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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?

IT = SICK

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.

Love,

Claire

Santos Angel

Back in October, I came across Penny’s Vintage Home.  She had just written up a post on decorating with cloches.  Being the newbie blogger that I was, I strolled on over to find out exactly what a cloche was.

When I got there, not only did I find out what a cloche was (so that’s what those are called), but I also found something I had never seen before… a Santos Doll.
In Penny’s post, she showed a few ways she uses them in her decorating.
I immediately fell in love with them and put them on my… “One Day I Hope to Have One” wish list.
Well, two weeks ago, while shopping with my mom, I walked into a store in New Braunfels and there it was.
A Santos Angel.
Even though he is a reproduction, I just had to have him!  Merry Christmas to me!
Now, I had not shared my love of these dolls with anyone, and I’m pretty sure my mom secretly wondered why on earth I would pay so much for this creepy looking angel, but she didn’t say a thing.
So, I brought him home and sat him in my office as I figured out where his permanent place in our home would be.
Then, my youngest came in from school.  He took one look at it, and went screaming out of the room!
I did my best to explain to him that this was an angel, and it was beautiful.
All I got back was a blank stare and, “But Mom, it’s sooooooo creepy.  Why do we have to have it in our house?”
Well, that went well.
When my oldest got home from school, and asked to use my computer, I sat back and waited.
1…2…
“MOM!!!!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!”
He seriously, I kid you not, came running out of my office CRYING!  He was terrified.
I tried hard not to laugh.  To take this experience seriously.  To see my angel as terrifying, but I couldn’t.  I loved it.  I decided to leave him in my office until they got used to him.  If anything, they would stay out of my office.
It’s been two weeks now, and I haven’t heard any more screams coming from my office, and the boys seem content playing on my computer once again as Santos watches from behind.
I decided now was the time to make my move, and so I quickly placed him on the fireplace and added some Christmas potpourri.
He looks lovely, and so far the boys haven’t said a word.
Yes!!
You can bet that I’ll be on the lookout for more!  Maybe an antique one next!
Merry Christmas!!!
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Hugs!!