IMG_4148Welcome to my Dining Room Spring Tour! Well, it’s not really a ‘tour’ as much as it is a look at how I brought some Spring elements to my dining table, so this is more of a Spring tablescape! I’m thrilled to be part of The One Room Spring Tour, hosted by Kathleen of lindsayhillinteriors.  If you’re stopping over from Allison’s blog, ahousandadog.com, welcome! Thanks for visiting, I hope you like what you find here! There are 25 bloggers posting this week, 5 each day, showcasing a different space. You can begin the tour over at Kathleen’s, or you can start from here – each blogger is listed at the bottom of this post!CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room14

If you follow my blog regularly or my Instagram feed, then by now you know of my love for anything blue and white Chinoiserie. I have a small collection of vases, ginger jars and dishes that I’m slowly growing. I have a such passion for these gorgeous vessels, I use them all over our home in various ways. You can see how I used the same one that you see in the center of my table, HERE, in my Spring entrance post.


I also love pattern and I love to mix different patterns in unconventional ways. If you’re visiting for the first time, then you’ll learn quickly that our dining room is on the smaller side. You may not think of painting your walls black in a small space, but it actually creates a very warm and cozy feeling that just wraps you up. I wanted a room with a sense of drama so I layered exotic prints with my dark walls (Cracked Pepper by Behr Paints), for an eclectic vibe. I still don’t have a full set of chairs in here yet – I’ve been searching for a set Chinese Chippendale chairs for quite some time. THESE ones would be ideal, but they’re out of my budget so I’m on the hunt for a vintage pair.


I want to show you our dining room from a few different angles so you can get a sense of this space. It’s open on two sides with windows on the third wall – we have our buffet facing this room, backing the sofa in the family room.


I love having a settee in here, it’s a real treat for guests when we entertain, and I love to sit here sometimes (when I actually have time!) and enjoy a cup of coffee. I kept the spring arrangements on the two cabinets very simple. Just a mix of hydrangeas in glass cylinders. They’re faux and I’ve collected them for years. I LOVE faux flowers, they are so versatile and you can use them all year round.

CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room22CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room15There’s a glimpse of the buffet, to the right – it houses all of my china and stemware. The two cabinets that flank the settee hold more stemware and barware.CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room12

Here’s a view from the family room. You can see how I use my jars all over! They really are timeless and they work in any space. I’ve gathered some for you again, as I’ve done in previous posts. Just be warned that once you start collecting them, you cannot stop!



Now let’s talk about my tablescape. I layered a white tablecloth with two runners, running in both directions, crosswise. I wanted the linens to complement the floral arrangements but ground them at the same time. The yellow runner helps tie the flowers on the table, the hydrangeas and the handpainted wineglasses together.


The obvious choice for Spring decor is anything garden inspired. I really wanted everything on the table to support this idea, but with a Chinoiserie feel. I wanted boldness, yet chic and sophisticated, so I kept it soft and made sure that each element would tie in to this concept. I used my blue and white ginger jars and vases in varying heights to create the look and I wanted a symmetrical feel, so everything you see flanking the center jar is in pairs.


Here’s a closer look at the beautiful birds – I stole them from my daughter’s room for this setting! They fit in perfectly with my theme and she was  so happy that I used them! I love to incorporate decorative objects from around the house when I create my tablescapes. I always find it adds interest and makes a table feel more special.


You won’t believe it when I tell you that most of these flowers are from the dollar store. I am simply amazed at the quality you can get from there. I LOVE shopping at the dollar store for so many things – especially seasonal items. The roses were a splurge from many years ago. I still love them to this day. But can you believe how beautiful all these stems are?


Here’s a closer look! Personally, I don’t think anyone would know they were such a steal!


I also layered in my trustworthy white foo dogs for added dimension and to carry out my Chinoiserie garden theme.


I’ve had the handpainted glassware for many years and I love to break it out in the Spring and Summer months.


The soft blue vintage glasses are the perfect addition to this layered look and they’re subtle color and texture adds just the right touch.


The dishes and napkins, all from HomeSense, are the perfect fit for this table as well. The shape of the dishes reinforce my Chinoiserie feeling and I love that they’re different than what you’d typically find. I found a beautiful vintage set for you HERE and a brand new set HERE.

CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room28I really love how perfectly it all came together.CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room25


CitrineLiving_Spring_Dining_Room2That wraps up my little tour! I hope you’ve found some interesting details and ideas for creating a tablescape for the next time you entertain. You can create something similar with any color jars and vases, just be sure to keep it all cohesive when layering your objects on the table. I always tell people to make it special and add personal touches, it really goes a long way and makes guests feel welcome and appreciated!


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The next stop on the tour is Kendra over at Momtique. Please make sure to visit everyone else on the tour as well, they’ve all shared beautiful Spring ideas for The One Room Spring Tour that you don’t want to miss!

Monday, April 11th – Front Door/Porch

Emily – Eleven Gables

Trinity – c.1934

Courtney – The Hamby Home

Wendy – Life on the Shady Grove

Becky – This is Happiness

Tuesday, April 12th – Entryway/Foyer

Sarah – Life on Virginia Street

Summer – She Leaves a Little Sparkle

Kathleen – Lindsay Hill Interiors

Shannon – Fox Hollow Cottage

Randi – Randi Garrett Design

Wednesday, April 13th – Living Room

Erin – Sunnyside Up

Alma – Almafied

Oscar – Oscar Bravo Home

Ashley – House of Five

Megan – It’s a Grandville Life

Thursday, April 14st –  Kitchen

Brittany – Dutchess of York

Annie – Zevy Joy

Marg & Liz – Fancy Farm Girls

Kelley – Kelley Nan

Rachel – Maybe Matilda

Friday, April 15th – Dining Room

Kris – Driven By Décor

Allison – A House and A Dog

Tamara – Citrine Living

Kendra – Momtique

Haneen – Haneens Haven

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  1. Where did you get the painting of the lady in the turban descending the stairs.

  2. tamaraanka says:

    Hi Elaine, welcome to CitrineLiving! I am so happy to hear we have so much in common! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog, I truly appreciate it! I am thrilled to hear about all of your decorating decisions, they sound absolutely beautiful. Thank you for such kind words and am so happy to have you as a reader :) xo

  3. I just found your wonderful blog today and can’t believe the MANY things we both like and both own!! I’ve always adored blue and white pieces, Foo dogs, ceramic garden stools and anything exotic and different. I also thoroughly agree on painting smaller rooms a dark color as it adds a touch of drama, is unexpected and can look like a little “jewel box” of a room when done right. I had a tiny, tiny powder room that I had papered in a black-background wallpaper with a few vines on the black (I loved it!) then I hung a grouping of gilt mirrors and a rubbing from Thailand. It looked great! I will definitely be following your very different and refreshing blog. It is unique and different!

  4. tamaraanka says:

    Ha! Cindy, I am very happy to hear that you love it so much and I am jealous! I can only imagine what your collection must consist of! Nothing comes close to it’s classic beauty – it never gets old! Wishing you and your family a Happy Spring as well – thank goodness it’s finally here! I hope that ankle is all better! xoxo

  5. Cindy Weis says:

    Tamara, as always just beautiful. I also have an obsession with blue and white (my husband says I should have my addiction fixed before my ankle), it is timeless (I can say that due to the fact I have been collection for 40 years. Happy Spring to you and your family.

  6. tamaraanka says:

    Gretchen – I can’t tell you how much your sweet comments mean to me! I am so honoured and ecstatic that you feel the way you do about my blue and white! I grew up with it all around me and my mother definitely instilled this love in me! I’m happy you stopped in! Thank you! xoxo

  7. tamaraanka says:

    Alma, you are so sweet! That really means a lot to me! Thank you for stopping by! xo

  8. Gretchen Thomas says:

    You are the “Queen of the Scapes” and of the blue and white.,which means so much. My mom was also partial to the same colors and you have provided such remembrance (and inspiration!) Every bit is gorgeous!

  9. Tamara, that dining room tour was so refreshing! Love all the blues and blooms? {

  10. tamaraanka says:

    Shannon, that means so much to me! I’m so happy you like it and so happy you stopped in! Happy weekend! xo

  11. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much, Becky! I really appreciate that so much! Thank you for your sweet words! xo

  12. Gorgeous! Love the blue and white vase collection. Everything looks beautiful Tamara.

  13. Tamara, your dining room is so elegant. The colors & the textures are just delicious!!
    Such a treat to see your home in “big pictures” and not tiny snippets on IG, on my phone :)

  14. tamaraanka says:

    Oscar!!! Thank you, my friend! I am so humbled!! It makes me so happy that you approve! I love everything you do! Thank you for visiting!! Happy Friday! xo

  15. tamaraanka says:

    Kris, thank you so much! I’m so happy you like it all! I’m thrilled you stopped by :) Happy weekend to you too! xoxo

  16. Oh em gee……. this is STUNNING! AND dollar store flowers!?!? They look great! My favorite moment was the pairing of the dishes, napkins and the unexpected colors of the wine glasses. Love how well they all played together. Beautiful

  17. I’m in blue and white heaven! Love your collection decking out your dining room table! And you always impress me with your use of faux flowers – my faux flowers always seem to look faux but your arrangements are amazing! Thanks for the Dollar Store tip – who knew?? Have a great weekend Tamara!

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