It's a Holly Jolly Dining Room!

Oh I love a holiday table don't you? The traditional Christmas colors are typically my favorite but a little bit of sparkle or bling can turn any color scheme into a beautifully festive place for a holiday feast!

This year I am using my new black and white rooster plates and paring them with these wonderful quilted place mates I purchased at the end of last season. Then I folded my napkins and tucked them underneath the salad plates.

Here I simply tossed fresh cranberries into two candle globes and sprinkled them with some Epsom salts to create the look of snow on fresh berries.

The table runner was a little Pottery Barn splurge. I really don't do that very often but I was in love with the runner the moment I laid eyes on it!!!

Some fresh pine branches were added to the chandy and the boxwood topiaries flank each candle globe. To see how the boxwood topiaries were made, click here.
You better watch out, you better not cry and you better be good because Santa is watching from atop the breakfront!!!

I reorganized the items in the breakfront and edited out everything but the white ironstone and silver. I turned off the light and opened the doors so you can see better what I did.
And now we are all ready for some holiday company!
The best of the season you all!!
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  1. Barbara- It is GORGEOUS! I LOVE that table runner-it was worth the splurge...and I think those are place mats at the end..black with the holly pattern? I love those as well. The cranberry candle idea is wonderful. You did a great job in the room-your tablescape is beautiful. xo Diana

  2. Your table is charming, inviting and so appealing to me. I love the use of the black placemats...I think black is so rich and elegant and just adds such a striking touch. The whole setting is beautiful and I'd be a happy diner at that table!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely design,


  3. OH, and I forgot to say that I just love the epsom salt idea with the cranberries. I wondered what you'd done when I first saw that. Definitely will try that!

  4. Barbara, your dining room is beautiful! I love the mix of patterns that you used. I've been playing with mine since yesterday. Trying to keep it simple! You've done a wonderful job!

  5. Your dining room looks SO pretty! I love the runner and those black placemats - oh and the plates are gorgeous! The room looks so inviting!

  6. Oh, Barbara. So beautiful. Love those black place mats and I see you got the little casserole? that matches the HG birdie creamer and sugar. I was looking for the creamer, i found the sugar so passed up the bigger one, Silly Girl!! Your table looks absolutely charming and wonderful. Very Christmasy with the red walls. It's all coming together girlie..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  7. Of course I'm in love with it all. I'm seriously considering that red paint in my house. It sure is the perfect color. Care to share it's name?

  8. Barbara, that is such a beautiful display.

  9. Your dining room is so beautiful, perfect for Christmas entertaining!


  10. I'm glad that I stumbled across your blog. I absolutely love it. Oh and yes... I voted for you. I adore your tablescape and the collection of Santa's over the breakfront are toooo cute.

  11. Barbara, This makes me swoon! I love you colors and the stunning detail of your table!!! How very very beautiful!!!

  12. It looks beautiful Barbara!! I love your runner and placemats. The whole room looks fabulous!

  13. You Holly Room is so pretty Barbara. I so love that table runner, and it really pops against your table and dinnerware. I like the Epson salt over the cranberries, I'll be copying that and i always have Epson salt sitting by the tub. Your dinnerware is so pretty too!

  14. Wow, love your table, it is stunning! Great runner and worth the money. I'd love to sit at your table.

  15. Beautiful, Barbara! Love how you incorporated the black into the scheme. Very inviting!

  16. So beautiful barbara! Enjoy and have a happy December!

  17. Barbara your dining room is so festive and wonderful! I love the santas on top of your breakfront. Your china is beautiful.
    I will be posting about your beautiful dishes I won soon. I just got them out of the boxes. They are gorgeous!!!


  18. I love the colors you've used! I like to use black, white and red in my kitchen! Beautiful table setting and decorations! Hugs, Leena

  19. What time shall I arrive for dinner? What a beautiful spread, anyone would feel welcome and honored to be your guest! Your creativity is simply inspiring!
    dee dee

  20. such a happy table. Love the colors. Susan @ Romancing the Home

  21. Barbara,
    Your tablescape for Christmas is so festive!!! I adore the table runner and agree...it was meant to be on your Christmas table!!!
    The Santas above your buffet are stunning!
    Your silver and ironstone is exquisite in the cabinet!!!
    I'm visiting from StoneGable A Homespun Christmas Link Party!!!

  22. Dearest Barbara,
    Found your blog at A Lapin Life; at Dee's. The introduction and reading that you adopted two children made me hit the follow button in a hurry. We do have a foster-daughter from Indonesia who was deaf and we provided for her the funds for college and university and than an Oticon hearing aid. It made me cry when we could for the first time talk over the phone... How much other people take for granted! We also have an adopted daughter from British Columbia, she is part Scottish/Dutch/Indian and very exotic looking. They are like our own. Love the way you used your cranberries here and also the place mats.
    Enjoy this 3rd Advent week.

  23. The combination of GREEN and ELEGANCE, is just perfect here! Green with fresh twigs and leaves, and elegance with those candles and Christmas table decorations. So lovely! Thanks for the inspiration. ~ Marilyn


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