Holiday Home Tour | Part Three | The Dining Room & a Free Printable!

Welcome to part three of my Holiday Home Tour! 

Today, I am going to share a Christmas vignette that I set up (with the creative help of my mom) and our mantel in my dining room. If I shared my table, you would be pretty disappointed. It is currently covered with "stuff" but come Christmas day, I will have it nicely set and decorated, as we are hosting Christmas here this year.

Till is the rustic vignette I set up...
We live in such a small space, this dresser actually holds my children's pajamas and things that I like to have easy access to for them downstairs. How many people keep a kid's dresser in their dining room? Probably not many, but you gotta do what works. 

You might also notice the baby/dog gate in the picture above. It's the only one we have in the house, and not very pretty, I know, but it is a necessity with toddlers who like to wander upstairs and a dog who likes to go to the bathroom on rugs. Sigh.)
I used an old milk crate and my collection of ironstone pitchers. I added some left over greenery from our Christmas tree, painted pine cones, cinnamon sticks and vintage ornaments.
I really have to give a lot of credit to my mother for the inspiration behind this vignette. I kept setting it up with lots of different things and didn't like the direction it was headed. She went into my basement, pulled some things out that I never would have thought to use (the chippy painted brushes on the wall, pine cones and old books). It is always fun to have a fresh eye from someone else. (So thanks Mom!)
I love our little vintage inspired "Père Noël" as we call him...
I apologize for some of the photos in the rest of this post. I had to take them in the later afternoon when both kids were napping, and unfortunately, my dining room doesn't offer much in the way of natural light.
I got this free chalkboard printable from Love, Pomegranate House...
This year, our chandelier has been adorned with angel wings.
The door leading to our basement has a silver wreath with bottle brush star ornament.

Here is the mantel vignette that I created...
I created the angel wings out of coffee filters. (My daughter Hazel can actually wear them too!) I hung them inside an antique frame with a glittered BELIEVE banner...
If there is interest, I will try to post a tutorial on how I made them in the new year.
Lights twinkle under tulle fabric, and there is a collection of bottle brush trees, and a porcelain Mary and Jesus statue.

My husband gave me this beautiful white topiary tree for my birthday on the 15th...
Inside the mantel, I put an old lead glass window and antique Mary print that my mother gave me.
I played around with some bokeh shots while taking this photos and then decided to make you a free printable! A little Christmas gift for you...
 Feel free to download the large version below to use in your own Christmas decor, crafting or card making. Just right click and save to your computer. The image is approximate 8" x 12". You can easily resize it yourself to make it smaller for cards, frames, etc. The watermark will not appear as it does above. This is offered for personal use only (no reselling in any format please and thank you!).

My next post will give you a tour of our living room (and Christmas tree!), along with a little peek into the playroom and all of the festivities I created in there for Hazel and Owen. I hope you have enjoyed the tour thus far. 

If you missed any of it, just click on the link below...

Till next time...
~Alice W.


  1. Both your home and photos are just beautiful:-)

    Merry Christmas.


  2. Wow, it turned out even better than when I saw it last! Beautiful, thanks for the shout out, it was fun helping find things to use. Like a little treasure hunt in your basement! Christmas will be a delight this year in your beautiful home, I know the kids are really enjoying this, they get so excited with all the decorations and lights!

    Gorgeous photos, all!

    Love you,

  3. Hi Alice,
    Love the rustic vignette, and that great crate. I am putting one in the middle of my table later today. Finally finished trimming the tree yesterday, and just love it. For the first time, my lovely, and very staunchly traditional daughters said they wouldn't be upset if our tree had white I got to decorate it completely the way I wanted to for the very first time!! LOL!! And they LOVE it! Makes it even better.
    Love all of your photos, and special touches. Just so pretty! What a blessing to have your Mom help out!!
    Christmas joy to you!

  4. Beautiful, Alice! And I keep a changing table with,the kids clothes in it downstairs. Hey, whatever makes life easier right!

  5. So beautiful Alice,
    Such a Nordic feel here, as for your home tour with Hazels and Owens rooms I love there sweetness and that canopy of lace and lights is dreamy.
    Owens room is full of fun little monsters and the tone of subtle grey's and touches of colour is perfect.
    Wish I had gone this direction when my daughter was young but time was not the style.

    A beautiful family Christmas to you and yours,

    Come visit our simple branches for a tree and the ornaments of creation.

    See you soon.

  6. Oh Alice... you have such a way of turning everyday, ordinary things into pure enchantment!... love your beautiful arrangements... especially love your vintage Père Noël... I am so enjoying seeing your home, especially at Christmas time... your new tree Josh gave you is so pretty!... I hope you had a wonderful birthday!... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

  7. Very, very pretty! I love your style and those angel wings are beautiful! Your home feels cozy through your photos! Visiting from the Christmas mantel party...Merry Christmas!

  8. Tons and tons and tons of beauty!
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  9. Lovely post - lovely photos. Everything looks so homey and inviting. Very pretty.

  10. Alice,
    I love, LOVE, L O V E your vignette atop the vintage dresser!
    You and your Mother make a winning combination!
    I, too, am hoping for a White Christmas!!!

  11. This is one of those post where you go back and study the pictures after you comment. Oh my what a beautiful gift you have for display and photography!

  12. umm...? I think I just found my newest favourite blog...;) xo

  13. Alice,

    It was so nice to see all of the beautiful pictures of your home. I have always loved your photography and style, thank you for sharing with us ♥ Wishing you a belated birthday and a Christmas and New Year filled with love, good health & happiness.


  14. What an enchanting home you have!

  15. Sue M.
    Love your home and lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing your "winter white" ideas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  16. So simple and yet so rich -- your decorating style is something to reaches out and says "home".

  17. Alice - your home is just beautiful and so wonderfully decorated for the holidays! I came over from Brenda's Cozy Little House and am your newest follower.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  18. Everything is absolutely perfect.

    You are all set.

    I wish you a Happy Christmas

  19. Hello Alice,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas home tour at my party...luv your style!! Merry Christmas!!


  20. Hello Alice ~ Just came over from Brenda's Cozy Little House. Welcome Blogger ;-) Love the Angel Wings (I would be very interested in a tutorial on how to make them) and all of your Christmas touches ~ Just lovely

  21. Hi Alice, I'm so excited to see you again! I followed you before, when you were blogging, but then lost track of you since your first babies' birth.
    Your photos are like fresh air, so precious and captivating, We all have missed you and are so glad to see you posting again. Feel no pressure just share your day with us when you have a moment. thank you so much for linking up to Be Inspired, I'm featuring your post today, and hope you'll come visit again! xoxo Debra

  22. Lovely!! Thank goodness for moms, we are pretty special! Hope your new year is filled with joy. Di@Cottage-wishes

  23. Alice,
    I found you through Common Ground's Be Inspired Friday feature. I thoroughly enjoyed your home tour part 3.

    Am now following...


  24. Alice,
    I found you through Common Ground's Be Inspired Friday feature. I thoroughly enjoyed your home tour part 3.

    Am now following...


  25. Great decor! My neighbor came over to help me decorate this year and it was fun to see how differently she arranged the Christmas "stuff" into vignettes, etc. I found your blog via Debra at "Common Ground".

  26. I just found your blog through Jen Rizzo's blog and I am now your biggest fan! Your Christmas tour is absolutely amazing! I would love to see a tutorial on how you made those angel wings!

  27. I just found your blog through Jen Rizzo's blog and I am now your biggest fan! Your Christmas tour is absolutely amazing! I would love to see a tutorial on how you made those angel wings!

  28. I've just pinned this to my Christmas board. I love this post!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz


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