Monday, December 5, 2011

Dining Hutch ~ my alternative mantel

Unfortunately I do not have a festive holiday mantel to share with you all.
I know everyone is partying with mantels this week:(
But I do have this hutch in my dining room that I freshen up for the holidays.

~ Naturally cottage chic if I do say so myself ~

On the top I added a pop of red with these festive poinsettias.
Tip ~ Instead of buying one large poinsetta that could cost $25-$50
I purchased 2 smaller ones that were $5 each they filled in my galvanized bucket perfectly.

I always try to coordinate my dining hutch with my dining table decor.
You can see more of my dining room for the holidays here and here.
I used fresh greens on the hutch and on my dining table to pull the look together in the room.

 I thought these greenery sprigs were organically fresh & simple.

Here I used some artificial berry filler with greenery sprigs.
I also used arificial snow filler and added just a single pinecone to finish the container.

I really love to mix natural elements in all of my decor for any season.
I think that is my favorite part of my holiday decor this year.
You will see fresh simple natural elements with pops of red in nearly every room.
For me it is important to make sure that the overall vibe
of my home has a cohesive feel from room to room both at the Holidays and everyday.

Be sure to come back & check out more of our
{Home for the Holidays} at The Corson Cottage
So here are the holiday parties I am joining!
I'll be heading over to Rhoda's on Wednesday.

And Ten June on Tuesday

~ Don't forget ~
You are all invited to party here every Friday in December!!!
Come join us for our {Home for the Holidays} Link Party.

Happy Holidays!


  1. ahhh! So pretty! I love love love fresh greenery! It looks so great!

  2. I love the whole look, all the small sprigs are my favorite touch. Thanks for the poinsettia tip.

  3. Looks wonderful the hutch is a great alternative to a mantel! Lots more space to decorate which is always fun!

  4. very very pretty! Love the calm serene look! ahhhhh

  5. Carrie, I love your style and the hutch is just fab!! Heather

  6. So pretty! I love the way you used fresh greenery. The little containers with just one sprig of greenery are perfect!

  7. Cute winter display. I love the jars you used.

  8. Hi Carrie...

    Thank you for stopping by 21 Rosemary Lane and I will be more than happy to link up this Friday to your holiday party!

    And I have to say that I love all the natural elements you use in your decorating...I see that we are on the same page with regards to that!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  9. Everything looks so fresh a inviting! it's very nicely done!

  10. This looks great Carrie! I love using natural elements also :) I love your little jars with the galvanized bases! So cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Lauren @

  11. Pretty! I also love the natural elements--there's something about them that just says WINTER to me. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment about our "mantel" and stockings! :)

  12. Love the fresh, wintery look of your hutch, Carrie! Silver, white, green and pretty!

    xoxo laurie

  13. Looks great! Consider buying a salvage mantel and decorating it. We put one in for my in-laws and its gorgeous. Found it for $50 at a consignment shop.

    Merry Christmas!

    Amber @


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