Welcome to the first installment of my Holiday Home Tour 2013! I’ll be sharing glimpses of our decorated home for the next few days. And I say glimpses because for every neat and clean photo you see here, there is a giant pile of stuff waiting to be organized/put away/wrapped. So, if you would like to join me in the pretty illusion that my house is nice and clean at all times, we shall begin!
It’s Christmas in the kitchen over here – and boy are these open shelves making my day!
I loved having a pretty new kitchen to decorate this year [psst – you can read more about our kitchen reno here]. With the mostly white canvas to work with, I took advantage of my open shelves and put some of my favorite holiday dishes on display. I try to keep my counter top clutter free (try being the operative word here).
I hung some pretty white, clear & silver ornaments from the top shelf – making sure they were strategically placed so that I could still easy reach my dishes. (Speaking of the dishes – the adorable appetizer plates are from Target, and the Santa mugs were a wedding gift from Pottery Barn last year).
And, for an unexpected twist, I glued some bottle brush trees to the TOP of a few mason jars, and used them as a good and cute excuse to put lots of chocolate within easy reach.
On the top shelf, with my cake stands & pitchers, I framed a holiday postcard from Rifle Paper Co.
That garland I made from canning jar lids is hangin’ out below the sink.
On the little pub table, I’ve got my drink-accessory station:
Mulling spices, cinnamon sticks, and marshmallows in an easy access position so I can whip up some mulled wine or hot chocolate within minutes. (Both of these things have happened within the past 24 hours, because it has just been that kind of week, ok?)
That adorable wooden advent calendar house is from Target several seasons ago. We’ve discovered that the boxes are the perfect size to hold dog treats. If you haven’t ever taken the time to fill an advent calendar with treats for your dog…you probably have a life.
Do you decorate your kitchen for the holidays? Or do you simply “decorate” it in flour, shortening & chocolate chips? Yum… Christmas cookies…
Thanks for joining me in the kitchen today- stay tuned for more of my holiday home this week!