Good morning! I have taken a few days away from posting here and on Facebook quite honestly because I have been feeling very out of sorts. The holidays this year are bittersweet for me without my Mom and then last week's shooting rampage really sunk in for me on Sunday evening when the pictures of those sweet smiling innocent faces began gracing the airwaves. My home felt most comforting to me the past few days. I puttered around cleaning and keeping busy with Christmas decorating to keep my mind occupied.
Though decorating feels so trivial to me right now, I did snap a bunch of photos of my Christmas kitchen to share today. Keeping with my simple, neutral Christmas theme, I moved things around and added a hint of the holidays here and there. We are fortunate to have a big kitchen and this is where everyone gathers. Over the years we've been in this house, I have searched out the perfect pieces to complete this space. I think it's pretty much complete. Not sure I have another inch to add anything!
This is a shot of the full kitchen taken from the dining room. That antique dresser was the first piece of old furniture my husband and I bought together. I recently moved it to the end of my island for additional linen storage. It works perfectly here and it's staying!
I moved my old tool tote onto the dresser and added some peppermint sticks from the Dollar Tree for a slight pop of red.....
I keep my big jar filled with meringues from Trader Joes. The others have more old fashioned peppermint sticks and white candy canes.
I was so happy when I found this shelf that fits perfectly in this weird corner behind the breakfast bar. More storage and display. I stacked the 3 old trunks on my counter because the builder did not put cabinets in this corner of the breakfast bar, which in my opinion was a huge miss on their part. Rather than spend the money to add cabinets, I just got creative by stacking the boxes. I used them to store things I don't get to very often.
Here's another view of that corner .........
I have a myriad of various old industrial stools at my breakfast bar. I just spray painted them all white to unite their look.
My mother-in-law got me this little guy last year for Christmas. I just love his glittery goodness!
This old bench belonged to my Mom. I remember back in the 80's she traded an old Coke Tray for it and used it as her coffee table ever since. She loved this bench, as do I. It pairs perfectly with my subway art and a ruffled pillow from TJ Maxx. I walk past it every day and think of my Mom.
Last week my husband surprised me with these two big beautiful pink poinsettias they were selling for charity at his office. I put them in a big tub and nestled one of my ruffled IKEA blankets inside. Love the softness of the ruffles and flowers next to the rusty metal. The ruffled curtains are from Target.
My old bakers rack houses all of my ironstone and little bits that I love. Oh, and pup-pup is always close by!
I keep my simple wrapping papers handy in the kitchen year round.
These little french egg cups were a birthday gift from Mother-in-Law this past birthday in November. Yes, she finds the best things!! I fought for that ironstone cake plate at an auction last year. I will never part with it!
Keeping my Christmas cards in this big old ironstone compote this year.....
I have never had a live tree before, so this year I bought one of these little tabletop trees at Giant Eagle and nestled it into a galvanized bucket. It smells divine! I added a little Happy Holidays tag from Target at the top.
I thought I'd show this french towel that I found at a friend's yard sale last month. It's the perfect addition to my oven bar. Thanks Nichi! I was so glad she told me to come to her sale!
Here's a shot from my sink. I love Mrs. Meyer's products!
And one last shot of the whole room.....
Thanks for visiting my blog today! Christmas is almost here, can you believe it? I am wishing the most peaceful and sweet of holidays to each of you. Be merry!
~ vintage love ~
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