Hello Friends, It's that magical time of year again...Time to deck the halls, wrap the presents, and trim the trees!  On Christmas morning, after all the gifts are unwrapped, my family & I gather around the table for a leisurely Christmas breakfast.  I serve pancakes with fresh fruit, warm maple syrup, freshly
squeezed orange juice, and hot coffee.  I savor this moment every year!  This simple pleasure of slowing down and spending time with the ones I love is what matters to me the most at Christmas.

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Come on in and I'll show you around our rustic dining room decorated for Christmas.

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I placed pine cones on top of Tartan Plaid Napkins.  The delicate white plates were a gift from my mom.  My tabletop tree is adorned with vintage lights and ornaments handed down to me by my parents. The tree sits inside a vintage Dewar's Liquor box placed on top of a vintage sewing table.
Chippy antique shutters with pine cone garland lean against the wall.

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When it comes to decorating a holiday table, I take my cue from mother nature.  I used branches and pine cones collected from my yard for a rustic centerpiece. The cranberries in hurricane jars add a festive pop of red. 


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I clipped winter evergreen branches from my yard to make sprays to hang on the shutters.

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Here is a close-up of my little Christmas tree adorned with vintage lights and ornaments.

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On the opposite side of the room sits my favorite find.  A stainless steel medical cabinet.  This is where I keep our everyday dishes along with other items that we use for special occasions.  Next to the cabinet are two bookshelves that I painted and added casters to. Dishes, bowls, and platters are stacked on the shelves.

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A couple of sweater pillows keeps the wicker love seat warm and cozy.  I used red, green and navy this year.....Here's a little secret..... The pillows are slipcovered with wool sweaters and the cushions are covered with a tartan plaid scarf.

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I made the driftwood sailboat, the leaf garland, and wreaths.  A French tea towel hangs from the door with a silver bell on top.
  







             
          Cotton Stems placed in glass soda bottles sit on top of my favorite painted chest.




I hope I inspired you to decorate your dining room for Christmas. Please visit my Amazon Storefront to shop for Christmas decor. 
I'm so glad you are here!  If this is your first time visiting love my simple home, welcome.  For the past 7 weeks, I have been working on a makeover of our living-family room for the One Room Challenge and today I am sharing the finished space.  If you missed any of the past weeks, please feel free to click through!


This is my second Room Makeover in the ORC as a guest participant.  This time around a one-week extension was added.  Before I begin the final reveal of my coastal-inspired space I want to thank Linda from Calling It Home who is the creator of the One Room Challenge!  Thank you, Linda!  Without this challenge, my rooms might never get finished.

These seven weeks have flown by and the days have been filled with expectations, excitement, and some anxiety.  I'm so in love with the final design and very proud to share it with you today!

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What started out as a relatively stress-free challenge there was a little fiasco with a leaky window during week five.  We scrambled to fix the window so the room would be finished on time.  I started out exactly 7 weeks ago to makeover our living-family room.  My goal was to turn my neglected living room into a bright and airy coastal space for myself and my family to enjoy.  Here is the room before:



The budget was one of the biggest considerations I had when selecting the pieces for this space and my goal was to design for long-term use.  From my initial design plan, I knew that I wanted the Sofa to be the focal point of the room.  I added special touches with pillows to make the sofa even more of a standout.  The artwork in the room was photographed by me and was the inspiration for this project. The colors in the photographs influenced the other elements in the room.  I hope you'll read on and take a closer look at the completed space.  If you have any questions about any of the items in the room ask away in the comment section and I will be happy to answer!


                                        Birch Lane Heritage Durham Sofa - At Wayfair




The biggest transformation to the room is the creamy white paint on the walls. During Week Four I decided to add a project that wasn't in my original design plan. I installed the board and batten on the wall in the tiny vestibule.  This tiny space now has a warm inviting vibe when you step through the front door.  I am thrilled with how this simple DIY made this space come to life!




I framed family photographs that I took at the beach in lightweight wood frames that I made from scraps of wood.








Let's talk about the entryway.  I reupholstered the white bench in a fabric with a lively pattern and added textured pillows to soften the back.  I love how incredible the round mirror looks opposite the bench.  It reflects light into the room and I can see if I'm decent when I leave the house.  I love the texture of the jute area rug and its round shape breaks up the rectangular space.  








The photograph in the frame was taken by me and is available to purchase in my PRINT SHOP. This small island is the little oasis that we visit by boat. The colors in the photo were my inspiration for the room design. 


My design plan for the room was to create a room that inspires calm, comfort, and relaxation. It also had to be welcoming and utilitarian. It's where I spend time with my family, entertain and feel at peace when alone. I purchased a ginormous sofa because I want to be able to lounge, kick back, and be completely comfortable.  I wanted my sofa to be beautiful and tailored. 

I love this gorgeous area rug!  It was love at first sight and I knew it was meant for this space. I hung textured roller shades and faux silk curtains on the windows.  All of the furniture with the exception of the sofa I already had.  The coffee table is an antique, the chair I purchased at a yard sale and I repurposed a china hutch to use as our entertainment center.  

   











A picture hung low on the wall lets the person sitting in the chair enjoy the picture.  








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That's it for me!  Thank you for following along over the past 7 weeks as this room came together.  Your support has meant the world to me and I hope you will come back again!  Click on over to visit the other ORC Guest Participants and the ORC Designers.

Thank you to House Beautiful Magazine for sponsoring the ORC.



Hello friends, it's week 6 of the One Room Challenge!  This week the sofa arrived and I purchased an area rug for the room.  I still have some work to wrap up over the weekend to prepare for the reveal next week.  Accessories need to be picked out, the ART will be installed, and I need to spend time styling and photographing the space.



There have been a few hiccups along the way and I've made some tweaks to my design plan.  I can't wait to show you the space with the sofa, decor, art, and rugs!  Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to visit the other Guest Participants and talented Designers in the ORC.




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