Holiday Home Series: Christmas Dining Room On A Dime

Welcome back to The Holiday Home Series.  

Today, I took the day off to stay home with a sick little one.  Between the bright, sunny day we were blessed with and time on my hands, I got a little camera happy in our Christmas Dining Room...

Over the next few days, I will break down each project to show how this room was decorated on a dime...literally.  

Every element shown here was either a thrift shop, 

 discount store,

or Dollar Tree find.

By mixing new with old,

real with faux,

and a little of the unexpected,

I was able to create a semi formal dinner setting

for the Holidays

without breaking the bank.

Using my everday dinnerware and table linens
I have created a setting that looks special for Christmas, but not too formal.

Still inviting and casual.

I look forward to sharing the details on how it all came together. 

Click here to see how I created the tablescape with Goodwill finds

along with some tips on thrift shopping for dinnerware.

Thanks for visiting.

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Merry Christmas,


  1. Lovely dining room. My CHristmas decor is what I've used for years. In fact, my manger scene is about 17 years old and I still love it. I also use what I already have and every year it always seems to look a little different than the year before. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  2. Its beautiful and not over done I love it!

  3. Every time I come to your blog I love it- you just reminded me today why I love black and white with a touch of red =) happy day

  4. Sarah, love all your red festive touches! You have such a nice touch! Do I spy rosemary as one of your greens? I'll have to incorporate mine into Christmas decorating this year.

  5. So gorgeous... and shows that you don't need money to have style! Love the bold, beautiful look!
    So beautiful done!
    Hope you little one is well soon!

  6. Oh! I love the red frame and gorgeous red high chair! And your thrifty decor is beautiful! I would have never guessed that it came from thrift and discount stores. You are a master!

  7. You know I love it!! Love those trees on the buffet! You always make such beautiful spaces in your home!!!

  8. So beautiful! Love all the attention to detail, your dinner guests are so lucky. I have to ask where you got the house tealight holder you have stacked on the cake stands? Love it - so me! :-)

  9. One word: stunning!

    I love so many things in this post. What lovely ideas!

  10. I especially love how the red high chair and red frame pop

  11. I love the graphic quality of these photos, and the room is a showstopper.

    The pops of red are genius!

  12. It looks just beautiful. I love the red frame. It's the exclamation point in the room. I'm visiting from No Minimalist Here. Stop by to see my photos of Ralph Lauren's table.

  13. You did a fabulous job decorating this room and table on a dime! Beautiful!

    Newest follower! :)

  14. Absolutely perfect! Just love the way everything pops!

  15. Elegance on a budget! That's my passion too! Your room is lovely.

  16. How gorgeous everything is! I specially love the two trees on the buffet, sooo pretty. I believe taste is better tahn amoney, sometimes people with lots of dough, don't know how to displat their homes. Lovely. Mery Christmas. FABBY

  17. Talk about sensibly chic! (Remember that show on HGTV?) Your dining room is elegant and gorgeous. Just goes to show that great taste doesn't need to be expensive. Thanks for the inspiration!


  18. Love black and white with red! Digging the gray walls too, a beautiful room!

  19. gorgeous! Love it and all your posts as well! very encouraging and very creative.



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