Home For the Holidays: With Birch Lane

With all that has gone down in 2020 thus far, I think being home is more comforting now than ever. The holiday season is a magical time of year – and a time where family and friends come together to celebrate. I realize this year that may not be the case for some – but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the season one way or another.

I was so excited to collaborate with Birch Lane to showcase my favorite dining room picks this season – in light of everything going on, this has been a fun project to work on!

I was asked to pick some of my favorite dining room pieces, for a holiday dining room refresh campaign. And let me tell you – I am looking at my future dining room! Now, let’s talk about design tips and decor – and why I chose these pieces.

1. Lighting: A bold chandelier. Every room has a focal point, a piece that draws your eye there. In a dining space, a bold chandelier is a subtle, yet effective design recipe to accomplish just that. A single chandelier stands out and draws the eye as a focus in the room. This Sathvik Tiered Chandelier is a gorgeous piece and really sets the mood of this space – classy and inviting.

2. The Dining Table: Having a bold chandelier can carry a lot of visual weight in the room, so you want to make sure any other pieces don’t compete with that too much. This Earp Dining Tablemakes a statement but the neutral, grounded tones sit back against the glam look of the chandelier. I am obsessed with the wood and concrete look – and the durability of this table.

3. Seating: Nothing is worse than an uncomfortable place to sit down and enjoy a meal. Not every dining chair has to be luxurious or upholstered – but you don’t want a seating arrangement that you can’t get comfortable in for the short time you will be there. The Parsons Chair is a perfect neutral addition with back support and a comfortable seat – and better yet, they come in a set of two!

4. The Sideboard: Storage to me is SO important in a dining space because you want to be able to stay organized and hassle-free, especially during the holidays. Most of us host certain meals in a dining room vs a breakfast nook – and holiday meals are at the top of that list. I chose the CiaoBella Buffet Table because I love that it has tons of hidden storage – and the size of the piece is a perfect compliment to the large dining table. If you are adding a buffet or sideboard, you don’t want it to be too small that it looks like it doesn’t belong. You want it to be an addition to the space. To complete the look, I complimented it with this Antique Silver Mirror which reflects the gorgeous space and will bounce light around the room from surrounding windows.

5. Rugs and Flooring: I am still swooning over this Tennison Power Loom Rug! I love this rug because it adds such a subtle pop of color and the olive tone brings so much warmth. Rugs can pull a room together so it is important you are choosing one that either compliments the pieces you have in the space or adds in dimension that you didn’t have there before. If you have carpet in your dining space, layering a rug can be totally fine – as long as it doesn’t compete with the undertones in your carpet. If you have hardwood or laminate floors, adding a rug can create dimension and really complete a look.

6. Decor: We all love holiday decor. We love it so much we decorate two months before Christmas + feel empty when it all gets taken down. Bringing the holidays into your dining room is as easy as it seems – and it doesn’t have to be “over the top” to make a statement. It can be done in three simple steps:

  • Add a tree (whether faux or real) into the corner of your space – this keeps it out of the way of daily activity but creates a moment in the room.

  • Add a holiday centerpiece to the table. I chose the Frosted Pinecone Centerpiece because I love the mixed greenery and the frosted look – but the faux-birch base really got me. I like to have a centerpiece that adds to the natural aesthetic of the room while also being festive enough for the holiday season.

  • Use small decorative accents to finish the look. These Reindeer Figurines add a cute, little moment to the buffet table without crowding it – and love how it comes in a set of six! Things like plates, napkins, napkin rings, etc can finish off the table in a festive way – and I have chosen some that really vibed with the look of this space.

I hope this got you even more excited for the holiday season and most of you are able to celebrate it with friends and family – despite the pandemic.

As always, stay safe!

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