Thursday, December 10, 2009

Home for the Holidays - My Dining Room





Hi everyone! Today is the much anticipated "Home for the Holidays" Christmas party thrown by Rhoda at Southern  Hospitality. Click on the button to check out all the other participants. It should be loads of fun and maybe you'll get some ideas that you can still do this year, if not there's always next year!





I'm going to show you my dining room since that's the only room that's actually finished from top to bottom! Now, most of the things I either made myself, recycled from previous years decorations, bought last year after Christmas or found at the thriftstore. It didn't cost a fortune and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!



I like to call this "The Tower of Glitter".  Imagine James Earl Jones saying it! This is just all the little odds and ends that I couldn't cram fit into my china cabinet.




This three tiered stand is from the thriftstore and is one of my favorite things that I ever got there. You can do so many things with it! It's sitting on a burlap and velvet runner that I made myself. Yep, I sewed!









This is my china tree. I don't have quite  enough ornaments to go all the way around! I'll see what I can find at the end of Christmas sales this year. Last year I found nothing! In the mean time, I made two "ornaments"  myself.







These are little cups and saucers that I found at Goodwill this summer and I glued (E800) the saucers to the little cups.






I have a few that are actual ornaments that are cups and saucers, teapots, tureens but I also hung a few red and blue transferware demitasse cups to fill in some gaps. You can see a bit of a red one in the photo above. This little teapot ornament is one of my favorites!






This is my dining room china cabinet. Most of the time it houses my white ironstone/creamware collections. For Christmas I decided to add some sparkly silver.











My theme this year is "trees". So on the top of the cabinet I have a variety of trees. Some I made, some were bought and remade and some were bought and kept as is.










 Inside my cabinet.







This pretty little frame was found at the beginning of the year at Goodwill - 88 cents! I added the word "Joy".












I found this cute sparkly green tinsel tree at Goodwill this summer and had to have it. It has harlequins on the pot and glitter. Two favorites of mine!










I also wound some pretty wired garland up the chandelier cord and took off the center prism and hung an ornament.






 Thank you for dropping by to see my dining room. I hope you enjoyed it! I should have my living room ready to show next week.

You might also enjoy these posts:

How to Make a Christmas Pom Pom Wreath 
 Christmas Cloche Ideas 
 How to Bleach and Dye Bottle Brush Trees
How to Make a Felt Rosette Christmas Tree 




 




86 comments:

Sue said...

Good morning sweet friend, Manuela! Your dining room is just so full of silver bling! I love it all. The tiered stand is precious, full of all your excess baubles. And of course, your china cabinet- so full of brilliant shine, is exceptional. And the tea cups- ah, what can I say but beautiful idea! I am gushing over all of your trees, too. What do I not like?!
Thanks for sharing your lovely home, once again.
hugs, Sue

Denise said...

It looks gorgeous! I don't know what I like the best but the piece on your dining table is amazing. I just love bling and you combined it all so well. On the OTHER hand, your china cabinet is wonderful too! Okay, I give, it's all wonderful!

Stacey said...

Manuela, your dining room is just stunning. I love the idea of a tree theme. It's all sparkly but natural too. Great job.

julie - eab designs said...

Simply elegant! I'm still in love with your little teacup tree. Thanks for sharing your Christmas sparkle! Merry Christmas Manuela! - Julie

Laurie Anne said...

Manuela
I didn't think your house could be any more beautiful...until now...all decked out in it's finest baubels and jewels it's positively aglow :)
thank you for sharing such splendour with us xx

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely gorgeous Manuela! I love it all!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Oh, you are so talented!!! Love your home.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

It's beautiful, Manuela! I love the "Tower of Glitter"--very fun. I started a silver-white-gold theme in my dining room this year but haven't gotten far with it yet. You've inspired me for next year! :-)

Sugar Bear said...

So beautiful! I love the glitter tower and all of the gorgeous trees.
Karla

Beth said...

Your home and how you have it decorated is just beautiful. Looks like a winter wonderland! Love the cups and saucers....might "borrow" that idea :)

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Shilo said...

Oh Manuela, your tower of glitter literally took my breath away! I love it!
Have a great day!
Shilo

Storybook Woods said...

Wozer, I LOVE your tower of glitter, Stunning all of it !!!! Clarice

bj said...

G'morning, Manuela,
Your dining room is so festive and pretty. I love your little tree with tea cups...just precious.
You and I BOTH are showing our Christmas dining rooms at this party...:O)
xo bj

philben5 said...

Everything looks absolutely amazing but I wouldn't expect anything less! Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Blessings
Roxanne

horse loving lineman's wife said...

It is all so very beautiful. I love it!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

It's all just so pretty! The Tower of Glitter is amazing. I don't think I have ever seen anyone who finds as many fabulous things at GW as you do, Manuela! You have a realy gift for putting it all together.
Happy Holidays,
Andrea

Rue said...

Oh my Manuela! Your home always looks beautiful at Christmas, but this year it's even more so! I love so much ... the sparkle up the chandelier, the tower of glitter, the cabinet full of silver, your little trees.... LOVE it all :)

xoxo,
rue

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Good morning Manuela,
What a stunning post! I especially love your teacup tree! I have teacups on my tree as well. I love them! Gorgeous pictures; thank you for sharing.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Everything is so sparkly and beautiful. I'd love to come and sit in your dining room. You make everyone feel welcome. I love the theme too, they're all so pretty together.
Blessings,
Marcia

Stacey said...

Wow, everything looks beautiful! I love the glittery tower, it looks gorgeous! :)
Blessings,
Stacey

Shelia said...

Manuela! Your dining room is just so silvery gorgeous! It just sparkles! Love how you've wrapped your mirror like a package! Have you been collecting trees for sometime now? You have so many beautiful ones! I love everything you've done.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your sparkly dining room! That centerpiece is gorgeous with all those beautiful pieces in the different tiers.

Melissa Miller said...

It's a gorgeous dining room Manuela! I really love the silver vignette on the hutch. ~Amazing!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

It all is so pretty! The Tower of Glitter is my favorite! :) You did a great job on the runner.

ellie said...

Manuela..it looks absolutely gorgeous...I love the scalloped tiered trays..I have seen a few and I have been so tempted to buy one..it was 60.00 so I didn't but I'll have to keep on the lookout for more at the goodwill. You did an outstanding job decorating your dining room on budget as usual, you should write a book.

Lou Cinda said...

Oh Manuela!! GORGEOUS!! I am running out of adjectives to desribe how gorgeous I think your home is and how awesome your talent!!!

I need a thesaurus!!

Just Stunning!!

Lou Cinda :)

Darlene said...

Everything is GORGEOUS!! Love all the sparkle and bling!!! BEAUTIFUL.♥

My Cozy Cubby said...

Asolutely beautiful as always! You're amazing! Talk about sparkly!! Wonderfully festive.

Pamela

paintergal said...

Oh my gosh! I knew your holiday decor wouldn't disappoint!
It's all so fun.

paintergal said...

Oops- hit "enter" before I got to say.
Your tower of glitter is fabulous! :)

Lorrie said...

What a glittery, gorgeous dining room. It's full of wonderful creativity. Just like you!

Lorrie

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

It is BEAUTIFUL! I just love how it sparkles. You never cease to amaze me with your level of creativity.

Lee Laurie said...

OMGosh! I love it all! The china hutch is my favorite with all of the added silver. Your dining room looks like a Vintage Christmas Winter Wonderland. So beautiful!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Lamp Tramp said...

Absolutely beautiful, winter whites and silver are such an amazing combination. I love all the little details you put into to your dining room. The tower of glitter is so special, your post should be in a magazine!

Nadine said...

Just beautiful! I can imagine enjoying some lovely meals in there!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Donna said...

I love all the glam and glitter! The tree with the teacups is adorable! The china cabinet is fab too.

Miss Janice said...

Wow Manuela! I love all your creative ideas for decorating your dining room...just exquisite! I enlarged that last photo and it was just a feast for Miss Janice! Gorgeous! I have a question, the trays on the left wall are to die for!!! May I ask where you found them? I LOVE them. I WANT them! You have a done a marvelous job decorating your home. I am sooooo jealous!

Jacki said...

It's all really cute, Manuela - great job!

Linda said...

If you home hasn't been in a magazine it should be, it is always so beautiful. Linda

Vickie said...

Hey, Your dining room is beautiful! And thank you for making the pom pom wreath and giving the instructions. I made a version of it last night. Take Care :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You are a girl after my own heart!! It just doesn't get any better than bottle brush trees, silver trays, and reindeer!! Your dining room is lushious!! Can't wait to see more of your home ~ I'm hooked ~ I'm a follower now!

Please stop by my holiday home when you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Debra from Bungalow said...

You sure do have the touch! I just love the silver and white. The china cabinet is stunning. ♥

Tara said...

This all looks amazing! SO glam! I love it! Great job!

Beth said...

I really like all the glitter! So, so pretty.
The sparkly deer is cute!!
Bling.

Beth

salmagundi said...

Loved your "Tower of Glitter" (bling tree!). And, the top of the cabinet with the trees in the tea pot, etc. is wonderful. You have such a good sense of display. Thanks for showing us your dining room. Sally

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Everything so beautiful! I love all of the silver glittery pieces!! So elegant.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I am finding so much pleasure in your lovely, glittery, romantic holiday decor Manuela!! Thank you for all your great ideas and hard work in sharing them with us.
Warmly,
Tracey
xxx

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Oh , I so love your tower!! I love lovelovelove the tree with the teacups (I want it!). Love all the silver in abundance too! Such a nice dining area--yup, I would be content there!

Julie Harward said...

I LOVE THE TREE WITH CUPS AND SAUCERS AND TEA POTS...SO VERY CUTE!!! YOUR HOME IS JUST LOVELY AND FEELS SO CHRISTMASY! Come say hi :D

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

The tower of glitter is absolutely fabulous. And all the glitter on and in the china cabinet. So lovely. Rosie

Lisa said...

oh my... that is the best bling tree i have ever seen

Jean said...

My favorite thing of yours was the little cupboard. I just love all the white and silver goodies in it and on it.
Jean in Virginia

Betsy said...

Everything looks so lovely! I'm enjoying the silvery theme you have going this year!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Manuela,it looks simpy fabulous!! I just finished decorating, and am ready for the party to begin. Wishing you a very happy holiday with those you love, sweetie.xoxo Lidy

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Just stunning..... the "Tower" is unbelievable...... I sure love me some bling..... and you sure have it..... I love that you showed us the pieces and then the whole.... just stunning..... what a touch you have for making your home full of beauty and homey at the same time... lovely
HUgs
Linda
Burlap and velvet what a masterful combination

Heather said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Merrie said...

As usual, your home is stunning!

vanillafrog said...

What is that on top of your cabinet that looks like a tree inside half an egg? very cool!

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Manuela, everything always looks so beautiful in your home and this Christmas is even more so I believe. If you get a moment, pop on over to my blog for a Nutcracker giveaway just in time for Christmas! Wishing you a wonderful day......
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

jenjen said...

Beeeautiful! I am in awe of the Tower of Glitter. That is so sparkly and gorgeous! What a beautiful room. So so pretty!

XOXO
Jen

Natasha said...

That tower is amazing! Your dining room is magical. I think my favorite thing is the tree decorated with cups and saucers-so cute!

Best wishes, Natasha.

Richella said...

Your dining room always looks wonderful, and it looks especially nice now! I was surprised to see the silver, though--I was expecting red!--but it looks beautiful! And of course you still have touches of your red.

I love all your little trees. That's a nice theme. Great job!

mishebe said...

Great job as usual. Merry christmas

Linda K. said...

Love all the glitz, bling, glamour and diamonds. Very tastefully done!

Linda
Robin's Egg Blues

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Manuela, you are absolutely amazing! I would so love to walk through your most beautiful home. You can make anything, I'm convinced, look "ready for the magazine photographers!"
Brenda

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

OH Manuela...your home is beautiful. Everything is so sparkly and festive. My favorite thing is the Tower of Glitter. I am going to be dreaming of it! Beautiful...

The Decorated House said...

Hello Manuela!
Beautiful! Your Christmas decorating in the dining room is just wonderful. I love how you added a little bit new and used a few things from years past. Perfect.
It was so much fun to come by and see it.
Donna

Cathy said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love your teacup tree! Merry Christmas!

Cathy ♥

Lady Katherine said...

I just love the tower, everything looks like Christmas! Just all is so pretty! You done amazing things different since last year. love it all!

Mimi Sue said...

It's all just so gorgeous Manuela. Love it all. Mimi

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I love it all!!! You are the queen of vintage decorating. Love all the sparklies and the way you have them displayed. That tree in the white urn is gawww-gus!!. Girl, you have got it going on. Thanks for joining the party. Can't wait to see what else you are up to.

Merry Christmas, my friend!

Christina said...

It's all so pretty and sparkle-ey. The "tower of glitter" is just beautiful. What a wonderful room to walk into and enjoy.

I also really like the little egg shape??? thing with the tree in it. That is very unique.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning, WOW!! I loved the tour of your beautiful dining room. It is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Thank you for swinging by to say hello. Pop in any 'ole time..hugs ~lynne~

Julie said...

Oh it just looks so pretty and I love the tea cups in the tree!

Julie said...

Oh it just looks so pretty and I love the tea cups in the tree!

Mary Anne said...

I love your china tree ! I guess I'm missing out - my Goodwill never has teacups and saucers that nice :)

Pat said...

Can I come and live with you? :-) Everything is beautiful ~ it is the tower of bling that I adore! You have quite the decorating talent...thanks for sharing.

Kathleen Grace said...

I do love all your beautiful silver and white! My dining room is still stripped bare and I don't think I will have time for more than minimal decorating, *sigh*, guess I'll just have to enjoy yours!

Rhondi said...

Everything sparkles. I love it!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Manuela, I was just loving every little thing in every picture and will have to come back and disect it all so I an get some more ideas!! The tiered tray is just yummy with all the vintage jewelry and such. I am impressed- even the inside of the china cabinets filled to brim with lovelies- I haven't touched the inside of mine as I am having trouble getting just the outside of things looking presentable!

This was such an enjoyable tour- thank you! What a gift you have!

blessings
mary

Kim said...

Just beautiful, Manuela. The bling is lovely!

Anny said...

WOW Your house is so shiny and pretty!

Lallee said...

What beautiful sparkle from top to bottom. I especially love the glittered reindeer.

S. C. C. E. said...

What a lovely decoration ! Be sure that here in my country, even having a blog in Spanish your place is creative ! I will added to favorites. Merry Christmas from El Salvador, Central America !

FELIZ NAVIDAD !

Lady Chris said...

LOVE IT ALL...love it love it love it...keep inspiring the rest of us!