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Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges

I’m sure you all are in different phases of your holiday decorating. Some may be finished (yay for you!) while others may not have begun. Personally, I’m sort of in the middle so I’m happy to be sharing my dining room Christmas decor today as part of the Styled & Set Holiday Entertaining Tour. If you are coming over from The Wood Grain Cottage, welcome to On Sutton Place. I’ve know Shayna for a few years and she is the real deal. Talented, sweet and hard-working…with the best smile ever. This tour has been a pleasure for me and I’m honored to have been included by our host, Lory Bernstein of Designthusiasm

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

Our dining room is small and it’s filled with an heirloom mahogany table that pretty much takes up the whole space. It’s really hard for me to get a shot of the entire room so I usually photograph it in sections. I hope you can put all the sections together! I stayed with a traditional theme featuring boxwood, some vintage fabrics, pops of red and clove oranges. 

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

I started by using a red striped mangle cloth for the runner. It’s wide enough that it covers a large part of the table so it helps lighten things up. The centerpiece was easy and fast (not including the clove oranges…more on those later.) I started with a tray, like I almost always do, and then added layers. First the boxwood garland, then the grain sack Christmas trees, followed by pinecones and the oranges. 

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

I splurged on a couple of new things for the place settings. I added the red plates (which are melamine but you would never know) and plaid napkins that I found at Hobby Lobby. 

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

Everything else I’ve had for years. The little tags will be available as a free printable very soon. I made four different designs with holiday sayings and also included some blank tags. 

Update: Get the Christmas tags {HERE.}

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

When I began putting this room together, I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of coming up with something totally “new.” Like I’ve said many times before, we can’t reinvent the wheel for every holiday or event. So the challenge is making what we already have look fresh and festive. By moving things around, mixing up your decor and perhaps adding one or two new things, you can achieve a welcoming look that really does look like new. 

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

My collection of preserved boxwood began a few years ago with the wreath on the mirror. Slowly I began adding more pieces, one at a time. I got the mini wreaths, then the cone trees and finally the garland. It took some time but now I can put together a cohesive look without breaking the bank.

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

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Now a quick little lesson on how to make clove oranges. It’s so easy but it does take some time. All you need are oranges, whole cloves and a little wood skewer. Click HERE for the skewer. I sat in front of the TV with a tray on my lap. I dumped the jar of cloves on the tray and started poking holes in my orange with the skewer. You don’t have to go in very far. Just a tiny hole so the clove will go in without breaking. You can make any design you like. Your first orange might be a little wonky but you will soon get the hang of it. 

Dining Room Christmas Decor | Boxwood & Clove Oranges | Easy ideas for Christmas decorations in the dining room using preserved boxwood and pops of red.

This is one of those little crafts that is so easy yet so satisfying. The scent of the cloves and using my hands made me happy and relaxed. I highly recommend it!

Source & Shop

wood chargers | flatware | Lenox Holiday china | plaid napkins (similar) | fabric on chairs | mini boxwood wreaths | red dessert plates | grain sack Christmas trees | printable tags | ivory wood tray (similar) | 

Now it’s time for me to send you over to visit Laura at Finding Home Farms. Laura has been one of my favorite bloggers it seems like forever. I so admire her style and lovely approach to life. I know she has something wonderful waiting for you. 

Here is the rundown of the whole tour. Enjoy!

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Finding Home Farms

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Life On Virginia Street

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Setting for Four

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Sunny Side Up

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The Wood Grain Cottage

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If you missed Monday’s posts:

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Designthusiasm | Decor Gold Designs | My Soulful Home Kelley Nan | Driven by Decor | The Enchanted Home

If you missed Tuesday’s posts:

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Shabbyfufu | CitrineLiving | French Country Cottage | Maison Decor | Sand and Sisal | Town and Country Living

If you missed Wednesday’s posts:

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Bless’er House | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Design, Dining and Diapers | Maison de Pax | So Much Better With Age | Zevy Joy

If you missed Thursday’s posts:

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Ella Claire | Buckets of Burlap | Randi Garrett Design | Savvy Southern Style | Stone Gable | ZDesign at Home

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