Thursday, December 1, 2016

~how to decorate a dining room for the holidays~

Like I mentioned in yesterdays post, my friend Monica and I were asked to help with one of the homes in the Holiday House Walk which is tomorrow in Woodinville Washington.

Here is what the dining room looked like upon arrival.

We decided to use almost all her pieces. The homeowners had great furniture.
We new we wanted to take the formality down a notch, so we opted to bring in a mix match of new linen chairs and tufted linen  bench on one side of the table. 

We decided to leave the artwork and play off it's moodiness by creating a swanky bar area on top of the credenza.

One obstacle we had, was how to decorate with Christmas colors when there was a purple wall.
The homeowners rug also had a lot of blue and pink in it.
We decided to use a lot of silver and grey to play off the purple and "neutralize" it.

Crown linens provided gorgeous ruffled table runners and napkins for us to use. We chose a dark grey for both and I am so glad we did.
The ruffle added a bit of playfulness to the  formal room.

We packed the table with seating for 8.
{missing one chair in this photo but it's coming!}
You can refer to yesterdays post on the table details.
The linen chairs and tablecloths and napkins really add to the relaxed feel we were going for.
I have a slight obsession with linen.

The bar area. This piece is a family heirloom of the homeowners so to protect it we added another dark grey linen runner from Crown Linens.
Monica brought in a cool glass jar which she filled with a sprig of fresh magnolia, curly willow, and antlers. 
A tray with a shaker and a couple of glasses, as well as some linen cocktail napkins finish off the center. We did add a candle and a zinc pot filled with paper whites from Whole Foods.
I added a wooden bowl which we filled with tangerines and limes and a few ornaments.
And speaking of ornaments, a glass dome on a pedestal holds gorgeous vintage ones.
We finished it off with a few sprigs of fresh greenery.

If you have any broken ornaments or extra hooks, simple push them into fresh fruit for a fun "live" take on ornaments.

The hutch is still not complete as we are bringing in macaroons and donuts and such to fill it up for the show to create a dessert bar.
But, we did add plenty of pedestals, new and vintage, as well as some of the homeowners silver pieces that we tucked fresh greenery into.
My fresh preserved boxwood wreath from Birch Lane got tied on with thick grey ribbon.
We also added more oranges to tie in that color from one side of the room to the next.

And a few other fun details are this chair we brought in from Haley's Cottage to fill up this empty corner. We wrapped packages in greys to go with our color scheme and topped it with a cute gift tag and a sprig of pepper berries.
All the greenery and plants we used in this room are real, no faux here!

And to add interest to the window and looking in from the outside of the house, we added this vintage wash tub, also from Haley's Cottage and filled it with potted trees and paper whites, more greenery, and more curly willow.
Since I took this picture, Monica added white twinkle lights.

Each bread plate got one of Monica's orange ornaments and a cute little tag.

And because before and after shots are always fun......

Lots of layering and lots of texture helped to create this beautiful dining room.
And check out that giant beautiful bouquet in the entry!
Wow! I cannot take credit for that, but it is stunning!
If you go on this tour Friday and see me, be sure to say hi!
There will be a great raffle, at this house {#2} and Santa will be at one of the homes, as well as cookies and coffee.
Tickets can be purchased here.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

~a holiday tablescape~

This Friday is our annual Holiday Home tour where you can walk through 5 homes all decked out for Christmas!
If you live in or near Seattle, get your tickets, grab your girlfriends, and head on over for a day of fun!

I was lucky enough this year to be asked to decorate in one of the homes, home number 2 to be exact. 
My friend Monica and I spent the day there yesterday and I wanted to show you a couple peeks into the decorating of the dining room.

This paper mache deer head from Haley's Cottage might have to come home with me. 
I draped my preserved boxwood garland from Birch Lane around his neck and added a vintage ornament and ribbon to finish off the look.
I love how his nose looks like a heart.

We used all the homeowners stemware and dishes which were gorgeous.

In the center of the table we added a huge vintage dough bowl and filled it with greenery and vintage ornaments as well as some Balsam Hill un-breakable mercury glass ornaments I had.
{similar ones here and  here}

At each place setting we filled little vases up with water and added a simple sprig of pepper berries.
A Merry Christmas tag rests in each glass with some sparkly gold ribbon. 

Just a little peek into the tablescape.
I will have more photos from the house coming soon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

~new art for our bedroom~{Lindsay Letters}

I have been a longtime fan of Lindsay Letters work and finally ordered a canvas for myself!
I love how the piece I picked has a modern and vintage vibe to it.
The gallery gold frame is to die for.
It is called Peppermint Moss and apparently it is a best seller. 
I love it so much, I just ordered this one to compliment it.

The black in it goes perfectly with my dark walls, 
{graphite by Ben Moore} 
and the gallery gold frame goes perfectly with the other brass elements in our bedroom.

I love the splash of color and the modern touch it gives to our room.
If you have been thinking about buying a Lindsay Letters piece, now is the time!

You can get a canvas or anything from her shop and save 10% off with the coupon code 

Other sources for this room are below:

Gold pillow from here
Blue Euro shams from here
Headboard is from Ross Dress For Less
Juju hat over the bed from here
Bedside lamps from here
Linen bedding from Restoration Hardware
Bench at the foot of the bed from TJ Maxx
Chandelier from here
I have also added some of my favorite stores at the top right hand side of this page! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

~Savannah's Christmas bedroom~

Last month in this post, I showed you how I ordered some art from Minted and used their art styling services. 

Since then I have hung everything up and am so happy with how it turned out!
I thought I'd wait until I decorated it for Christmas to show you.

I just added a few simple things, nothing to over the top of fancy. Our flocked tree from Balsam Hill looks great in there with her other colors, and a few sprigs of faux juniper berries and some ribbon from Minted are all that was needed. 
The tree "basket" can be found here.

For specific information on the art used on her wall, please refer back to this post. 
I added a simple bay leaf garland to the back of her four poster bed. I got this at Pottery Barn years ago, but you can find a similar one here.
I moved my German grain sack pillows from the living room sofa in here, and also added these Pine Cone Hill Euro shams.

The brass sconces got a touch of holiday cheer.

The blanket and shams can be found here and here and bedskirt here.
I love the texture they add to the bed.
Blanket and shams in natural and bedskirt in white.

Her duvet cover is buy Crane And Canopy and can be found here.

Now, onto her art wall which is my favorite part!

It's just what this huge blank wall needed and I love the subtle colors in all the chosen art.

It really compliments the other elements in her room and finishes it off nicely.
I highly recommend these art styling services by Minted.
I even think it would be a great gift for someone that is struggling with gallery walls or any art in general.

Birch vases can be found here.

Another new addition to Savannah's room is this chair up to her desk.
{color, vanilla}
I have a slight obsession with linen lately, and the tufted fabric goes perfectly with her bedding. It's all about the texture in this neutral room!

For a graphic punch and to accentuate the other touches of black, I added this cowhide near the base of her bed.
When we got new floors last year, we also continued them in her room. She previously had really light Pergo style floors from Ikea.

And because I couldn't help myself, here is about 4,000 more photos of her room.

"And if the music is good, you dance."


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