Here we are in the cozy dining nook, again at the antique claw-foot table.
This round table has inserts (leafs) which convert the table from round to oval shape. Then 10 to 12 can be seated comfortably around the oval, and I much prefer taking meals here than in the formal dining room.
This time I went with a red and white theme, and kept it casual ~
skipping tablecloth and place mats.
Little jingle bell wreaths and candy canes as favors.
The cabinet is made by a local artist and furniture maker Chris Hart, she designed this one around the antique paned window, latch and hinges.
I'm a long time collector of her pieces. In fact, much of the furniture and art objects in my house have been made by Chris.
I adore her work, and you can see evidence of her one-of-a-kind pieces all throughout my house. :)
Please see the link at the bottom of the page to visit her on-line studio.
Throughout the year I use this particular cabinet for display and storage.
During the various holidays I add a few additional decorative touches;
Hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments for this time of year.
Santa in his gift laden sleigh, a little silver vase with faux red berries, and a little glass Christmas stocking ornament.
Some antique copperware, espresso cups and saucers, a coeur à la crème mold, and fresh linens.
It must be Frosty himself. :)
We live out in the country, in the wooded forest, so a pick-up truck for the "Country-Themed" tree seems essential!
It's by Christopher Radko and displayed here
in French creme brulee ramekins, of course!
It's the kind of pick-up truck you see around here frequently.
Santa taking a rest.
Simple and inexpensive centerpiece ~ a battery operated pillar candle in
glass hurricane vase set atop a white charger. Decorated with Douglas Fir branches from the property, candy canes and a few more hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments.
Some years we decorate several themed trees and place them throughout the house ~ this year only one tree and a small one in the kitchen.
But I still pull out some of the other ornaments for decorations around the house. This wooden Santa usually graces the Country Christmas Tree in the I love the hand pounded stars and moon on his hanger.
The silver-plated antique pitcher is very special to me.
It is a water pitcher from the restaurant my grandfather owned and operated in
San Francisco in the 1930's and '40s. My father worked as a server there through high school, and when I use it I like to remember that their hands held it long before I was born.
The silverplate flatware is from the old Martha Stewart by Mail online store (from about 9 or 10 years ago.) She always offered such high quality merchandise,
I was sad when the online store ceased operations some years back.
I forgot to mention that the candle is a plain one, I just wrapped red ribbon around it to suggest a candy cane pattern, carrying out the theme.
Tablescape Thursday is hosted by
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
Please click the link to visit Susan's blog and find a list of all of this weeks participants.
Merry Christmas plates/chargers: Nell Hill, as well as Home Depot
Red and White Scalloped Bowls and Plates: Crate and Barrel
Silverplate flatware: Martha Stewart by Mail (about 9 or 10 years ago)
Napkins: April Cornell
Ruby Red Goblets: Pottery Barn
Clear Pressed Glass Goblets: Dollar Store
Art Deco Silverplate Pitcher: Family antique
Trifle bowl, holding Red globe ornaments: Neiman Marcus
Glass Hurricane: Inexpensive, I believe it was from Big Lots
Handblown Glass ornaments ~ Collected over the years
Silverplate napkin holders: P.O.S.H. Chicago
Red Jinglebell Wreaths: Crate and Barrel
Red and White Cabinet: Chris Hart Studio
Click link, then left sidebar on her homepage to see examples of Chris' fabulous work.
Fair warning though, if you see something you like, BUY it now because her works are one of a kind, and extremely popular.
Thank you for stopping by today, I'm so happy you could make it.
Please remember, there is always a place at the table for you so please come back often. ~ m.