dining room holiday table decor 2011

Merry Christmas, folks!

We’re decking the halls here at the perfectly imperfect house by the minute, and this year we certainly have a few criteria.  Our decorations this year need to be:

  • simple
  • family friendly
  • inexpensive

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I had to join my buddy, Layla’s, party today–head on over to see all the amazing table decorating ideas!

We are K.I.S.S. this year–keepin it simple, sugah.

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We’re hosting our annual Cookies for a Cause party for Grayson’s class, so we need the table to be free of place settings until then.

I love letting the table breathe a little.  We usually go all out with place settings, place mats, etc., but this time, I craved some fresh greenery with just a little sparkle.

I bought 20 feet of cedar (hello, magical Christmas smell) for $12.95 from Home Depot, and draped it in “wreaths” on the table, and sprinkled it with ornaments.  I wanted to keep the decor low and conversation-friendly, so I just added a few tapers to an epsom salt-filled footed bowl.  The small faux paper whites came from Pottery Barn.

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The rosemary swags were super simple to create, and again, I love the fragrance and understated holiday vibe.

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My sitter/friend/part-time assistant,  Anna Lauson, (a.k.a. A-Lar, as Matt likes to call her).  It just occurred to me that I’ve never formally introduced her.  Well, meet Anna Lauson, everybody.

She frequently grabs a cup of milk for Ava, instructs a wild Grayson to “calm down, buddy,” and listens to my out-loud list making all the while.

She even helps make rosemary chair swags.

God bless her.

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christmas decorating ideas on perfectly imperfect blog.

I’ll post a few more details on these soon–I made them for a special someone.


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I’m still decorating the bookcases, and I’ll show them to you soon.

Until then, I’ll be cranking up the Christmas tunes & making myself way too many peppermint lattes.


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41 Responses to dining room holiday table decor 2011

  1. Jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof December 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Love the swags on the chairs & your table looks great! Thanks for posting the tablescape button for lettered cottage….I was looking for that and couldn’t find it! :) I’m linking up my little man’s cookies and cocoa tablescape :)

  2. modern jane December 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Beautiful! I absolutely love the rosemary swags on the back of the chairs!

  3. Tiffini December 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Love the rosemary swags and the pretty simplicity! love LOVE!

  4. kathysue December 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I love the simplicity and natural feel to it all, rosemary is a favorite of mine and it looks so prety on the back of your chairs. I used some this year on my napkins for Thanksgiving, just a touch of green and the fragrance was wonderful, Kathysue

  5. Marydon December 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    So envy you being able to use live trims. Beautiful!
    Hope you have a lovely week ~
    TTFN ~

    Pop over for our GIVEAWAY

    • perfectlyimperfect December 5, 2011 at 8:31 am #

      haha, I got them all from Home Depot! It was only $12.95 for 20 feet! I was blown away…usually don’t do live greenery either, but I am LOVING it!

  6. Rhonda December 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    I love the garland – it makes me want to run to Home Depot ASAP for some right now! Beautiful.

  7. Miranda December 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Love it! Simple and completely beautiful. ♥

  8. perfectlyimperfect December 5, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks everybody!! :-) Hugs to you all!

  9. Layla December 5, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Hip hip hooray for greenery! LOVE how fresh it looks! :-D

  10. teresa December 5, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Perfect- love the natural look and the rosemary- I can smell it now.
    Happy Day

  11. Kim December 5, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I love it, Shaunna.

  12. Kristine December 5, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Everything looks so fresh and lovely!!! I do have a question though…how long does the greenery usually last? I want some!

    • perfectlyimperfect December 5, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      I don’t know, Kristine…this is my first time! :-) I’m hoping til Christmas….I spritz it everyday with water to keep it from drying out. I’ll let ya know!

  13. Amanda Eck December 5, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    its perfect! I love the simplicity of greenery and rosemary is one of my favorites to use during the holidays because it last so long.
    And your dining room is GORGE!

    • perfectlyimperfect December 5, 2011 at 9:03 am #

      Thank you, Amanda!! How sweet….yep, it lasts forever! :-)

  14. Debbie@refreshrestyle.com December 5, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Love your K.I.S.S..Christmas table setting. It’s beautiful!

  15. Rachel December 5, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Hi Shaunna! Your table looks GREAT! I love the look and smell of fresh cedar:) I hope you and the family have a great holiday! Hi to Matt!

  16. Scribbler December 5, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I have a rosemary bush on steroids out in the garden, so I am definitely emulating your idea for using some of it!

  17. Daune | Cottage in the Oaks December 5, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Love it! My favorite way to decorate. :) Merry, Merry!

  18. Anna @ agoodhome December 5, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I love it!! Those rosemary swags are especially pretty. I don’t have a very decoratable table (it doubles as my crafting/sewing table), so I linked up my sideboard to Layla’s party :). It has my newly created toilet paper tube advent calendar on it!

  19. Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I’m swooning, girlfriend! We are keeping it simple this year too and I just absolutely love how you’ve incorporated nature into your design. Fresh rosemary and evergreen must smell delightful. Happy Holidays!!! (hope you’ve gotten a chance to link up one of your Xmas posts to our Christmas Blog party).


  20. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions December 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Love that natural look on your table, Shaunna! It suits it! I also love those rosemary swags for the chairs. I always think the backs of chairs get forgotten about and that’s the first thing you see when you are coming to the table.

  21. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top December 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    I just love the natural look. I walked into the store the other day and they had fresh wreaths and garland in the entry. Mmmmm! They smelled so good! I bet your house smells amazing! I love the swags on the chairs too. Very pretty.

  22. Carrie ~ The Corson Cottage December 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Love it Shaunna! So simple and fresh! I just love the rosemary swags on the back of the chairs. It all really looks lovely.

  23. Precious Sister December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    This looks beautiful. I love the clean rustic style where all the materials show. You do it very well and make it look very easy, even though I know perfectly imperfect sometimes can be the hardest to achieve. :)
    What you do is very inspiring. Thank you.
    December wishes

  24. Becky December 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    The chair swags look great and I can only imagine how wonderful it smells in your dining room. :)

  25. Carter and Rose December 7, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Love the idea of the rosemary swags on the chairs, the smell in the room would be fantastic. Quite the best way to decorate for Christmas/

  26. {oc cottage} December 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    SIMPLY gorgeous!

    m ^..^

  27. Home ornaments December 9, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Beautiful, love this idea! Unfortunately my dining area can’t fit a large table.

  28. kasienoble@gmail.com December 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Please elaborate on the swags. Please!!! :). How long does the rosemary last cut? Or is this something to do just before guests arrive. Love it

  29. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living December 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Love your dining room! I think my favorite part is the rosemary swags on the chairs. You did a great job. I like simple, too.

  30. Aimee from ItsOverflowing December 13, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    This is beautiful! I LOVE the Christmas touches on the chairs! 8 bloggers are hosting a Blog around the Christmas Tree Party and today’s feature is Christmas Scapes! I’d love to have you join up, the party is just beginning!

    Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

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