The Best Christmas 2019 Home Tours

The Best Christmas 2019 Home Tours

This week, I am happy to be a part of the Holiday House Tour along with 50 talented blogger friends sharing their homes decorated for Christmas!  The tour is hosted by my friend Krista at The Happy Housie, so be sure to check out her inspiring blog.  If you are coming from All Things With Purpose blog, welcome y’all!

Today, I am sharing how I decorated my formal dining room for Christmas. However, I always keep it casual.

To the window, to the wall! I love to decorate it all.  

I really tried to combine my love for rustic, natural elements and sparkly, glittery Christmas decorations.  In my home, I love neutrals with lots of blues and greens!  To me, it feels inviting, yet peaceful.  I want our home to always feel welcoming for my family, and a place of rest.

 

Rustic Glam is just my jam! 

Again, I love the mix of rustic with glam!  Therefore, I styled my table with a collection of mercury glass trees, pinecones and a blue and green plaid table runner. I have collected the mercury glass trees from several Homegoods stores over the years.

In addition, I incorporated these elements throughout the room. For example, on the Christmas tree, I used an assortment of rustic wood, antler and deer ornaments with mirrored signs and navy glass balls.  Variety is the spice of life, so use a mix of ornaments or ribbon in different textures, sizes, patterns and shapes.

 

Deck the halls with lots of garlands!

On my large chalkboard, I hung a felt garland and a simple count down calendar.  If you want to see how I made this DIY Christmas countdown calendar, click here. It’s really easy and inexpensive with numbered gift tags, craft bags, festive clothespins and a ribbon!

 

If you like it, you better put a wreath on it!

This week I shared 5 Ways to Decorate with Mini Wreaths during the Holidays! For instance, I hung mini wreaths on the back of my dining room chairs with ribbon. Then, I hung two larger wreaths on the mirror and bay window. I think that you can mix fresh and faux greenery, as well as flocked and unflocked greenery in one room.

 

 

More Christmas Home Tours…

If you love seeing blue Christmas decorations, I think you will love my master bedroom decorated for the holidays. I shared it on the blog, here. Now, head to the Chrissy Marie Blog to see her beautiful bedroom styled elegantly for Christmas.

Pin this to your Christmas decor boards on Pinterest by clicking the red pin button on the top left corner of each photo! Then, follow me on Pinterest for more Christmas decorating ideas.

 

Lastly, click on the links under each picture below to be taken directly to my blogger friends’ beautiful blogs!

Sharing today with me are….

Friday

Tatertots and Jello ** A Pretty Life in the Suburbs ** Maison de Pax
She Gave it a Go ** Summer Adams

Amber Tysl ** All Things With Purpose ** Cuter Tudor
Chrissy Marie Blog ** The Happy Housie

And sharing the rest of this week…

Monday

The Happy Housie ** Shabbyfufu ** Jenna Kate at Home
Inspiration for Moms ** We’re the Joneses

Rambling Renovators ** Home Made Lovely ** My 100 Year Old Home
Maison de Cinq ** Nick + Alicia

Tuesday

House by Hoff ** The Tattered Pew ** Clean & Scentsible
The Turquoise Home ** Rain on a Tin Roof

Stacy Risenmay ** This is Our Bliss ** Southern State of Mind
Styled with Lace ** Life is Better At Home

Wednesday

Taryn Whiteaker Designs ** Just a Girl and Her Blog ** Cherished Bliss
So Much Better With Age ** Cassie Bustamante

Lemon Thistle ** The DIY Mommy ** Love Create Celebrate
The Handmade Home ** Craftberry Bush

Thursday

Grace In My Space ** Rooms For Rent ** Modern Glam
Happy Happy Nester ** Town and Country Living

Two Twenty One** Place of My Taste ** Life is a Party
Sincerely, Marie Designs ** Willow Street Interiors

 

How to Set a Colorful Easter Tablescape

Set a Colorful Easter Tablescape

I challenged myself to create two different styles of place settings for an easy tablescape for Easter using the same centerpiece.  Today, I am sharing how to set a colorful Easter tablescape with a few inexpensive finds. Similarly you can check out how to style a neutral Easter tablescape here.  Meanwhile,  let’s take a look at this kid friendly Easter tablescape and tips to set a colorful Easter tablescape.

kid friendly tablescape

 

Mix and Match Paper Goods for a Kid Friendly Tablescape!

Don’t be afraid to mix paper goods with your everyday dishes!  You can mix patterns by finding a commonality, mostly done in color or texture.  For example, I used linen napkins and bunny paper plates in the same green color.  In addition, place patterned paper plates between your white dishes.  It keeps the tablescape casual yet elegant, but allows you to add more color with inexpensive paper products.  Furthermore, adding a paper straw in a fun pattern or color instantly adds a pop of color to your table.  In addition, paper products make the table setting kid friendly and easy to clean up.

 

When working with pattern, it is important to vary the size of prints.  For instance, the Pottery Barn table runner features a large scene of brown bunnies in green grass, while the paper products show smaller images of a similar scene.  Pattern mixing works well when one pattern is a large print and the other is smaller.

 

Limit Seasonal Dishes!

By adding a few colorful, seasonal dishes to my white dishes, I can change the entire look of the tablescape.  I have a large collection of white dishes because of their versatility. However, when I find inexpensive seasonal items, I scoop them up.  My goal is to buy items that are seasonal but not necessarily geared toward only one holiday. For example, these dishes work for Easter, baby showers, or spring get togethers. Recently, I found these spring dishes (none scream just Easter) at Homegoods. The set of 3 floral animal bowls and a set of 4 bunny ramekins cost $10 each while the set of egg cups cost $5.

easter decor and dishes

 

 

Find Happy Accidents!

Attention to detail makes all the difference.  It is truly the little things that will make your guests feel special and or tablescapes be memorable.  This is where I love to find ‘happy accidents’ by combining things that I already own in new ways. When I am styling a table, I may be inspired by one or two new finds of the season.

However, I shop my home a lot and look for items to repurpose or reuse from one season to the next. First, I get out my box of seasonal decor.  Second, I lay out everything that I may potentially use for a particular tablescape including a variety of chargers, cups and dessert plates.  Third, I search my craft room and decor closet for additional items to use.  For example, I found these polka dot straws left over from a birthday party.  I noticed the color and shapes mimicked the Easter egg nests that I had previously laid out… happy accident. While searching in my box of faux florals, I found some orange fall stems that I had previously picked up on clearance.  The shape of the leaves reminded me of the tops of carrot stems… another happy accident. It was a great way to bring more color into my tablescape.

 

Decorate Beyond the Table!

First of all, I adore garlands.  I think they are so cute, inexpensive and can be styled many ways. You can find seasonal and holiday garlands at Homegoods, Hobby Lobby and even the Target Dollar spot for $5-20 bucks in so many cute designs. Y’all, itty bitty carrots!!!  Some of my favorite ways to style garlands are in multiples hanging from a fireplace mantle, hutch or draped over a mirror.  Because they are lightweight, push pins work great to hold them in place.  In addition, they can be hung from the chandelier like I did above this tablescape.  Another easy way to use garlands is draped down the center of the table for another pop of color.  Either way, they create a fun, festive and kid friendly tablescape.

how to set a colorful easter tablescape

 

 

Have fun with your tablescapes!!

It is a great way to share some of your creativity while making a meal with friends or family feel special! Basically, it is like making a house into your home!  Make it yours using what you have and what you love! In short, I hope to spark some creativity in you, and provide some fresh ideas to set a colorful Easter tablescape.

Let me know if you enjoyed these tips to style a colorful Easter tablescape!  As a result, I would love it if you shared my blog posts on social media and save to your Pinterest boards! Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor!  Above all, Happy Easter, y’all!!

set up a colorful easter tablescape

How to Style A Neutral Fall Centerpiece

Style a layered tablescape with this neutral Fall centerpiece featuring some of fall’s favorite textures and wood decor. 

 

For this season, I styled a neutral fall centerpiece for a casual tablescape.  When it comes to Fall, I think of beautiful textures, natural elements and pumpkins! I like to mix and match decor that I already own to create a fresh new look and add in a few seasonal touches.

 

Fall Table decor

Fall Centerpiece for Table

 

Decor Tips to Style a Neutral Fall Centerpiece

Use Variety

In the season of Pumpkin Spice everything,variety is still the spice of life.  Specifically, use a variety of textures when decorating with neutral decor.  The neutral colors will create a sense of calmness, but adding a variety of texture will make the space come alive.  I have mixed felted wool, cable knit and textured fabric pumpkins in my fall tablescape.  Wood adds warmth to a space, and using a range of wood tones is.a great way to add contrast and shake things up!  Also, mix and match old and new!  Vintage decor like these wooden spindles or worn cutting boards gives character and to the centerpiece.

 

Neutral Fall tablescape ideas

Use a variety of textures, wood tones add contrast to neutrals.

 

Fall Centerpiece in Neutral Tablescape

Fill a crate with candles, faux greenery and something fun like wooden spindles.

 

 

Find Balance

It is important to have balance in any well designed space.  Using symmetry is an easy way to achieve balance, but an asymmetrical composition can work when you are working with a mixture of different pieces.  I started my centerpiece by filling a crate with candles, spindles and a felt garland in the center of the table. On either side, I layered pumpkins on stands with other similar elements like wood beads, cotton balls, and word cutouts.  The tablescape is balanced, because the objects take up about the same amount of space, while using similar colors, textures and shapes. I often use symmetry, but wanted this fall tablescape to feel more organic.

 

Fall Inspired Tablescape Decor

Balance a long centerpiece using similar elements, colors, sizes of objects.

 

Work in Layers

 

Whether it is wall decor or tablescapes, layering is one way to achieve interest through depth and dimension.  Varying the height of objects amongst one another creates layers of depth and visual interest.  This can be achieved by using cake pedestals, decorative stools, risers, or layering objects like books or cutting boards, as I have used here.  Draping wood beads over the centerpiece provides another textural element to this space and leads the eye through the centerpiece.  By repeating some of the same elements, you can build up the layers in a vignette while creating repetition in design. Repetition leads the eye throughout the tablescape.  Little details like the word cutouts are put there for several reasons.  They build layers, add interest and create unity in the centerpiece when used repeatedly.

 

It is a good idea to mix the materials that you are using between layers. I put fabric pumpkins on ceramic pedestals placed on wooden cutting boards layered over burlap.   The burlap table runner is the first thing that I put on the table to soften the look between the woods.

 

Neutral Table Decor for Fall

If you are drawn to neutral decor like me, use a variety of tones and textures to elevate your style.

 

 

Layering elements, using a variety of materials and finding balance are great principles to use when decorating a room or a centerpiece for dining table.  These are ideas I always keep in mind when styling a neutral fall centerpiece. I hope you found some inspiration today and check out my other fall tablescapes, like this one!  Thank you for stopping by the blog!  Follow me on instagram @cutertudor and pin any ideas on your Pinterest board to try out later!

 

Casual Elegant Dining Room Inspired by Fall

Neutral Dining Room Inspired by Fall

 

Here are a few things that I used if you are looking for sources:

Felt pumpkins, felt leaf garland, burlap table runner – Marshalls

Wood beads, mini stool – The Findery in Waco, Texas

Gather Here crate – Code: CUTERTUDOR for 10% off at Krumpet’s Home Decor

Mini Word Cutouts – Target Dollar Spot

Cable knit pumpkins – Joann’s 

Small cutting board – World Market

 

 

 

Pinterest ready pin for neutral decor

If you love neutral decor or these decor tips, pin this to the Pinterest board so you are ready to style your next table!

Farmhouse Inspired Tablescape Tips

Today, I styled a farmhouse inspired tablescape that is both pretty and functional!  Tablescapes are one of my favorite things to decorate, because you can be creative and feel a sense of accomplishment in a short time when decorating a table.  It is fun to style a table for holidays, get togethers, but also to make everyday dining feel special!  This table is inspired by by a few farmhouse finds and our love for sharing a big breakfast together as a family on the weekends.

 

 

 

 

I am a big supporter of ‘use what you have’ when decorating your home!  I think it is important to repurpose items that you already own or predominately buy items that are classic in style or color and transition easily between seasons.  I am going to share a few items that I have used in this farmhouse inspired tablescape that are repurposed to encourage you to think outside the box, too, but also be resourceful.

 

 

Tobacco Baskets as Place Chargers

 

Tea Towels as Napkins

Pitchers as Vases

 

 

The Centerpiece

The centerpiece is both pretty and functional.  It is mixed with white serving dishes, faux florals and pieces from the Pioneer Woman collection to add a pop of color.  I started with three white pitchers and filled them with summer florals.  You can add florals to just one pitcher and use the other pitchers for serving sweet tea or juice.  I placed one pitcher on a floral trivet with a mini ‘coffee’ sign.  I stacked up small bowls to hold fruit or condiments around the pitchers.  Then I placed coffee mugs and creamers along the middle of the table.  When the table isn’t in use, it looks pretty, but everything is ready for our family to enjoy breakfast!

 

 

 

 

 

The Place Setting

For each place setting, I used a tobacco basket as a non traditional place charger.  You can turn it upside down for more height, or the other way to corral your dishes.  I found these tobacco baskets for $3 at Hobby Lobby’s recent spring sale, so I snagged a few.  Later, I will use them as wall decor.  I used tea towels as napkins and placed them between white dinner plates and a fun floral plate. I can always find fun seasonal or patterned tea towels, and they are fun to mix and match too. Bowls and spoons are placed on top for casual dining! Forks at the back of each plate.  Everyday dining doesn’t have to be boring, y’all!

 

 

 

Pioneer Woman Dishes

Again, I believe in buying nuetral key pieces, like white dishes that never go out of style. But when you find something you love, don’t be afraid to treat yourself!  When Ree at The Pioneer Woman came out with her line of retro farmhouse serving dishes, I was in love.  For months, I convinced myself that I did not need more dishes no matter how cute they were.  And for a while, I resisted that urge till I saw the blue and green floral print plates and serving pieces and bought a few.  I did convince myself to forego the PW dinner plates and only get the salad/dessert plates.  You can always dress up a table for different seasons or holidays by changing the top salad plate.  I love to mix and match my dishes to create an original style.  Pioneer Woman dishes are found in Walmart or on the Pioneer Woman website!

 

 

Could you resist these ramekins in green polka dots?  I couldn’t either!  How about the mini pedestal tray or drink coasters in blue and yellow roses?  They are great for everyday use, but also to style tables and trays.  How cute did this three tier tray turn out?

 

 

Rae Dunn Dishes

I know that I am late to the Rae Dunn party, but I finally found some Rae Dunn bowls!  When everyone seemed to be purchasing Rae Dunn to resale online, or to add to their growing collections, I could never find it in Waco and was not willing to pay $25 -$45 online for a mug.  Yep, that’s what they were reselling for.  Now that the craze is slowly dying down, collectors are selling pieces from their collections and Rae Dunn dishes are becoming easier to find.  I think more chain stores, like Hobby Lobby are also carrying the Rae Dunn line.  I did find ‘my unicorn’ – this ‘dream’ mug from the RD magenta line in a Dallas area Homegoods last Spring.

 

 

I found the ‘more please’ and ‘let’s eat’ Rae Dunn bowls at Marshalls recently.  It was the first time that I have seen more than 3-4 pieces available in a store in years.   But again, I never really hunted for it nor followed the trend because if everyone has it, it doesn’t seem quite as cool.  Now that the trendiness is wearing off, I think I can hop on the Rae Dunn train. I bought these bowls, because they are a great size for cereal and ice cream, a neutral color, and I thought they would be great for everyday use and tablescapes, too!  If you are looking for Rea Dunn dishes, check Amazon, Homegoods type stores like Marshalls or TJ Max, or local and online boutiques like Mercari.

 

 

I hope you found a little inspiration in my farmhouse inspired summer tablescape!  It is perfect for breakfast with the family or everyday dining during these long days of summer.  With a few simple touches and fun pops of color, this is one table that you can easily style.

 

 

Here are some more favorite pictures of my dining room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin any photo that you love and follow me on Instagram @cutertudor for more ways to make your home cuter!

Mix Old and New in your Spring Styled Tablescape

Mix Old and New in your Spring Styled Tablescape

My spring styled tablescape is a fun mixture of old and new dishes in my favorite colors!  Something old, something new, something thrifted and something blue…  It features my classic white plates that I have had for years, new Pioneer Woman finds, thrifted Currier and Ives dishes and blue linens.  I had fun mixing patterns, colors and different collections together for this simple spring table setting.

 

Spring Tablescape Details

I love to decorate the formal dining room during the weekdays and my husband loves to cook a big breakfast on the weekends.  This casual table setting accommodates both our loves so we can enjoy more time together as a family.

Even though our table can seat six or eight, we just have four in our family. I decided to keep it real and only set the table for the four of us, while keeping a few extra dishes at the other end of the table for friends stopping by.

 

Setting the table for breakfast on Saturday or Sunday Supper creates moments that you can look forward to as a family…time to slowdown and relax together.

 

As summer approaches, I crave simplicity. Keeping a stack of dishes on the buffet table, gathered in a tray on the kitchen island or even on one end of the table like I did here, makes it easy to access dishes for your next family meal.  And unloading the dishwasher becomes a quick task when you can drop them off in one location.

 

This is definitely a no fuss tablescape.  Use what you have!  Dishes don’t have to be fancy or even match!

Mix in something new!  When you fall in love with the Pioneer Woman’s newest collection, get it all or pick the pieces that you love.  I tried to show restraint and not buy any of the PW collection, because I didn’t need any more dishes. I lasted a year until I saw the blue and green floral salad/dessert plates in April and got a set of 8.  Then, I found a few of the little ramekins, mini pie plates, pedestals and bowls in the blue and green that I had to have.

The Pioneer Woman dishes are available at Walmart.  Not every piece is available online, and the selection varies at each store.

 

The blue and white Currier and Ives dishes are a thrifted find.  This set is called ‘The Old Grist Mill‘ and cost $8 for all 36 pieces. However, I normally see the Currier and Ives dinner plates at the local antique mall for $10 each. Therefore, I knew a set of 36 for $8 was a steal before looking online.

If you find sets of china or vintage dishes at the thrift store, flip them over to find the name of the collection and maker labeled on the back.  You can use you cell phone to search the value or history of the piece to determine if it is a good deal.

My mother had the same set, so I was drawn to the pattern. Between the price and memories of my mom, I snatched them up.  Remember, no matter the deal, only buy what you love!

So with a few sets of dishes in fun colors for Spring, my Spring styled tablescape came together! I just love blue and green for any season. Specifically, it is so fresh for Spring and Summer! Next, I layered a light blue cloth napkin between the two largest plates. The napkins are from Homegoods and have a classic feel which work well in this spring styled tablescape.

 

Spring Dining Room Decor

With Spring in full swing, I added more blue and green florals to the Spring styled chalkboard, but it is basically leftover from Easter minus the words that I had written on the board.  The key is to layer multiple shades of chalk to create some depth in the foliage.  Spring flowers lay in the dough bowl.

 

In the bay window, I hung simple wreaths with 3m hooks and displayed my collection of vintage glass insulators on the window sill. I just love the vibrant blue!  They add a fun pop of my favorite color.  My mother had collected these for years, finding them in junk shops and even in fields on my parents and grandparents farm.

 

On the other side of the dining room, I have my chicken wire cabinet flanked by two extra chairs with pillows.  I hung up two extra botanical prints from a set of six that I have.  The other four prints are hung across the way into the living room, which brings the two spaces together.  The cabinet holds vintage silver pieces that I have collected over the past few years.

 

I hope you enjoyed checking out my Spring styled tablescape that is perfect for casual meals with your family.  I encourage you to make family meal time special again!  Not fancy, just intentional!