Holidays/ Home & Garden

The Christmas Dining Room

There’s something about a dining room that I can’t explain in words without using my hands to make grand gestures. I’ve always dreamed as a little girl to own a dining room. Growing up in The Netherlands I sort off lacked the sense of a proper dining room as most Dutch homes always have L or I shaped floor plans with windows in the front and back of the house. My childhood home had a T shaped open-living floor plan with the living room at the front of the house and the kitchen and dining area at the back of the house, it’s complicated. But the areas lacked doors, and I love doors. I love “rooms”.

My home has lots of rooms. And one of them is a proper dining room. It’s 25 square meters with a non-working fireplace (I do love fires but I do love my white walls even more), a large window that overlooks the street and soon to be flower garden, an original ornamented ceiling dating back to 1896 and two china cabinets stuffed with vintage Johnson Brothers and Wedgwood flatware. I love it!

In the non-working fireplace I’ve stacked acacia logs that we each year have to trim down as they grow on the empty lot next to us. If we don’t maintain them they will overgrown our home. But the logs of acacia trees are just so perfectly beautiful.

TIP! If you’re planning on doing this make sure to check them regularly for woodlice.

I’ve made a simple wreath out of eucalyptus for over the mirror and punched circles out of gold cardboard and stitched them together under my sewing machine. I love gold for Christmas.

Ever since Bo’s father past away I’ve been hosting the family Christmas dinners. Mostly we are with too many people to actually fit them all in the dining room but this year there will be 8 of us. I have all the meals in my head and I can’t wait to start shopping and cooking.

I use a white linen tablecloth and vintage Wedgwood Queen’s Plain plates as I like how they match my walls and woodwork – seriously people the thought I put in this progress is really insane, I am aware of that. I make mini wreaths with wild thyme that’s growing in my garden to lay on the linen napkin. This way the napkin will smell lovely when you use it.

Ah Christmas, can one ever have enough of it?

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  • Martine Schut
    17/12/2014 at 13:16

    Het ziet er prachtig uit! En inderdaad, het mag altijd kerst zijn :-). Groet, Martine

  • Claire Robinson
    17/12/2014 at 13:17

    So pretty! A lovely idea to make a mini wreath of time…

  • Jennifer
    17/12/2014 at 16:52

    Your dining room is so pretty. I always wanted one as well, and our current home is the first one I’ve had. It makes me so happy to have both a real dining room and a breakfast nook in the kitchen. I can be a little fancy in the dining room.

  • Kath Webber
    17/12/2014 at 17:07

    Oh, so beautiful! I love how clean, fresh and bright it feels, without losing the traditional essence of Christmas- foliage, gold, and FEASTING! have a wonderful time K xxx

  • Anki
    17/12/2014 at 17:09

    fijn, yvestown-kerstberichten!

  • handmade by amalia
    18/12/2014 at 07:08

    Everything is so pretty – as usual – a very happy holiday to you!
    Could you give a little tip on how to make the mini-wreaths for the table? I would like to try that, thanks.
    Amalia xo

  • Maria @ Mummy Goes Mad
    22/12/2014 at 20:34

    Your home is absolutely perfect! I am in love with your gorgeous taste. So glad I found your blog. I have recently relocated to Brussels from Australia and am looking to follow local blogs and connect with Belgium bloggers 🙂 Look forward to following your beautiful blog. Maria.

  • Dominica C
    25/12/2014 at 06:42

    love the white combined with the soft touch of green.
    Today I will make up our table in a similar way ; lots of whites, big white plates and some weatherbeaten wood.

    thanks for sharing and wishing you ‘feestelijke geluksdagen’ 🙂


  • Teresa Micheile Henderson
    18/01/2015 at 19:01

    Zo mooi! Yvonne ik ben zoals veel andere verliefd op jullie huis! Leuk om alle kerstspullen te stylen. You can’t get enough of it in the weeks before Christmas but as fun and beautiful as it is I’m always so glad to pack it away again!

  • Kelleyn
    10/02/2015 at 04:39

    This room was beautiful!

  • Jocelyn
    08/04/2015 at 22:51

    I know it’s no longer Christmas, but I’ve just come across your beautiful blog and I have to tell you that your house is amazing! I loooove the white walls, white floors, painted furniture, etc – and your Christmas dining room is simply gorgeous!

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