While the Christmas tree has been up for a couple of weeks now, I hadn't gotten around to taking pictures because the dining table also served as laundry central and then present wrapping central. I managed to clean the house the other day and was actually quite pleased with how everything looked together.
The dining room is where we put our tree because it has the most space and can be seen from our living room (and from the street). I do the most decorating in that room with just a few touches of Christmas thrown in around the house. For instance, in the living room window I hang a pine pomander. I've also already shown the mantel a couple of days ago.
One of the things I struggle with is the disparity between the two rooms. This year's mantel is very rustic and eclectic with bits & baubles from around the house whereas the dining room follows a more colorful theme due to the Amy Butler paper chain I made a few years ago and absolutely love. It's somewhat on its last leg though so maybe next year I'll make a pine cone garland for the tree and extend the woodland theme into the dining room? Of course then I'd have to change my ornaments as well, so there's lots to think about. In the meantime, I really do love this room, even if it's not cohesive.
So without further ado, it's Christmas time at casacaudill.
Linking up to the following tree parties:
Thrifty Decor Chick
The Nester's 2011 Christmas Tour of Homes
a' la mode holiday home highlights
The Inspired Room's 2011 Christmas Homes Tour
Cottage & Vine's Room by Room Christmas Tour