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Pink and Purple Christmas

December 14, 2011
by thenestinggame

It’s the Nesting holy grail. To have every room in the house clean AT THE SAME TIME.  I always seem to have at least one room that is the dumping ground. And lately, it’s been the dining room.

We don’t have a proper mud room—or even an improper one. When we come in from the carport, we’re right in the kitchen. And we hung some hooks up for our bags and coats, but they’re not really strong enough for bags with laptops. Add fixing that to the to-do list…

Anyway, all this to say…. anything that comes into the house that doesn’t have a place to go ends up in the dining room. Saturday I tackled it, at first moving things from pile to pile, then literally pacing around the house carrying a paper clip at a time, but eventually clearing MOST of it out.

And to prevent the dining room table from becoming a dumping ground again, I decorated it for Christmas!

Last year, I picked up several ornaments on clearance in a pink and purple color scheme. No, I’m not a 7-year-old girl, but those are the colors we currently have going on in there.

So I thought I’d run with it. Or, more appropriately, fly away with it on my unicorn while wearing leggings from Justice and watching reruns of iCarly.

I went with my tried and true decorating method: scrounging around and finding stuff I already have. The big martini glass was a gift from my aunt years ago. It is a great dish for shrimp cocktail, with the shrimp hanging off the rim. I liked the height it added and the fact that it’s not too serious. The white stemmed glass on the right is a refugee from wedding crafts. I think it looks like an ornament ice cream cone in its new life. And while books might not be traditional dining table decor, the color of the Design*Sponge book worked perfectly with the runner and I couldn’t resist using it. Olive the Other Reindeer is another favorite, with fabulous illustrations and many puns!

The table runner was from World Market last year. I love the gold border and the perky trees.

The little chrysanthemum candles were a gift from Leslie. The glass candleholders are from IKEA and are reversible—one side for votives, the other for taper candles. Clever, eh? The gold tea lights are from the Williams-Sonoma outlet 100 years ago.

On the chandelier, which I HATE because it casts a sickly yellow hue over everything, I draped a magnolia leaf garland I bought on clearance at Pottery Barn the day we got our family room rug.

Amazingly, I like the chandelier a lot more now. These leaves may never come down.

More dangling pre-teen ornaments:

And a view of the whole shebang.

Does Selena Gomez have a Christmas album out yet?

So does your holiday decorating follow the red and green route? If not, what colors are in your ho-ho-home this year? (Ho no I di’in’t…)

EDITED TO ADD: I submitted this post to Cottage and Vine’s Room-by-Room holiday decorating post. Go here to see some lovely homes that are decked out, halls and all. 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    December 14, 2011 10:57 am

    Traditionalist – green and red with little white lights.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 14, 2011 5:13 pm

      You have all your awesome Santas to coordinate with!

  2. December 14, 2011 4:52 pm

    Looks so happy and festive! I think your chandelier is pretty but have you seen the pretty replacement glass that they have at Lowes. Some really nice colors that would change the light.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 14, 2011 4:56 pm

      I bought some pretty seeded glass ones at Home Depot, but I could see the threads of the lights and that bugged me! I may check Lowe’s if we use it in another part of the house! My Craigslist-surfer Dad found a beautiful iron and crystal one for me to replace this one in the dining room. Thanks for the idea!

  3. December 14, 2011 6:04 pm

    Going with eclectic on the color scheme–which goes with scrounging around (also my go-to decor method). Actually, my real method is to put out the stuff I love, and the stuff I love doesn’t all match. We’re on our way to figuring out a design approach that will make all that look good! Post to come soon…maybe.

    LOVE Olive, the Other Reindeer! The first (of many) Christmas book I bought my son. Even when he was a baby, I knew he’d get a kick out of the word play.

  4. Michelle permalink
    December 18, 2011 1:47 am

    I had some shades on a couple of light fixtures that looked a lot like yours. I removed the yellowish paint with hot water, an SOS pad and lots of elbow grease. Turns out they were just plain white frosted glass under that amber paint. Now the rooms are much brighter and I can wait a bit longer before I replace the fixtures.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 18, 2011 5:27 pm

      Michelle, this is SUPER exciting news. I will get back to you… Thanks!

  5. December 22, 2011 7:14 am

    Love it all! You crack me up in your Justice leggings :) Too funny. The fabric on your dining room chairs is wonderful – had never seen that before. Thanks so much for joining the party!

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