A Wintery Dining Room


Today, I’m joining Marty for her cloche party and since I only have one cloche and it’s in the dining room and since I decorated in there for Christmas, we’ll go ahead and look around at everything.

Hope you don’t mind. 🙂


I sometimes play tug of war with myself, since part of me loves the natural look that I see in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens.  The other side of me loves glitz and glitter, so what usually happens, is that I have some of each to satisfy both parts of my personality.

This year on the sideboard, I decided to use my white pieces and go natural.  Some of these things are dried and some are fake, but I love the combination of all the natural greens with my white dishes.  The middle greenery here in the big urn is actually preserved greens.  IMG_7847

Makes for a pretty striking arrangement.   The long garland in the front, I picked up at Michael’s in their recent 1/2 price sale and I love how it looks with the icy pine branches.  Really adds to the look.  I simply put down a string of lights underneath it to make it glow.  Dried hydrangeas on the left are from my yard and the magnolia on the right is the dried magnolia from last Christmas that I cut.  It dries beautifully with those velvety brown backs on the leaves.IMG_7848

The little snow-dusted tree is fake and I found it last year after Christmas complete with twine for a rustic look.  I just noticed I got myself in the pic, didn’t mean to do that. 🙂 IMG_7849

You’ll recognize the yardsale bowl that I just found recently and I piled up some pinecones and white glass ornaments to give it a festive feel.


Now, finally we are peeking at the cloche.  Are you still with me??  This cloche usually sits in the middle of my diningroom table and I change it out on a whim.  I love to add a Winter scene during this time of year with my tiny Christmas village people.   Add a little fake snow and it’s too cute!  Last year I found that cute little lighted hedge, can you stand it?  It’s perfect under the cloche and runs on batteries.IMG_7851

If I remember right, I found it at Walmart too.  I added some fresh greens that I cut in our nearby woods underneath the cloche, which is sitting on my white cakeplate nestled in a round silver platter.  IMG_7853

These little  people make me smile.IMG_7864

And we will enjoy our little Winter scene under glass. IMG_7867

A peek at the china cabinet which also got a glitzy gold pinecone wreath tied on with a pretty ribbon.IMG_7869

And some rustic gold stars that I’ve had for a few years hang from the chandelier with bronze ribbon, along with some sparkly glass ornaments.IMG_7865

Fun, festive and natural.  I love this combination.  You really can add a lot of ambience with just a few things, so I hope this gave you some additional ideas for your Christmas decorating too.


Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas to all of you.

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda,
    As always you wow me!
    The dining room look ready for a wonderful Chrsitmas diner.
    I love the touches on your chandelier! So simple & elegant!

  2. The natural look is very appealing to me, too! And the lights underneath and gold ribbon and white dishes! Lovely.

  3. What beautiful decorations. Your rooms are so elegant.

  4. VERY very pretty, Rhoda! I love the neutral dining room accented with all of nature’s beauty and a tad of your own blingy style! 🙂

  5. Beautiful dining room. Adorable cloche! I found some similar little lighted pieces at Lowe’s last year. My cloche post is up, so please stop by and take a peek. I so love how you have added the white ledges/shelves to your dining room walls. I have two small ones on each side of my china cabinet. Now I’m thinking I need to add a few more longer ones to each side!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  6. I love how you mixed up your glam and natural elements! The village under the cloche is too cute, and I’m still loving how your dining room looks since you painted. That sideboard is SO pretty!

  7. I love white Christmas decorations. I’m going to use some of your ideas in my dining next year. I don’t have a sideboard yet, but hopefully will have one by then! 🙂

  8. Love the way your buffet is decorated!

  9. I love your colour scheme. And that winter scene! I have seen it on this tour twice now and I think I may try that! I am stopping in from Nester’s Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the ‘Christmas 2009’ tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!

  10. Donnalee aka Countryfeather says:

    It was so beautiful! Scrolling down the photos I spotted Little Jack Frost. I have had mine for many years and he always puts a smile on my face. This year I will give hime an a new place among the hydrangeas on the sideboard. I admire you and your wonderul ideas and touches. I enjoy your blog and hope you will continue with all your inspirations.
    Thank you for all your hard work too!


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