Nighttime Christmas Dining Room with Simple Centerpiece

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Nighttime Christmas dining room with simple centerpiece for a look of casual elegance perfect for every day.

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Each month, we are given either a topic or a photo for inspiration. Think in terms of looking through Pinterest for inspiration. That is how Cindy gets inspired by the challenge. If it is photo inspiration, she visits the source and asks if they'd like to be our inspiration for the monthly challenge. It's that simple! It's such a fun post each month.

This month we are recreating a magical holiday table featuring deer, greenery, and brass inspired by Kelley from Kelley Nan. I have long been a follower of Kelly's beautiful blog. If you haven't visited, you are in for a treat!

Inspiration from Kelley Nan

If you are visiting from WM Design House, welcome! Wendy has a gorgeous home. She is truly a master of gorgeous tablescapes, and she has some rustic tablescape ideas for you!

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Nighttime Christmas Dining Room with Simple Centerpiece

Kelley's table is classically elegant. The little gold deer are absolutely adorable.

I looked around online and in-store and just couldn't find something similar. I found a couple of contenders but just didn't want to drop big bucks for them. Honestly, I just don't need any more Christmas decor. I've been cleaning it out a lot in recent years and going with more greenery intermingled with existing everyday decor.

Here is my perspective on the elements that I take away from Kelley's stunning inspiration photo.

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Collingwood. This color is a very pale creamy color but looks quite gold at night with the lights.

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Flocked Christmas Tree

The Elements

  • Table Runner
  • Faux greenery
  • Deer
  • Brass and gold candle holders
  • white taper candles
  • white pillar candles
  • Clear glass votives
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Christmas tree in the background

I decided to take bits and pieces from the inspiration tablescape and put my own spin on it by using what I had.

Gold Deer | Battery Tappers | Battery Pillars | Brass Candle Holders

I started with a winter white velvet runner for my base.

I like to use an assortment of greenery picks on the base. I then fill in with a few floral picks in snowy eucalyptus.

I then positioned the brass deer and sleigh in the center of the table. It is the focal point of my centerpiece.

deer and sleigh centerpiece

I then nestled brass candle holders along with mercury glass pillar holders and glass votives.

Battery-operated white tapers and pillars give this look a sense of safety and ease.

bar in dining room with widow curtain lights

Curtain String Lights

I put these curtain lights up about 5 years ago and have never taken them down. They just give a festive touch to the dining room all year long.

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The little white ceramic houses above the armoire have been collected from thrift stores and painted white over the last couple of years. You can see the details HERE where I used them as a tablescape.

christmas tree in dining room

This simple white-flocked Christmas tree is perfection in its natural state.

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dining room with christmas tree

I filled in sparse areas around the greenery with gold ornaments and votive candles.

deer on table

I completed the look by adding a couple of bottle brush trees on each end of the centerpiece.

dining room at christmas

Keeping the centerpiece fairly neutral with whites, greens, and gold will allow me to use different napkins and place settings to change up my color schemes.

One thing that we do is make a point of eating regularly in our dining room during the holiday season. It's so magical with the lights and tree to light up the space.

Up next on today's hop is my friend, Cindy, from County Road 407. You will love her budget-friendly tablescape for the holidays.

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Christy has been creating content for Our Southern Home since 2012. She has been featured in numerous print and online publications. Her classic, eclectic design approach spans her home and fashion style. Christy has a way of mixing store-bought with thrift store, antique and vintage finds. As a recent empty nester, she is having fun navigating this new stage of life. Read more about Christy HERE. Be sure to subscribe below. You can also contact me HERE.

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  1. Christie, I love how your dining room table turned out with the gold candleholders and the beautiful deer!! Really stunning! Isn’t it amazing how just some simple lights hanging completely changes the way a room looks?! I was just thinking I might try that here in our living room for winter. We love subtle wintertime lighting and this idea would be perfect.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family,
    Big hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Barb,
      You are so very sweet!!! Thank you so much. I had to go back and look at the post. It was an oldie and so loved looking at those pictures again. Sadly, 2 of the pets are no longer with us. I so loved seeing their sweet faces tonight. Thank you for that, friend!

  2. I’ve been looking forward to reading your post Christy, and I’m loving every detail of your nighttime Christmas dining room and centerpiece. How perfect that you included the deer too. Absolutely stunning!

  3. Christy, your dining room looks fantastic! You did a great job of pulling in so many elements from Kelly’s image. Your deer worked out perfectly, and I love the hanging lights over the curtains. The twinkle lights add so much to the atmosphere for the holidays.

  4. Your dining room is one of my favorite spaces, Christy! I love all the details you’ve added to make it feels extra special from the curtain lights to the deer to the ornaments and the pops of greenery. It’s all so totally gorgeous! Hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season, CoCo

  5. I can see why you’ve never taken down the curtain lights, I love them! And your entire dining room is stunning. From the village on top of the armoire to the brass deer on the table – just gorgeous. I’m so glad you could join us and share your home. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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