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 Home Tour 2016

Welcome friends!

I’m so excited to be sharing my home all decked out for Christmas with you today!  I’m even more excited to be joining 11 other bloggers today for our Homes for the Holidays Tour.  If you’ve landed here from Cindy’s, A Cottage Girl, beautiful tour, then welcome!  After you finish your stop here, be sure to visit the next blog on the tour, which will be listed at the bottom of this post.

Homes for the Holidays

Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, cozy up by the fire and enjoy my Christmas Home Tour…

When you first walk into our home, you are greeted by the stairs to the left and our formal dining room to the right. We haven’t had a home with stairs in over 5 years, and so when it came time to decorate for Christmas, my boys had only one request…

Decorate the stairs.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016


My boys love being able to come down the stairs early, way too early, on Christmas morning and have the stairs all lit up as they make their way downstairs to their presents.

Since it was the one thing they were looking forward to, I made sure to do it while they were in school so it would be a surprise when they got home.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

When they walked in from school that day, their eyes lit up and my oldest said, “Wow!  I love it!  THIS is why I love having stairs!”

It’s the little things ya’ll.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

My farmhouse console got a Christmas makeover as well.  Just little touches of Christmas here and there.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

The tree at the base of the stairs is for all of the ornaments the kids have made or I’ve collected over the years.  It’s like a memory tree.  There are pics of the kids when they were little, ornaments from past students when I was teaching and ornaments to remember our boys’ first Christmases.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour 2016

From the foyer, you walk into the living room, and this is the first view of Christmas in this area.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

I was so excited to decorate our fireplace this year, but I have to be honest, I’ve seriously gone back and forth with this fireplace.  I’m just not completely in love with the decor just yet, and I honestly can’t put my finger on what it is that I don’t love about it, but for now, it will do.

I think my favorite part of our fireplace decor is the antique sled I picked up this year.  My boys are praying for snow so they can use it… oh goodness!  Please.. no snow!

Across the room, in the corner, is our big tree..

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

This tree ya’ll.. we’ve had this tree for five years now, and this year, all but one of the strands of lights worked, so I had to string all new lights on it!  Let me tell you.. it was NOT fun!  I was ready to throw this tree outside and light it up and watch it burn, baby, burn!!

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

Now that it’s done though, I’m loving it!

For my birthday this year, I got to go to Magnolia in Waco, TX (blog post coming soon) and I picked up this farmhouse scale.  I have absolutely loved getting to decorate it for Christmas.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

I’ve also picked up a few beautiful Christmas pillows, that you’ll see in the next few pics, from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Porter Lane Home.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas

This Oh Deer pillow is just the cutest and I love it on our chair that sits next to our tree.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

Here’s a view of our kitchen, from our living room, all decked out for Christmas.  I don’t decorate this space as much because the kitchen has a way of getting cluttered all on its own and it doesn’t need any extra help from me by adding Christmas decor to it.

I love small, simple touches in the kitchen.. things like a wreath on the cabinets, and fresh red roses.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

Even our coffee station got into the Christmas spirit.

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

And finally, one of my favorite spaces that I decorated this year is our master bedroom..

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

Decorating our master bedroom is a first for me.

I mean.. who does this?

(Obviously I do! Lol!)

The Rustic Pig: Christmas Home Tour

This room has quickly become one of my favorite rooms to walk into now!  We have loved how this pallet wall has changed the feel of this room. You can see how we did the pallet wall here.

Just by adding lights and garland to our headboard has made this room feel magical.

I encourage every one of you to do the same in your bedroom.  It’s just amazing!

Well, that concludes the tour for me, but be sure to check out the Homes for the Holidays Tour with some of my favorite bloggers below, and be sure to come back here later this week as I share my dining room all decked out for the holidays.  I’ll also be sharing one of my favorite Instagram homes with you on Tuesday.  It’s a showstopper friends!

Next on the tour, head on over to Jen’s, Noting Grace, tour…


Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays Bloggers:

Noting Grace

A Cottage Girl

Vanessa’s Modern Vintage Home

Farmhouse on Elder Hill

The Homemaking Momma

Uniquely Taylor Made

The Auburn Fox

This Rustic Cottage

The Tattered Pew

The Rustic Pig

Delightfully Noted

The Clementine Colonial