in your Christmas Dining Room for a little ambience.  Use white, red, gold,  or silver – for some lower lighting.

And don’t forget to light them – LOL!!

Now, sit back and relax……well for about 30 minutes until one of your kiddos or husband needs something!!  And then- use one of those “red martini – or wine glasses” – AND FILL IT!!

Hope you love my Christmas Dining Room & your’s too!!

Love all things blue:  Try 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue:  For Every Room & Budget.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

Want more Christmas Party inspiration or DIY craft ideas – try  Let it Snow Donut Christmas Party, Donut Ornaments Using Pool Noodles, Christmas Snowman Cotton Ball Wreath.

Need a gorgeous bow for your tree – try How to make the perfect Bow

 

 

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Blue Christmas Dining Room- Home Tour

Since we flooded during Hurricane Harvey this August, (and decorating the dining room for Christmas is not an option this year) I decided to post pictures of my Blue Christmas Dining Room from last year.  It still makes me smile to see all the different shades of blue, and of course my crazy love affair with white feathers.   This room is one of my all-time favorites…. it’s light and airy, but packs in a whole lotta punch.  If you want to see what it looked like before we flooded  Click here-  Blue and White Fall Dining Room .

 

The white feather tree I bought from Michael’s (i think) about 5 years ago, and it moves from room to room each year.  But it ALWAYS comes out-LOL!!!  The tree lights up and makes the feathers look like angel wings at night-swoon!!

 

The white candle sticks are from Round Top, TX Antique Show.  The glass votive that sits on top of each one makes a perfect resting spot for the ornaments so they don’t roll off.  The urn is from Home Goods.

I made the white feather wreath from a couple of feather boas on a wire frame.   Easy to weave them into the wire frame.   I painted the J & Y letters gold, and attached fabric to a wooden backing I made to go inside the frames.  The frames I found at an antique store that I painted silver.  The frames are very heavy, so they are on small nails.

Of course, what is Christmas without a little leopard or cheetah ribbon/fabric???  It adds just a little personality and tones down all of the blue and gold.  The stockings for our Christmas mantel have leopard on them also….I’ll post those next year 🙂

 

I know it is hard to see (lighting was not the best on these from last year- obviously) but the walls are gray here.  If you look at my blue FALL dining room post, they are blue.  I spent a year painting all of the rooms downstairs in our house gray, and I was beginning to feel like I was living in  “a cloudy kind of day” mood…..and I NEED some color!!!  So, there was a little change.  Live out loud- Live in color…..right??!!

 

 

 

 

These picks I found at Michael’s about 5 years ago too.  I love how the darker teal and navy really makes the turquoise and white pop…..and I can’t decorate for Christmas without some bling.

 

 

Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Need more Christmas inspiration and ideas???  Click Here for Christmas Stairs Love and here for Christmas Door Wreaths.

Want more navy and white Christmas DIY ideas or LOVE all things buffalo check??? Try Buffalo Check Snow-Woman or Buffalo Check Ornaments

 

 

 

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14 Ways to Decorate With Blue: For Every Room & Budget

It is definitely no secret that our home is FILLED with all things blue.  From indigo and cobalt blue area rugs and upholstered furniture to aqua and seafoam blue lamps and pillows, every room is packed with blue home decor!    So, here are my personal blue decorating ideas and tips:  14 Ways to Decorate with Blue:  For Every Room & Budget.   

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14 Ways to Decorate With Blue:  For Every Room & Budget

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

One of the most difficult decisions when decorating is how to use color.  So today we’re going to cover how to do that using blue, and will answer the main questions:

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How can I add color to my house? 

How do you add pops of color to a room?

We will also cover:

Where can I add blue to my house?  Every room.

You can add blue to living rooms, kitchens, powder baths, dining rooms, offices, laundry rooms, hallways, master bathroom and bedrooms, and even outdoors!!

What color goes with (indigo) blue?  Every color.  

As you scroll through the pictures, you’ll see a variety of blue color schemes:  blue mixed with yellows, oranges, blush pinks, emerald greens, turquoise, & even metallic colors (like gold, silver, or copper).

How many accent colors should be in a room?  Typically 3 colors.

There’s the 60-30-10 rule that’s been around forever, but what does this actually mean?

*** In our house basically the dominant color is blue (navy) 60%, with secondary color (white) 30%, and then each accent color (yellow, orange, blush, green, turquoise) 10%. ***

Just don’t get to caught up into these ratios.  It’s your house, so add color that makes YOU smile.

Ok – let’s get to the good stuff!


14 Ways to Decorate With Blue:  For Every Room & Budget

WITHOUT PAINT:

  1.   Table Linens – table runners, napkins, & placemats
  2.   Window Treatments, Bath, & Bedding – curtains, shower curtains, & bedding
  3.   Chair Cushions – indoor and outdoor dining, & chaise lounge
  4.   Throw Blankets  & Throw Pillows
  5.   Walls – ladder, art work, ribbon, wallpaper, seasonal decor
  6.   Lighting – lamp, lamp shades & light pendants
  7.   Upholstered Furniture – ottomans, benches, blue couch slipcovers, & accent chairs
  8.   Dinnerware – plates, bowls, & mugs
  9.   Accessories & Miscellaneous – vases & shelf paper
  10.   Floor – rugs, wood tile, dog beds, & poufs

WITH PAINT:

  1.   Walls – accent wall, entire room, & back of bookshelves
  2.   Cabinets – kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities
  3.   Furniture – end table, coffee & console table
  4.   Accessories – mirrors, picture frames, & flower pots

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HERE ARE 14 WAYS TO DECORATE WITH BLUE

#1 TABLE LINENS

Using table linens is one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to add blue to your home. 

Try adding some fun blue and white patterned napkins and placemats to your dining room or kitchen table for every day use.  Or use them for holiday and seasonal entertaining – with an accent color.

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And add a fun table runner to dining tables, a buffet, or even an entry console table.  

Use a patterned blue and white ikat runner for a bohemian chic look, or a navy and white buffalo check table runner for a modern farmhouse look.

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Want to to change things up?  Just turn your table runner from horizontal to vertical. 

Completely changes the focus.

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#2 WINDOW TREATMENTS, BATH, & BEDDING

Using blue and white curtains, roman shades, or valances is a great way to add color to bare windows in neutral color living spaces.  

Afraid to commit to living room or bedroom curtains?  Start out small with adding blue to a bathroom.

Try a bold, large print cobalt blue shower curtain to a guest or kids bathroom to add a little fun. 

And don’t forget about bath or hand towels.  Add solid, patterned, or striped blue towels to bring in some color also.

***TIP*** You can use curtains and shower curtains as table runners or table covers also – click here or picture below to find out how.  

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You just can’t go wrong with blue and white bedding.  It’s a classic color combination that you’ll be able to use forever – really!! 

Find a reversible comforter if you like to change things up often.  Mine reverses to blue and white pin stripes, and I love having the extra decorating option.

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#3 CHAIR CUSHIONS

Adding chair cushions is another easy and economical way to add blue to your indoor and outdoor living spaces. 

Use them on indoor dining chairs to add a punch of color and soften hard edges in your kitchen breakfast nook. 

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Or add them to outdoor dining chairs, chaise lounge chairs, and counter stools to provide extra comfort for outdoor entertaining.  

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#4 THROW BLANKETS & THROW PILLOWS

Using throw blankets and throw pillows is probably the most fun way to add blue decor to your home, but is no longer limited to just your living room.

Toss a couple of throw blankets onto your couch, tuck them a storage basket in an entry console, or drape them across your bed to add some blue to your home. 

Use solid blue or navy blankets for a bigger “pop” of color, or use blankets with patterns for a smaller punch of color.

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Use navy blue or cobalt blue throw pillows on an entry bench, dining room chairs, kitchen banquette area, bed, storage bin, and of course your couch and club chairs.

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#5 WALLS 

Using ladders is a fun coastal farmhouse way to add a punch of blue to your walls, without doing any permanent damage.  Plus, you can move it to any room in your house.

This little gem kind of ties in with #3 – throw blankets, but can also be used to store magazines, family photos, and extra bath towels as well. 

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Find a pair of framed navy and white geometric prints or hang a wreath with blue and white ribbon. 

Just a small “pop” of color goes a long way.

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Wallpaper is another way to add a punch of blue to your walls.  Use it on an accent wall, half-wall with wainscoting, or even add it to the back of a bookshelf.

This is definitely on my to do list!!  Here’s a little preview of my wallpaper inspiration – dream room.  What do ya think?

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Holiday navy and white wall accents are another option when adding blue to your wall decor. 

Try these diy buffalo check ornaments or diy embroidery hoops snowman for Christmas decorating this year.

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#6 LIGHTING 

Using blue lamps is one of my personal favorite ways to add color to my house, even though mine are more aqua and turquoise blue. 

They still blend in perfectly with my monochromatic blue color palette, and add a touch of coastal style as well.

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And don’t forget about navy or blue lampshades for a little pop of color. 

Use patterned lamp shades for added drama, or solid lamp shades to keep your look classic.

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Here is our dining room before we flooded.  Still love (and have) that indigo blue lamp shade – adds a touch of shabby chic to the room.

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If I had to choose just one blue light pendant that made my heart pitter-patter, this little beauty would be it!  I love how playful it is, but yet so simplistic – all at the same time!

It’s like coastal boho meets vintage chic.

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#7 UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE 

Who can resist adding some upholstered items to your home, showcasing your unique personality? 

Whether it be blue and white boho ottomans, a coastal blue and white entry bench, a solid denim blue sofa slipcover, or a navy and white buffalo check accent chair…… their is something fun for everyone!!

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And like the coastal farmhouse ladder, the ottomans and benches can be moved from room to room when needed. 

Sometimes, all you need is blue and white with just a mixture of patterns and textures!! 

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And don’t forget about using a blue sofa, a pair of club or accent chairs, and even blue slipcovers. 

This denim slipcover has been in our girls’ playroom for 8+ years – and it still looks good. 

If I could find a spot for this little cutie – I would get it asap.  There is just something about a navy blue buffalo check chair that makes me so happy!

Click here for more farmhouse inspiration – with this accent chair.

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#8 DINNERWARE 

Using blue, or blue and white dinnerware is another way to bring in your favorite hue.  Just like the table linens, you can use these dishes every day also.

Choose more casual, playful patterns for a mix-n-match style or choose gold rimmed china for a more traditional elegant style.

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Set the blue dishes up with your blue and white table linens for a cohesive look, when planning a family gathering.

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And don’t forget about a little coffee bar or coffee station for your friends!  Using blue and white polka dot coffee mugs just scream good times and tons of laughter for your girlfriends!

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#9 ACCESSORIES & MISCELLANEOUS

Besides throw pillows, adding home decor accessories is the easiest (and cheapest) way to add blue to your home.  My personal favorite way to accent with any color, is by using vases.

You can choose a large coastal style blue and white striped vase, or a traditional chinoiserie style vase for big impact. 

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You have probably noticed these other two throughout this post – love them!!  The rope just adds the perfect coastal touch.

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This last one, that I’ll call miscellaneous, is really the easiest way to splash blue everywhere!!  It is a little time consuming, but oh-so-worth-it!

What is this little secret gem – it’s shelf paper!  I found this cute shelf liner at Target, and have it in all of my cabinets. 

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Even my honey likes it, so I knew it was a winner!

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#10 FLOOR 

Don’t forget about floor accents.  Use pops of blue on the floor through different styles of rugs, wood tile, dog beds or poufs. 

Basically, this applies to any blue accent that draws the eye down (toward the ground level).

Rugs are the best way to add color to your floor, but can get expensive.   Check out this post for budget-friendly navy blue and white area rugs.

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Personally I have a little crush with blue and white rugs, and love that each rug has it’s own “style.”    

Go with a navy blue and white boho shag rug in the living for added texture and warmth, and use an indigo-dyed blue patterned rug for the dining room to add interest.

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A little on the pricier side, but just have to mention it, is distressed blue wood tile (flooring). 

This fun wood tile is perfect for the laundry room where you need a little “color” sunshine to brighten your day.  Anything helps – right?? LOL 🙂

My husband actually chose this flooring – what do you think?

And don’t forget about navy blue dog beds or striped blue poufs. 

Both of these probably don’t come to mind when you think of decorating, but they add just the right pop of color.  

If I had to choose a blue pouf, this would be my first pick!  It’s a little coastal boho chic style, and would go perfect in my living room.


ADDING BLUE WITH PAINT

#11 PAINTED WALLS

The most popular way to add blue to your home is of course with painted walls.  You can try a navy accent wall in the dining room, master bedroom, or even your living room.

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Or paint an entire room blue.  This would work great where you have a lot of white cabinets to contrast against the blue – like an office or laundry room.

Afraid to commit?  Try painting the back wall of a bookshelf for a little pop of color.

Click here for My House Paint Colors:  House Of Blues.

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#12 CABINETS

If you are a little more daring, try painting your kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, or bathroom vanities blue.  

Here is my master bath vanity painted SW Naval.  I have to admit that I still love the color, and it adds such depth to all of the white tile and quartz.

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#13 FURNITURE

For those of you who are not quite as fearless – LOL – try painting a piece of furniture blue.  Start with a small piece first, like an end table, and then move on to a coffee table, or even a console table.

Here is our entry console table, painted a smoky blue.  Click here for tutorial.

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#14 ACCESSORIES

And for those of you who are completely timid – try painting some accessories blue.  I recommend beginning with candle sticks or picture frames, and moving on to flower pots and mirrors.

Here are my painted flower pots – click here for the tutorial.

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And then there’s my crazy turquoise blue chinoiserie mirror.  This one is still with me from my painted furniture boutique days…..and I still love it!!

I hope you found some inspiration, and will be encouraged to add some blue to your home.  If you have a favorite, let me know what it is.  I’d love to hear from you! 

Have a Great Weekend!  Love & Hugs 🙂

If you would like more information on a particular picture, just click on the picture or link (source) under each picture to take you to the post.

Some of the Posts Used in this Article: 

Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red

Home Tour:  Summer Dining room

Fall Home Tour 2018

9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks:  Using What You Have

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

5 Secrets Fall Decorating

Spring Home Tour 2019

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 Easy Tips

How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel:  Tips & Ideas

10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry

Hurricane Harvey Flooded:  House Makeover (Part)

Adding A Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

44 Adorable Wallpaper Ideas (Part 2)

DIY Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

Master Bed Frame Makeover:  Painted White

My Easter Tablescape:  Blue + Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Best Coastal Farmhouse Dining Tables

Dining table styles and function have come a long way.  They are no longer just a piece of furniture used for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter family gatherings.  Nor do they have to be formal, shiny, or placed exclusively in a dining room setting.  But they do more than occupy a space:  they bring families together to celebrate life, share memories, and to praise God for the meals provided.  Here are the 12 Best Coastal Farmhouse Dining Tables.

*I will do a post on budget friendly dining sets, dining chairs and benches –  coming soon!!*

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12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

What is coastal farmhouse style? 

Coastal farmhouse is the simplicity of modern or vintage farm-style furniture merged with elements of water, sand, and sky.

The LOOK:  worn pieces or distressed furnishings + colors associated with the ocean or beach.  

 Think granny’s vintage or antique coffee table + navy striped rug

The FEEL:   extreme comfort + complete relaxation.

Think favorite over-sized sweatshirt + no shoes required vibe.

What is coastal farmhouse dining room style?

The LOOK:  distressed white farmhouse table + wooden chairs (painted seafoam blue)

The FEEL:   no drink coasters needed + wet swimsuits allowed

Need more Farmhouse Style Inspiration and Ideas?  Try Find Your Style:  Four Farmhouse Mood Boards


12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

I just wanted to share some pictures of our coastal farmhouse dining tables: in the kitchen breakfast nook, and in our dining room.  Hopefully, they will give you some ideas of paint colors, fabric colors, and lighting choices to help visualize your own space.  

#1 Here is our coastal farmhouse breakfast nook

I tend to lean more to the casual, modern farmhouse side in this room.

This table comes with 1 leaf to create a square table (not pictured) to fit our banquette seating.

 

#2 Here below is our coastal farmhouse dining room

I tend to lean a little more to the formal, shabby chic side in this room.

This table comes with two leaves (not pictured) to create a long table to fit the dining space.

 

#3 Pictured below is our fall dining table showing the double-pedestal legs. 

The pedestal legs open up the bottom of the table for different seating options:  chairs and bench seating

 

#4 And here is the Christmas holiday table showing it with bench seating.

So, you can tell that there are many different “looks” of coastal farmhouse style kitchens and dining rooms….. just in our house. 

Remember:  It is your house, so choose what best fits your family, style and function!!


COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLE TIPS

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TABLE TIPS FOR STYLE:

  1. For modern farmhouse style, choose tables with straight lines. For french country, cottage or shabby chic styles, choose tables with curved lines. 

 

TABLE TIPS FOR FUNCTION:

  1. Choose rectangular tables if you want bench seating. 
  2. Go more formal in the dining room, and more casual in the breakfast nook. 
  3. Choose tables with leaves for larger dining rooms/areas.
  4. Choose round or oval tables for smaller dining rooms/areas. 
  5. Go with pedestal tables when you need more leg room.

 

TABLE TIPS FOR CHAIR HEIGHT AND RUG SIZE:

Most common height for a dining table is 30″H (just wanted to pass that along).

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RUG CHART:

Here is a helpful chart in case you are also needing a rug.  If you are looking blue or navy and white rugs, this post has some inexpensive rug options as well.

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Now that you have some helpful tips and answers to some of you dining table questions, it’s time to get to the good stuff!! 

What are the different coastal farmhouse dining table styles that I chose?  

table tops:   rectangular, round, and oval-shaped 

bases: four- legged, pedestal, and double-pedestal bases

composition:  wood, and wood & metal 

 

What are the dining table prices?

I chose inexpensive, budget-friendly tables that are: 

under $400 (1), under $500 (6), and under $600 (5)


12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

1 – Gracehill Extendable Dining Table – $401.57

Table Dimensions:  40″W x 66″L x 30″H – closed, 40″W x 78″L – with leaf

Gracehill Extendable Dining Table


 

2 – Valerie Dining Table (Driftwood) – $400.60

Additional Colors Available:  Off white, Barnwood, Rustic Grey

Table Dimensions:  36″W x 63″L x 31″H, no leaves

Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table


 

3 – Tiphaine Extendable Table – $539.99

Table Dimensions:  44″W x 90″L x 30″H closed, 44″W x 108″L with leaf

Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table


 

4 – Astere Extendable Dining Table – $532.52

Table Dimensions:  42″W x 66″L x 30″H closed, 42″W x 84″L with leaf

Astère Extending Dining Table


 

5 – Beachem Extendable Dining Table – $452.72

Table Dimensions:  41 7/8″W x 71 3/4″L x 30″H closed, 41 7/8″W x 95 1/4″L when open

Beachem Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table


 

6 –  Callisburg Soild Wood Dining Table – $457.83

4 Other Colors Available:  White, Black, Red, Sage 

Table Dimensions:  39 3/8″W x 78 3/4″L x 30″H  – no leaves

Callisburg Solid Wood Dining Table


 

7 – Rutledge Extendable Dining Table (gray) – $562.00

Available in Brown also

Table Dimensions:  38″W x 60″L x 30.5″H closed, 38″W x 78″L with leaf

Rutledge Extendable Dining Table


 

8 – Fortville Round Dining Table – $334.64

4 Other Colors Available:  Oak, Green, Gray, Red

Table Dimensions:  45″ Round – no leaves

Fortville Solid Wood Dining Table


 

9 – Fortville Extendable Table – $522.82

5 Other Colors Available:  Red, Black, White, Green, Gray

Table Dimensions:  42″ Diameter x 30″H closed, 42″W x 59.68″L with leaf

Fortville Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table


 

10 – Saquenay Extendable Dining Table – $491.22

2 Other Colors Available:  Sand, Dove

Table Dimensions:  42″ Round x 30″H closed, 42″W x 54″L with leaf

 

Saguenay Extendable Dining Table


 

11 – Byerly Pedestal Table – $459.99

Table Dimensions: 59.12″ Round x 31.75″H

Byerly Pedestal Dining Table


 

12 – Florence Round Pedestal Table – $590.00

Table Dimensions:  60″ Round x 30″H

 

Hope you found a coastal farmhouse dining table that best fits your space and family needs!   If you have any questions, just shoot me a comment!

Love all things blue or want to add it to your home?  Try 14 Ways to Decorate With Blue:  For Every Room & Budget.

Have a Great Holiday Season!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

Looking for Fall, Christmas, Or Easter Table Decorating Ideas?

9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks: Using What You Have

Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps

Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red

My Easter Tablescape:  Blue + Yellow

Looking for Summer Decorating Ideas?

Our House Paint Colors:  House of Blues

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry

33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations

 

 

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Home Tour: Summer Dining Room

Hi and welcome to our Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room.  I am excited to share our updated look for the summer this year with navy + green.  (Well, really it’s spring – but you know what I meant) – ha!  And nothing says “hello spring/summer” more than signs of beautiful green grass and Easter celebrations.  Click 26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try or My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow to see more spring table inspiration.

So, how you decide which color to use each year? Well, it depends on what colors draw you in and just make you smile.  Especially…..if you can use it with some of your existing decorations, then you have a winner.  Are you picturing it yet?  You know the one…..Yep – that’s your color then!  Is it green like mine?


HOME TOUR:  SUMMER DINING ROOM

It’s funny how some colors come and go in trends, but green is always in.  And why is that you ask?  Because green is the color of all things nature-related.   Whether you use it as an accent (decor) item, as greenery (plant), or even as food (apples) …..it just shouts fresh, crisp, and clean!!  Use lighter shades of green for spring, and darker shades of green for summer….  but. just. use. green. please!!  OK-   Let’s get to it then!!

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HOME TOUR:  SUMMER DINING ROOM

***PAINT COLORS:  Navy Accent Wall – SW Naval, Side Walls – SW Silver Strand***

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DECORATING PLAYBOOK

I have to admit that our dining room is my favorite room to decorate, because #1:  it is the easiest to change out and #2:  it is the easiest to clean.    Plus, it does not get as cluttered as the living room and kitchen with all of our “daily junk,” and that means less work!!   Who else is with me here – LOL??!!  I just have to move the backpacks, shoes, and loose homework paper to another room and voila – it’s clean!!

So, what makes it so easy to change out?  The reason for this is that I have my core items in place, and then I can sprinkle in my accessories as needed.  Here is a list of the 2 groups to help me explain it better.

CORE ITEMS:

  • Rug
  • Lamp Base
  • Mirrors – Gray and White
  • White Slipcovered Chairs
  • Chandelier
  • Buffet
  • Table
  • Candle Sconces
  • Candle Sticks

ACCESSORIES:

  • Lamp SHADES
  • Table Runner
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Throw Pillows
  • Wreath (if I want color on the mirror)
  • Table/Place Settings
  • Candles
  • Ceramic Orb Balls (in candle sticks)

 

By keeping the core (foundation) items of the room relatively the same, I can just simply “pop” in some accessories (accent items/colors) and get a whole new look.  This keeps my decorating costs down big time….and it allows me to “feel” like I am getting a New ROOM!!

Plus, this helps me with seasonal changes as well.  I can easily “add in” the accent color of the season or holiday and not have to change the entire decor.  I can use yellow or pink accents for Easter, orange and gold accents for Fall/Autumn, and red accents for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas.  Love this!!

Here are some pictures so you can see what I am talking about.  I am a visual person, so attaching a picture along with the core items and accessories will help join the 2 elements together.


CORE ITEMS

Mirror + Lamps + Candle Sticks

 

Round Mirror

Click here for tutorial on White Round Distressed Mirror or Click here 15 Best Round Mirrors.

 

Buffet + Rug

 

Candle Sconces

 

Candle Sticks

 

Chandelier

 

Slipcovered Chairs+ Table

 


ACCESSORIES

Table Centerpiece:  Cobalt Vase + White Flower Stems

 

Green Striped Lampshades

 

Green and White Pillow

 

Solid Green Pillow + Green Buffalo Check Summer House Pillow

Click here for 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank).

 

Blue Ikat Table Runner

 

Closeup of Blue vase + White Flowers

 

Closeup View of it together

So…… will you now want to try decorating or adding some green decor this spring/summer?  And where will you use it?  Can’t wait to see some pictures!!

If you have any questions, please shoot me a comment!  I’d love to hear from you!!

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Summer Hugs 🙂

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  1.   chandelier – with glass hereno glass here, no glass – 2 sizes available here
  2.   rug –  here, here, here
  3.   table – here, here, and here   
  4.   chair + cover (dark legs) – here, brown/white legs option also
  5.   chair frame  (white legs) – here, brown/dark brown legs option also
  6.   chair cover only – here
  7.   buffet – here, here
  8.   large rectangular mirror – smoky blue mirror here, beaded mirror here, arched mirror here
  9.   white round mirrorhere
  10.   lamp pair  – white pair here, green pair here,  navy lamp pair here
  11.   green striped lamp shades – white cotton lampshade here, white linen lampshadegreen 2″ ribbon here
  12.   white candle sticks trio – here, here, and here
  13.   navy and white orb balls – here, here
  14.   blue and white table runner – buffalo check runner here, blue stripe runner  here,  green table runner here
  15.   cobalt vase  – single vase here, trio set here
  16.   white flowers – magnolia stem here, cherry blossom stem here, dogwood stem here, hydrangea stem here
  17.   green pillows – kate spade dot pillow, green striped pillow, solid green pillow,
  18.   summer house SIGN  – here
  19.   gold sconces –  round here, round with mirror here

 


***** PICTURES OF ITEMS *****

(Click on the picture to get to the webpage for more information)

 

Carmen 6-Light Foyer Pendant

 

Isoline 4-Light Geometric Chandelier

Plumville Blue Area Rug

 

Grieve Cream/Navy Area Rug

Naples Park Hand-Tufted Ivory/Navy Area Rug

 

Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table

Bleau Extendable Dining TableArtur Extending Dining TableHENRIKSDAL Chair with long cover IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.

 

HENRIKSDAL Chair frame IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.HENRIKSDAL Chair cover, long IKEA The washable cover to HENRIKSDAL chair frame is easy to put on and take off.

Colborne SideboardSaguenay Sideboard

Misty Blue Wash 32x48 Mirror

Beaded Wall Mirror, 12"x48"

Ashley Oengus Accent Mirror, Bronze Finish

 

White Distressed Round Wood Wall Mirror

 

Moira 32.5" Standard LampBilski Table Lamp Set

Parker 31.5" Table Lamp

 

 

Green Matte Grosgrain Ribbon - 2"

 

 

Deco 79 Distressed White Wood Candle Holders with Spiked Candle Plates, Traditional Style Table Decor, White Candlesticks Accent Decor | Set of 3: 4”, 6”, 8”

 

 

 

 

Brookville Runner

Wilber Stripe Runner

 

Dulin 5 Piece Sculpture Set

Skeens Floral Design Decorative Balls

 

Barski Glass - Handmade - 8" H - (8 inches High) - Barrel Vase - Cobalt Blue - Made in europeBlooms Table VaseFaux Magnolia White Branch

Faux Cherry Blossom White Branch

 

 

 

Faux Cream Hydrangea Stem

 

 

kate spade new york Random Dot Square Throw PillowLydia Jane Pillow, Emerald and Kelly Green and Ivory, Polyester Filler, 22"

 

Anley Pintucked Pillow Cover

Summer House Wall Décor

 

Oval Mirror Candle Holder Wall Sconce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall to Christmas Decorating: 3 EASY Tips

So, Thanksgiving is over and it’s officially time to pull out your Christmas decorations.  But for some reason this year, you’re a little more tired than usual!!  Fly Me In An Angel Please – Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 EASY Tips.  Your Welcome 🙂

Why are you so tired anyway? 

Could it be because:  your boss gave you an extra work assignment, or maybe the kids’ crazy schedules (school Christmas parties, extracurricular activities &  the Church Christmas program), OR maybe it’s your husband’s “football watching schedule” – hahaha!! 

And don’t feel bad – all of these things are important… they really are!!  It’s just that you just could USE.A LITTLE.HELP!! 

Anyone??  Let’s get this party started – shall we?

Click How To Make The Perfect Bow to get gorgeous bows for the Christmas Decorating season.


FALL TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING:  3 EASY Tips

When making the transition from Fall to Christmas decorating, follow these 3 tips.  They work in every room of the house, and they are super EASY to follow. 

It’s kind of like a math formula, except it’s for your house.  Plug the formula in, fill in the blanks, and woo-lah!!  You have a winner!!

3 EASY Tips = Decorating Formula

  • TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.
  • TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.
  • TIP #3:  Use existing decorations (from Fall) and alter to fit new holiday (Christmas).  

These tips will work in every room of your house.  But to save some time, I am only going to focus this post on the dining room, foyer (entry), living room/kitchen. 

These are my favorite rooms to decorate, so I thought I would focus on these areas.

THREE MAIN AREAS:  
  1. Dining Room
  2. Foyer (entry)
  3. Living Room/Kitchen

Here are the 3 EASY Tips: FALL TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING 

 DINING ROOM:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the dining room I chose navy and white as my main color theme, and then changed out the Fall (orange) to the Christmas (red).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DINING ROOM:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

Here again I kept the same lamps/shades, mirror, and candles sticks the same…..but just changed out the wreaths and table accent pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***NOTE***  I changed out my rug this year (moved to my living room), but normally this would stay the same.  Since flooding- I was a little over excited to do some switcher-oos ;). 

I needed the blue and white rug to carry out the navy color theme into the living room, so I switched them out.  See how that works??


DINING ROOM:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday.  

If possible, use the same table linens (runner, place mats and napkins) and change out napkin rings, glasses, or chargers.  

In here, the biggest change was getting rid of the gold chargers & pumpkins (orange tones) and replacing with pops of bold red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the tablescape broken down by steps.  If you look at my post Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, you will be able to compare the two different seasons.

 

Plus, you can see how easy it is to remove a couple of accents of one color, and simply replace them with another color.  LOVE IT!!

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same in the dining room (NAVY DECOR):

  1. table runner
  2. napkins
  3. place mats
  4. plates
  5. lamps/lampshades
  6. candle sticks with navy glass balls

Things that I changed or added (RED ACCENTS):

  1. red wreath
  2. red berries candle rings
  3. red martini glasses
  4. red napkin rings
  5. red poinsettia table garland
  6.  red candles to table

 

I also added some silver ornaments to the chandelier,  “joy” letters to the buffet, and 2 mercury glass decanters to the table.  All of these are neutral in color, but add a metallic (shiny) component. 

These help break up all of the bold, dark colors and let light bounce around.

Since I knew I was hosting Dinner this year at my house, I removed the blue vase/flowers and opted for the above mentioned silver mercury decanters instead. 

I wanted to keep the sight line clear so that we could see each other and visit…. without a floating distraction on the table. 

I also decided to use my plain white bowls in place of my polka dot bowls to keep the table decor all unified.  I really wanted the red to POP and get all of the glory!!

Now, we will just keep using the same tips (formula) for each room.


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the foyer I kept the blue and white again, but got rid of the yellow.  I decided to use different shades of blue to add depth, and used pops of red on my Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

On my console, I kept the basic foundation the same.  I changed the Fall decor (yellow) to Christmas  decor (3 large ornaments, trees, and sleigh).  See below for tutorial on buffalo check ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love all things blue (and white) click 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue:   For Every Room & Budget.


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In the 2 candle lanterns on the bottom shelf, I replaced the Fall decor (pine cones) with Christmas decor (ornaments).   

I also kept my white basket, but simply removed the yellow throw and replaced it with a blue pillow (above picture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUFFALO CHECK ORNAMENTS

Click Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls (part 2) for the tutorial or Buffalo Check DIY Snowman: Using Emboridery Hoops (part 1) for that tutorial.

Either of these DIY projects would be perfect for an Christmas entry or foyer.

 

 

 

Things that remained the same (BLUE/WHITE DECOR):

  1. two pictures
  2. two lamps
  3. wall hanger knob
  4. blue console
  5. white basket

 

Things that I changed or added ( CHRISTMAS DECOR):

  1. three buffalo check ornaments
  2. white bottle brush tree set
  3. white fur, silver  and navy sleigh
  4. two turquoise ornaments
  5. blue home pillow

*** replaced Fall decor from silver lanterns with Christmas decor….. photo below***

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In my living room, I used the same blue and white color theme again, and switched out the pops of orange with pops of red, green and turquoise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath for the tutorial.  It’s a very

budget friendly way to decorate a large wall.

It can be made with 2 or 3 wreaths, depending on your wall dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

In my breakfast nook I switched out my orange pillow with the matching plaid pillow.  I love this rug and pillow combo!! 

The rug has both orange and red tones so I can use it for both seasons – win-win!!

Click Fall Home Tour 2018 to see more pictures of my house or 5 Secrets to Fall Decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In my living room, I used the same throw pillows, lamp, and ladder decor ….but just switched some accents out. 

I removed  the fall orange plaid and dark teal throw blankets, and replaced with a muted cornflower blue throw blanket. 

I switched the linen lampshade for a dark navy lampshade.   And then I changed out Fall (oranges) for Christmas (reds).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also changed out my rugs (went to dining room) so that I could add more navy and white to the living room.  I love how I can switch out those 2 rugs. 

It’s like getting a new room without a new pricetag!!

 

 

Want to see how I painted the entry table blue, Click World Market Console Table Maekover:  Painted Smoky Blue.

Want more Christmas Decorating inspiration, Click Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red, 20 Best Christmas Wreaths,  or 33 Fabulous Christmas Stairs Ideas.

Want ideas for an adorable Christmas Party, Click Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party:  (part 1) and Food Planning (part 2)

Have a great week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

 

 

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Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2: Food Planning)

Hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and now entering into full Christmas mode- shopping, decorating, and party planning!!  It’s such a magical season, and our Lord Jesus’s birthday – so light it up!!  Ok, so if you are joining in from Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 1:  Planning Stage) welcome.  If not, check that post out so you don’t miss the decorating planning stage.   It will provide tips and decorating inspiration for a fabulous DONUT Christmas party winter wonderland!!  Now, for our next step:  Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning).

***UPDATE***  Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 3:  The Event) is now ready!!  See how all of the planning came together for an adorable party!!


Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning)

I love all of the food ideas that can go with the Let It Snow theme…..and then combined with the Donut Sprinkles theme.  For our event, the girls chose the colors blue and white with a pink accent.  So when searching for food items, I tried to pick things that would go with their chosen color scheme and also with the DONUT Christmas theme.

***I also made for sure that I had sweets and snack foods.  The moms who co-chaired this event last year gave us that little pointer.  So, I tried to make sure we would have healthy and hardy along with our sweets. ***

I looked for:  Christmas items, donut items, blue icing/or pink icing items, and items in the shapes of donuts (like cute fruit and sandwiches).  So definitely check those out.  ***Click on the link below the picture for information on each food item.***  I can’t wait to post pictures of the actual event and see how the yummy treats and snacks turn out!!

FOOD GROUPS:

  1. Christmas items
  2. Donut Bar
  3. Donuts
  4. Sanwiches shaped like donuts
  5. Fruit & Rice Krispies “donuts”
  6. Cake Pops
  7. Donut Cakes
  8. Candy Jars
  9. Drinks

 1. CHRISTMAS ITEMS

NO. 1

source: thehouseofhendrix.com

NO. 2

source: lovefromtheoven.com

NO.3

source: brit.co

NO. 4

source: delish.com

NO.5

source: karaspartyideas.com

NO.6

source: sugarberrysweets.us

2.  DONUT BAR

NO. 7

source: kateaspen.com

NO. 8

source: elegantweddinginvites.com

NO. 9

source: somethingturquoise.com

NO. 10

source: weddingwire.com

3.  DONUTS

NO. 11

source: private

NO. 12

source: whattheforkfoodblog.com

NO. 13

source: dessertfortwo.com

NO. 14

source: alattefood.com

4.  SANDWICHES (SHAPED LIKE DONUTS)

NO.  15

source: thomasbreads.com

NO. 16

source: bagelgrove.com

NO. 17

source: thomasbreads.com

5.  FRUIT AND RICE KRISPIES “DONUTS”

NO. 18

source: hellowonderful.co

NO. 19

source: nourishyourglow.com

NO. 20

source: private

NO. 21

source: butterwithasideofbread.com

6.  CAKE POPS

NO. 22

source: karaspartyideas.com

NO. 23

source: springlane.de

NO. 24

source: brit.co

7.  DONUT CAKES

NO. 25

source: thelittleepicurean.com

NO. 26

source: sprinklebakes.com

NO. 27

source: thecakeblog.com

8.  CANDY JARS

NO. 28

source: catchmyparty.com

9.  DRINKS

NO. 29

source: brit.co

NO. 30

source: orientaltrading.com

***TIP***  For an adult party, you could put a flavored “mommy” drink in a cute glass and use the sprinkles for the rims.


Hope you got plenty of inspiration to get your Let it Snow DONUT Christmas Party Planning up and running!!  Let me know which ones you pick.  Can’t wait to see your ideas!!

If you want more donut party ideas follow my Pinterst board Sprinkle Kindness& Christmas Donut Party.

***CLICK LET IT SNOW – DONUT CHRISTMAS PARTY (PART 3:  THE EVENT) to see how all of the planning came together***

HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

 

Want more Christmas Inspiration? Try Christmas Dining Room, Christmas Stairs, or Christmas Front Door Wreaths.

Want more DIY ideas?  Try Buffalo Check Snowman or Buffalo Check Ornaments

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Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 1: Planning Stage)

I am planning a Christmas Party with another mom for an organization that my girls belong to, and we needed a cute idea for the theme.    Most of the traditional Christmas themes have been done like a zillion times, and we thought it would be fun to try something a little different.  Initially, I liked the idea – ” let it snow”, but unfortunately the place where we are having it doesn’t allow glitter.  Bummer- there goes that idea.  So, I kept searching through pinterest and began to notice a lot of “donut sprinkles” ideas show up.  Another adorable theme, but no shimmery Christmas donut ideas popped up.  Bummer X2!!!  And let me  tell you….. there is NOTHING on this idea….. with these 2 themes joined together.

Light bulb moment:  I thought of our adorable donut bar (see food section below) we borrowed for our school’s 8th grade dance last year…..but still no combo ideas to get inspiration from!!  So, what’s a blogger supposed to do??  Well, make a combo idea come to life:  enter “Let it Snow” + “Donut Sprinkles” =  Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party with the “o” in snow as a donut!!  And the LOVE STORY begins – hahaha!!!

There is so much information (= adorable goodies) to cover …. that I decided to split this event into 3 posts. The first 2 parts of the series will have several tutorials attached (I will get to these asap)!!

  1.  Part 1:  Planning Stage
  2.  Part 2:  Food & Snacks
  3.  Part 3:  The Actual Event

Here is the PREVIEW of some of the items we will be using!!

***NOTE*** Part 2 AND Part 3 ARE BOTH done – woohoo!!  Click Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning) for donut and Christmas themed food!!  Click Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 3:  The Event) to see how it all came together!!


LET IT SNOW – DONUT CHRISTMAS PARTY (PART 1:  PLANNING STAGE)

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***FYI – The event will take place in early December at a beautiful place that needs a little ” decorating love” for Christmas events.  They do provide Christmas trees and other items to set the stage, but of course we want to add some extras!!  These items I’m showing are just a little set up of what we will be using, and I will post pictures when it is all set up.***

***NOTE:  the 3 white fence posts (stands) are part of our organization’s personal decorations, but we will be using them.  I will try to find out how to make them, but until then see Donut Party Shop at the end of the post for more info.  Aren’t they adorable??***

Looking for more Christmas DIY Ideas:  Try Buffalo Check DIY Snow-Woman or Buffalo Check DIY Ornament Balls, Want more Christmas Inspirations:  Try 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths or 33 Ideas – Decorating Stairs for Christmas

***Want to SHOP this Post?  Scroll to the end of the post for DONUT PARTY SHOP***


Let is Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 1:  Planning Stage)

THE VISION:  

  1.   Donut Ornament Invitations
  2.   Colors:  Blue + white + pink  (the girls chose these colors)
  3.   Snow – ish decorations
  4.   Whimsical decorations
  5.   Donut decorations
  6.   Food:  Donut shaped food (next post – part 2)

DONUT ORNAMENT INVITATIONS  

NOTE:  I created all of these through Canva, each with a little different personality  The first three were voted on by the girls,  but were not chosen.  Cry-Cry, Sniff-Sniff!   But it’s my blog, so I’m using my ideas – LOL!!!  Just wanted to be honest!  The Christmas tree one I did earlier, so I included it here as well.  *** fyi- all names & addresses have been changed for safety reasons 😉 ***

  1.  Colorful                                                                                                                   2.  Candyland

 

3.    Sophisticated                                                                                                        4.  Whimsical

 


COLORS:  BLUE + WHITE + PINK

These blue and white “lollipops” immediately came to mind.  I used these as flowers for my “flower pot cupcake party” several times now, and knew I would just have to convert them into lollipops.  These will be used as table centerpieces for the event.  Click here How to Make the Perfect Bow.

*** STAY TUNED***  I’ll do a tutorial on these lollipops soon, and I’ll add the flower pot cupcake party too.



SNOW-ISH DECORATIONS

I knew we would need to have a TON of white:   snowflakes, fake snow items, shimmery tinsel & garland,  and pom poms (cotton balls) because they’re just too fun!!

Inspiration photo:                                                                                 Trial Photo:  My house

source: jamiedphoto.com

 

 

Pom Pom Garland with bells                                                                  More Pom Pom Garland

 

Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath…. is Ready!!  Click link for the tutorial

 


DONUT DECORATIONS:

Donut floats:  on shiplap wall

 

Donut Ornaments:   from pool noodles.  ***  TUTORIAL is  ready!!***  Click DIY Donut Christmas Ornaments using Pool Noodles.

Donut ornaments with fake icing                                                    Donut ornaments with snow (cotton balls)

 

 

 


*** FOOD:  DONUT SHAPED FOOD INSPIRATION (part 2 coming soon) is done!!  Click Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning) to get tips & donut party food inspiration***

FOOD INSPIRATION:  (just a little teaser….)

source: love the dress

 


So, “donut” you just love the theme – knee slap, snort-snort!!!  Wow – I am really getting old here!!  I gotta have a little fun with it to keep my sanity sometimes 😉

FEEDBACK:

Will you try Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 1:  Planning Stage) tips & tutorials?

Which one of the invitations is your favorite, and would you use it???

What is your favorite part of the planning stage so far?  The colors?  The donut floats?  The donut ornaments?  The fake “snow”?  Let me know what you’re thinking – I’d love to hear from you!!

Have a great week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Want more Christmas DIY Ideas:  Try Buffalo Check DIY Snow-Woman, Buffalo Check DIY Ornament Balls, or Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath.

Want more Christmas Inspiratons:  Try 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths or 33 Ideas – Decorating Stairs for Christmas


*****DONUT PARTY SHOP*****

  1. Donut Floats                                                                      2.  White Christmas Tree, 2FT  3FT

4E’s Novelty Inflatable Donut Tubes Decoration Pack of 12, Great Pool and Beach Party Favor Supplies, 15" Bulk Party Favors

 

3.  Turquoise Paper Fans                                                      4.  Pom Pom Tinsel Garland

Bright Blue Printed Multi-Design Paper Fans

Plush Tinsel Pom Pom Garland

 

5.  Blue Bench Brown top, Turquoise Bench Solid                         6.  Wooden Rail Posts

4 in. x 4 in. x 5 ft. Western Red Cedar French Gothic Fence Post (2-Pack)

 

7.  Snowflake Lights, Snowflakes Projector white &     8.    Let It Snow – Projector Light

Projector blue

150-Light Clear Random Sparkle Snowflake Icicle Light Set

 

9.  Donut Ornaments                                                            10.  Snowflake Ornament Hangers

Kurt Adler Donut Ornament (Set of 12), 2.75"

White Glitter Snowflake Metal Ornament Hooks

 

 

11. Single Donut Ornament                                             12.  Foam Snowflakes Stencils

 

Donut With Pink Frosting & Sprinkles Ornament

6 ~ Foam Snowflake Stencils ~New

 

 

13.  Fake icing – donut ornaments                                    14.  Large Donut float (selfie station)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room

I have always liked our kitchen, but the floorplan for the connecting dining room was awkward.  The wall between the two rooms had a dead space on the kitchen side that really couldn’t be used for anything, and the dining room side had two panel doors that were taking up space that the room really couldn’t afford to give up.  I knew if we could open the wall up between these two rooms, the dining room would feel bigger…… and the kitchen would get more natural light.  Plus, it would just give the area better flow between both rooms.   Let ‘s get to it!  Opening Up Kitchen Wall To Dining Room.

To see more of our updated kitchen click Hurricane Harvey Flooded (part 2) –  for our most current pictures.  To see our painted cabinets makeover (before we flooded) click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White.

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OPENING UP KITCHEN WALL TO DINING ROOM

BEFORE from dining room side:

 

PROBLEM #1

The panel doors take up space on the adjoining wall and just don’t allow for enough room to move around the table.  When there is a Captain’s chair placed at the end of the table, the doors bump into it which is highly annoying.

I first thought about putting a single or double barn door here to save space, but quickly realized that decision would solve only one problem-  the “hinged door” problem.If I was going to change this area and spend the money, I knew opening up the wall would give me the best option for both rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEFORE from kitchen side:

 

PROBLEM #2

Here is the dead space to the left side of the opening on the kitchen side.   I have tried everything in that space, and nothing seems to work properly.   I have used a rolling microwave cart, hooks for hanging functional items, decorative items, etc…. but there is just not enough room.

The rolling cart was functional so I could bump it up to the island to gain extra work space, but moving  it back and forth got old quick.  Anything that attached to the wall, only interfered with walking traffic.  Plus, when the pantry door opens (door to the left), it would bump into anything new I tried.  BRU-TAL!!

 

 

 

 

BEFORE from living room side:

 

PROBLEM #3

The kitchen floorplan is designed at an angle (at the bar area shown here) so that the area of focus nauturally directs the eye to the pantry door & dead space.  Since the height of the panel doors was the same height as  the pantry door, I knew something was lacking here.

This little area is also my “mama” space where I have my morning coffee and check emails.   It was essential to my sanity that I had something more inspiring to look at than a blank wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS

PROBLEM #1 SOLVED:

Taking out the doors completely changes the look and function of both rooms, and adds extra space to the dining area around the table.  There are no longer doors bumping into chairs or guests.

BEFORE …..                                                        AFTER…..


PROBLEM #2 – SOLVED: 

The dead space is  completely gone, and is now replaced with a view of the outside.   The awkward wall area is removed creating  better traffic flow between rooms and more light.

BEFORE…..                                                      AFTER……

 


PROBLEM #3 SOLVED:

The opening to the dining room is higher than the pantry door which allows the focus to be  diverted into the dining room.  The pantry door is still in view, but the lamp and buffet draw your attention away from it.  The extra height also allows for more natural light to shine into the kitchen, and helps make the kitchen feel bigger.

BEFORE…..                                                        AFTER…..

***FYI- In this picture, the pantry door is still the old builder grade paint color, but has been changed.  I’ll show updated pictures later when I do the post on painting the cabinets white.  One project always leads to the next….am I right?  Click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White to see that post.


THE PROCESS

So, how does something like this come together?  Let’s take a look at the process.  Clear your dining room and kitchen as much as you can, and cover everything.  It WILL get dusty.

First, the panel doors and frame come off.  You (or your contractor) decide where to cut the wall, and move any electrical switches, plugs, etc…  I wanted to keep the light switch, but removed the plug.

I also asked that they make the opening the same height as the arch on the other side of the dining room opening.  This will also help the room feel more balanced.

 

Then, they will cut out the frame and put in bracing boards on top and sides.  They will add sheet rock, and begin the tape and float process.

 

Closeup of tape and float and adding texture.

 

Next they will add the trim pieces to match existing trim, or you can buy new trim for all of it.

At this point, I chose to prime and paint the trim myself to save the $300 painting quote.  (no picture)

I also had them change out my chandelier in the dining room and the foyer, because there’s ALWAYS something new to add to every project.

The dining room light pendant is by Regina Andrews from Horchow.

Source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

And the light pendant in the foyer is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6-Light Pendant, polished nickel.

 

E. F. Chapman Darlana Large Lantern, Polished Nickel

 


BEFORE….

 

 

    AFTER…….

NOW….

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Have a Great Day!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

Want to see more of our Dining Room try:

My Easter Tablescape

Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room

Fall Home Tour (Dining Room)

Christmas Dining Room

 

 

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9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks: Using What You Have

Everyone loves a beautifully set table for Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners, we just don’t love the price tag.  Instead of planning the meal and spending family time during the holiday season, we are stressed over table covers and napkins, chargers and dishes, table runners and centerpieces!!  So, this year we are going to ENJOY the seasons of Gratitude and Jesus’s Birthday!  9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks:  Using What You Have. 

Want to see more Fall and Christmas decorating ideas?  Try Fall Home Tour 2019, Fall Home Tour 2018, Christmas Dining Room Navy + Red, Fall to Christmas Decorating.


9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS: 

USING WHAT YOU HAVE

One of my favorite things to do is shop my own home (LOL), and find new uses for ordinary household items.  Yes, I know I am a little crazy!!

But you can really save A LOT of money by re-purposing items you already own, and creating beautifully decorated spaces at the same time.

So today, I am sharing my favorite tricks, tips, & let’s just be honest – hacks – that I use to decorate for the holidays without spending a dime.

Who’s ready??!!


9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS: 

USING WHAT YOU HAVE

FIRST THINGS FIRST:  

I am showing Thanksgiving and Christmas themed tablescapes for the timing of this post, but you can use all of these tips for Easter tablescapes (and other holiday seasons) also.

SECOND:  

I tried to use the same dishes and decorations (as much as I could) so you can see I am using a more limited supply of items.  I also chose not to show stemware or flatware in my tablescapes – so that you can picture your own items in the actual decoration.


9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS: 

USING WHAT YOU HAVE

9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS:

  1.   Curtains for Table Covers & Runners
  2.   Yard Clippings for Greenery
  3.   Picture Frame for Tray
  4.   Angled Shower Curtain for Placemats
  5.   Curtain Rings for Napkin Holders
  6.   Chalkboard Place Cards from Construction Paper
  7.   Wreath for Centerpiece   
  8.   Sugared Fruit for Accents
  9.   Pillow Sham for Dining Chair Slipcover

9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS

DECORATING TRICK #1:  Use Curtains for Table Covers & Runners

Curtains are a perfect option to us as table covers for almost all dining tables (sizes).  They are usually 54″ wide and typically 84″ long or 96″ long. 

And most dining room tables are 36″- 40″ wide and roughly 60″- 78″ long (6-8 people).

Which means most curtains will be just wide enough to cover the width of your table, and long enough if you need to add in your table leaves (or extensions).

I had 2 choices (in my House) to choose from:  this blue and white patterned curtain that used to be in our living room, or a white solid linen curtain that used to be in our bedroom

But this navy one was calling my name!  Just use something you already own that can fit your holiday theme.

My curtain is 54″W x 96″L.  

I do not have either of my 2 table leaves in the picture below, but the curtain would still cover them if added.  I just wanted to give you an idea of how the curtain looks on the actual table.

I probably should have ironed it first – LOL – but you get the idea – right?? haha!

 

  • RUNNER:  If you want to use your curtain as a table runner, just fold it in half longways, and then fold it again.  More pictures in tip #3 with the curtain as a runner.

DECORATING TRICK #2:  Yard Clippings for Greenery

Using your own yard clippings is a great way to save money and add a natural element to your holiday tablescape. 

I used 2 crepe myrtle branches, cut into small sections, for my accent greenery.

Here is a before picture of the Fall/Thanksgiving centerpiece without greenery.

And here is a picture with the greenery cut into pieces.

If you want to use something like this for your Christmas tablescape, just exchange the white pumpkins with Christmas ornaments – easy peasy!!

Top view:


DECORATING TRICK #3:  Picture Frame for Tray

If you don’t have a tray that you can use for a holiday centerpiece, or one that doesn’t match your decor, use a picture frame.  It works great to keep things looking orderly, and gives a little more formal look to your tablescape.

I have had this open frame forever – got it at Hobby Lobby like 10 years ago – and still love it.  But if you have one with glass, gently take the glass out.

Or you can put lighter items on top of the glass (or mirrored frame) also.  

  • Here is my curtain – now turned table runner – for this display.  

So, I will add in those same decorations as before, minus the 2 white bowls.  

Now with the greenery.

And here it is from the top view so that you can how it looks compared to the other configuration (without the tray).

The picture frame “tray” would work great when you have a small table or there is a limited amount of table space (when stemware and/or serving platters are added).

You could also use 2 picture frames to spread out the table decor, if you have a really long table.  Just play around with your table decor and dimensions, to find the best configuration for you!!

And now with the greenery added in. 

 

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DECORATING TRICK #4 Angled Shower Curtain for Placemats

If you want placemats under your dishes, but don’t have any on hand, turn you shower curtain or curtain to make a diamond shape.

Since shower curtains are normally 72×72 inches (square), they will actually form a true diamond-square shape.  I didn’t have an extra one on hand, so I used my curtain again.

This worked for my table without the leaves.  So, if you’re table is larger, you might have to use the angled curtain as a centerpiece only.  

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Here it is top view.

*** If you have a matching pair of curtains, put one on your dining table, and the other one on your breakfast table to have a coordinated look. ***

Here is what it looked like – angled – between 2 chairs.


DECORATING TRICK #5 Curtain Rings for Napkin Holders ….. and

DECORATING #6 Chalkboard Place Card from Construction Paper 

If you can’t find any napkin holders for your place setting, try using wooden or metal curtain rings (with or without clips).   I have both of these on hand, but chose the dark wooden ones for this display.

*** You can also use extra shower curtain rings for this look. ***

Both of my rings had clips attached, but you don’t have to have them.  You would simply tie the jute string (or ribbon) around the little “eye” ring.

They will work with flat napkins and fluffed napkins.

 

And I I already had the actual chalkboard place card name tags, but I made one from black construction paper so you could have one too!!  

Dimensions:  2″W x 3 1/8″L – angle begins at 2 5/8″L.

Just punch a hole, grab some chalk, and you’re all set.

And here they are side by side….pretty close right??  Plus, your construction paper place cards will ALL be the same color.

Top – chalkboard.  Bottom – construction paper.  

True chalkboard place card.

And the construction paper place card below.

 


DECORATING TRICK #7 Wreath for Centerpiece

Using a wreath for a holiday centerpiece is probably my favorite tablescape decoration.  I love that you can change the entire look of the table by just changing out wreaths.  Can’t get any easier than that!!

I did 3 different looks so you can see how the wreath “makes” the entire table.  And you’ll notice that if you just slip a cake plate underneath it, you get a little more depth + drama!!

Thanksgiving & Fall Tablescape

 

Christmas Reds Tablescape

 

Christmas Frosted Pastels Tablescape

And top views.

 

 

*** Don’t forget that you can use a Spring or Easter wreath for you Easter tablescape also.***


DECORATING TRICK #8 Sugared or Frosted Fruit

One of the prettiest decorations to use during the holidays are sugared or frosted fruit.  Use whatever fruit you have on hand, and add a little sugar to give it a seasonal sparkle.  

Cranberries, grapes, pears, apples, raspberries, and blueberries come to mind.   Of course, you can always use fruits not frosted, or pumpkins and gourds also.  

I have to admit that the frosted cranberries, pears, and apples I am showing are fake (already had these).  But just frost or use what you already have.

And don’t forget – these are not only beautiful – but edible too!

Bold colors.

  

 

I put my berries in some clear martini and margarita glasses that are different heights – just to add a little interest and movement.

For the apples and pears (below), I just set them directly on the runner.  But if these were real, I’d put them in glass bowls just so that the sugar wouldn’t ruin the velvet.

And softer colors.

 

 


DECORATING TRICK #9 Using Pillow Shams for Dining Chair Slipcovers

This trick will sound VERY crazy – but it should work – and it is my favorite hack!! 

Take a pillow sham and slide it over the back of your wooden dining chair to give it a slip-covered look.  Leave it hanging down so that it looks more formal, or tuck it under to make it more modern.

*** I used a king-sized pillow sham for mine, but a standard-sized pillow sham works also.  I also found that a quilted sham (thicker) works better, and looks a little nicer. 

But a linen sham or even a pillow case can work. 

Here are the 2 wooden chairs that I am using to slipcover.

Take your sham and slide it onto the back of the chair with the good side facing away from the table.

This sham has ties, but I know most of them have an “envelope opening.”  You will just have to pin it with stick pins or safety pins.

Here is what the long version will look like with the tail hanging down to the floor.

For the shorter slipcover, just take the excess sham and tuck it around the wooden portion (back of the chair).  It will be a little bulky, but just flatten it out the best you can.

A standard sham will work easier for this style because there is less sham length to tuck – FYI.

This one I was able to tie on the sides, when flattened out.

 

Ok, so now let’s see what they actually look like in the room.

BEFORE – just the 2 wooden chairs, no slipcovers.

 

AFTER – with short slipcovers.

AFTER – with long slipcovers.

Want to add some wreaths? (not on tricks list, but just for fun)

After – with wreaths.

Hope you found a couple of tips and tricks that you can use to make your holiday table decorating easier, so that you can spend more time enjoying your family!! 

Click here for more information on coastal farmhouse dining tables, here for navy blue and white area rugs, and here for 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue:  For Every Room & Budget.

Have a Blessed Fall & Christmas Season!!

Love & Hugs 🙂 

Want to see more Fall and Christmas decorating ideas?  Try Fall Home Tour 2019, Fall Home Tour 2018, Christmas Dining Room Navy + Red, Fall to Christmas Decorating.

 

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