Christmas on the Drop Leaf Table

12.05.2011

Yes, two posts in one day. So many parties to attend I have to squeeze these in. This year after finding some cute vintage Christmas items at the antique mall I decided to go with a vintage inspired Christmas theme with a lot of natural elements being used. First up is the drop leaf table in the great room.


Everything I used on this table I already had except the large pine cones. I ordered a variety of pine cones from pinecones.com. I think I had read about this company in the Country Living magazine and I had already been thinking about using pine cones, but don't really have any nice ones around here so I ordered them.

I have never seen one of these pine cones before. This is called a coulter pine cone. It is about the size of a pineapple and is very heavy like one. When the box arrived and I picked it up I was surprised how heavy the box was. I thought this can't be pine cones. It is too heavy. Then I opened the box up and saw these gigantic very unusual cones. I had ordered just three of them. The other box had the sugar pine cones in it.


Here are the adult and young sugar pine cones. I ordered a few of each kind.

The red grapevine wreath has been around for years. This year I added a little trio of birds to it that I already had. I just used some floral wire to attach it.

 
This little fellow came from Pier One last year.

I only decorated one regular size tree this year and it is real. I just couldn't handle going up and down the ladder to do the nine foot trees. I love the real tree. It has been a long time since we have had one. Doing only one tree gave me a ton of leftover ornaments so I have place them in different vessels around the house. This large glass hurricane is holding some favorites of mine.

I received this doll ornament many years ago when I used to work a full time job. We would exchanged ornaments at our party each year.

Most of the other ones in here are from the Macy's after Christmas clearance sell one year.

I have also used a lot of real greenery. We have leland cypress trees in the back yard so I have an endless supply of greenery when I need it.

Everything sits on a black tray except the Santa candle holder.


Here you can really see the size of the coulter pine cone on the right. It's huge!
Lots more to come so stay tuned.



Joining the following parties:
Between Naps on the Porch  for Metamorphosis Mondays
The Lettered Cottage for Holiday Table Decor
A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Under the Table and Dreaming Sunday Showcase
It's Overflowing  Christmas scapes

68 comments:

  1. So lovely and a great idea for people without mantels.

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  2. I don't think there's any style table prettier than a drop leaf. I own two of them and would love to have a third. Just love them!

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  3. Very pretty Kim! I love the wreath hanging in the background. Martina

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  4. I love drop leaf tables....never heard of coulter pieces, they are heat. Pretty photos.

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  5. Beautiful. We inherited 2 large boxes of pine cones. The boxes have not been opened for a couple of years and then only by dear hubby. Recently, spied them in the basement. I should see just what is in those boxes and see if they are as big as yours.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  6. I love the hurricane with all the decor in it.

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  7. Very pretty, Kim! Great idea to put your extra ornaments in a bowl and be able to show them off. I do miss cutting greenery from my own bushes to use around the house.

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  8. What a beautiful vignette! Love those enormous pinecones! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Beautiful and that pine cone is so large! Gorgeous as always! hugs, Linda

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  10. What a striking display! I love the pinecones and the whole look. Just beautiful!

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  11. It is gorgeous Kim. I have never seen a pinecone that big! It's a good thing you only ordered three. I love the ornaments tucked into glass vessels, very pretty display. Patty

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  12. So pretty, Kim! Those are some big pine cones! Glad I don't have one of those trees near my roof! lol They are fun and interesting! Love your table...hugs...Debbie

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  13. Wow those mega cones are stealing the show on your table Kim.

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  14. Kim- First off...I love those big pine cones. WOW! The drop leaf table looks amazing.

    Everything is looking great. I like the looks of all the left over ornaments gathered together as a group. And, gotta say...I love that little needlepoint pillow! xo Diana

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  15. I just adore that trio of birds sitting on the twig! And I was planning on using pinecones in decorating this year. A neighbor had some huge ones last year, but when we went to get some, the tree did not produce the large ones this year. I didn't think about ordering any. Yours are just beautiful!

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  16. Your table looks beautiful! I love the pinecones. The wreath & pillow all tie everything together so nicely.

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  17. beautiful table decor Kim. I love that snowman and the greens you choose.

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  18. Your table looks great! I love your new sugar cones. They look good in that tray with the greenery. Your little Santa from Pier 1 is cute too.

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  19. Kim,
    Those little birds sitting on the wreath are adorable! Love the whole arrangement!
    Wendy

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  20. What a pretty display! I love those pinecones...I've never seen any that large. I love the idea of using ornaments in the hurricane, too.

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  21. Kim, such a lovely display. I love the wreath, and everything is "balanced" to perfection. You really have a knack for placing everything just in the right place. =) Happy Decorating! xo~Liz

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  22. The coulter pinecones are too cool. The needlepoint pillow is my favorite thing in the picture.

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  23. Absolutely beautiful Kim! I love how you have styled that table and so enjoyed your previous post too. What a fun copycat idea! :-)
    Vanessa

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  24. It looks great Kim. I don't have a mantel, so I'll be setting up vignettes on surfaces all around the house. I love this.

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  25. Those pine cones are amazing!!! Everything looks so beautiful, Kim. Just beautiful. blessings ~ Tanna

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  26. Beautiful. It must be a joy to live in your home.

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  27. Love how you've used the hurricane to hold such a wonderful variety of ornaments. It's a great idea! I'm still lovin' that beautiful table.

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  28. Love it all Kim! The lil birds on the stick are my fave!

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  29. Beautiful vignette, love what you did with the hurricane and am a big fan of pinecones everywhere!

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  30. Beautiful Christmas vignette Kim! Love those pine cones!!

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  31. Hi Kim,
    You've created another beautiful holiday vingette. I love it. I'm ready to head to the woods to find some of those gigantic pinecones. I know there out there waiting for me! LOL!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  32. Love the needlepoint pillow on the chair. Table is great too. I love drop leaf tables. So funcitonal.

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  33. the tabletop is beautiful but I'm curious about the table.. Was it in that shape when you got it or did you refinish it? My father in law gave me one just like it when my mother in law passed but it is in bad shape and I don't want to mess it up by doing the wrong thing to it. Any suggestions?

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  34. scrumptious as usual!!

    merry merry

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  35. Becky, the table came that way. I just used some scratch cover on it.

    thanks

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  36. Love the big pine cones Kim. I also think the needlepoint pillow is darling!

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  37. Lovely! That is the biggest pine cone I've ever seen!

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  38. I love your drop leave table and all of the Christmas decor. That one pine cone IS large!

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  39. Your table looks so festive ~ it's the perfect piece to dress up for the holidays! Are you going to have a special Christmas Edition of WOW this month? I think you should ~ just sayin' ! : )

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  40. Beautiful vignette and I love the huge pinecones. Your wreath is stunning also. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Your tray display is exquisite. Hugs, Marty

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  41. Beautiful! I love everything you Do!
    Debbie

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  42. Lovely, Kim! You rock the layered look...always!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  43. Love it Kim! Your style is so wonderful....thanks for sharing!

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  44. ok..crazy big pine cone and yes..way cool:)
    beautiful entry..love the vintage ornaments.
    xo

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  45. So pretty Kim! I'm loving all your Christmas decor. The riding boots in the previous post are adorable!

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  46. Just loving it all Kim, I have some of those cool pinecones that I found at Moms the other day and am using them too!

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  47. OMG! Kim those pine cones are humongous! They look so pretty with with black tray. I love the drop leaf. The entire display is beautiful but I especially love the three little birds.
    Ginger

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  48. Beautiful...Your table vignette looks wonderful. Oh, and the pinecone is HUGE...Love it. Great job. Thanks for stopping by for a visit Kim. Wishing you a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  49. Hi Kimmie!! Oh, this is just a beautiful idea! I love your drop leaf table and it really gets to show off here! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  50. Beautiful, Kim! You're right that is one big pinecone ... love it! And, the wreath hanging in the background looks wonderful ... also love the ornaments in the bowl ... great idea!

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  51. I love the way you tied the wreath to the stairway. It made me realize how about 3 wreaths hanging on our open stairway would look really pretty. Maybe next year. I really did cut down on the decorations this year and I'm perfectly content with the choice! The tabletop looks very pretty. I like how you used the extra ornaments.

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  52. the table looks lovely! those pinecones are huge! susan

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  53. I love how your table turned out! Those huge pine cones are great and I love that you used fresh greens!
    -Shelley

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  54. Really beautiful Kim! I want a real tree this year too, I just love the smell! And those pine cones are really wonderful!

    Kat :)

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  55. LOL..We must be on the same 'wave length'. I used pine cones on the entry table, too, for the party, but your look is much prettier. Love that red needlepoint pillow!!

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  56. Now that's a pinecone! They are huge and so pretty too. I hope you are enjoying the scent of a real tree this year. We went back to fake after a getting a real one last year. I just love the 9' tree and I can't imagine what a real one would cost (and not last for years either!)

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  57. Hi Kim,
    Love the drop leaf table!
    The red grapevine wreath looks great on the wall above the tray.
    The needlepoint pillow is gorgeous!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  58. I love the doll ornament. Good to know about pinecones.com...hadn't heard of them til now. The pinecones are really pretty.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

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  59. Just gorgeous, Kim! I love the reds - especially that cushion!

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  60. I really enjoyed seeing your Christmas decor, all so pretty!

    Merry Christmas!

    Katherine

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  61. Just fabulous!
    Love it all and the pops of red.
    xox
    a

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  62. Great! I love the santa from pier one. I had trees that dropped cones similar to your big ones in my back yard in Memphis. I had those for years--and Many moves! :)

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  63. I love this, what a beautiful vignette. I love your drop leaf table too! I was sooo close to getting one a few weeks ago. Darnit!
    Have a good night.

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  64. I've never seen a pine cone like that! I just love all of the natural elements you used. It's so pretty. That Santa from Pier One is adorable too!

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  65. Gorgeous of course! The Santa is darling and I'm dying for that pine cone!!!

    I'm joining 8 bloggers in hosting Blogging Around the Christmas Tree Party and today’s feature is Christmas Scapes at my place! I’d love to have you join up, the party is just beginning!

    http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2011/12/christmas-blog-link-party-christmas.html

    XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

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  66. You know I LOVE your pretty pics! The three birds in the wreath are DARLING! Love it all! Thanks for linking up at my party!!!

    XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing

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  67. Kim, your drop leaf table is so beautifully set. I just put a similar table in my booth in Cape May. I wish I had room in my house for it. I love where your is by the steps, but alas, my foyer is rather small. Your vignette on it is perfect. I love the huge pinecones. I gather much smaller ones around here, but love to use them too. A Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

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