Welcome to the 223rd Tablescape Thursday!
One of the absolute best parts about blogging is meeting wonderful readers who share similar interests. A few months back I received an e-mail from Marie Barnes, inviting me for a “visit to her porch.” Marie and her husband, Governor Roy Barnes, moved four years ago from Mableton to Marietta to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Before moving they built what I like to call a “new” old house, a beautiful Victorian home not far from the historic Marietta Square.
I took a good many photographs during my visit and I can’t wait to share all the beautiful rooms and Christmas decor Marie has lovingly created throughout their beautiful home. I know you’re going to be just as enchanted as I was but for today, for Tablescape Thursday, we’ll just focus on the four beautiful table settings I saw during my visit.
During a visit to the Barnes home, you know from the moment you step through the front door, this is a real home where real people live and enjoy life to the fullest. Since their children and six grandchildren are frequent visitors, the Barnes’ built their home with family in mind. Wait until you see the grandchildren’s bedrooms…coming soon, I promise.
Let start our tablescape tour here in Marie’s amazing dining room. I was seriously drooling over her beautiful drapes. Marie decorates 16 Christmas trees each year (yes, you heard right…16 trees!) and one is here in the corner of the dining room. It’s all I can do to not veer off and share everything is this room, but this post would be way too long if I don’t stick to tablescapes today. I promise to share additional pictures of all the trees real soon. Marie decorates each and every one herself and they are stunning!
This gorgeous flame mahogany dining room table was set with one of my favorite Christmas chinas, Holiday by Lenox. The flatware Marie used is called Holly Berry and it was perfect with this holiday china.
One of the many things Marie and I have in common is we both enjoy shopping in HomeGoods, Marshalls and Pier 1. The glassware for this table came from HomeGoods and Pier 1. I immediately recognized the napkin sheaths since I also bought those when they were available in Pier 1 a few years back.
Marie has a wonderful collection of nativity scenes on display in the breakfront in her dining room.
Such a beautiful display for the Christmas holidays…
Just off the kitchen I found another wonderful tablescape with the cutest “peppermint candy” dishware. The tree nearby is also decorated in a peppermint candy theme…wait until you see all the trees!
Marie found this adorable peppermint patterned dishware in Pier 1 last year. Glassware is also from Pier 1, a find this year. Marie mentioned she has her eye out for candycane flatware, so if anyone knows where to find some, please share.
The centerpieces and floral arrangements throughout all the rooms were so beautiful!
Just a few feet away from the peppermint table was a sweet table for the little ones. Marie first used this table with her own children when they were small. Now her six grandchildren can have lunch where there parents once dined. Love that!
Aren’t the elf stockings a hoot?! The Barnes’ home is filled with delightful, whimsical touches in every room. Marie found the elf stockings in HomeGoods one year. So fun!
The fourth and final tablescape I’m sharing for this Tablescape Thursday is somewhat hidden away. It’s tucked away between two seating areas in the family room and serves as an overflow dining space when the Barnes’ entertain.
On the day I visited, Marie had a wonderful “nutcracker” themed tablescape set up in this space.
Marie found the nutcracker plates in HomeGoods, while the glassware is from both HomeGoods and Pier 1. This table so beautifully illustrates how you can use the treasures you collect as a wonderful centerpiece in a tablescape. Have a Nutcracker collection? Pull it out and make it the star of your holiday table this year!
I can’t wait to show you more of Marie and Governor Roy Barnes stunning Victorian home. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to all the wonderful tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday!
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