Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welcome to Christmas Dinner~ A Dining Room Visit

My Texas Cottage is
ready for Christmas dinner.
Welcome to a little tour of my dining room.
This year the decorations are
red, silver, gold and white
against my black furniture and hutch.
Along with natural elements from nature.
Evergreens, holly, berries and pine cones.
Each chair is accented with wide gold ribbon
and a bough of evergreen, berries and pine cones.
The place settings are
a layering of
Royal English Plates
and Spode with
gold charges

The Stainless is Reed and Barton.


The goblets are vintage treasures
from my family who
worked in the glass factories
of Pennsylvania.
I love them and the gorgeous red color.
But more importantly, I love how hard they worked
in those early years of the 30's and 40's.
These glasses are a symbol of their
talent and skill,
love and determination in hard times.
Each glass is sitting on a gorgeous vintage embroidered
coaster. A gift from a dear friend.
Thank you so much!
The napkins are black and white checked, a little
unexpected but
compliment the black furniture.
The napkin rings are the ones I shared
with the tutorial in a previous post several days ago.
Above the table I hung glass crystals mixed
with berry garland.
I enjoy this year round.
Our newest addition is this hanging candle holder
my dear guy found when we were
It is from an old Victorian home.
Inside I use a timer faux candle.
It times on each evening lasting 5 hours on
and 19 hours off, coming on at the same time each evening.
These are a designers dream. If you have not tried them,
I highly recommend them.
No soot and danger of candles forgotten to extinguish.
I use these and the real flame style faux luminaries
throughout our home.
They can be purchased on line
Across the room is one of my
favorite treasures.
A Barley Twist buffet.
This and the above cabinet are
pieces I hand painted several years ago
when I redesigned this room.
This framed card sits beautifully here
is a special hand created design
from Diane of 1Card Creator.
She sent it to me last year and I framed it to use in this room.
Love it Diane.
The pic does not do it justice as the details are
She is an outstanding talent with cards.
My hand painted hutch is nearly 40 years old
and I love to change it for all the season and holidays.
Do you remember when I painted this
a couple years ago?
On each side
I have a vintage arched window
backed with vintage curtain lace
and black velvet and gold stockings hung on each
filled with natural greens and pine cones.
In the corner is a pedestal table that holds a French Pitcher
filled with greens, berries and holly,
a special gift from my dear friend Ann, from Ann's Finds.
Inside and on the open buffet,  are a few vintage pieces.
Framed angels,
a couple of my favorite graphics from
The gorgeous crocheted piece
is a beloved treasure hand created
by my talented grandmother
in the 40's.
Mother of pearl kissing angels,
hand created over 30 years ago
by my mother.
She painted the eyelashes so pretty.

Ice candle holders
a gift from
my Swedish exchange student  daughter
when she was in high school 20 years ago.
I have a set of three.
Thank you sweet girl~


Spode cup and saucer.

This tea pot was a special
gift 35 years ago
from my secret pal at church for Christmas.
It has moved with me many times
and still like new.
It is truly very special to me.

And of course
 my tall skinny tree in the front window.
I placed our very large tree in the living room parlor this year
by the rock fireplace.
This skinny tree gives more room to get around the table.
I'll come back to share a few ornaments
on this tree next time.
It holds red, silver, gold and white ornaments
along with vintage keepsakes.
Till then,
Enjoy a special December evening.

Thank you for stopping by.
Celestina Marie


Betty said...

You have out done yourself. What a beautiful Christmas dining room fit to be made into a beautiful Christmas card.

Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, everything is just exquisite!... I love all of your black furniture pieces, and your table setting is beyond beautiful... each piece of yours is a priceless treasure that holds precious memories for you... I love that you bring all of these (and the memories) out at Christmas time... those little kissing angels your mama made just might be my favorite!... sending much love, xoxo Julie Marie

~Earth Angel~ said...

Celestina,I am so filled with the Christmas spirit after seeing your wonderful dining room and your special treasure of memories and love...I am inspired to get busy and make my home beautiful and full of memories of my dear loved ones. Thank you for sharing your talent and treasures and I hope you have the most wonderful Merry Christmas. Becky Hold, Henryetta, Oklahoma.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Celeste, and so festive! Love your skinny tree. Those red glasses are beautiful and a way of keeping family memories involved in the season.

DeeDee said...

beautiful table settings and love the tree.. and please stay in and stay warm in the icy storm this year.. warm hugs.

Rengin Yazitas said...

Sooo nice, very elegant. Especially family heirlooms are wonderful items.
Season's greetings.
Rengin, in Istanbul

Rengin Yazitas said...

Sooo nice, very elegant. Especially family heirlooms are wonderful items.
Season's greetings.
Rengin, in Istanbul

Dorthe said...

OH, what a most beautiful, and so cozy christmas home, you have created dear.
Your table looks gorgeous with the english plates, and those fantastic goblets -love them!
The white/creame pieces on your mantelpiece, looks wonderful against the black and I love the crystals dangling in the light , and your skinny tree.
Every thing ready for christmas eve in your beautiful home.
Hugs and xx,

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, this is all so wonderful, I am speechless! Love that you have Diane's card there, too, she is a Sweetie, and makes such lovely things. Enjoy your time, and stay warm!
Hugs, Valere

Shirley said...

Good morning Celestina, I am visiting friends this morning while I watch it snow out the window. It is so cold. I wondered if you got the ice and Pray for all of those affected by the ice and snow. Your dining room is beautiful and inviting. Strange weather we have had this year. Stay inside and stay warm. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Mari said...

Ohhh my friend, your dining room looks magnificent, I love everything about it, from your gorgeous place setting to your beautiful curtains ;-) you sure have made it sooo warm and inviting :-)


Kathy said...

This room is just stunning and I adore the way you have included all the "memories". Just beautiful! Thank you for the tip on the candles!

Ginny said...

amazingly beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Celestina! Your dining room table is just so gorgeous. The dishes, your goblets and centerpiece is outstanding. Your entire dining room is beautiful!
Hope you're doing well.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

izary said...

och, Celestine, jak pięknie i nastrojowo, a ta zastawa z ostrokrzewem, puchary...wszystko tak pięknie dobrane , pięknie!!!!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Celeste !!!
Magnificent !!!
I'm telling you, its so beautiful. I remember when you painted the china cabinet. I liked it then and its still so gorgeous. I think I will paint mine black. I also loveee the black checkered napkins. And the table ware is drop dead gorgeous. I love all the old vintage décor.
I went back and looked at your older post. I love the magnolia wreath. I would never thought of that. You poor Dear to have all that ice...But isn't it glorious to look at...Breath taking. Thank you for emailing me. I'll try and figure out the thing about the video.
Call you soon. The village was a success! So was the gown.
Merry Christmas Dearest ,
You made my day,
Marie Antoinette

Kerri said...

OMGosh I love it all, its amazing!! I love the colors and the black matches everything. So elegant and classy! I am s busy today creating, putting up tree, and just updated my blog... so I guess its been a productive day! :)

Have a blessed week!


farmhouse-story said...

it's all so warm and charming, celeste!

beautiful tree, lovely family treasures, and a fabulous card from the talented diane:)

your home will bring your family much comfort and joy this season! enjoy it!

Patty Sumner said...

WOw! It is all just beautiful!!! I love what you have done for Christmas.. You are so right, the gold and berries, cones are just perfect with all the beautiful black pieces of furniture...You did a great job.. So enjoyed it all! Blessings!

Createology said...

Visions of sugarplums and elegant dining in your home of Christmas divine. Everything is just perfection yet cozy and comfortable. Creative Bliss and December Delights Dear...

cynthia lee designs said...

Your dining room is beautiful all decorated for Christmas!!

Beverly Dillow said...

How beautiful! I love everything you did. What a blessing to have so many special treasures that have been passed down from family. I LOVE the red glassware, those are gorgeous! The red/black napkins are fun! Such talent! What time is dinner? :)
Stay warm,

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh Celeste everything is so beautiful. You made me feel like I was sitting across the table from you chatting & sipping tea! Love all your gorgeous treasures, and yes,your decorations look so great against your black furniture. I absolutely remember when you gave your hutch new life with the black paint. What a transformation is was! Such a classy look for your incredible dining room.

Glad you survived the ice storm you received. That's quite unusual for Texas... I couldn't believe my ears when I heard it on the news.

We had a "Santa Claus Trip" to see our favorite Mr Claus with Sweetie Girls this weekend and had so much fun. They wrote letters to Santa that I will be mailing to the North Pole this week. The littlest one made Santa belly laugh when she said she wanted a bag of caramels and a dragon that breaths pretend fire! She makes him laugh like that every year.

Many many Christmas blessings to you & your family - Love, Edie Marie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh Wow! What a stunning dining room you've created; it's so warm and inviting. Love all your pretty treasures and the gorgeous black hutch. Love your festive holiday header too!!

Roberta said...

Good evening Celestina,
what a beautiful Christmas spirit that you have realized in your home!!! Very beautiful decorations!
have a nice week

Laura Turner said...

Every detail is beautiful and full of memories. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and languishing in the joy of Christmas that your dining room exudes. I'm sure there will be new memories made this Christmas!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Celeste!!! Get out of here that is drop dead gorgeous...Why, it looks like it was done my a decorator lol. The best part is so many things have special meaning!


The Charm of Home said...

Your dining room is beautiful! I love those skinny trees! They are so practical!

Donna said...

Wow, your dining room is just gorgeous, Celestina! You must have spent hours and hours creating such a pretty space for the holidays! And here you said you didn't decorate as much this year:) I love those red goblets, what a treasure. And all of the other wonderful pieces that have so much meaning. That tiny bottle brush tree in the tea cup is just too darn cute! Love it all!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Gorgeous! You've created a magical place to enjoy the holiday dinner. I love all your white fairy lights and candles in the windows! Thank you for sharing!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celestina Marie, it is all just breath taking! I loved every single photo in this post. The red and gold with the black is stunning. Gorgeous china and stemware and how special that the stems were made by family members. So many beautiful treasures in your hutch, and the skinny Christmas tree is the perfect focal point for this room. I also love the candles in the transom over your front door. What a beautiful place for Christmas dinner. laurie

Anonymous said...

Celeste, your home is always so warm and inviting. You know I love all the black and white and of course, the hutch. Can't pass one without taking a second glance. :) Love the glasses and the chair accents. Absolutely lovely.
Being in a transition and all, I've kept it very simple this year and did not unpack my holiday bins, only brought out a couple of items. Instead, I'm enjoying all the festive decor through my blogging friends. This was a treat. Thx for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Celestina, your setting is very warm and inviting, and most festive. The dishes are lovely. Everything has a beautiful touch to the ambiance. Your red glasses are exquisite! Beautiful color and design.


Red Rose Alley said...

I don't know where to begin, my friend. Everything looks so nice in your home. The dining room table is lovely, and the gold ribbon with evergreen on the chairs adds a special touch. I think my favorite here is the RED glasses because they are so pretty and handed down to you by your family who worked so hard to provide. The hanging candle holder is so unique, I like that as well. The black and gold stockings caught my eye, and I LOVE the angel frames.

Thank you for a peek into your home. It's always a pleasure seeing a home that is so welcoming. Stop by tomorrow if you get a chance for the "Tis The Season Blog Tour" and see some of our traditions that I've kept alive for many years.


Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

You set a beautiful table Celestina. I love all the little "gifts" you've featured from friends throughout your life. That skinny tree is perfect there. Have a very merry Christmas!


Unknown said...

Merry Christmas Celestina!
Wow, Christmas has come to your cottage...beautiful. I guess it feels like Christmas too with that cold you got like we did.Maybe it missed ya,,I hope.

Linda M. said...

Celestina your home looks beautiful, warm and inviting. Merry Christmas!

1CardCreator said...

All of your decorations are so elegant, your rooms are warm and beautiful I am so very touched that you framed my card, I am so happy you added it to your decor. ~Diane

Unknown said...

Celeste, it's so beautiful!
I think my favorite are the candy colored goblets. They are the perfect touch and those coasters are gorgeous.
Have a wonderful holiday with your and yours!

Laura Turner said...

Hi Celestina,
Wanted to let you know that I featured your post today on Inspired Sunday.


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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..