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December 22, 2017

Cozy Dining in the Kitchen

Let's start here with my little black accent table. 

A few years ago a dear friend of my husband's and mine carved this white swan for me.  I had no idea he was so talented with things like this.  It sits on a shelf in the guest bedroom but I wanted to be sure to use it for this years decorating.  I added a red velvet ribbon for the holidays.  The sled was a TJMaxx find a few years ago.

Just for fun I put the black top hat on the tree and an ornament with dutch shoes.  My third red lantern house has a candle that comes on each night.  I got the wood lantern box from Pier 1 in the clearance area.  

I had to show you this at night.  I used some of those little LED light sets inside, an evergreen branch with berries and pine cones,  a tree and the deer.

I found the three little deer as a set at Target.

A little woodland animal magic!

The plate rack always gets dressed up for the holidays.  I kept it pretty simple this year.  
I haven't even done one tablescape this season.  

I've had to step back and take better care of myself.  I found out I'm type II diabetic now and it's thrown me for a loop.  I'm getting it under control but have had difficult side affects from the medication.  I'll talk more about this after the New Year.

The etagere ended up with several "Putz" styled pieces.  I never know from year to year how I'm going to decorate it but I do try to do something different each year.

This is a Bethany Lowe piece Dan and I found at a little shop up in Petoskey.  I added the little trees with the gold ornaments.

These were ornaments sold by Pier 1 last year.

Another Bethany Lowe piece I got a few years ago.  They all light up.

My little "smoker" with the blue porcelain dishes that I got last March in Frankenmuth, MI  

I pulled out my aged looking metal tub and loaded it with pine and birch branches.  

I got these new plates from Pier 1 this year with the cardinals and also the ones below with cute village scenes.

I paired them up with the plaid dishes from Pottery Barn that I got last year.

There are four different scenes.

 I created this little centerpiece of coffee mugs, salt and pepper shakes, ornaments and even a tin with hot chocolates.   The two tier tray is a Mikasa piece that I found a great deal on through Bed Bath and Beyond.  It's quite a hunk and will be a piece I'll use for years to come.

The wonderment of the holidays always seems so enhanced with nighttime pictures!

We're staying home and our daughter is flying in from L.A. so we'll be enjoying every minute we can being with her.

I want to wish you all a loving, warm, cozy, and Merry Christmas!



  1. I love Bethany Lowe and you have a couple of really pretty pieces. Love your cozy dining area. Love the bottom cabinet lite up so pretty. Always so beautiful with all your nice touches Liz. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May the new year bring lots of happiness, good health and lots of fun new table setting ideas from you. Enjoy these next few days.

  2. Liz, did you work at Macy's in NYC and did their windows at Christmas? You are so talented combining just the right pieces to create magic. I love the plates from Pier 1 ! They have my name written all over them--so pretty. You are right everything looks so enchanting in the evening with everything all aglow! Have a wonderful time with your daughter. Merry Christmas, my friend. ♥

  3. I love all of your holiday trimmings, Liz! It's always fun to see how others dress up their homes for Christmas, and yours is quite lovely! Take care with your health, and have a very Merry Christmas filled with happiness from family and friends!

  4. Oh, Liz- your touches are so amazing - love love love your little village on that metal rack stand - but honestly every single piece is awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!!! Please have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year.

    Big big hugs. ♥

  5. Liz,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Love the black pieces of furniture with all your beautiful Christmas displays on them!! Very pretty!!Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  6. You created some magical vignettes. Love your special pieces. How special your friend carved that swan. Wishing you, dan and Chelsea a very Merry Christmas. Xo

  7. I love all your Christmas decorations, particularly the way you put your etagere together. Looks wonderful! Hope you had a nice Christmas with your daughter.
    Take care


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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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