decorating the dining room for Christmas


Today I want to share with you my dining room Christmas decorations excursion. I rarely decorated the dining room because I needed all the space to serve family dinners. I no longer cook big family dinners; instead, I go to my kids’ houses.

This year I chose to upgrade the dining table decor and decorate the buffet for Christmas. The dining room makeover began when I found two Hitchcock chairs on Marketplace. A young couple was cleaning out granny’s house and did not know the value of these chairs as collectibles, and I got a great price. I grew up on the east coast and lean toward a colonial English country decor, so I knew those chairs, in combination with four Windsor side chairs, would look fantastic. There were a few places where the black paint was chipped on the arms- I sanded, repainted, and used a thin spray of lacquer. They look good as new.

I found this colonial kitchen in Primitive magazine

I looked for Windsor chairs to complement the colonial look. I found them locally at $500 per chair but could not justify that cost. Luckily, I did find the look I wanted on Houzz.

I was nervous about buying from them. After a bit of research, I found most buyers were happy with their purchase, so I did order four- black Windsor side chairs as SEE HERE. I am delighted with the look and quality of the chairs. Instead of gluing and hammering- they are attached with wood screws and bolts. Hopefully, they will last a while, and I do so love the look. The home-crafted farmhouse table was stained with gel stain, which almost looks black in some places. Very pleased with the esthetic

I love the black with the hand stained farmhouse table

With the dining decor settled, I looked on Pinterest for inspiration for decorating the room for Christmas. Finally, I found a buffet decor I loved and copied it as best I could. Bluegraygal had a great buffet I copied as best I could.

from bluegraygal’s website

I loved the double buffet lamps in the photo. I found another similar buffet with double black lamps and thought they were something special. I specifically searched for that look and found it at My Lamps Plus. I got the lighted garland, the little tree, the Santa light, and the two deer from Amazon. I love those brass deer.

I also ordered two painted Nutcrackers from Macy’s on Black Friday and got a fantastic price deal. The larger one I put on the hearth.
I still might hand a faux green wreath over the mirror. I sent for a green pine look with pinecones. All I have to do is hang it with a ribbon and a bow!

My adaptation

I hope this gives you some suggestions for your home decor. Please feel free to share how you decorated your dining area this year.


Hi, my name's Darleen.

This homebody works on making my own haven, and I would love for you to feel free to do this too. I lean toward a New England, English country decor, but you can adapt my ideas to fit your style. I write about decor, eating, gardening, travel, and antiquing. I am a fanatical devote of genealogy and love to assist other searchers. If any of this appeals, join me and make your home your haven.

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