White Farmhouse Christmas Dining Room

Today, I am taking you back in time again to Christmas 2010. I shared the photographs in this post on my former Typepad blog but never ended up transferring several of those posts here when I moved back to Blogger in 2013.

This year for Christmas, I am not looking to make things "picture perfect" but rather to make memories for my little ones, so I am taking my time getting our house done for the holidays. It is all a work in progress with fun vignettes here and there and will probably be rearranged by little hands several times over before Christmas.

As I focus on making our new home cozy and comfortable (and NOT perfect) for our family, I thought I would spend some time going through my archives to share with you over the next few weeks.

On Saturday, I shared the living room and Christmas tree from the same post. Today, I am showing how I decorated the dining room that year. At the time, I loved all things white, farmhouse, cottage, French, rustic, etc. My style has evolved since then to no longer be as monochromatic, but it's still fun to look back. I hope you enjoy it even though this styling is now several years old!
Like I mentioned in my last post, that year we had just moved into the first home we purchased and had no children yet. Although, I was hoping to become pregnant at the time and found out just a few days before Christmas that I was. It was an extremely happy time.
I wanted all of my holiday décor to be in shades of white with greenery and silver ornaments.

The hutch we had at the time was originally a dark stain. I found it at a thrift store and painted it white then sanded the edges to get the aged look I desired. We had that hutch for many years until it no longer fit with my style. I especially loved filling it up with my ironstone and white china collection.

I filled in the background with real greenery taken from the bottom of our Christmas tree.
I was in love with French Nordic style, mostly inspired by the magazine Jeanne d'Arc Living and interior bloggers that I followed at the time.

I have always loved adding pieces with special meaning, like family heirlooms as well as vintage and antique finds. This has never changed no matter what style I am drawn to.
Our chandelier was an antique that we found for sale on Craigslist. And our entire dining set was found at an antique mall. I kept everything fairly simple on the table for Christmas that year, with some frosted branches in mason jars and lots of tea light candles in small silver tins.
My favorite thrift store Santa makes an appearance in our holiday décor every year. That may have been the first one I had him.
Even the gifts we exchanged that year were rustic, antique finds. I got my husband an old printer press drawer to store his jewelry making supplies in and he got me an old clothes wringer from a local antique store.
I hope to have some time to share some snippets of our holiday home from this year, but it will likely be a little while yet. I am still recovering from bronchitis and everyone in our home has been taken down by some kind of illness over the past couple of weeks. Now, baby Violet has a cold. It's always so hard when the little ones get sick.

Hopefully the rest of the month we will stay healthy and well and will be able to enjoy the holiday season! It is definitely feeling magical around our house in spite of everything!

Till next time...
~Alice W.

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