Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas in the kitchen

No doubt about it--the kitchen is where I spend most of my time. My kitchen is adjacent to the living room, so I can see the Christmas tree from here, but I also add some Christmas decorations especially for this space. Welcome!


One of the great things about my faux Roman shade is that it can be easily removed. I took it down for Christmastime and replaced it with a simple garland. Come January, it will take just a few minutes to put the shade back up.


I also created a "NOEL" inspired by Pottery Barn's beautiful piece. Mine is simply letters from Hobby Lobby spray-painted black. This was a super-easy project, and I'm happy with the way it turned out.


I simply glued pieces of wood to the bottom to keep the letters together:


I have tall lamps on each side of my kitchen sink. Snowmen hang out underneath the lamps at Christmastime, like this Fitz and Floyd fellow:


Most of the decorations I use in the kitchen are snowmen. A dear friend (Grace's mom) started my snowman collection years ago with the gift of these wonderful plates:



One of the most-used spots in my kitchen is the island. It's a challenge to come up with a centerpiece that's pretty and fun but not fragile.


This fall I found an old scale at an antique store. For Christmas, it's weighing a sack of candy canes.


Beside the scale is another antique store find--a wrapping paper holder! Can't you just see this on the counter of a general store? The roll of Christmas paper was on the holder when I bought it--and the cutter works perfectly!


The main decor in the breakfast area is the table which proudly holds my son's LEGO creation--a Christmas village.


Beside the table is my mother's antique dough cabinet. For Christmas, it holds several snowmen (plus a stereo for playing Nat King Cole and Perry Como!)

Last is the stairwell, which leads down to the terrace level. Sorry about the glare from that light--that's my DIY wall clock you see in the background.

I decorate it simply with a lighted garland accented with some rusty snowmen and red and green houndstooth bows.

Christmas in our kitchen will soon involve the making of many pounds of fudge--I wish I could have you stop by and sample a piece. What's cooking in your kitchen?

**I'm joining the "Christmas in the Kitchen" Party

with Vanessa and Heather from At the Picket Fence.**



21 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Richela, your kitchen look so lovely and festive, I got inspiration right now as I'm never happy with mine. lol! Your banister is amazing, just too gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing pretty girl. Merry C'mas. FABBY

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Richella, I just love your kitchen decor! The scale and the holder for the wrapping paper are true classics! They make such a statement in your kitchen! I love all of your decor!! Merry Christmas to you!

Rhonda @ Abide at Home said...

Love, the NOEL piece! Definitely would like to make that! Great job!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love the NOEL!! can I copy it?? I also just love your kitchen - it is gorgeous!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Simple but festive, Richella! I love that wrapping paper roll you found. Do they even wrap in stores anymore? I had to laugh ~ I made some fudge today! : ) Not a lot but enough for me and three little tins as gifts.

Debbie said...

Richella, everything looks so festive and inviting. And I love the antique wrapping paper holder. It seems to make it so much easier to wrap gifts.

Marie said...

Your home is beautiful and I love your decorations for Christmas. I found the Lego village really neat. My son loved building with legos and we still have some of his creations left at our home. We live in the Piedmont of NC and it appears you live not too far away. I found your story of growing up with the birthmark, touching. I was born with scoliosis and that has been my birthmark. I was touched by your comments and have to remind myself all the time how blessed I am even in my situation. I just want you to know that I find you beautiful.
Love,
Marie

Kelly said...

I love that vintage wrapping paper cutter. That would make it fun to wrap presents! Everything looks festive.

Paula said...

Your vintage scales and wrapping paper holder make one of the most interesting centerpieces that I've seen. I think I'd have to keep those two things out all year long.

The garland and NOEL in your kitchen window looks just perfect for the Christmas season.

I know I've said this time and again, but I just love the design of your house.

Amber said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! Looks so cozy and warm! And your son's Lego village is impressive!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

So gorgeous Richella. I love your scale, that is a real nice one! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy healthy New year too!

Designs By Pinky said...

Rishella, I loove your kitchen, your cabinets really remind me of ours!!! AND, we are about to get granite in ythere, FINALLY so I was particularly looking at your granite. Can you tell me the manufacturer and name of yours? I really love it! The wrapping holder is FABULOUS!!!! Sure wish I had one! I will have to watch for one now. Here is a link to my kitchen post if you'd like to see it: http://designsbypinky.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-christmas-kitchen-tour.html XO, Pinky

Designs By Pinky said...

whoops, I am sorry I misspelled your name:(

At The Picket Fence said...

Richella, I love all of the special details. The wrapping paper holder is amazing! Love your NOEL project, so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing at my Christmas in the Kitchen party, appreciate you so much!

Heather

Patti said...

Just lovely and festive! BUT what really caught my eye is your "photo clock" Have you ever posted that on your blog? Just adore it!!

I am baking cookies, bread and making candy - almost finished!

Heather @CommonplaceBeauty said...

what a beautiful home and it looks so cozy decorated for Christmas! Merry Christmas!
-your newest follower, Heather

Heaven's Walk said...

What a pretty, cozy, welcoming kitchen, Richella! Luv it! That NOEL sign is so sweet, too. Thanks for the tut!

xoxo laurie

Leslie said...

Do you need any help wrapping presents, or can I wrap yours? I'll be right up.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Your kitchen is sooo pretty!!! I LOVE the "NOEL" in the window, and that wrapping paper cutter is completely awesome. :)

His Doorkeeper said...

Richella, Your kitchen is so festive and I love taking "expensive" items from P*Barn and making them yourself! I am always on the lookout for ideas from Ballard, etc.

I absolutely love your scales and your wrapping paper holder. I am so old that I remember when dept. stores had those in them and wrapped gifts for FREE!

Gone are the days, right??

Blessings to you for a very Merry Christmas for you and your sweet family!

free standing toilet paper holder said...

gorgeous, I love the NOEL and your kitchen.

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