Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Prairie Home Christmas Dining Room 2013

Golly, y'all!

Time is just flying by isn't it?

It just seems like the kiddos started school 
and now we're celebrating Christmas!

I don't know about you,
but I'm busier than I've ever been.

Greyson is playing Freshman basketball.
Ian is wrestling in Jr. High.
Noah is still doing youth wrestling.
Eva has gymnastics.
And now Landon says he wants to wrestle too.

Needless to say, the blog is suffering from all my running.


But, at least today I have something to share.


It only took a week, but I finally got our dining room decorated for Christmas.

And I am loving it!

Last year, I went went aqua and white.

While I liked the freshness of it, I really missed the warmth
of using natural elements with hints of red.

So, this year I went back to that.

It really feels like Christmas around here!

Welcome to our Christmas-fied dining room!

Last year's fresh greenery made such a mess that I decided to 
bring out the fake stuff this time around.

Although, I do have real pieces tucked here and there.

On the table...

Under the tree.

On top of an old window.

Snuck into old ice skates.

Just laying around here...

and there.

I recycled the burlap stockings I made last year
and gave them a more natural feel,

using cream grosgrain ribbon, vintage clothespins,
and card stock tags with each of 
our children's first initials
and hanging them on the old window
that is a permanent fixture in our dining room.

I love the old feel of it.

The table settings have the same earthy feeling,

using thrift store and dollar tree plates, bowls, glasses, 
cloth napkins, and silverware.

Even the jute string and twine came from the thrift for a $1.00 a roll.

Our centerpiece is filled with a smattering of pinecones, 
vintage wood buttons, more jute string, and twine.

It's a wonderful feeling of bringing 
the outdoors in.

Even pheasant feathers from Scott's hunting season last year peek out here and there.

Burlap is definitely a huge feature on our Christmas tree this year,
with these knotted burlap bows.

And our mantle this year is vintage with a splash of sparkle
from the homemade ball ornament swag.

It was so much easier to make than I thought!

And adding the burlap bows tones down the bling some,
but still gives the mantle some glitter.

Better yet...

I got the ornaments for $1.00 a bag at our local thrift
a couple of months ago.

Different sizes in gold and silver...

Perfect and cheap!

It's definitely a prairie style/thrifty style kind of Christmas around here.

My absolute favorite time of year!

And if you're wondering why I covered the chalkboard of the fireplace
with a curtain instead of drawing on it...


So, it looks like this at night:

How fun are those lights behind the curtain?!

Loving it!

The warm light of a fire, without the work!


Total cost to decorate this year:


I bought the small gold rimmed plates ($1.00 each), gold glasses ($0.50 each), 
the 1 Liter decanter ($2.50), and the ornaments ($6.50).

That's it.

If you've got it, figure out a new way to use it!

That's my motto this year!

Merry Christmas everyone and...


  1. Beautifully done Laura!! Can't wait to see how else you Deck The Halls!

  2. Your dining room is beautifully decorated for Christmas. I love all the little details and the stockings hanging on the window are a great idea. I have been using a burlap ribbon (and a drop cloth one) on our tree for a couple of years now and I'm so glad to see that it is still 'in' style. The homemade ball ornament swag is really awesome. Thanks for sharing your lovely room.

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  4. Thanks for the tour! I love the new swag on the mantel. My stockings are very similar, I made ours out of old linen clothing! The baby tore the tags off them today (I have them tied onto the backs of the dining room chairs), so I need to make sturdier ones. Thanks for the good ideas, and especially the emphasis on thrift. I was hoping to spend NOTHING this year, but then I caved and bought a $7 rosemary tree from Trader Joe's for our centerpiece.

  5. Laura, wonder you are so busy..that DINING room as always Looks amazing..Like a PROFESSIONAL did it! How did I miss this reveal..oh wait I know...KIDS!! LOL Time keeps on tickin.....into the future..LOL I have had that song stuck in my head since my kids said...ONLY 19 more days till Christmas this morning...AAACKKK!!!!! LOL! I feel like I have been missing out on what everyone is doing lately but I know after Christmas I might be able to sit on my butt for 5 minutes and start going through everyones blogs again!
    I hope you are hanging in there and enjoying that new puppy...
    Love ya,

  6. What a beautiful home and decorations you have. The burlap stockings with the initials are so prim. I found your blog from Ivy & Elephants' link party, and am now following.

  7. Not sure why I'm just now finding your blog. Love your home...your decorating! New follower for sure!

  8. I'm glad you had a chance to share your beautiful dining room decked out for the holidays. Happy New Year!


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