I don’t decorate (a lot) for Christmas or any other holiday. That’s why I could never be a home decor only blogger. My personal style is very uncluttered and free of excess decoration (or what I call tchatchkes). Don’t get me wrong, I am not throwing shade on people who like to decorate. In fact I really like seasonally or otherwise decorated homes when I see them. I just don’t like it in my home. In the past I have tried adding decor and knick knacks and it just doesn’t come together for me. I feel like I can’t pull it off the way other people do.
My home may seem bare or even ascetic to people who enjoy being surrounded by personal items and mementos. I wanted to show you my dining room as an example of what appeals to me. The only “decor” item in there is this three tier stand I got from Pottery Barn last year. Most of the time, the stand sits empty. I think it’s the perfect item to have around when I’m hosting a party and can fill it with snacks. But I never felt the need the use it to display non-edibles, until recently. I was inspired by a picture from the PB catalog. It featured the three tiered stand and adorable Santa and Mrs. Claus mugs. So I replicated that, only my mugs are from Target for a fraction of the PB price.
I like this display because it is also functional. My kids have this romantic idea of playing in the snow and then coming home to hot chocolate. We’ve only had a little bit of snow so far this year but they got a kick out of coming to my cocoa station, picking a mug and then pouring the cocoa, topping with marshmallows and stirring with a candy cane (they hated the peppermint flavor).
The plaid napkins and table runners are also from Target. The runner was too short to fit my table lengthwise so I got two of them to run across the short side. This is as far as I will go to bring in holiday decorations – napkins, table runners and some LED lights.
And while we’re here, I’ll show you around the rest of them room.
My newest addition are these two dining chairs for the head of the table. I scored them at Wayfair and they were a fraction of the cost of their lookalikes from more high end furniture stores.
The rest of the dining chairs are in the cross back farmhouse style and I found them on Amazon for a lot less than the expensive furniture stores. They are the Modway Gear Chairs in walnut.
The Eagan multipanel mirror from Pottery Barn has been on my wishlist for months now. I was holding out for the bronze frame version but saw this silver one at the outlet store and couldn’t pass it up. I think it brings a more modern and glamorous flair to the room.
The dining table is also from Pottery Barn from a couple of years ago and no longer available. Unfortunately, same goes for the sideboard. It is originally a Restoration Hardware piece I found at a local consignment store.
Good news! The wooden chandelier, side chairs and rug are still available and at a very affordable price. I have linked all of the details below: