Winter Dining Room Decor and a Giveaway

Friday, January 10, 2020

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I'm sharing some simple changes in my black and white neutral dining room that are perfect for the winter months, and joining some friends for a Huge home decor giveaway 
black farmhouse hutch

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Good morning my friend! I'm ready to give something away!!! 😃 It's the very first installment of the Thrifty Style Team for 2020, and each one of us is hosting a giveaway on our site! This is the second time we've done this, and I have a feeling it's going to become a tradition! You'll be able to find all the links below my post.



So normally I'm ready to pack up the holiday decor on December 26! This year, for some reason, it was more difficult and I left it longer. But I was finally ready to put it away, and after spending last weekend packing up the Christmas decor it was so nice to give my rooms some space to breathe! 

It's always a shock at first because once the bright and colorful Christmas decorations are gone, my home feels pretty blah. Do you feel that way too? January is a pretty blah month, especially if you live up north, where gray days are the norm.

Here in Texas we are blessed by lots of sun, but still have our gloomy days. I'm sharing a few changes in our dining room that make it feel 'right' for winter while allowing it to transition into spring effortlessly. Plus I'm sharing how I styled my giveaway items in this space!

WHAT IS THE GIVEAWAY???


I know, I know! If you're like me you are DYING to know what you can win! My giveaway contains two items. The lucky winner will receive a stack of 4 melamine buffalo check dinner plates and a Rae Dunn pillow cover (please note that the insert will not be included!). 

No matter what colors you decorate with, these items are sure to fit in! Best of all, they'll work in your home for winter...and beyond! If you know my style, I decorate with black and white year round. It's a classic style that is always in! 😉❤

buffalo check dishes

Winter Decor in the Dining Room


Our dining room has been full of red and white Christmas decor since early November, so bringing it back to neutral feels really good. I don't know about you, but after the excess of Christmas, it feels so nice to have a blank slate. Of course, we don't want it to stay blank or feel boring...and these simple changes give the dining room some winter style without feeling blah.

black and white dining room decor

The only color in this space comes from the blue painted grandfather clock and the blue and white vintage dishes that I have in my hutch and hanging on the wall. Plus the greenery of course.

I recently recovered our dining seat cushions with black and cream houndstooth, an easy project that doesn't cost much. My choice of fabric is not a huge change from the black and white chevron, but it feels more classic and I'm loving the updated look.

I brought texture back into the dining room in the form of willow plate chargers, a wood tray, my ruffled drop cloth runner and the plant basket holding my fig. Texture keeps it interesting and warms a space up!

My three fiddle leaf figs are growing like gangbusters, and up till now they've all been in our sunroom! It was getting kind of crowded in there (plus I just made some big changes in there...stay tuned), so I moved one fig to the dining room. It's the opposite side of the house, but there's decent light in here so fingers crossed that it continues to do well.

I hung a magnolia wreath back onto the chalkboard, and added a set of gold bells that I bought from Hobby Lobby (they were 66% Christmas decor!). I also brought in a neutral sign that is the first of many easy DIY Valentines ideas I'll be sharing this year!

farmhouse decor with fiddle leaf fig

Adding a simple centerpiece of white glass vases with some eucalyptus stems, stacked on a wood tray gives some interest to the table while keeping it from feeling too busy.

farmhouse dining table

neutral place setting

A few stems of eucalyptus in the white pitchers on the black hutch continue the greenery. I removed everything from the buffet top and added my vintage-inspired chicken feeder plate rack. I'm not sure yet if I like it there or not, but will keep it there for now.

black hutch with plate rack

And that's it. Black, white, greenery and texture...all the best elements of a simple winter space!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY


On to the giveaway I promised! I will be sending someone the stack of four black and white buffalo check dinner plates as well as the Rae Dunn "peace" pillow cover featured in these pictures!

Here's how to enter:


1. Leave a comment on this post letting me know your biggest winter decor challenge. Please leave your email address in the comment so I'm able to contact you if you win!
*If you don't have a Google account, you can comment as "Anonymous", but leave your name and email within the comment itself!

2. BONUS - visit my Instagram, look for a recent image of my winter dining room, and do one (or all) of the following actions (each action is a bonus entry!):

- Like the post
- Tag a friend or two (each tagged friend is an additional entry)
- Comment
- Share in your stories, tagging me @diybeautify

I'll notify the winner via email next Friday, so Please make sure to include your email in your comments! I promise not to add you to any lists!!

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buffalo check plates

Let's see what my fellow Thrifty Style Team members are giving away! The theme of this giveaway is definitely Home Decor! Just click on the links below to be taken directly to each website. Some of the gals have also shared a tutorial! Enjoy visiting these talented friends of mine! ❤

THRIFTY STYLE TEAM HUGE HOME DECOR GIVEAWAY


Salvage Sister and Mister - 15 Beginner Chalk Board Tips
DIY Beautify - Winter Dining Room Decor
Cottage at the Crossroads - Rag Wreath Giveaway
Postcards From the Ridge - DIY Glass Bottle Dish Soap Dispenser
The How To Home - Glass Apothecary Jars Giveaway
I Should be Mopping the Floor - Nine Ways to Style a Dough Bowl
Redhead Can Decorate - Butcher Block Cheese Board Giveaway
What Meegan Makes - Thrifty Style Team Giveaway
Bliss Ranch - Fake Porcelain Tags
Unskinny Boppy - Leather Leaf Earrings



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67 comments

  1. Actually; I really don't do much for a winter décor except to leave my winter throw pillows out along with my winter bedding and my winter white dove wreath. Other than that, that is pretty much it.
    Thank you for this wonderful give away opportunity
    ColleenB.~Texas

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  2. My biggest challenge is having enough decor to fill the blank spaces left over from Christmas.
    bevebersole@comcast.net

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  3. I'm in the biggest challenge right now, the tree is put away, all decorations are packed and it leaves me feeling depressed after all the lights and hustle of the holidays are passed. I know Valentines is close, but nothing compares to the Christmas lights and greenery. Kim Gaede ckgaede@yahoocom

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  4. My biggest winter decor challenge is competing with the glitter and glamour of the Christmas and New Year decor. Everything looks so bland. A touch of Red fr the upcoming Valentine Day holiday seems to help.

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  5. My challenge is to make the house look less bleak (wintry) and more alive with plants.

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  6. The challenge of keeping the house cozy and comfortable when the gloom of winter carries on. I love to add perky pillows and warm throws. Thank you...i just love Rae Dunn!!!

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  7. My biggest challenge is inspiration

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  8. Having it ready to come down from the attic and take the place of my Christmas and New Year Decorations. I only have a few days in between to get things decorated and ready for my next gathering!

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  9. I love winter twigs to fill the space but I have space that looks to springy still with my green plants ... could use help with that

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  10. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
    My biggest challenge is picking a color scheme/items once Christmas is put away.
    Amanda R.
    amanda.roberts@nrmchospital.org

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  11. My biggest winter challenge is missing the beautiful Christmas lights from our tree! I need more sparkly lights in a living room corner. Actually thinking about placing a birch or ficus tree there with fairy lights. Wouldn't that be glorious?!
    Thank you for this opportunity too.
    Sandra Smith jimnsandy_48@yahoo.com

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  12. We moved into our forever home in November 2019! 🙏🏻
    With that, we currently do not have any decor. We are being selective and want pieces and decor that is versatile and matches our style. That said, we live in southwest Louisiana, like Texas, pretty warm winters with sunny days. I would like to be able to have winter decor that feels cozy, is textural, and matches the heartbeat of our home.

    Thanks!

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  13. I find my biggest problem is that I love Spring so much Winter takes a backseat. Sadly I don't have many decor items, but these items you have would look great in the home! Maybe just maybe it would inspire me to enjoy the Winter months more! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Dolly
    hibiscushouse1@gmail.com

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  14. For winter time I basically use more rustic décor, pine cones, birch branches, candles and maybe pops of winterberry. Winter is a hard season to decorate for, you don't want something that leans towards Christmas any more but not ready for Spring either. I guess ideas that make it cozy would be what I am after. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a sweet give away! How nice! Sheila Allen sunseteve_65@yahoo.com

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  15. Buffalo check is my new best friend!

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  16. My biggest winter decor challenge is that this is our first January in our new dream home and everything looks so plain once all the Christmas decor is down!

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  17. Actually spring is my biggest challenge. Winter is just leaving up my snowmen from Christmas, just taking down everything santa and the tree.

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  18. Winter is a big challenge for me because once I put away all the Christmas decor my rooms seem very empty. But also after putting away the Christmas decor my rooms need a major de-cluttering and general cleaning up, touching up paint, etc.

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  19. Winter is definitely a big decor challenge. My rooms are feeling very blah this year. I am moving around all the items I have to try and freshen up everything. Will see if it works!

    Julie Knauss
    julieknauss@comcast.net

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  20. Its a struggle trying to find decor for January

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  21. My biggest challenge this year has been finding a cohesive look overall

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  22. I love the black & white buffalo plaid! My biggest challenge is adding color after the holidays.

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  23. My biggest challenge is decorating for spring. I have lots of 4th of July decor, fall items and Christmas stuff!

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  24. My biggest challenge of winter is how to decorate after Christmas. I don't like to leave up sparkly decor and need advice on what to decorate with. Thanks for the chance. Linda Dreher email: ldreher520@comcast.net

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  25. I never know hoe to decorate once I take my Christmas stuff down.

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  26. Everything looks gorgeous as always! I find its very emptprafter christmas as well. I would like to add more life to the rooms before spring decor and your idea of the plants has inspired me to get some hanging ones for my living room etc. :}
    sandra- snowydreams15@aol.com ;]

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  27. I really struggle with what looks right for this time of year. My house always looks so empty after the holidays. I'm learning to incorporate more greenery and I think that helps. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year! (clayandamy@sbcglobal.net)

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  28. I usually leave up some of my battery lighted snowman to light up the house during the winter months. I love flameless candles and battery operated items bringing in light and some color when watching TV. Thanks for the opportunity to win; I love buffalo check and black and white! (baronblu@aol.com)

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  29. Winter is my favorite season! My challenge is decorating a house whose architectural style doesn't fit my decorating style and previous furnishings.

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  30. Hello! I have a hard time decorating my front porch after Christmas...I don’t have a ton of decor for out there so I usually find myself “shopping” the inside of my home to find a few things to add a little winter coziness out there.

    jenvieau@hotmail.com

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  31. My biggest winter decor challenge is making my home feel comforting and warm especially after taking down all of my Christmas decorations. It feels so colorless and blah! Your home is absolutely beautiful!
    keshakeke(at)gmail.com

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  32. My biggest winter decor challenge is making the kitchen more "winter-y" - there's not a lot of open counter space or wall space for decor, and I have green walls and green tile on the floor - so already lots of color in there.

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  33. My biggest challenge right now is to use what I have to make things interesting without spending...you can imagine how much your giveaway would help, if I were to win. These lovel things would be ideal, really. 🌹

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  34. I actually have black and white buffalo check valances and other items in my house currently and these would fit into my decorating scheme perfectly!! Love it all! I LOVE your style and can relate! :-)

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  35. We don't have a lot of winter here in Southern California. It does get cold where I live, but snow is rare and only a light dusting. I mainly change my decor according to holidays in winter and all through the year. I pick whatever is blooming, and there is always something and make bouquets!

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  36. Buffalo Check is my favorite!! Who doesn't love Rae Dunn? Susan @ susieskid@yahoo.com.

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  37. My biggest winter decor challenge is in my dining room! It is small with two big windows, so not much room but the window treatments are my biggest challenge. My email address is ohsweetpea@hotmail.com

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  38. My biggest winter decor challenge is to make our fireplace look inviting - too many small nick-nacks and I need a nice mirror and/or wreath above the mantel.
    blizlady@gmail.com

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  39. My challenge is getting motivated enough in January to change out the Christmas decor!

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  40. My email is hsmom2hs@gmail.com

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  41. This is perfect as we will be selling our house in the woods to be closer to our kids and grandkids. My husband said he would like to decorate in black and white because it goes with everything. He is so smart. I love the fact that it is only a pillow cover this save on storage. I love your style. My email is birdofparidise28@gmail.com

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  42. I don't have that much of a winter challenge is because I live down south and we never have snow, sleet or ice. A few cold days. If it snows our city is crippled. I love the prize! (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  43. My biggest winter decor challenge is how to ad brighter colors to the decor scheme. Winter colors tend to be more muted vs summer colors. (email is in my google account/profile)

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  44. My biggest challenge this year is the feeling that Christmas went by too fast and filling empty spaces after taking down the decorations. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. My biggest winter decor challenge is finding decor to use during the winter after Christmas, also to keep everything clean from all the junk bring brought in from the outside and snow and rain. My email is iride4899@yahoo.com

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  46. Winter is a hard time for me to decorate for, especially after Christmas. I long to bring color into our home to cheer up the dreariness of the winter season. lh6690@yahoo.com

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  47. My biggest winter decor challenge is decorating to combat the "eternal gloom" of the season here in Northern Ky. Brightening things up when it is constantly gray outside can be a chore

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  48. My challenge is it's much too cold to paint in the winter and I'm dying to take on new decorating projects.

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  49. Oh gosh....I absolutely ADORE buffalo checks!!!!!! And I love your chalkboard!!!! I have a huge frame so I need to make one for myself:) Hmmm...my biggest decor challenge for Winter!!! Probably my huge front porch! I love to decorate it for the holidays and in the summer I have plants and ferns but during the winter it just looks blah! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Found you through redheadcandecorate:)

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  50. OOPS...forgot to leave my email address: cherischatter@yahoo.com My website is www.cherischatter@blogspot.com.

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  51. My biggest challenge for winter decor is really time. with the holidays smack in the season, I feel like I am always rushed tending to that. Other then that, it would really be colors that would still bring some light to the rooms. I love earth tones and am not very good at putting colors together so I kind of have a flat brain when it comes to decorating. lyzabeth1970 @ aol.com insta @lyzabeth1970

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  52. My biggest winter decor issue is blankets... lol We are a blanket loving family... but they end up thrown over the couches and chairs.. and it's so hard to get everything to stay neat looking!
    ashleyandshea at charter dot net

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  53. I love black and white, but I especially love that houndstooth fabric.
    My biggest challenge is creating a rustic winterscape without it evoking a Christmas feel.

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  54. I have a hard time going from christmas to winter! I have to restrain myself from going right to spring. I have just recently starting to use some black door in house and am loving it! Thanks for your generosity!
    tvoyles67@gmail.com

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  56. My biggest winter decor challenge is that... I only have one decor.

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  57. Is winter decor different than Christmas decor? Cause that's pretty much the only thing we change this time of year. We leave some of the snowmen and winter scene items up a little longer but that's about it! Lshumack at gmail dot com

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  58. I have trouble with winter decor because we live in florida and winter is almost non existent.

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  59. My biggest winter decor challenge is how to keep bright colors in my decor but yet also subtle colors for winter decor. lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot come

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  60. I love the black and white decor. All you need is a little splash of color.

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  61. Biggest challenge is what to do with all the decorator pillows Rosanne

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  62. Biggest challenge is all the dirt from dragging firewood in and what to do with all the decorator pillows Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  63. My biggest challenge is to tie everything together with a theme.

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  64. Something bright and cheery is my decor challenge. the reason, the snow is getting deeper and the wind is howling and there is a need to shovel the driveway again. Dreary outside. I do not want it dreary inside.

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