Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Kitchen: and Yes, it's Plaid!

Hi Friends, well, we're down to the last week of the Christmas countdown and I'm finally getting around to posting the Kitchen Sitting Area. It's always the most fun to decorate because this is where the whimsy usually is. Santas, Reindeer, Elves, (and sheep)

I've tried to decorate with a little more of an idea of "winter" than all out Christmas, so that I can give myself a little break on getting back to normal decor. My usual Tartan Plaids are out, since that is just part of Christmas decorating to me. (I tried it one year with no plaid and I was really bummed) 

I still have up my refreshed and reworked wreath that I put together at the beginning of November. The wreath wasn't taking up as much space as the one I made for Fall, so the old door was looking a bit "unadorned".

I found a simple vintage picture frame in my stash and used the old chalky and latex paint mix method that turned the "gold" into something a little more understated. It "framed" the wreath but wasn't overpowering. Then I cut a section of red berry garland and twisted it around the top very loosely... maybe like it had just grown there by it's little lonesome.

You all know my theory; that indigo or black ticking is actually a neutral, and it goes with every other print known to man, no matter the Season. So I have it here with my Toile Pillows, with just enough red to make them pass for Christmas.

My Sis has an authentic vintage red sponge/marbleware coffee pot that I'm pretty sure was my Dad's, and I lusted after it for many a year. But when I found this new line of red spongeware several years ago I grabbed this one up. It's not as patinaed as my daddy's but this one will suffice.

a couple of vintage Santa Mugs and some Christmas tea towels
 are waiting for a cup of joe, or a hot cup of cider.

I did sort of go all-out on the China Cupboard and I'd told myself I wasn't going to but, hey, I couldn't resist when I saw the ornaments and birdies with no home for Christmas.

I've had these German Glass Glitter Reindeer for years,
 and each year they end up someplace new and different.

I've mentioned before, that my very favorite theme for Christmas is a "Vintage Garden" setting. Up here on the China Cupboard I have a vintage Ironstone Tureen filled with faux pears and apples, while a little cardinal eyes the goodies from a mini fir tree in a red vintage flower pot.

One of my smaller vintage watering cans is filled with
 faux Hydrangeas and greens tied with a red Tartan ribbon.

The Baker's Rack has some tried and true Christmas staples here. The little red timbered cottage, my plaid lunchboxes, a new plaid Thermos, and my "CS" vintage truck ready to deliver the tree to any dollhouse or mouse house around. The little truck is the real deal and how lucky was it that it was red/white and had CS printed on the side? 

Christmas Service?
Christmas Sidekicks?
Christmas Santa?

Little Christmas English Cottage 

Last year I put this little Lunchbox Christmas Vignette together 
and just saved it for another year.

A few of my White Putz Churches are here too.

The vintage Currier and Ives tin tray is back again this year, too.

In the past I've kept Christmas cards displayed in this white sleigh, 
but this year it's holding Bottle Brush Trees.

This old print from the 40's is next to the back door, to give a little nod to yesteryear. How many of us would walk through the snow to get to church at Christmas?

If you look closely you can tell this is my stock Christmas photo kitchen.
 I can't say it looks a whole lot different this year, maybe just not as clean, te he.
Hope you don't mind, keepin' it real friends.

Monogrammed red plaid tea towels were made by my sweet and talented Mom.

Christmas China Cupboard 2016 HERE:

We're still linking up Christmas Posts at the Home For Christmas Link Party.
It's open to anyone wanting to share their Christmas Decor with Blogland.
Hope you'll come by and share your Christmas fun!
You can find it HERE.

I'll put together the full 2017 Christmas Home Tour this week and have it on the sidebar. I hope you're having a great weekend. Hubbs and I are doing some cleaning and freshening up for the family. That means Cat Hair Removal 101! Christmas presents are all here and I'm wrapping up a storm. What are you all up to? 

joining in here:

Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
The Scoop at Worthing Court
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Talk of the Town at Knick of Time
Share Your Style at The Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Foodie Friday and Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush


  1. Such a cheerful happy space that's filled with pops of fun color to feed the heart and soul. Love it all!

  2. Looks great ! Wonderful decor! Nice job !!

  3. Love your style. Great vintage touches, too! Happy holidays, Debra :). Hope 2018 brings many good things your way. Jill, Sacramento, CA

  4. So glad I stopped by again tonight, Deb. You always give me the chance to think and re-think some of the decor I'm working on. Yes, still working away! You always have layers on layers, and an abundance of beauty overflowing out of baskets and trays, and even sleds. I so love that! I'm ready to do a little rearranging tomorrow, and finish up some area where I went blank.

    Thank you. Love everything my friend...most of all, you!

    Happy Holidays,

    Jane x

  5. I so love your kitchen sitting area! Isn't it funny how we guilt trip over NOT using ornaments and then do? My favorites are how you framed the wreath (love the way the berry garland goes), and the sleigh filled with the bottle brush trees, but this area with all the plaids makes this girl feel merry and bright, for sure. I using black & white ticking in our bedroom, definitely a neutral for me too.
    The marathon week is about to begin...I'm expecting 32 on Christmas Eve for buffet dinner, with 6 under 7 yo. Have a great week.

    1. you'll be in my prayers, Rita! I mean that in a really nice way. They would have to extend the party to a wake if I were doing that. te he

  6. Oh Ilove it all. Those plaid lunch boxes are such a fun find.

  7. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say it's all beautiful! You have an incredible ability to put things together. I have been inspired by several things I've seen you do here.

    Merry Christmas!!

  8. Debra it's so pretty! love it! Merry Christmas! laura

  9. It is gorgeous as usual. I love, love all your vintage pieces. Merry Christmas.

  10. Amei, linda casa.
    Feliz Natal e novo ano cheio de alegrias.

  11. Beautiful! You have so many fabulous Christmas decor items and you've displayed them all so cleverly. Thanks for sharing your Christmas kitchen. Merry Christmas!

  12. Debra, it is all just fabulous! I too have to have my plaid each year. I also love a garden theme for Christmas. This is the first year in a long time when I didn't do one somewhere in my home or out on the porch. I love how you framed the wreath. Your cupboard is filled with darling dishes and vignettes! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  13. Debra,
    I really enjoyed seeing this post as I missed it last year... everything looks so festive and lovely!!! Thanks for sharing!!


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