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Its Christmas Time at Arbutus

When Kaveri Braid contacted Our Collective Muse after a meeting with Arbutus Properties looking for local tastemakers to decorate part of the Arbutus show home… we were totally stoked that they were interested in having Our Collective Muse!  We took on the task of decorating the dining room with a nice little budget that allowed us to use our creative skills and judgement.   Happy to say we came in under budget… and were able to come up with some great DIY projects, use a few of our own things and Home Sense came in handy for a few extra tidbits. 

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How cozy is this table runner from Home Sense. Thanks to OCM member Kim Davies for this great find! 

If you have a great table sometimes its a shame to cover it up with a heavy table cloth. A table runner with place mats can still protect your table… and add much more drama to your setting. 

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A big thank you goes out to OCM diva Kelsi Kendal for providing her own candles that she used for her wedding this past June. They added the perfect touch. 

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We were very happy to hear Arbutus has great taste in decorating and provided the amazing gold cutlery and white dishes. There is something so classic in having your table set with simple white dishes. Gold cutlery adds just the right amount of boldness. 

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Adding fresh cedar to the table added a pop of color. Simply cut lush pieces off of heavy branches and arrange on table.
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A great DIY project for place cards. Gold deer make great props for your Christmas table. Pick up plastic deer in the toy department at Target and give them two coats of gold spray paint. Our talented Desiree Martin whipped up name tags and placed in the antlers and around neck.
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Not sure where to place your napkin? No need to follow tradition and place your napkin under the cutlery. Simply place a folded napkin under the plate and let it hang from the table. Such a nice tip from OCM member Karyn Kimberley.
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Reindeer appeared to be the theme for our table and these cutie salt & pepper duo were found at Home Sense. 

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DIY chair decor: Find some great ribbon and wrap around chair half way. Tie ribbon in a knot and add greenery... in this case, gold spray painted holly. Thanks for the tip Lisa!
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Battery operated twinkle lights are a great touch to add to your table. We hid the lights throughout the greenery. No cords to plug in!
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The finished product!  Ready and set to celebrate the season. Merry Christmas! 

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OCM table decorating team from left to right:  Kelsi Kendal, Lisa Landrie, Karyn Kimberley, Desiree Martin (Missing Kim Davies)


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