Welcome to a Christmas tour of our kitchen.
Our living room Christmas decor is mostly neutrals but the kitchen and family room is where we bring out the colour. For Christmas in these rooms I like to use lots of blues and reds mixed with my staples of whites, tans, black and more blues. I am sharing lots of photos and while I have edited quite a few items over the years, minimalist I am not.
Our kitchen and family room share the cathedral ceiling end of our home. You would think from the skylights that there is lots of natural light but it has been rainy and dark all weekend, not great for lighting. The photo above is from the family room looking into the kitchen.
We love anything farm related here and the kitchen table centerpiece is our boys favourite tractor brand, John Deere.
I love mixing lots of shades of blue year round and adding red at Christmas. The quilted Advent calendar is one I made many years ago. The old grinder on the wall was a gift from my brother-in-law (it was his great grandmother's) and how wonderful for me that the knob and top wood pieces have the original blue paint.
This photo is from the patio doors to the backyard looking towards the front of the kitchen. See what I mean? Lots of whites, tans and black with blue here and there.
The recycling cabinet holds a little vignette and a favourite gift from a friend and neighbour, my bread box. The card holder (waiting for Christmas cards) is a piece of twine with tiny clothes pins decorated with tiny painted trees, a seasonal piece from IKEA many years ago.
The new to us pine buffet and hutch replaces a much larger oak piece we had here before. I love that the shelves are open to display part of my thrift store ironstone collection. This hutch is getting a painting makeover in the New Year. The Christmas Tree Farm Sign (red on a turquoise base) that I painted started me on the kitchen colour scheme this year. I shared the denim and linen stockings here, and the cuffs match the table runner.
The red wire baskets were another thrift store find.
I filled the pair of white vases with fresh greens and white flowers. When the flowers fade I will add more greenery.
I love using lots of strings of red wood berries (from over 20 years ago) on shelves, filling bowls and to decorate our family room tree. I even kept a few strands that broke over the years to fill mason jars and to glue onto skewers to make berry 'sticks'.
I think I have close to thirty strands. We have always been a bit cow crazy around here and although I have really edited my Holstein collection I couldn't help but save a few pieces.
The only things I bought to decorate the kitchen this year, besides the thrifted ironstone and Santa mugs, are the blue glittered snowflakes (20 for $4 at Canadian Tire) and some of the fresh greens.
A thrifted mirror I painted makes dish washing time a little more pleasant. Fresh white pine and ornaments add a bit of Christmas cheer. My close friends will laugh at this one, but yes, I even feel better with blue dish detergent.
I like to decorate the shelves at the end of our cabinets for the different seasons. Part of my aqua Crown mason jar collection is always on the top shelf. Once again this year I filled some of the jars with Christmas lights bulbs.
This year I simply added a light blue ribbon and glittered snowflake ornament to the gingerbread man on the glass cannister filled with cookie cutters and rolling pins.
The blue balls and bells from the living room last Christmas worked perfectly in our blue and red kitchen this year. The only things I bought to decorate the kitchen this year, besides the thrifted ironstone and Santa mugs, are the blue glittered snowflakes (20 for $4 at Canadian Tire) and some of the fresh greens.
My style is not minimalist but I do love my vintage collections.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful first Sunday of Advent.
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