I used my favorite collection of monogrammed antique Limoges dishes and some of our collection of Staffordshire pups when setting the table. I love using what we own and combining it with some new pieces, the malachite dishes and the opaline glasses, to set a table that we will sit around and create another Christmas memory.
Just like the rest of the house, I used satin ribbon on the pups, wreath and tree. I love the simpleness of the satin ribbon and how it just hangs so perfectly. I did use the pink wired satin ribbon from the wreaths on the front of the house for the larger pups, I felt like they needed a little extra love!
My darling assistant found these amazing pagoda napkins while we were shopping at Ballard Designs right after Thanksgiving. She literally gasped and said ... are those pagodas? and I knew they would be perfect for the table. We also found the darling crackers at Ballard Designs and I have some matching place cards that I will put out on Christmas Eve. The crackers and place cards truly match perfectly!
I mixed our antique Limgoes dishes with another set of antique plates that are pale pink with gold rims. I love mixing together more than one plate to create layers on the table. The ruffle on the blue chargers makes me super happy and the gold woven place mat rounds the whole look out. When I first set the table I was bothered by the fact that I wasn't using a tablecloth but the more time I look at the table I love the natural antique wood showing. This table belonged to my inlaws before it came to us and I love the details in the wood.
One evening while I was heading up for bed I decided this corner needed a little something special and I grabbed my favorite vintage gold tree and set it up. I love that it doesn't have any lights but yet makes it feel so cozy in the corner. I dressed it with some vintage ornaments and tons of gold beads and I could not love it more.
The tree skirt is one I picked up at an antique store last year and its so darling. I love the green color and the gold details make me so very happy. Someone spent a lot of time stitching all the amazing scenes on the skirt and each one is just so precious. It has a darling scallop detail and I am so thrilled to be able to use it this year in the dining room. I purchased it after Christmas last year so this is the first year I have been able to use it.
I absolutely love vintage tree toppers. They are so simple yet so perfect for the top of a tree. I love pairing mine with a big bow. When I tied this one I left the tails longer than normal to match all the simple satin ones I used around the house. This ribbon is the same as the pink I used on the outside of the house, just in green. I love it so very much.
Along with the vintage ornaments on the tree I mixed in a few I purchased this year from Anthropologie. I love the big white swans and the tiny pink champagne bottles. They mix perfectly with my older ornaments and they are both very special to me. Who doesn't love champagne to celebrate the special moments ... and pink bottles, umm #yesplease! When I was a child we fed the swans many days at one of the lakes in Lakeland where I grew up and to this day a white swan takes me right back to being a small child. These swans are truly beautiful. It's very hard to see in these photos but the swans have the most amazing glitter beaks. Truly so precious!
I have had the gold bamboo flatware for a few years now and I never tire of using it to set a table. It is heavy and fabulous and I love the amazing detail it gives to each place setting. I have a lot of people ask me where I purchased it and it is often sold on Etsy. (search gold bamboo flatware for many listings)
I think this image may be my absolute favorite ... the bright green of the napkin with the pale pink of the plate and the blue charger along with all the gold touches ... it is exactly what I envisioned in my mind for this year's Christmas table! I think the blue glasses and the brass goblets make me super happy as well, I am a girl who loves her details.
I am in charge of all the pretty details and Lawyer is in charge of all the yummy ones. I am not sure what he has in mind yet for our meal but I know it will be delicious and we will linger for a while over dinner and conversation. I have so many little touches planned for the evening that I hope will be memorable for all of us. As the kids get older it is harder to keep them interested but worth it when it happens.
Merry Christmas from our vintage styled dining room to you!