Dining Room Downsizing With AllModern

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that the holidays are going to look a bit different this year. If I’m being honest, I was feeling pretty down about it for weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, and as we head toward Christmas, but then I had a little pep talk with myself. Instead of thinking about all the little things I won’t get to experience this holiday season, I’m trying to remind myself to look forward to some freshness and a few new things we can try to make the holidays feel extra special.

One of the main differences this year, of course, is that our celebrations are on the smaller side. We’ve never had major family gatherings (it’s almost always just our immediate families), but this year has sort of taught us that simple is best, and that big elaborate, showy celebrations aren’t necessary—especially since budgets are tighter, and getting safely to the store for new holiday décor and fancy food is harder. Instead, we’ve scaled things way back, and it has been so refreshing. It’s actually not depressing at all!

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Why We Downsized Our Dining Room Décor | dreamgreendiy.com + @allmodern #ad

Why We Downsized Our Dining Room Décor | dreamgreendiy.com + @allmodern #ad

This season has given us the chance to take a long hard look at a lot of things in our life (big and small), but one thing we recently realized is that we don’t really need the giant 8-foot dining room table that has been dominating our dining room for the past five years. It’s almost always just John and me eating there, and all that excess wasted space felt silly.

So, with a little help from AllModern, I spent time rethinking our entire dining room to make it feel a little less cavernous, and a lot more casual, specifically keeping in mind the smaller-scale, more intimate style of celebrating we’ll be doing this year.

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The first thing to go was our giant table. In its place I went with a leggy wood round table that gives us better flow, and also allows us to take better advantage of the square footage of the dining room itself. We have so much more room now to walk around the table, and the round shape is actually bigger than I expected. We hardly lost any dining surface area at all!

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To ground the new round dining table, I needed to swap out our rectangular rug. I think rectangular rugs do work under round tables, but my vision was for something a little more symmetrical, so round it was. You might laugh, but I loved our old rectangular dining room rug so much, that I actually ordered the same exact one—just in a round shape. It’s really plush and soft, and I think the rich red and black pattern goes so well with our moody blue/green feature wall.

Speaking of the feature wall, I wanted to make that even more of a focal point for any small scale get-togethers we might have with my parents this holiday season. So, I ordered a gold-framed abstract canvas to hang front and center on the dark-painted wall. I love how the vines from my potted plants sitting on the ledge above sort of help frame the art even more, and it picks up those fantastic colors in the rug, too.

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Why We Downsized Our Dining Room Décor | dreamgreendiy.com + @allmodern #ad

Why We Downsized Our Dining Room Décor | dreamgreendiy.com + @allmodern #ad

Have you thought about doing any major furniture swaps in your house to better suit your shifting routines this year? Or have you considered actually downsizing your furniture in spaces that have started to feel kinda cramped? If you love change and experimenting as much as I do, now could be the perfect time to get critical and creative where your furniture is concerned.

Let me know in the comments what you think about our decision to go smaller with our dining room furniture, and feel free to keep scrolling for a list of linked AllModern resources in case you want to get the same look in your home ahead of Christmas and New Years.

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DIY Twisted Paper Christmas Ornaments

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Christmas really is so magical, isn’t it? Not even the uncertain state of the world can put a damper on this holiday season, and I’m planning to take full advantage by soaking up every moment of it from the comfort of home. Good thing I’m a natural homebody at heart, huh?!

The team over at JoAnn recently got in touch with the challenge to get extra crafty this Christmas, and I was quick to say, “I’m in!” This is my favorite time of year to break out my craft supplies, after all, and I already have an entire corner of our basement stocked with goodies from JOANN. This brand has long since been a favorite of mine since it’s such a convenient one-stop-shop for creative inspiration and supplies. I could (and do!) spend hours there, wandering the aisles to stock up on all the things I need for my crafting closet.

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With their Christmas challenge in mind, I got to work at our dining room table creating an assortment of DIY Twisted Paper Ornaments. I’m planning on keeping some for us, of course, as a little reminder of just how far I’ve come this year (despite it all, I’m still happily—and safely—able to get creative at home), but I also plan to wrap one or two up to give as gifts. Keep scrolling for the how-to so you can get in on the excitement of hand-making your own holiday gifts and décor.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

1. Assorted cardstock

2. Paper cutter

3. Scissors

4. Spray bottle with water

5. Hot glue gun/glue gun sticks

6. Needle nose pliers

7. Assorted plastic ornaments

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Step One

Cut your pieces of patterned paper cardstock into 1-inch strips using scissors or a paper cutter. (TIP: After you work through the tutorial one or two times to get the hang of it, consider playing around with different thicknesses and paper weights to add variety to your ornament collection!)

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Step Two

Use a spray bottle to dampen each of the strips of cut paper. You’ll want the paper to feel slightly floppy in your hand, but still have some structure. Don’t overdo it with the water.

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Step Three

While the paper is still soft and damp, fold and twist each strip between your fingertips until you form a loose, organic rope-like piece. Don’t twist the paper too tightly, or else you risk ripping the strips.

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DIY Twisted Paper Christmas Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com + @joann #ad #HandmadewithJOANN

DIY Twisted Paper Christmas Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com + @joann #ad #HandmadewithJOANN

Step Four

Once twisted, hot glue one end of the first twist to the top of your plastic ornament. Work around and around the ornament, gluing the twists against the shape of the ornament as you go. Be sure to glue the twists close together and tightly, so you can’t spot the bare ornament underneath. Try mixing and matching colors and patterns to create your own one-of-a-kind design. Oh, and needle nose pliers will keep your fingers from getting burned by the glue as you press the twists in place!

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Step Five

Once the ornament is completely covered by the paper twists, allow the glue to cure for an hour or so, then add ribbon or string so you can hang it on your Christmas tree! Another idea is to attach them to your front door holiday wreath, like we did.

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As you can see, I made a whole bunch to display all over our house, and I’m carefully tucking the very best ones in gift boxes to mail off to John’s family since we won’t be able to see them in person this Christmas. It’s our little way of “being there” with them during the holidays. Check out JoAnn.com and the JoAnn app for lots more inspiration and to stock-up your own craft closet this Christmas.

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