Today is Day 3 of the Caroline House Christmas tour and we’re in the kitchen and two dining rooms. The kitchen was designed by Kelley Forrester and Marion Petty.
“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:9-10
If you haven’t noticed, I love slightly untraditional color schemes for Christmas. This sage green, gold, and cream is up there among my favorites. A color scheme is not as complicated to establish as it might seem: ribbons, disposable napkins, decorative paper on the whipped cream. That’s very doable. What I really love here is the adorable hot chocolate bar that’s set up. How fun would it be to put together one of these for a month or so in your home?
To add a sense of unity to the spread, you can lay out greenery (picked from your yard, haha, done it) to wrap around serving trays.
Cake stands. What is about that extra six inches off the counter that makes a cake look so special? It’s magic.
Every year I find myself looking for ways to display Christmas cards. I like the card tree on the pantry door. Cute.
There is a real elegance about repetition. These mini wreaths lining the hall create a sense of anticipation as you walk to the dining room. Such a nice touch.
The small dining room was decorated by Susan Huff and Beth Jordan.
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ‘Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'” Matthew 2:1-2
So. Much. Glitter. I love glitter. This sequiny fabric was simply laid over the table cloth and chair cushions. I cannot believe what an intense impact it has on the room considering how easy that would be to replicate. Awesome. Might I add that the pears in the martini glasses is pretty adorable as well. It’s that cake stand idea: make something levitate and it’s waaaay fancier.
The flower arrangement on the chandelier was truly breathtaking. The picture, sadly, doesn’t do it justice. It was like the ceiling was dripping flowers. Just stunning.
Again, these little nooks with bars for hot cocoa and dessert are so inviting. What a great way to add charm to your festivities.
These curtains added a maturity and grace to the sequins that resulted in an elegant room. I also love the water color paintings on display behind them. Maybe it’s just from the movie theater, but framing a focal point with drapes is so intentional and exciting.
Floating candles. Need I mention the cake stand theory?
Pull out your grandma’s silver, ladies and gents, because how cool does this look? Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to cover the tiered trays with macarons… and invite me over to eat them…
Moving on to the large dining room (don’t you have two in your home?): this space was designed by Kathy Lawrence, Ellie Jackson, Jean Ingram, Carol Riley, Carole Crabbe, Anne Sullivan, and Sharon Mason.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
If someone had tried to explain the way this room was decorated, I don’t think I would have taken much interest in the gold and royal blue color scheme with ornate details, but they nailed it. The fabrics and china and flowers are beautiful.
Watching Titanic taught me how to eat when there is this much silverware on the table…
Above the mantle was this neat little tree made from charms. How fun would it be to thrift around for pieces to make one of these?
In a totally different vein, the bar along the window was au naturale with leaves, stones, wooden beads, pinecones, and other natural doodads. I really like this. And how fun would it be to make this an afternoon for the kiddos of collecting items on a nature walk.
Another table had a nod to Thanksgiving with these autumn colors and vintage turkey plates. I really love the centerpieces with eucalyptus and pine cones.
That’s all for today, friends. Come back tomorrow to see the living room tour!