Holiday Ready Dining Room

By Kate Riley December 22, 2017

This is a sponsored post by the maker of Orange Glo™ cleaning products.  I received compensation and/or a free sample for this review but the opinions are 100% my own.

With so much to consider during the holiday season, one way I like to be prepared for entertaining is by keeping my dining room holiday ready. I find if I can keep just the living room and dining room prepped and ready in advance, it takes a lot of the pressure off of me and gives me extra time to take care of all the extra obligations this time of year.

In autumn and in anticipation of the holidays, I made a few changes to the space, swapping out the old light fixture and curtains with newer pieces. I have two dining hutches, a built in and also a freestanding one, where I I store all the things I use to decorate and entertain throughout the year.

As you know, I love white and bright spaces in my home, but in the dining room I love the cozy feel captured by mixed dark and light wood tones.



Having recently invested in refinishing the hardwood floors, I’m taking extra care in keeping them clean and preserving their beauty. I was invited by the maker of Orange Glo™ cleaning products to share how I get my home ready for the holidays, and my dining room is the perfect place to demonstrate.


Clean  & Polished Surfaces

My floors have a darker stain that I love but to keep them clean and glowing. I need to give them a quick sweep everyday and I’m loving the fresh smell of the Hardwood Floor Everyday Cleaner. I do this while I return a phone call or listen to a favorite podcast for a few minutes before carpool.

The wood cabinetry is ten years old and the hutch is 15 years old. They don’t require daily cleaning, but I restore their natural beauty with a weekly wipe down of 2-in-1 Clean & Polish spray.




Layer Festive Greenery & Ornaments

During the year I rarely keep the table set, but during the holidays I like to, simply because I’ve added sparkly things around the house so why ignore the dining room table? I’m not a big believer in themed linens or dinnerware, I prefer to invest in placemats and dishes that I can use throughout the year. Add a botanical napkin wrapped in a gold ribbon “belt” to the plates, then fresh eucalyptus with ornaments nestled inside and voila, a fragrant and long lasting organic table runner.

When the weather is cold outside and the house glows with twinkle lights, that’s the time I want friends gathered around drinking wine and sharing stories.




Vary the Lighting

A warm and welcoming atmosphere is one I crave most of all. Candles and twinkle lights always do the trick! With both, it’s easy to create a mood where you can dim the light fixtures to create ambiance so guests relax and linger around the table.







Wherever you have wood in your home, be it your dining room, living room, or bedroom, look to Orange Glo™ cleaning products to be holiday ready! They’re available at your local Walmart or Home Depot store.

*This post brought to you in partnership with the maker of Orange Glo™ cleaning products and their line of fresh smelling clean and polish products for your floors and furniture. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! All opinions are mine.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!!


  1. Absolutely beautiful table!
    Where are the napkins, placemats, gold ribbons, and gold silverware are from?
    Love your sense of style! Thank you for this blog!

    • Hi Christy, thank you! The napkins are from Crate & Barrel, I bought them two years ago, sadly the napkin is not sold anymore but the print is Lumimarja Marimekko and they sell it in a duvet.
      The placemats are from World Market, purchased last year. Gold ribbon from Michaels, flatware is from Pottery Barn, their Luna pattern.

  2. I would love to know what covers those are on your Couture dining chairs. I’ve been wanting some that color as I just got my chairs.

  3. How do you keep your chairs from scratching the hardwood flooring?
    Those little sticky felt circles don’t work well at my house.

    • I use those small felt circles Ann, I do find I have to replace them every few months because the adhesive wears off.

  4. Beautiful setting. Bought some scrap leather from Amazon, traced a scrap around each leg and cut it out and then used rubber cement to glue it on the chair legs. I have had good luck with those but have to be careful. Merry Christmas.

    • I’m writing an article on lantern fixtures, I’ll locate the source and post it then!

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