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Simple Christmas Decorations for the Dining Room

I’ve shared with you guys before we have an open floor plan. You can see peeks of a lot of the spaces just by walking through the front door. Of all the spaces you can see, the entry, dining room and living room are probably the most prominent. My main goal when decorating these spaces is to make them complement each other without feeling like they’re too matchy-matchy if that makes sense. I used the same idea for the Christmas on the Front Porch post too.

We chose our color palette and theme “Heaven and Nature Sing” early in the fall so I knew all of the spaces would have as much greenery as they could possibly have. This year, we decided to add greenery to the chandelier in the dining room and once we did that it was like everything else fell into place. Welcome to a Simple Christmas in the Dining Room…


You can read all about how we added greenery to the chandelier here. I added a few more sprigs after Thanksgiving. It definitely added a festive feel to the space.


Given the chandelier was a focal point, I knew I had the keep things on the table pretty neutral so I used my favorite brown and white transferware set.


Do you remember when I shared how to make these easy place card holders? We used eucalyptus and mint salts as “snow” and it made the room smell so good.


My mom let me borrow this moss table runner (thanks Mom!) then we lined the runner with paper whites and ornamental kale.


This is a great season for both of them so keep that in mind if you need an easy hostess gift.


Bonus, they get to keep the pretty ironstone once they’re finished with the plant!


After the table was good to go, we knew we had to keep things in the china hutch super simple. The only new things I added to the hutch were a few ornaments, the vintage horse trophy platter a few months ago and a little bit of greenery. Most everything else I’ve had for a while now.


The sprigs of greenery added throughout came from different spots around the property.


I change the art work on either side of this hutch with every season. I like the silver platters but they definitely needed to be dressed up a bit more. I made these bows with a bow maker and the sprays with more greenery from around the yard. They were both super easy and helped to add a festive touch to everything. You can find out how to make your own version of this here.


We moved the bench that used to be in the breakfast nook into the dining room for extra seating so I used one of my favorite plaids for the pillows. It carries the touch of navy from the porches without being too matchy-matchy which is fun.


All of the board used to make this buffet came from Loblolly Manor.   Hello, totally teary the day I found out my parents were able to salvage some of the boards for me because the house was in such a state of disrepair when we started rehabbing it about 2 years ago.


Here’s the view that’s a little less Secret Garden he he


and the peek at the entry.


Thank goodness I’m able to make the dining room cozy because you guys, I totally stink at making dinner.


See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share our Christmas tree and nature inspired mantel. Until then I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I love tossing fresh greens and some candles and ornies onto the table before everyone arrives for Christmas Eve dinner. It’s free and easy and pretty. Your dining room is above and beyond gorgeous Coco!

    1. You make me melt, Mary Beth, thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Wow! This room is nothing like you’ve ever done before and I am loving it!

    1. Such a fun compliment and you are totally right, Bonnie, thank you! Hugs, CoCo

  3. If there were ever a place to have dinner in a secret garden without actually having a secret garden this dining room would be it. It’s gorgeous!

    1. You’re so sweet, Sarah, thank you! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Hey CoCo – your dining room is beautiful! You know that you know that you know – we covet your transferware! This is a gorgeous space for your lucky guests to sit and linger over dinner.

    1. I appreciate it ladies, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

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