Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Dining Room

Finally, all the Christmas decor is down and I have enjoyed a blank slate to play with. As much as I love Christmas decor and hate to take it down, I always look forward to something a little less cluttered for winter.

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Since I used so much brass and gold for most of last year, I decided to use silver and crystal.

I brought out my great grandmother's cruet set and some inherited vintage silver and crystal pieces.

The red nandina berries are the only pop of color.

A Balsam branch in a vintage vinegar bottle keeps the room wintry.

Silver platters replaced the plates on the old door.

I have a kind of obsession with empty candle holders and this vintage Fostoria "Baroque" set is perfectly at home beside the equally empty silver punch bowl from  Spain:-) 

I love the clean look of this punch bowl and how it contrasts with the older, more ornate pieces.

I tried about 15 different options on the buffet and the table then knew this look was *it* when I finally figured it out. 

There are so many opportunities ahead for color and accessories, that I am seriously embracing this area this way -- for now:-)

I'll be joining:


  1. Your dining room is so pretty. I love the silver and crystal and how it is displayed. In fact you gave me and idea to use some of my crystal with my mercury glass on my mantle. Thank you!


  2. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado.
    Te animo a hacer una ojeada en el post de esta semana y seguro que veras algunas ideas realmente interesantes.Deseo que te guste y si es así me alegraria que te hicieras seguidora. gracias por visitarme.

  3. I pulled out my tarnished vintage silver as well. Now this is spurring me to get out some crystal to accompany it. Luvly Anita!!

  4. I love the look of your vintage silver and the glass together. Very pretty. I have a similar cruet set up in the cupboard! Your punch bowl is a beauty. Have a beautiful week. Pam

  5. this is such a wonderful space, loving all the beautiufl silver and candlelight!

  6. Your winter dining room looks so pretty Anita!! I just listened to you singing O Holy Night...stunning!!

  7. Anita, I love this look! I love a very simple decor after Christmas. I like a separation between the riots of color for Christmas and Spring. It just has a clean, uncluttered look before the bright colors erupt all around us. Beautiful!!!

  8. Love the vintage silver....warm, inviting, elegant! Crystal and silver are my favorites. I too, listened to your video and saved it for next christmas. The most beautiful , that I have ever heard this song performed! You are blessed with talents overflowing.
    Keep sharing, as I really enjoy your blog!!

  9. You always create just the perfect vignette and setting for your home for the seasons and every day for that matter....I love how you combined your gorgeous silver and crystal. So very, very beautiful.

  10. What you have is perfect for the winter months...very simple yet so elegant and refined with your heirlooms. I love your table. Keeping the candle pieces empty is so inspiring.

    Happy January! :)

    Jane x

  11. Just beautiful ! Love the touches of silver, it adds just the right amount of shine or sparkle to the room...Wonderful job!

  12. Beautiful and so elegant, Anita. Love the tiniest pop of red and the green branch to give a nod to winter.
    Mary Alice

  13. Love the vintage silver.... and yes I did laugh when you mentioned that you changed things up about 15 times!! Thought I was the only one who did that.... lol... got some really great ideas from your post ... Thanks!!

  14. It all looks soooooo beautiful Anita! Sparkling, fresh and just lovely. Happy New Year friend!

  15. Anita, your dining room looks gorgeous...I love how simple a peaceful it all looks...


  16. Lovely, Anita! I, too, always enjoy simplicity after the holidays. I did a post on my winter china cabinet, but I'm sure I'll be changing that soon too, for something less colorful. All your pieces are lovely, but that punch bowl is gorgeous! ~Zuni