Kitchen and Dining Rooms Tour

We’re traveling through the kitchen and small and large dining rooms today in the Caroline House. The kitchen was decorated by Susan Huff and Beth Jordan.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Matthew 2:10

Give your garland some oomf.

The garland adorning the stair rail leading from the upstairs into the kitchen was dressed up with lights, what looks like eucalyptus, and some metallic but subtle beads. Festive!

Holiday Kitchen Tour

I love the fresh take on Christmas colors: creams, light pinks, greens, and metallics. It’s so spring, but with the emphasis on metallics and a few holiday-specific decorations, it totally works. Check out the flowers in the candelabra!

Dress your stools for the holidays.

How adorable are these bows on the stools! Great idea for a party.

Hoilday Kitchen Tour

This kitchen was like Candyland, decorated with darling desserts and vintage stemware and china. It has such an airy, indulgent look.

Holiday Kitchen Tour

Besides more delicious food (that we were discouraged from eating, ha), I spy adorable trays of ornaments and metallic fruit, large doilies draped from shelves, and heavy silver pieces holding bouquets and plants, not to mention duct tape along the counter corner for another metallic splash (yep, seriously).

Holiday Kitchen Tour

Yeah, they told us not to eat this. It was hard, but I made it.

Holiday Kitchen Tour

I would have never thought of using fine silver (if I had it) for a cocoa bar, but it’s another awesome way the heaviness (almost gothic look) of metallics are juxtaposed with light (and lighthearted) items. Also, check out the tiered plate on the right that holds teacups. Clever!

Holiday Kitchen Tour

I have to give some serious props for cleverness here. Gift wrapping appliances is kind of awesome. I’m also a fan of the silver bell wreaths.

Hang flowers from vases.


My absolute favorite aspect of the kitchen consisted of this window. Delicate roses were displayed in hanging vases. The vases were glass with a metallic finish of some kind.

Hang flowers from silver basins

I give you all permission to come do this to the windows in my house.

Holiday Kitchen Tour

Here’s one final look at the kitchen. I’m just now noticing the garland on the crown moulding, which lends itself to making the room look holiday festive (rather than baby shower festive).

The small dining room was decorated by Mary-Gwin Morris and Amanda-Hutton Sanderson.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Holiday Dining Room Tour

On a tray lined with magnolia leaves, rests gold-painted fruit with the occasional thistle. I love how greenery-heavy this room is.

Frame the fruits of the Spirit

Along the small dining room bar, there are framed fruits of the spirit (“Love,” “Joy,” “Peace,” etc) printed on adorable scrapbook paper, then lined with garland decorated with magnolia leaves and some other greenery I haven’t placed.

Holiday Dining Room Tour

So much here. I love the gold-painted fruit as table settings, the basket bouquets on the back of each chair, and the thistle that accents each bouquet.

Holiday Dining Room Tour: thistle

The green berries with the hydrangeas look so fresh, and then here we are with that thistle again. So wintery and unusual.

Greenery Wreath

What I love about these wreaths is that you can easily change its accent depending on season or event, and you don’t need an obscene amount of flowers to make it look stunning.

Thistle in a glass lamp for a dreamy, feminine look

And for my favorite detail of the room: the thistle in the glass lamp. So romantic and dreamy-looking.

The large dining room was decorated by “Growing in Grace” (a bible study?).

“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Decorate a kids table for Christmas

The first thing you see when you walk into the large dining room is the kids’ table. I love that they chose to decorate with grinch-lime green and red here, so fun. And of course, the upside down elf in the bowl. If you can’t use humor while decorating the kids’ table, then where can you?

Decorate with moss

I’m seeing crayon access and activity books (so smart), as well as plates and a centerpiece surrounded by moss. Such a unique idea!

Holiday Dining Room Tour

This wreath was amped up with berries, green berries, pinecones and bells of Ireland.

Holiday Dining Room Tour

Above the adult table, I was so impressed to see a wreath hung (by wiring it) from the bottom of the chandelier. So gorgeous, not to mention the moss balls descending from the center.

Holiday Dining Room Tour

The centerpiece just below looked like this: hydrangeas, roses, bells of Ireland, green berries, and pipe cleaner candy canes. I love that they weren’t afraid of a strong red and green color scheme in this room. The effect was quite classic.

Easy, lovely table settings

I’m all about the table settings here: a pinecone with a little chalk place card. Simple yet so lovely. While the look of the adult table is (clearly) different from the kids’, they are still tied together with the green moss.

Holiday Dining Room Tour

In the corner of the room stood a small Christmas tree decorated with lights and faux cranberries. I love the simplicity.

Come back tomorrow while you’re bird’s cooking and check out the living room!


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