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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS....MY CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM....

BEFORE we go into my CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM,
I have a small SWEET smorgasborg for you to enjoy...
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Have a piece of FANTASY FUDGE, full of pecans....
or maybe you would rather enjoy a chunk of PECAN DIVINETY....
and if you'd rather have a cookie...I have our traditional CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE cookies
that you can even have more than one ....I made a very large batch !!
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MY CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM.....
......all done up in
RED and WHITE
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I love my vintage fireplace mantel...I bought it at an antiques shop years ago.
It is pine and MR. SWEET nearly fainted dead away when I casually mentioned...
"I will paint it snow white"....
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But he seldom says NO to me...('cause I'm prudy mean...!)
(what is it with men and natural wood, anyway ??)
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Once it was painted, he fell in love with it, too !! :O)
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This is a tiny little cup my daughter made in 1979..
that would make her 10 at the time....she is now 40....bwaaaa..
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It's sitting right there...along with my other Christmas Cups....
I put these out so they will be handy to grab when that EGG NOG comes out of the fridge...
UMMMMM!
I DO love me some egg nog !! .....fresh ground Nutmeg on top...
"I like it..I love it....Can't get enuf of it"...
(now, in case you don't know, that's a country song...)
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As you can see, I am still using my vintage DISPLAY RACK that thinks it's a ..... BAKERS RACK....
I am ever on the look-out for that perfect HUTCH that I just know is out there..somewhere...
just waiting for me to find and rescue it !!
but....in the meantime...I still am lovin' this little rack...
I've NEVER walked into a cottage and found another one just like it in someone's dining room!! :O)
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O MY....Red and White is soooo pleasing to my eyes....
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This Christmas, I have decided to bring out all my WHITES...
Olden Ironstone, some not so olden...
I love the way it looks on my red hutch..
just perfect for my RED and WHITE CHRISTMAS...
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Wonder why I love the look of old silver pieces in this ironstone sugar bowl ?...but, I DO !!
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I gathered a few of my little vintage pitchers together and put them on a silver tray
that my daughter gave to me...
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O !! and see this cute little LONE Target bird ...?


bwaaaaaaa......


I am linking with:

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
and with HOOTIN ANNI for her HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS
and with SUSAN for TABLESCAPE THURSDAY
*PLEASE don't kick me out of the club, SUSAN...I KNOW I don't have a tablescape as such here...
but...it's in my dining room and there's dishes involved....ok??...:>)
THANKS TO ALL YOU SWEET LADIES FOR HOSTING THESE FUN DAYS FOR US !
MERRY CHRISTMAS.....

48 comments:

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ your home looks so beautiful and inviting and ready for Christmas. I love your mantle too! Good choice to paint it. So lovely. I could use a piece of fudge right now!
Yvonne

Dena said...

Evening BJ,

Can I come live with you? Your house is so warm and so cozy, I just want to snuggle up and have a piece of that yummy fudge! :)

Hugs,
Dena

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj...is that a red hutch? Sideboard? I need to go back and look again. Wow...that is gorgeous. Beautifully laid out!
I am just having the time of my life. I need a bit more energy..but otherwise this is just more fun than...ok..a barrel of monkeys! tee hee! :)
The white tree with your blue and white china in the dining room...OH MY! You must do it! That would be amazing! Aren't paper clips wonderful? :) The make such great hooks for decorations...much better than the flimsy ones you buy in a package.
I have lost a lot of ornaments from the falling from those light pot metal hooks!
I 'm so happy you like my tree! Now I must go back and look again.
Mona

glimpse of my world said...

We have the same Santa chef... posted him yesterday.. hope all is well with you.. hugs!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Bj, what a warm and inviting. I love your mantel all painted white. I'm with you what is it with men and natural wood or oak? Thanks for the fudge. hugs ~lynne~

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I see divinity! Mmm...I've never made it, but I love it (and eggnog)! I love seeing all your pretty things. Your home is so warm and welcoming.

Sue

Judy said...

Looks beautiful BJ...and I'll take two of each of those scrumptious looking sweets!


Judy

Shelia said...

BJness! I'm loving your red and white Christmas! I love seeing your pretty home. And you have the most beautiful things! I love your mantle in white. I know about men and wood! Bad boys! If you remember, it took me over 10 years to get Mr. Precious to come around so I could have our dark paneled den painted! AHHH!
I love your white dishes against your red counter. What color of red did you use. I love this.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Justine said...

You killed the bird! You killed the bird!!!!!!!!!

But, that aside, your dining room looks GORGEOUS. I adore all the white and red. Love that simple berry wreath too. Too many pretty things to comment on here, that's for sure!

And yeah, men and their natural wood. Idiots. LOL

Justine :o )

Stacey said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Looks like you are ready for a party BJ. I'll have a cookie please.

Julie said...

Hi BJ, Love the mantel in white...The food looks pretty good to!!
Merry Christmas
xoxo
Julie

Jeanette said...

Just beautiful and inviting and lovely. You did a great job.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wowzer BJ! I LOVE all of your Christmas decorating. I am so sorry about your Target birdie :-(
xo
Penny

Miss Janice said...

Love your dining room...love that white china!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how pretty! I love your red and whites. So sorry about your little Target birdie! I love eggnog too.

© Jennifer Raley said...

Did you fix the bird?

I like your 'baker's rack'. I just moved mine out today - something about it bugs me ... it comes in and goes out. It's out again. I have a HUGE hutch. Way bigger than needed but I fell in love w/it - then we remodeled it b/c it was too much glass & mirrors. But I love the hutch big or not.
See ya next time .. Jenn

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Hi bj, love the post, wow the food looks so good, love the baking santa, i hope that peppermint candle you found at wallmart, I love it....everything is just wonderful, I for some reason now need a little sugar....

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

That mantle is beautiful, especially painted white. I love the dishes on top of it too. The white ironstone with the red checked napkins is just perfect for Christmas, and I'm not even going to talk about how good those sweets look. Don't give out your address though, or you're in trouble. Everyone will be coming there to eat!
Blessings,
Marcia

Kammy said...

Such a fun post Bj ! Your widdle target birdie - now it is a widower or widow....hmmmmmmm ..
Love your mug display and everything in the red and white !
Kammy

Jensmere said...

Hi BJ...thanks for the lovely tour! Love those blue and white dishes that were in the background with birdie! Hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!
Be blessed,
Susan

Blondie's Journal said...

BJ~~~

What a lovely home you have...so rich with pretty detail. We share a lot of the same taste & style. My hubby is the same about natural wood but usually I listen to him and am happy. I just paint the cheap stuff. But your fireplace looks awesome... Love the little mug your daughter made because I remember my kids making those, but I was dumb and washed them and they were ruined, Bwaaaa!!! ;-)

Love that buffet. It made me hungry!!

xoxo
Jane

Linda said...

BJ,
That is the cutest SANTA ever...where did you find him? Hope you have a FUN Thursday!

Blessings,
Linda

Sarah said...

BJ, it works as a TT for me! Loved the little tour of your dining room. The mantel is beautiful, and I'm envious of that wreath. Thanks for the treats. I had divinity! ~ Sarah

arkie said...

I love the silverware in the sugar bowl! Yummy looking treats!

Susie Q said...

Just a treat, as always, to visit you here BJ! So warm and cozy and pretty! Your signature reds just pop at thei site of year!
Oooh!And your yummy goodies look soooooo good!!

Love,
Sue

Joanne Kennedy said...

First I must say how lovely your place looks for Christmas! Very pretty!

Now on to the broken bird. I have an extra set of the white bird salt and pepper shakers from Target I would love to send to you as a little Christmas gift.

So, if you will email me your address at jk51958@yahoo.com I'll get them out to you.

Hugs,
joanne

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

BJ, I so enjoyed your pictures. I'm going back for seconds!

Barbara said...

Morning Lovely Lady, Everything looks so festive and I will have a piece of fudge (or maybe two pieces). Love your mantel, the dishes and the red chest. Great post as usual.

Barbara

My name is PJ. said...

Each photo lovelier than the last one!

Oh BJ, I love things with history and red is my favorite color, so Christmas at your house would be a dream!

Thanks for sharing it with us; it's absolutely picture perfect!

jeanne said...

Good morning BJ, I have set aside today for visiting and I am starting with you. Your post is so pretty, sweet, lovely and more. I scrolled down to the posts I have missed. Christmas in your home is so cosy and welcoming. I too love your red and white. I was hoping to visit last night but I am so tired after a 5:00 am start with Cheri' I have been going to sleep early. You will laugh at this...I was talking to Beverly on the phone and I dozed off. Next thing I remember was Beverly saying JEANNE wake up. That was a first! HA. It's cause I am 70 now!!! LOL.

Painting your mantel was genius. I am not sure I would have the nerve. Of course, I remember seeing it before. I'm not that old yet!!!

If you could see me trying to type with CC biting my PJ's and anything she can get her mouth on. LOL. She is driving me crazy and I love every minute. I keep giving her a chewy but I am her favorite chewy.

Keep ypur Christmas photos coming. I LOVE your collections of white stone ware, your cream pitchers and your red and white decor. The perfect cottage look.

Love you too, Jeanne

the wild raspberry said...

i know...my husband gets tremors when i want to paint wood. funny.

love your decorating~ sorry if i dropped any crumbs but that candy cane cookie was delightful~

chasity

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Every little detail is so sweet! That precious cup your daughter made is just the best!
Happy Holidays,
Andrea

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

BJ, it is all beautiful! I love love love your fireplace mantel and how you have it decorated!

Beverly said...

BJ, I love your red and white dining room. Everything looks so pretty!

My mother would love a piece (or more) or your divinity. She loves that stuff.

Don't fret, I'm sure Susan would never kick you out. ;-)

Deb said...

BJ it looks so inviting...loved the food...no calories just to look...LOL

ellen b said...

Love your home Bj! Those goodies are calling to me. You've been working hard and the results look fabulous. So sorry about that Target bird!! Merry Christmas to you and yours...

Kathie Truitt said...

Mmmm, so cozy.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

I think your mantel looks superb in white. And I'm so sorry about your target birdie. Everything is so beautiful. Rosie

sissie said...

BJ, you are a hoot! I love everything that you have done.
I really am jealous of your white ironstone. I want it all.
Do you keep all of the yummy goodies out for the month of December, if so, I'm comin over.
A fat girl, like me, could sure have some fun in your diningroom.LOL

Kathleen said...

QUICK! Get the glue..no one will know cause I won't tell!

Pecans in 2 out of 3, that's not bad..
If I find you a filled pancake mold you can send me some of your home grown nuts..(not your kids..:) )

It all looks good, BJ..you are finished decorating??

Mimi said...

BJ, I love your mantle, just beautiful. I am enamored with your collection of little creamers.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

BJ, I loved your post today....Girl all those white dishes look great on your red hutch...Now that Bunny towel where did you find that too cute my friend...I need it ha ha!! I pray all is well on your side of the mountain my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Your dining room is so festive and inviting! I love the color scheme! And I really like the old silver in the ironstone piece! And the mantel is amazing...I love it white too! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Kathleen Grace said...

I'm unchaining myself from the sewing machine long enough to catch up with my BJ:>) Everything looks so pretty, you know how I love red and white! The mug your daughter made is so precious. Irreplacable treasure isn't it? Those are the things that count!

Rue said...

Hi BJ :)

I love red and white together too! Your dining room looks wonderful! I love your home all the time, but I really look forward to it at Christmastime every year :)

Rich is the same way about wood. I still can't believe he let me paint my kitchen cabinets LOL

love to you,
ruzzer

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love the white dishes on the red hutch! My favorite color combination! Your dining room looks really lovely!

Manuela

Hootin' Anni said...

This is most charming! I love every bit of your array of seasonal sweetness!!

I'm here from Home 4 the Holiday Parade and wanted to leave you, with this...

Have a blessed season...and peaceful new year!

Pat said...

It's all gorgeous! Of course I love red...and white looks wonderful with it. My mother used to make the most incredible divinity...and each Christmas she made a container just for ME! She loved Christmas and all the stuff that goes with it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us!