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December 14, 2015

Christmas Kitchen Dining Nook

I've decorated the kitchen dining nook area with a lot of "Christmas"!

For about 2 minutes the sun shined a few rays into the kitchen.  I had to hustle to get these pics and some are not as crisp as they should be but there was no chance for do-overs!

 I filled this tub with birch sticks, silver coated pine cones and some evergreen branches to look as though it was gathered for a fire.

 The sleigh was gifted to me from my kids a few years ago.  This year it landed on the etagere and since it was designed to be a serving tray I loaded it with some dishes.  

 I bought this tray at T.J.Maxx on a whim and it landed here.  I also found the silver bells there which ended up in the tray with my cardinal and some more pine accents. Again sorry about the blurry pictures….I was literally racing to get these pictures when the sun was out.  Moments later it was all gone!

 I loaded this up with bottle brush trees, a sleigh and another cardinal as though they were part of a woodland scene.

Old Santa here has been with me since the Bombay furniture days.  I was considering getting rid of him but I decided to give him a try up on the top of the etagere and loved it instantly.  The garland came with the faux oranges but the cinnamon poked in them are real.  I bought that years back at my favorite garden center at the end of the season.  

The tartan dinner plates came from Williams Sonoma last year and this year they brought them back.  I ordered the salad plates to go with them. I wanted something simple for the lower shelf since I had the other pieces just below on the little console and it was busy enough.  

 The lantern is from Pier 1 and so is the LED candle inside it.  I had some Pottery Barn filler I tossed around the base.  The old world Santa came from the garden center I visited this year and the bark finished candle is an older one from Pottery  Barn.  

 He's a keeper!

 I re-bag all my filler items and keep them around from year to year.

 The red beaded candle ring and the one on the little tree have been in my collection for a while.   They always look good and have held up well.

I found this adorable top hat at a little decorator's store.  I was looking for something to set on the candle holder that was different and I was so happy when I found it.  I'm not sure what I was creating here but I like it.

The top hat is meant to hang on a tree but it suited me better here!

In the evening I have a back light running.  We use LED lights which are economical to run.
(Sorry I missed fixing the electric cord so it wasn't so obvious)

 The chandelier got a special affect this year.  I told hubby I was curious if I could get this red globe up underneath and he came up with a solution.  I've included pics further down below that explain this part.

 I draped this white almost popcorn looking stuff around to look like snow.

 I found these tartan fabric dogs at Kohl's and they ended up here.

 I installed some of those battery operated wire LED lights inside that I turn on in the evenings. 

How did we do it? 
 He bought a piece of acrylic and cut a disc that was larger than the opening of the glass globe.
He made a hole in the center so he could have some way to manage it as he installed it and put holes on the sides for the tie wraps he was going to use to hang it with.

 He also cut a notch on the side so it would allow him to get the piece down inside.
Mr. Smarty Pants!

 He sort of rolled it in there.  I had already put in the little battery operated LED lights.  I am the technical assistant- I helped hold the globe in place while he got the tie wraps on.

Now all we have to do is suspend it with tie wraps.

I had him secure the battery pack for the LED lights with a tie wrap too so I can turn it on and off without disturbing the wreath and deco objects.  You can kind of see the tie wraps holding the disc in place.

 When I first took the pictures my cloche was empty.  I was waiting for this darling little girl on the sled to arrive and it did later in the day.  She's another Bethany Lowe piece- I love the vintage creations she comes up with.

Isn't she cute!  Of course I had to put in some faux snow for the sled!
This year we have no real snow which is very unusual for us!  Personally I am enjoying it but the local ski resorts aren't too happy about it!  Its was 53 degrees today!

So that's my Christmas Kitchen Dining Nook

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  1. Looks very festive, Liz. I am glad you had some good help. Good help is hard to find these days. LOL!

  2. Oh so pretty, I love everything, but especially that gorgeous santa in the corner.

  3. I love your black etagere! It is so pretty with your decorations...and you have some of the prettiest I have seen. I can tell that they are all quality items. Merry Christmas! Sheila

  4. It all looks beautiful, Liz. Merry Christmas!

  5. Liz, I love these pretty vignettes, especially the cardinal in the tray of greenery and bells! Cardinals are my favorite. That is just lovely! Have a great week in Christmas preparation.

  6. Hi Liz, Love your beautiful kitchen and all the wonderful vignettes. Your table chandy is awesome and I love the addition of the ornament filled with the led lights. Just some fyi, Walmart had the same wire lights with the timer feature. Love them and bought about 6 this year for my mantel wreath and more. They really make turning them on and off a breeze. Set it once and you're done all season. Love the darling little girl under the cloche too. Your room is so inviting.
    Enjoy this week and Merry Christmas xo

  7. Very pretty. I love your tartan plates. Don't you love decking out the chandy? The cardinals are lovely as is everything in your etagere. Dan is so great at helping. A nice look with those little led lights.

  8. Beautiful, Liz! That red globe is amazing. Love it!

  9. Just adorable, and I love the Santa in the corner.

  10. Liz,
    I absolutely adore your etagere!!!
    Santa at the top is so charming!!!
    I'll try to remember your tutorial with the chandelier!!!
    I'm always wanting to try something new!!!
    The 'top hat' is stunning!!!
    I, too l o v e Bethany Lowe figurines!!! So realistically and child~like!!!
    Lovin' the plaid and holly plates on your plate rack!!!
    The Kitchen Dining Nook is looking like Christmas has arrived at Infuse With Liz!!!

  11. First of all, I want a lot of the items you already have in this space to begin with, second, that lighting that huge ball is GENIUS, I want that too!!!!!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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