Hey there! We are so excited around here now that we got our first snow fall of the season. It’s made everything look so pretty and magical for Christmas. My classic front porch that I shared with you all last week looks even prettier with the snow. And unlike the typical Carolina snow we usually get that melts in a day or so…this icy snowy mix is staying put with low temps in our area.
Today we are continuing our Simply2Moms Christmas House tours with my dining room inspired by my love of Rae Dunn pottery.
I’ve been slowly collecting Rae Dunn Pottery since the summer when my sister got me hooked! Don’t you just love the classic farmhouse look of this pottery. I find myself stopping in TJ Maxx or HomeGoods quite often to see if they have anything new.
Painted China Hutch
Our dining room furniture is old…like 23 years old. It’s one of the first furniture sets we bought after getting married. Several years ago I decided to paint our solid pine dining room furniture to give it a fresh update. I’ve considered replacing the china hutch with a sideboard and open shelving but for now I’m loving the updates I made with my Rae Dunn collection.
Rae Dunn Pottery
Our hutch used to display my moms china and some of our wedding keepsakes. When I painted the piece several years ago I had wanted to update the items displayed with simple white pottery but never got around to it. Then when I became
obsessed a collector of Rae Dunn pottery I knew it would be perfect in the space.
Neutral Christmas Decorations
I added a few fabric ornaments that I found at Hobby Lobby & mini burlap wrapped Christmas trees to the shelves. The mini Christmas trees were a steal at only $5.99 from TJ Maxx. You’ll see them in several places in my dining room. I wish I had gotten even more…they are so cute and just perfect anywhere.
Originally, I wanted to add a mug tree to display my favorite mugs, but it didn’t fit on our shelves. My sister suggested grouping a few mugs in a wire basket. She was right…it looks great! I may even like it more than her mug tree. We share the same love for decorating and have similiar tastes which makes it so much fun to collaborate with her on projects.
If you’ve been around for a bit you may remember I had those planters in my kitchen before. You can read all about that here. Unfortunately, I may have overwatered the herbs and killed them. Ooops! But the planters look just as cute in the dining room with some faux Christmas greenery.
Dining Room Tablescape
A neutral table runner down the middle of our table is decorated with a few more of those mini Christmas trees and fabric ornaments. The candlesticks were a find at the Williams-Sonoma outlet well over 10 years ago. Love that they are classic enough to still be used today. And the wood “Merry” sign I found at HomeGoods recently during one of my pop-ins to look for new Rae Dunn pieces.
When I was pulling out stuff to style our dining room table I couldn’t decide between those black iron candlestick holders or these distressed wood cream holders. The wood holders are from a quaint Amish store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And again…they are OLD…probably 15 years. I went on a weekend girls shopping trip a long…long time ago. I like both sets for different reasons…the black holders coordinate with our chandelier but the cream goes well with the rest of the tablescape. What do you think? Which do you prefer?
Small Side Cabinet
On the opposite side of our dining room we have a small side table that stores our table linens and candlesticks. It’s the perfect spot to sprinkle in some more Christmas decor.
A couple more burlap mini trees and a chalkboard decorate the top of the cabinet. I added some wood pieces that I had here with a few white and silver ornaments to a glass jar for a simple natural look.
I love how the room turned out this year. It’s clean & fresh…classic & neutral! The only thing missing is some greenery around the chandelier. Now that would be the perfect addition to those glass ornaments tied with twine. There’s always next year!
Come back tomorrow to see Anne’s Christmas Family Room. If you missed my front porch tour you can find that here. And Anne’s Christmas kitchen here.
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