Christmas Dinner

By taking inspiration from around the internet, and with permission from my mother, I decorated our dining room as I wanted. Here are the finished results. I cut cedar from a tree in our backyard, allowed it to dry a little (it had just rained) and then cut and placed it around the cabinets, chandelier, and table.

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Display Cabinet

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Cabinet

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Chandelier

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Chandelier

My dad cut cedar charger plates. I wanted them to be about 13' in diameter, but we couldn't find that so they're a bit wider than the standard charger plate. He washed them and we set them in the garage with a fan on them for about 48-72 hours so they could dry before Christmas dinner. It would have been less stressful for us to do this farther in advance, but now we know!

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Place Setting

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tablescape

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tablescape

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tablescape

I'm incredibly happy with how it all turned out. It was beautiful.

Did you have a Christmas dinner? If so, what did you do?

My Own Place

I've been longing to get my own place, a dream that won't happen for a while, but in the meantime, I can look around for what I hope one day to have. How cute are these measuring cups? I have a love of copper.

And this? Of course, I would need to start wearing rings, but how cool is it?

I don't need many (or any) tea cups, I've got so many from my grandmothers, but I do need everyday plates and silverware. My family has a mismatch of silverware, and I like that idea. When I have my own place, I want to go to a local antique store, go through their silverware basket, and mix and match until I have a few sets.

It is somewhat hard to find everyday plates (that I like), but I did find these from Pottery Barn. They're simple and classic enough to last for a while.

Great White Traditional Dinnerware

And a serving tray. Any old one, from online or an antique store would work. This one is from Pottery Barn.

Silver-Plated Breakfast Tray

One can never have enough aprons right? Anthropologie always has adorable aprons.

No kitchen is complete without a mixer. I love this mixer from KitchenAid, and it comes in so many colors, my favorite is this Aqua Sky.

What's something you've always wanted for your own place?