Join me today for a tour of Christmas in my new kitchen, and a little bit of what’s been happening lately.
The Christmas season has thrown me for a loop this year, my friends. I’m not going to go into details right now, but I am strongly considering writing a post to share a little about what we have been going through. In short, on the morning of December 8th, my ex husband, and the father of my two oldest children (ages 18 and 22), was killed in a fire in his home.
And the world seemed like it stopped spinning for awhile. And beyond that, I’m not going to share anymore in this post. But it has been two weeks worth of grieving and family, and memories, and trying to find a way out of the darkness and back into the light. I had so much planned to share on the blog for Christmas, and I wasn’t able to focus on any of it. For almost two weeks, I didn’t even open my laptop. I had planned some lovely gift guides, and also sharing more of my Christmas home and traditions with you guys, but not only was I unable to even think about focusing on that, but it has been difficult to even go through the motions of the Christmas season.
I took these photos of Christmas in my new kitchen before any of this happened. I had planned on sharing it two weeks ago. But today will have to do. I hope you enjoy it! In case you missed it, we made over this kitchen for the fall One Room Challenge, so this is the first time I have decorated it for Christmas since it has been finished, and I just didn’t want to waste all of the photos I took, I would rather share it a little late than never. I shared my classic Christmas home tour on Dec. 6, right before everything fell apart, and it hurts my heart to look back and remember how happy this Christmas was feeling before that dreadful day.
I’m doing my best to get in the Christmas spirit for our little one who still believes in Santa, and I’m about to wrap a heap of presents and hopefully we will even bake some cookies before Christmas. It will be fun to decorate cookies here in our new modern farmhouse kitchen this year. We will use the island that we made over to do all of the decorating. The wood top has been holding up beautifully so far!
I think an elf got stuck in our plant! I bought these a couple of years ago, and my son just loves them!
The shelves below the island aren’t looking too picture perfect in this photo, But it’s real life. We use the plastic cups you see on the left for my son to paint with. And this is just a convenient place for them. I usually move these things for photos, but I forgot. I’m giving myself a little grace on this one.
This mug tree is just so fun! I have a little addiction to pretty mugs, it’s a problem. Like, who changes their mugs out for the seasons? I do, I do! and the hipster reindeer mug is my fave!
I added this cute wreath above our stove vent. I just sopped some pretty plaid ribbon around it and taped it to the top of the cabinets.
I used the same plaid ribbon to tie a simple bow to this flocked wreath that hangs on our back door. Simple and pretty!
You may have seen my gold bell in Christmas tours past. But it is my most cherished Christmas decoration because I inherited it from my Grandma who hung it in her home every year of my childhood. When you pull on it, it plays Christmas music. I used to hang it on our pot rack, but this year, I hung it on from the curtain rod in the kitchen because we no longer have a pot rack.
I added a simple little naked tree here in my vintage crate.
This trio of flocked miniature trees were purchased on clearance on the day after Christmas. I think I got them at Pier 1. I love to shop for decor on the day after Christmas, you can get some great deals!
This open shelving might be one of my favorite things about our kitchen makeover, aside from the white cabinets. It’s just a fun place to make pretty.
Bonus points to the first person who can tell me what God Jul means! the plate and mug for milk and cookies for Santa is as old as my 22 year old daughter, and it’s the only thing we ever use to fee Santa on Christmas Eve.
The cute photo that says hello winter is actually a gift bag, and I just propped it up on one of these shelves. I used a couple of other cute bags in my Christmas decor this year too. It’s a very inexpensive way to add seasonal art to your decor.
We created this open shelving by just removing the two cabinet doors here and painting out the inside of the cabinets. I also bought new shelves and painted them white because the shelves in these cabinets were in bad shape. This section of my kitchen never photographs as pretty as it looks in person. And I feel like I never have gotten these shelves exactly right. So in the new year I will be on the hunt to add some character here. But I do use some of the items on these shelves, and so it can’t be purely for decor. It needs to look pretty, while also having functional items, because we are lacking in storage in our kitchen.
I usually do a little more editing to my photos that I share on the blog, but I just wasn’t able to get to it this time. But you know what, that’s OK. The most important part is that I was able to share the heart of our home with you today, and we are really happy with our kitchen makeover. It’s not our dream kitchen, but it sure is a whole heck of a lot better than it was before! Thank you so much for joining me today for a tour of Christmas in my new kitchen.
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Blessings to each and every one of you. I hope you know how very appreciative I am of each and every one of you who read my blog. I love you all! And I’m sorry that I had to miss most of one of the most fun times of the year for bloggers, which is Christmas time. Hugs and kisses to you!
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