Welcome to Day 2 of our 2021 Holiday Home Tour! We host this tour annually with Jenny at Evolution of Style, and she did all of the organizing this year (thank you, Jenny!). Today I’m sharing my dining room and joining five other bloggers as we share our entries and dining rooms with you.
If you’re coming over from Classic Casual Home, welcome. Mary Ann has such great style, and I have to confess that the view from her apartment is even better than mine!
If this is your first time visiting, then you can read all about me and my blogging partner, Amy, in this post. We just celebrated our ten year “blog-iversary” but we’ve been friends ever since we were college roommates back in the day.
My husband and I are currently living in Stuttgart, Germany, while our kids are back in the States at college. We’re adjusting to empty-nest living but are definitely looking forward to when they come home for Christmas in a few weeks!
Because we live in downtown Stuttgart, we’re in a flat, but it’s very spacious by German standards (about 2000 sf) and has a killer view of the city.
Our dining room and living room are open to each other, which isn’t the norm over here. Most rooms (even the kitchen) can be closed off with doors; we use radiator heat over here during the long, cold winters, and it’s helpful to seal off some rooms to save energy.
I left a lot of my things in storage in the States so I could enjoy the flohmarkts and antik stores of Europe, and many of my finds are in the dining room, like this fabulous baroque mirror:
The riddling rack from France is being used for wine instead of champagne, and we are filling it up with our favorites (not hard when even the grocery stores are full of wine from Italy, France, and Spain!).
See the door at the left side of the above photo? It’s to our entry hallway–I told you that doors are a big thing here! (If you’d like to read more about Germany vs. the US, visit my blog series here)
The table is set with vintage monogrammed Limoges china and flatware from Target (high/low at its best).
My friend Danielle found the china for me at an antique store in North Carolina; they have my married monogram on them so it seems like they were made for me! (See her home tours here)
Our china cabinet doubles as an actual china cabinet and a bar.
I didn’t bring most of my Christmas things with me–remember that our voltage is 220 instead of 110 over here so none of my lights would work anyway. Our tree is pretty neutral and simple as a result, except for my beautiful chinoiserie ornaments that Danielle made. Can you believe that she did these by hand?
The rocking horse is another antique I found here in Germany; I paid 75€ for it and I’ve seen them for several hundred to several thousand online, so I’m pretty happy. Isn’t he handsome?
I’m still shopping but have purchased a few gifts already. We found all of our gift wrap, ribbon, and tags at Minted this year (you can get 25% off everything through 3pm Eastern time using coupon code CM2021). Check out that adorable monogrammed paper!
Last but never least, I didn’t bring over all of my nativity scenes, so this one has pride of place in the dining room. If you don’t know Jesus yet, there’s never been a better time to call on His name. The world may be getting darker, but He’s the light.
Thanks for stopping by to visit my dining room! And now, be sure to head over to visit Amanda at Sincerely, Marie Designs. She’s been on our tour for several years and I always love to see how she’s decorated her beautiful home.
Here’s the rest of this week’s lineup–be sure to visit them all!Monday, November 29th (Front Porch/Outdoor Spaces) Southern Hospitality | A Blissful Nest | Most Lovely Things | Cindy Hattersley Design | Shine Your Light Tuesday, November 30th (Entries/Dining Rooms) 11 Magnolia Lane | Sincerely Marie Designs | The Pink Clutch Blog | Summer Adams | Home by Heidi | Classic Casual Home Wednesday, December 1st (Living Rooms/Dens) Sincerely Marie Designs | 11 Magnolia Lane | Sincerely Sara D | This is Our Bliss | Thrifty Decor Chick | Dimples and Tangles Thursday, December 2nd (Kitchens/Laundry Rooms/Misc.) Evolution of Style | Sincerely Marie Designs | A Stroll Thru Life | Pink Peppermint Design | Setting for Four | Citrine Living Friday, December 3rd (Master Bedroom/Kid’s Rooms) Quarters One | Just a Girl | Postcards from the Ridge | Decor Adventures | A Stroll Thru Life | County Road 407