A Christmas Farmhouse Dining Room

I promised a few weeks ago that I would share a sweet friend of mine’s gorgeous Christmas farmhouse dining room, and then IT happened.

You know.. IT.

The IT that happens when you have absolutely no time for IT.

The IT that slams you flat on your back when you still have Christmas wrapping, and shopping, and cooking to do.

The IT that only happens when you have a bajillion sign orders to complete, wrap and ship before Christmas.

You know what IT is don’t you?


Yep.  I got sick.

And.. it lasted a little over a week and all I wanted to do was cut off my head because it was stuffy and then runny and then stuffy and then runny and quite frankly, it was making me NUTS!

Praise God I woke up on Christmas Eve and all was well with the world again, and now that the Christmas whirlwind has died down, I realized I never shared this gorgeous dining room with you, and you guys.. you MUST see it!

One of the things I wanted to do on my blog this time around is share some design inspiration from friends, bloggers, and Instagrammers that I love.

And, Erin (Instagram: Cottonstem), is one of those design geniuses that I absolutely love.  She will probably one be of those Instagrammers that will become Insta-famous soon, if not already!  She’s just THAT good.

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

When I first started my Instagram account, this sweet girl commented on a few of my posts and the girl had me laughing from the get-go!  The more we talked, the more I knew she was the real deal.  Not only that, but this girl has an eye for decorating that just blows my farmhouse-loving mind!

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

Her shiplap walls in this dining space are just to die for, and the chippy, antique fireplace has my heart!

I love how Erin uses antique pieces here and there in her decorating.  Besides the antique fireplace, she also used antiques seltzer bottles on the table, an antique sled above the fireplace, and an antique tobacco basket on the wall (seen below).

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

Erin has explained that not only does she love to decorate, but she also loves to decorate on a pretty tight budget.  For example, the red grain-striped pillows, napkins, and table runner, along with the plate chargers are all from the Target Dollar Spot.

And, as you can see, the girl has a love for cotton.. hence her design business name.. Cotton Stem Interiors.

The Rustic Pig: Cottonstem Dining Room

Not only does cotton adorn her beautiful farmhouse table, but it can also be seen draped down and tucked in her Christmas tree.

I love that her tree has a natural feel to it.  There are no bulbs or ornaments on this tree.  Just simple, natural touches, that make you feel at one with nature.

I hope you love Erin’s Christmas farmhouse dining room as much as I do.  I’d love to know what your favorite parts of this room are.

For more design inspiration, be sure to follow Erin on Instagram.  You will truly be blown away by her style, and her use of creative writing will have you laughing out loud!

Erin lives in Oklahoma, and is an interior decorator, so if you need any help decorating your space, be sure to check out her website.  And, if you don’t live in Oklahoma, that’s ok too, because this girl can do an e-design consultants over the internet as well.  Check out her design packages on her website at Cotton Stem Interiors.



Christmas Dining Room Tour

Since my dining room wasn’t completely finished when I posted my Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, I decided to save it for today.  If you missed the tour, be sure to check it out here when you’re finish reading today.   I hope you enjoy!


Christmas Dining Room Tour


Our formal dining table is a HUGE farmhouse table.  It sits 10 people and is 9ft long.  While I absolutely love it for hosting parties or get togethers with friends, it is pretty hard to find a centerpiece that fits this table.  (It was also hard to find a HOUSE this table would fit in!)

Recently, my husband came across someone selling the drawers from out of an antique sewing table for $25.  He was certain I would be able to do something with them so he went ahead and scooped them up.  I was pretty certain I had no idea what I was going to do with them.  I mean.. what do you do with old sewing drawers?

When he brought them home, I just stared at them and pushed them to the corner of the garage.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them, and every time I walked past them in the garage I tried to come up with an idea for them, but I had nothing.




Then, the other day, while looking at our formal dining table, and trying to figure out what I was going to do to decorate it for Christmas, it dawned on me!  What if I used the drawers for my table centerpiece?!


Maybe so, but I couldn’t wait to see if it would work.

I grabbed three of the four drawers we had in the garage.  One of which was missing a knob.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room

I decided to line them up down the center of the table, back to back.  I put the drawer with the missing knob in the center.  It was perfect!

Next, I grabbed some green floral foam and cut it to fit in the bottom of each drawer.

Then, I added my white hydrangeas that were on my table before. (I realize hydrangeas may not immediately remind you of Christmas, but I really wanted white flowers, and that was what I had, so I made it work!)

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room

Then, I grabbed a few different picks I had bought a few weeks ago.

I had two berry picks that I had purchased from Hobby Lobby, and two Christmas greenery picks I had picked up from a local decor store here in town.

With the red berry picks, I cut off each wire stem, which left me 4 individual stems from each pick.  I trimmed off the extra berries and stuck those in different places throughout the arrangement.


I added the greenery stems to either end of the centerpiece.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room


Once the arrangement was done, I added these little string lights all down the center of the table.

You just can’t have enough lights, right?


I picked up these lights from TJMaxx, and they add just the right amount of sparkle to the table.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room

Then, the fun part… adding the plates and napkins!

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room

I used the larger stems from the berry picks and a few clippings from an old garland I had to create the centerpiece in each plate.  The little wooden reindeer are from the Target dollar spot and they really just added that little extra Christmas touch my plates needed!

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room

These little grain sack, red striped napkins are the perfect touch of color.  They came from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Porter Lane Home.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Table

Here you an see the three drawers side by side.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Room

I added candles on either end of the drawers just to add a little more glow.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Table

And here’s the whole table, all set up and ready for guests…

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Dining Table

..too bad we’re going out of town for Christmas!

So, I’m not gonna lie.  Since we moved to the Dallas area, this table never gets used.  Never!  But, I was dying to do a proper table arrangement because it’s the one decorating experience I’ve never had.  It was one of those things, as a decorator, I wanted to try my hand at and I thought this would be another space I could change throughout the seasons.

One day we hope to fill it up again with family and friends, but for now, it will just be another pretty room.

What do you think?  Do you decorate your formal dining space for the holidays?

Tomorrow I’m going to share with you another formal dining space all decorated for the holidays, so be sure to check back tomorrow.  It’s a beauty!!