Sometimes, I don’t show parts of my house that aren’t finished or, at least in my mind, still have problems. For instance, our granite counters are hard to photograph, too busy. So, year after year, I rarely take my blog readers into my kitchen.
Then, there is the “fireside room” . The room that holds our wood stove and in actuality is just a glorified hallway. Originally, this room was a dining room for a family of nine. I don’t really understand how they did it, except that the table was right where our wood stove currently sits.
In the past, we have had recliners in there for my husband and I to lounge in while we ate and the kids sat at the breakfast bar. We are close enough to talk and enjoy our meal together. But, last spring we tried to convert the fireside room back to a dining room.
It has been fun, but sometimes I think the table is more of a landing zone for clutter than for extra seating at meal time. And it does actually make passing through the room a little more difficult. So, come spring, we may be back to recliners by the fire for my husband and I.
But, in the meantime, let’s take a look at the Christmas touches that made their way into the current dining room and kitchen in our 1906 farmhouse, shall we?
On the table, we have a tasseled throw blanket sort of draped at an angle and posing as a runner. A scarf would be perfect, too.
I picked up the little flocked Christmas trees at the Wondershop at Target for $5 each.
To anchor this whole look, I added a marble cutting board with six white pillar candles and an antler, which is hard to see in this picture.
The thrifted easel with a picture of my grandfather at his military Christmas party in 1942 was an extra treat and added some dimension to this corner.
Directly across from the table are the stairs, where we added a wool blanket and dressed up the hooks and shelf.
Along the stairs are the kids’ stockings, grouped tightly together on one side. These are the things you do when have a wood stove and not a mantle.
Another good option for hanging stockings would be to add them above the bookshelf.
Heading into the kitchen . . .
Just some candles in a lantern and new design on the chalkboard finish off this corner of the kitchen.
To learn how to quickly create this look on a chalkboard, watch this video tutorial I made this fall.
In the kitchen, I just added some bunting made from upholstery webbing over the window and added a thrifted plate with greens in it to the window sill.
So, not super complicated, but definitely worth the little bit of extra effort to bring in some Christmas cheer.
I hope you enjoyed a little peek into more of our farmhouse this season and if you are stressing about finishing your Christmas decor- candles and bunting will get you a long way in festivity and ambiance.
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