Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Christmas decorations are out and the first area I have totally completed is the dining area. My idea was to create a 'winter wonderland' - neutral, clean, simple. I am loving how it turned out and loving how little I spent to create the look even more! The pictures were taken at night so the lighting isn't the very best but I kind of like the wintry feeling the nighttime photos capture.
The picture above is the whole table including the stars (75 cents each from Michaels) hanging from the ceiling fan, which I LOVE. I hung them with 'tinsel' ribbon from Stampin Up which I already had and it is so perfect for this project.
I used a drop cloth (6' X 9') which I already had for the table cloth. I topped that with a cream damask runner that I have had forever - I thought that added a little bit of texture and was a contrast to the rough drop cloth. I considered cutting the drop cloth to fit the table a little better but in the end I figured it was perfect that way it was. I LOVE the idea of a drop cloth for a table cloth because it is easy to clean (no dry cleaning needed), doesn't need ironing and is great if you have kids- just pop it in the wash when it's dirty.
I covered my chairs with my cream cotton covers (I got them last year @ JC Penney, on line, on Black Friday for $9.99 each!)- again they are easy to take off and wash at any time.
Vases, jars, bowls, bells, twigs - all things I have had for a while. They work perfect into the color scheme. You can see the damask runner a little better from this angle.
The place setting is my everyday white china. I love white china/dinnerware because you can use it all the time. It doesn't take away from or compete with your food. You can change the look of white dinnerware with your napkins or by adding a charger. I chose a silver charger for this table (2 for $5 at Michaels). But imagine how the look would change if the charger was red or green - perfect for Christmas Day!
So, in the end I spent $13 on the chargers and stars, everything else I already had. I love how 'shopping at home' can totally change the look of any room, or in this case, any table.
I am linking up to Kate's Tablescape Party and HomeGoods Contest. Head over there and see what the other talented bloggers have come up with for their Holiday tables. Lots of inspiration!
I am also linking up to Layla's table decor party.