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12 December, 2010

Icicles and Snowflakes with Cream and Silver...My Christmas Dining Room

IMG_4629  I hope everyone is staying warm! It's freezing here in the South...but that makes it seem more like Christmas! This week I have my dining room ready to show you! I am using a theme of icicles and snowflakes with cream and silver...continuing the colors that I used on my mantel.

IMG_4550 And just in case you think that we Southerners don't know what icicles look like, here's the fountain at the world famous (or around here anyway) Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia! It's a restaurant known for its Southern-style food. I had lunch there yesterday and have to say they have the best fried green tomatoes on earth!

IMG_4511 And at home, even the staff is snuggling to stay warm...like Baby Kitty  and Kitty...who are not normally very friendly!

IMG_4534 So where are the icicles at my house? Why...on the hutch, of course! I found these at Overstock.com. Aren't they realistic? They are made of recycled glass and come in a set of 20 of them...all different lengths...for only $26!

page And they are not the only sparkly things on the hutch! I pulled out my favorite old silverplate pieces,  gave them a good polishing and mixed them in with my wonderful bargain set of Wedgwood Queensware that you may remember...a Goodwill bargain at $68 for 52 pieces!

IMG_4453 I tried really hard to stick to silver and cream, but little pops of red kept sneaking in...like this fabulous red amaryllis! Isn't it gorgeous? Unfortunately, it bloomed too soon for Christmas!

IMG_4572 So where are the snowflakes? They say we may get a few today, but in the meantime, you can find big, glittery ones on each plate! This is the same Chris Madden Felice dinnerware that I found at GW for $10 and used at Thanksgiving. I have added silver chargers to go along with my sparkly theme.

IMG_4612 That's my mom's Silver Flutes flatware from Towle. I love it...so simple and classic!

IMG_4571 Are you noticing that I used many of the same pieces that were used at Thanksgiving...just dressed them up a little for Christmas! Here are my Irish crystal iced tea glasses mixed with my GW wine glasses! I am loving the contrast of the glitter and sparkle with the textures of the plates and the greenery!

IMG_4566 And speaking of texture...I used my handmade ruffled burlap table runner again, too. It has proven to be so versatile! My Red Cliff ironstone soup tureen is the star of the centerpiece for now, but will be replaced by a shorter cream three wick candle at dinner.

IMG_4564 And do you see my little snow birds peeking out from the greenery? You might remember them from my mantel..a fun little Dollar Tree project!

IMG_4607 On the buffet, you will see more of my Red Cliff ironstone collection...a tea pot along with a creamer bought for a song on eBay and a sugar found at GW! I love the way they are reflected in my monogrammed tray...a gift from my students many moons ago! And what's that I'm serving?

IMG_4582 Why, corks, of course! lol They are served up with a garnish of glittery balls and holly with my favorite Rodgers Brothers Vintage cold meat fork!

IMG_4557 And have you looked up? I have also decorated the chandelier! I have added swags of cypress and tied silvery ornaments at varying lengths.

IMG_4638 Here is where I used those $2 mercury glass acorns that I found at Walmart a while back...gorgeous!

IMG_4630And there you have it...my icicles and snowflakes themed dining room all dressed up for Christmas! Now if we can just stay inside and keep warm while the real ones are glistening outside!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas decorations!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Nester at Nesting Place for the Christmas Tour of Homes
Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for the White Christmas Party
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Share the Decor
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for the Holly Bloggy Home Tour and Transformation Thursdays
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!

83 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS!!! Love everything, it just sparkles!! :) Stay warm, we are getting our second winter storm as I am typing here in North!! :)

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  2. I love the cream and silver combo and those dinner plates were a find. Gorgeous!!! And did you happen to notice that right now "over the ground lies a mantle of white?"

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  3. Beautiful...everything is all sparkling and shimmering! I love the way you have decorated the chandelier.
    Have a great week, Debbie.

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  4. Oh Debbie, this is so pretty. I love all of your silver and cream. Your dishes are all just wonderful, and the centerpiece is stunning. Your hutch looks gorgeous, and the chandy is so pretty. I just love it all. So sparkly and beautiful. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Everything is just beautiful, Debbie! I love the mercury glass acorns. I knew immediately the Blue Willow Inn fountain when I spotted it. We lived in Conyers before moving north of ATL, so we've eaten there a few times, as well. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Debbie,
    Everything looks beautiful...love how your hutch looks all dressed up for the holidays!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. Debbie,
    Your dining room is beautiful! I love the icicles. I thought I recognized the Blue Willow restaurant, I've been wanting to go while it it still decorated for Christmas.
    Did you get to go on the Madison tour? if not, I have been posting some pictures on my blog this week. They allowed indoor photos this time- I must have taken 100 pictures!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Donna

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  8. Classic silver, cream and lots of sparkle has never looked so good!!! This is beautiful...love your runner too!!!

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  9. Your dining room is so pretty! Love those little snowbirds! We live in NC and were freezing all last week. This weekend its awrm in the 50's and raining. Temps are going to drop again this week. No snow though!

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  10. Debbie, tres magnifique! I think that was spelled correctly. I love all the silver and white. The cypress swags on the chandy is gorgeous. Yes, it is way too cold here isn't it. Stay in and stay warm.

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  11. Debbie,
    Just beautiful. I have some the Vintage pattern that belonged to my grandmother and I have collected a few pieces. Love your silver and cream. The icicles are just wonderful1

    Carol

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  12. Deb, it all looks so peaceful and frosty. I love every single element!!! YOu pulled it together beautifully. One clever lady!! Merry Christmas sweet friend,
    KATHYSUE

    Ps thank you so much for your sweet comment on my post today. It was kind of an eye opener or should I say Heart opener!!

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  13. I love your dining room decor and I really love the toile drapery panels. Everything looks lovely and festive.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  14. Deb,this turned out so pretty. Perfect for a cold day in Georgia with snow flurries. Stay warm.

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  15. Everything is so pretty but your chandelier...WOWZA!!. That is magnificent. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  16. I love your decorations! I bought the acorn ornaments also. They are so pretty. I like how you have yours. Mine are on the tree. Enjoy your home and the holidays!

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  17. And yet again another beautiful Debbie room...Girl this looks just awesome...You really know how to put it all together...How is your sweet family doing and How's is page holding up...Sunday Blessings my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  18. Absolutely beautiful! Everything is shiny and bright!~Ames

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  19. I LOVE this Debbie. The icicles are beautiful. And your table is really gorgeous. But my favorite is the chandelier, it really looks stunning. What a warm and festive home! Hugs, Kat

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  20. Super perfect...love the cork display and ohhh that monogramed tray!

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  21. I love those acorn thingies---I noticed them MOST of all.

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  22. Beautiful dining room!! I am so all over those acorns!!! Love those! That pic of the fountain is pretty cool too!

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  23. How pretty, Debbie. I love the softness of the creams and the sparkle of the silver. You did a wonderful job!

    I jusy bought a soup tureen from Williams Sonoma and my husband is laughing that we will never use it. Well, I showed him how you have used yours as a centerpiece and he's not laughing anymore!! ;-D

    I love everything!

    XO,
    Jane

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  24. It looks beautiful, Debbie! I hope you will link it up with my White Christmas Party this week too!
    Oh, son is home. Bad tip to France. Snow and they don't know how to handle it. His coat was stolen in a Paris restaurant, so no coat in a snow storm, and owners not very concerned, tough luck American attitude!

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  25. I love the icicles on the hutch. The silver touches are beautiful and the table scape-breathtaking!

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  26. Everything is just gorgeous! Love the mercury acorns! And the icicles in the fountain, too cool, really cool, can't believe it's frozen solid!

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  27. I have to say that chandelier took my breath away. So festive! And the Walmart acorns are very cute. Who knew Walmart would be having cute things this year!

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  28. Hi Debbie, I sure enjoyed my visit to your dining room. Love the icicles, acorns, silver, everything. You really pulled it together beautifully. Pass me a serving of corks, please :) Linda

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  29. Love your dining room, Debbie. S sparkly. The icicles really looks so real and the mercury acorns look so pretty...Christine

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  30. Everything is just beautiful - all pull together with ease. Still marvel at some of your bargains!
    Looks like you are set!

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  31. Oh my whiskers!!!! "She" is drooling all over the keyboard. Need I tell you that "she" is LOVING your dining room?!?! Every single element!!! From the decorated chandelier to the iciles hanging on the hutch! WOW! Of course I'm thinking the cats are the best but I know you'd expect that, being a cat myself and all...

    Purrs!

    Romeo and "her"

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  32. I've always wanted to try Fried Green Tomatoes, they just sound so good.

    It all looks beautiful Debbie and I can't believe that fountain...WoW!

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  33. Debbie, it all shimmers with beauty. I think you are ready! Wish I were as organized as you, my friend. ;-)

    I followed your suggestion and went to Walmart and found some of those mercury glass acorns. I wanted to hang them in the dining room windows. Wasn't certain how to attach them so I tried using velcro with a sticky side to attach it to the widow frame. Thought it was working, but then one popped off. The acorn hit the floor and shattered. So, I changed plans. ;-)

    Perhaps I'll hang them form the chandy.
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous room. It's full of inspiration for me. ~ sarah

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  34. Beautiful! My favorite part is the icicles hanging from your hutch.

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  35. Debbie, you are just so creative AND FUN...but then I say that every time! :) I do mean it. I love your style. Right away I noticed that darling little Christmas tree in your silver sugar bowl (or was it a creamer? I'll have to look back) I thought that was too cute for words. Love the icicles and just how you pulled everything together so nicely. Four Stars again!

    Donna

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  36. Your dining room is gorgeous, Debbie! I love those glass icicles.

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  37. How beautiful! Truly stunning! And the photo of the red amaryllis is glorious!
    Love,
    Sue

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  38. Just beautiful Debbie! Those icicles really do look real! I'm having dining room envy *winks* Oh and speaking some more about envy....You are a shopper supreme!! What amazing deals at the GW!! Makes me want to go there right now! Vanna

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  39. Debbie,
    Elegantly exquisite silver and white decor, darling! This is my style for sure. . .if only I could get "Mr. Ed" to agree!Perhaps I'll surprise him in the near future. Thank you for such an inspiring and romantic journey today!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Tell the staff, "Maurice has a new bed for Christmas". . .red and very warm.

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  40. I'm a transplanted southern girl living in the NW and so envious of those fried green tomatoes!!! Sounds yum :)

    Your dining room looks great..I'm loving the creams. I've tried to incorporate creams in our tree this year which is a switch from the reds from years past. I need to start collecting xmas accessories in cream. Your dining room is great inspiration.

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  41. Oh Goodness! When I first saw the house with the fountain, I thought "I've been there!" The Blue Willow. *LOVE* I hope that you and the staff are keeping cozy and warm. Lord have mercy, it's going down into the 20's tonight in South Florida. I cannot deal with that!!! Love the cream dinnerware and silver pieces in your dining room. It's beautiful and I love the chandy deco! I'm sort of embarrassed that you would look at my "Santa in France" post...you are tooooooo kind! You are the French-y QUEEN! Merry Christmas!

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  42. I can't believe the wonderful things you've found at Goodwill! Everything is just so invting!

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  43. Debbie, Your room is gorgeous!! I love the little trees and icicles on your hutch and your table setting is beautiful. Thanks for linky to my party. I'll see you there.
    Happy Holidays,
    Sherry

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  44. Your dining room looks so pretty! I just love it! I picked those acorns up so many times at Walmart to get them but then put them back (to many other presents to buy). I really love how you used them.

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  45. Hi Debbie,
    This is just so beautiful! It's like a winter wonderland on your table! I love those plates and your ironstone is some of the neatest I have ever laid eyes on!
    The icicles and greenery are like the frosting on the cake!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  46. Silver and white is my mantra this season! Love your choices in putting together the table and hutch- it all looks gorgeous!! I am so taken with those icicles- I wonder if they are still available- so off to see! I hope you're enjoying the season, Debbie. ~ Sue

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  47. Deb,

    It looks lovely and I am enjoying your Christmas music..

    Happy Holidays,
    Janet@Housepeepers

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  48. Incredible! But you got me right from the first photo... that garland on your cabinet is AMAZING. That room is set up like a movie set! :)

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  49. Very pretty!! Love the frozen fountain.

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  50. How beautiful! Yes, I remember those sweet birds. I have to say: I'd probably serve up the same thing. I don't happen to be much of a cook anymore!
    Brenda

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  51. Hi Debbie, thanks so much for sharing this beauty at my party and keep warm.

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  52. Hi Debbie, this is so fantastic! I love everything you've used here! Doesn't the glass ice sparkle so much more than plastic? Beautiful job and stay warm!
    PS. Great playlist too.

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  53. What gorgeous decorations! I always loved hanging things from the chandy! Happy holidays! ♥

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  54. I am doing the silver and white/cream also. You are right though,..the red always seems to sneak in there. And it is then that you notice it adds just the pop of color you didn't know you needed!

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  55. Your dinning room is magazine worthy. Actually, the first picture in your post fooled me. I thought it WAS from a mazazine!

    What a gorgeous way to display china, silver and Christmas.

    So many delightful details! The icicles are truely a treasure. They add such a rich, icy elegence to your buffet.
    And what a great idea using corks in a serving dish. That is one I'm going to copy!!!! As well as the little trees in your serving pieces. They are adorable! I have a silver service and was lamenting that I wished I could do something very special in it. Well, guess what I am going to do!
    I am saving this entire post. It is one of the best of the season! Beautiful and festive, my friend!

    AND who would not love to live in Social Circle Ga!!! What a great southern name! Such a fa-la-la visit!
    xo Yvonne

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  56. Beautiful table setting! What a blessing to find matching treasures at GW!

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  57. Amazing! I am in love with those icicles! What a deal! How close are you to Social Circle? I will be coming up there next week!
    Lacy

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  58. Debbie, Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and decorations at my party. I wish you and your family a very blessed and happy holiday.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  59. Your dining room is warm and inviting inspire of the icicles and snowflakes :)

    CHRISTmas Blessings!
    Gail

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  60. Your table is just gorgeous. I love how you've combined some very "fine" pieces with some great GW finds. It all works so well together. You have a wonderful eye for pulling it all together. Love your icicles, too. Wish I could send you a few warmer degrees. We have been in the 80's the last couple of days--have to really use the imagination for feeling like Christmas. But I'm not complaining when I know so many parts of the country are having such cold, freezing weather.
    CAS

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  61. Debbie, I'm back for another peek at this gorgeous room and table. Makes my heart sing each time I see it.
    ~ Sarah

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  62. Only you Southerners would think to decorate with icicles! LOL Actually, they ARE very pretty...its just that I've already had my fill of the real thing.

    The Felice dinnerware is delicious & I was thrilled to see your Mom's flatware. Oh & I have some serious centerpiece envy going on! That Red Cliff ironstone soup tureen is just awesome!

    Dang...I keep forgetting to decorate the chandelier! Yours looks beautiful!!!

    Mega Hugs & Merry Christmas!
    Rett

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  63. Just beautiful! Love your hutch, what you did with the chandy, and the tray of corks is really cute! Happy Holidays!
    Sherry

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  64. Stunningly lovely, sugar!
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  65. Hi Debbie...

    Oooh...sooo sooo pretty, my friend! I loved the cream and silver on your mantel and it looks simply gorgeous in your dining room as well! It just looks exquisite...very elegant! Love how you decorated your hutch...the little Christmas trees in the silver is wonderful...what a grand idea! Your tablescape...gorgeous! Wow...can't believe that you found those pretty dishes for a mere $10! And of course, I love your Red Cliff tureen...it has always been a favorite of mine whenever you have shown it! Debbie, your entire dining room looks sooo very beautiful all dressed up for Christmas...thank you for sharing it with us! This has been such a treat!!!

    Warmest Christmas wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  66. What a beautiful setting. Those plates from GW are such a bargain and so pretty, I'm a little jealous. The acorn ornaments are gorgeous a great price also.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Your table is just beautiful Debbie! Lovin' the icicles on the hutch and what a dramatic photo of the water fountain! Stay warm:@)

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  68. Beautiful! I love the cream and silver and the acorn orniments!

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  69. I love all the glimmer and shine. Your dishes are lovely and the choices you made are perfect.. I could learn so much from you!

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  70. Your home looks beautiful! What a inspiration you are! Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  71. Your dining room looks fabulous! Love the icicles and mercury glass. Just so elegant.

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  72. Love it, love it, love it! I have a burlap runner I just love.

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  73. Your entire tabletop makes me feel very merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you.

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  74. Hi lovely lady your Tablescapes are so Beautiful for the Christmas Holidays ! You know just how to put it all Together.so cheerful and Inviting. Im your newest follower. I hope you can become one of my follower this would make me happy. Thank so much~~~

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  75. Debbie, your tablescapes never fail to take my breath away...you are one that makes visiting homemaking and design blogs so exciting, and enjoyable to the max. How very talented you are and what imagination and creativeness!!
    I always learn something from you and never fail to wonder what I have missed. You contribute so much to all of us!
    Merry Christmas, dear friend..
    Mona

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  76. Debbie -- this is beyond beautiful! I love all the elements you've gathered for your wintery Christmas table. Isn't it amazing how elegant burlap can look when it's paired with white and silver! Have a lovely Christmas!

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  77. Just gorgeous!!! Sorry if I drooled a little.

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  78. How did I miss those mercury glass acorns at WalMart? They are wonderful. I notice the chandelier first thing as I scrolled through your post. Queensware for $68...great get! You've created a beautiful holidiay tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  79. Debbie, this is beautiful! Love the icicles hanging from the hutch (and they do look real!). Your table looks so pretty and all of your sparkling silver adds to the wintery, glittery feel. Thank you for linking up. Have a wonderful Christmas. laurie

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  80. Your table setting is soooo beautiful! I love everything! The dishes, the silver, the chandelier, the sideboard with the delightful icicles...etc. etc. etc~ love it. It is so beautiful Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday and Happy Holidays!

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  81. OMG that is gorgeous! I love the silver mixed with burlap! I can't even tell you specific things I liked because I liked every. single. thing!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie