My Christmas Dining Room 2014

I've heard of a blue Christmas, but have you ever heard of a gray Christmas?
Me either.
But, guess what?
Now you have!

I decided rather than decorate the room for Christmas from scratch I would try to use a lot of things that are always in the room.
Hence a gray themed Christmas dining room.

Last year I bought some unfinished wood deer ornaments and painted them red for the woodland style Christmas tree I did last year.
I decided to re-use them this year, but paint them gray and use them as a napkin ring.

I keep this raw book bowl in my dining room filled with dried lavender bundles.
For Christmas I filled it with greens, candles and sparkly acorn ornaments.

I also keep these topiary trees on my table all the time.
When I found them at Tuesday Morning their pots were a shiny apple green.
I layered on white and French linen chalk paint to give them a softer look that matched my room.

Back when I lived in Illinois I took this photo of a deer on a snowy day.
I thought it would be perfect art for the dining room.
I had Staples blow it up as an engineer print (less than $4.00!).
I then built a simple wood frame using cheap garden stakes to wrap the paper around.
I totally stink at building things so my frame ended up all wonky and my paper didn't go on evenly, so I ended up painting the edges of the print to cover this up. 

I love the deer art, but wish I had gone one side larger.
(next time!)

Just in case anyone is side chairs are from World Market and my end chairs 
are from Marshall's.

Before we even moved into this house I ran out and bought a beautiful gray French style chandelier.
One day I went to to change out the fixture and when I checked my fuse box none of the switches was labeled dining room.
 Oooookay, so I started flipping them one by one and running back into the house to see if the light was off.
 Next thing you know our alarm is going off and after talking to the alarm company for 45 minutes I lost my enthusiasm for changing out the fixture.
 It will get done one of these days. Luckily I don't hate the one I have.

Our dining room is off of a large hallway and this is where we keep our buffet.
I thought it would be fun to create a sparkly winter wonderland on top.

My twig lamps are always on the buffet.
I added my growing collection of mercury glass trees and some greenery.

For height I added a piece I made out of old fence posts and used chalk to write JOY on it.

Finally, I fell in love with these houses I found at Michael's.
I've always wanted to try to make something like this and I am hoping I can add on more buildings over the years.
We'll see. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up to:
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours


  1. It's a beautiful Gray Christmas. I love your deer art and thought it was a painting. My theme is also grey and white and minimal using all the driftwood and seashells that I already have, adding candles and silver baubles. In California we do not get snow so it gives a winter feel to have a white Christmas. I think I would need to add a bit of color if I lived where there is snow!

  2. I really LOVE your grey dining room and Christmas decor! I like your dining chairs too. I looked for those here, when I was on the hunt for new chairs, but none were in stock. I like the deer picture you had blown up. What a great and economical idea! I also like the JOY sign you made. You're quite the crafty one! It's fun getting to see your new house all decked out for the holidays.

  3. Love that JOY sign...everything is gorgeous!

  4. danke für die tollen inspirationen, ich liebe die silbernen bäumchen!!!
    eine schöne woche wünscht angie

  5. Your dining room is beautiful and serene. I love that you wrote JOY on the old wood. :)

  6. Your dining room looks so beautiful all decked out in grey for the holidays! I love those topiaries,,,they are fabulous :o)

  7. Lisa, Your dining room is stunning.. I completely understand why you just left the light ;) I would have done the same. Happy Holidays!

  8. Thank you for the lovely tour of your beautiful dining room!! Beautiful!!

  9. I'm liking your Grey Christmas. Your napkin rings are adorable as is your deer print. What a great idea to make your own artwork!

  10. I love seeing pics of your new house! Your dining room looks so lovely and festive. I like how you added "joy" to the fence pickets and your deer picture you had printed up goes perfectly with the gray Christmas decor!

  11. Lisa,
    Just so pretty. Love the JOY sign. Love your napkin rings super sweet.

  12. The soft colors are lovely. It's all so beautiful and elegant. I love the rustic joy sign on your buffet, and the deer art is wonderful too. SO festive!

  13. Grey is an amazing Christmas color, as you have shown. Your room is so pretty. I especially love your dining chairs and the mercury glass. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I really like the simple beautiful of your decor. I'm all about color (most of the time), but I truly appreciate the beauty of softer colors.

  15. Can I come and sit with you for a spell and share a cup of coffee?

  16. I love the gray and white mixed with the greenery for Christmas, it looks so peaceful and beautiful!

  17. Your Christmas dining room looks beautiful neighbor! Thanx for taking a moment to link up to THT. After the holidays we must get together!