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A Christmas Dining Room | Holiday Decorating

Do you remember back in October when we mentioned that we started our Christmas decorating extra early this year? Do you remember us telling you it was because of a project with a big Canadian retailer?

Well today we can finally tell you that it was also for a collaboration with three other fabulous Canadian bloggers (Jennifer, Jo-Anna and Kerri) – and Canadian Tire’s online Christmas catalog!

table and chandelier

On the very day my family all arrived for (Canadian) Thanksgiving, three large boxes arrived via a lovely courier from Canadian Tire bearing dishes, decorations and other tableware – for Christmas. Talk about seasonal confusion – it was still fall everywhere else in the house and Christmas in the dining room!

a christmas dining room

Anyways, the weekend after Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving, so keep in mind this was October before Halloween even!) my girls pulled out our tree and Christmas totes and I got started putting together a traditional red Christmas dining room – with a bit of Farmhouse Chic thrown in.

silver and gold Christmas crackers

(Pretty Christmas crackers on a beautifully functional Rectangular Platter)

I think I shot about 100+ photos before I was finished – with only two making it into the final pages of the online catalog. Which is totally okay because aside from the tree, the rest of the dining room has been changed up already (we got a new hutch – which you’ll see on our Christmas house tour on Wednesday!).


We started with a plain white tablecloth just across the center of the table and then layered a section of wide burlap and red ribbon under each set of two place settings. At each place we used a snowflake charger, and layered gorgeous white porcelain dinnerware with feature plates to add a festive red touch to the table. 

place setting detail

(White Dinnerware)

For a simple but statement centerpiece we raised up a few pillar candles surrounded by shiny ornaments on a simple white cake stand nestled in a green pine wreath (totally fake!).

centerpiece side

On every chair we featured some faux flocked greenery and berries by simply folding the wired stem over the back of the chair.

chair back detail and tree

And these little silver reindeer finished off our little table setting…

silver reindeer 2

Anyway, be sure to pop over to the Canadian Tire catalog to see all four Canadian blogger dining rooms – and all the inspirational ideas and products that go with them!

Jennifer – Rambling Renovators

Jo-Anna – A Pretty Life

Kerri – A Pop of Pretty

Dean and Shannon (that’s us!) – Home Made Lovely

dining room and tree

When do you start decorating for Christmas? Do you use the same colors every year? Do you use a real or artificial tree?


P.S. You can see our full holiday home tour from this year here. 

Farmhouse Modern Christmas Home Tour

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  1. Kerri, A Pop of Pretty says

    Beautiful job, Shannon! I love how you incorporated what they sent you into a tablescape that is a reflection of your own pretty decorating style! Happy to have collaborated with you, Jen and Jo-Anna on this project! Looking forward to seeing the changes you’ve made to the room, including the hutch. Hugs, Kerri

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