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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.

Nada.

Zilch.

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?!

Weird?

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?

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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!!

Love,

Claire

 

 

Home Tour

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

I always said that I didn’t want to live in a “cookie-cutter house” ever again.  I didn’t want to live in a neighborhood where I could reach out my window and almost touch my neighbor’s house.

I enjoyed living out in the country and knowing that if my dog barked, it wouldn’t disturb the neighbors.  I liked looking out my window and seeing fields of grass and trees…not the house across the street or the neighbor’s back patio.  I really enjoyed having goats, and a barn, and a house that was unique and different.

When we moved to the Dallas area, our first house was on an acre.  Once we lost that house, you can read about that here, we decided to keep our search in the same area since we didn’t want to have to move our boys to another school.  They had already been in their new school for a little over a month when we moved out, and they were already starting to make friends.  We just couldn’t put them through another school change as well.

If you remember from my post, our time to find a new house was limited.  We had a week to move out of our current home and move into corporate housing.   We knew the longer we had to stay in corporate housing and keep our belongings in storage, the more money we were throwing away. We needed to find something quick, and we were anxious to feel at home again.   For some reason, the first home we moved into never felt like home. It felt awkward.  I can’t really explain it, but it was odd.  All I can think is that God knew that wasn’t the house for us and so He didn’t allow us to feel comfortable there.

With inventory low, we decided to check out a new development that was right across the street from the middle school my youngest would be attending in the fall.  They had a few open houses in the neighborhood, along with several model homes we could tour. The first house we walked into, we fell in love with.  Like, LOVED it.  We were really going through a tough time when we went to see this house, and it checked off almost everything on our checklist and gave us hope.  On top of that, it was a Highland Home, and we had lived in a Highland Home years before and loved the builder.  We put an offer in, it was accepted, and we had a move in date for a month later.

I truly believe this house is a blessing to us.  It may not be my farmhouse, or on land, or have tons of trees, but I have no doubt that it is a HUGE blessing from God.  I’ll share more in a bit, but first.. let me share some pics…

When you first walk in the door, you are greeted by the stairs.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

To the left of the front door is the office.

The Rustic Pig: House Tour

I won’t be sharing the office today because we are currently in the middle of changing it from my husband’s office, to my office, so I’ll share that makeover once it’s done.

To the right of the stairs is our formal dining room.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

As you walk through the foyer, there is a hallway to the left, just before you get to the living room.

Down this hallway is the laundry room, guest bath and guest bedroom.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Next is the living room and kitchen…

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Later I moved our cowhide rug closer to the side chair and added one of my newest signs above the TV…

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

(Sign for sale in my Etsy shop here.)

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The kitchen and living room is one big, open space.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

I think this coffee bar/butler’s pantry area is one of my favorite parts of the house.  It’s just so cute!

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Behind the living room is our master bedroom.  It is still a HUGE work in progress and I have an exciting makeover coming soon, but I’ll show you what it looks like now.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Then, there’s our master bathroom.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

 

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

Finally, the playroom..

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

We also have a media room, but right now, our teenager has staked his claim of that room and we have yet to decorate it.  The plan is to move the playroom couch into the media room and then add a pool table to this room.  Our kids are really too old to have “playroom.”  This room pretty much always looks like this.  Well, until they decide to get out the Nerf guns.  Then this room looks like this, but with darts all over!

As I said before, I truly feel like this home has been a blessing to us.  It felt like home from day one.  We love our neighborhood and neighbors, and my youngest loves that he gets to ride his bike to school.  When you read that God knows the desires of our hearts, I am always amazed when things work out in such a way, that your only answer is…

..because God.

When we searched for our home, inventory was low.  There were only a few homes available and we really didn’t like most of them in our price range. I really wanted hardwood floors, a guest bedroom downstairs for when my parents visit, a large lot, a three car garage (so I had a space to work) and a house with a farmhouse feel.  It seemed next to impossible.

When we walked into this house, we immediately loved it.  It had the hardwood floors, the guest bedroom down, a three car garage, and although it didn’t have a large lot, it backs up to a greenbelt which is actually pretty wonderful, and it definitely has a farmhouse feel to it…because God.

This house had been a build for someone who backed out of it at the last minute, so it went back on the market right before we started looking.  It was only one of two houses that was ready for move-in… because God.

When we told the Highland Homes rep that we might be interested in the home, she went on and on about how they were getting ready to add a mudroom to the entry by the garage, tons of shelving and cabinets in the laundry room, and a wet bar area by the media room.  We loved it as it was, so to us, that was all just a HUGE blessing.. because God.

I never shared about the horrible realtor we had to work with that was responsible for the home we were trying to buy before.  I am not kidding…he made our life miserable from the very beginning.  Worst.  Experience.  Ever.  We should have known from the beginning.  Then, we met the Highland Homes rep for our neighborhood that orchestrated our whole buying process.  She was a total angel and just a huge blessing to us from the start… because God.

So if you are feeling as though God doesn’t hear your cries today, have heart.  He hears you and He is waiting for the perfect time to pour out His blessings on you… because God.

Love you,

Claire