Tour our Christmas kitchen and morning room

December 07, 2018

It's so nice to enjoy the house now! Next year I AM going to start earlier. I know it's been a year, but I still feel like we're getting settled in the new house. I think next year I'll feel more on top of things. 

For now I'm going to share the kitchen and dining area with you! I'll do a full tour sometime over the next two weeks, but for now I'm breaking it down a bit. Enjoy!! 

I'll add links to specific projects under each photo: 
Christmas gray and white kitchen

I grabbed a bunch of the real greenery from Costco this year and used over the front door and the stairs. The extra bits I had were swagged over doorways. I just love it! And YES, it's already getting crispy. That's why I don't put it where it will be touched. 👍

I found these Santa hat chair covers at the dollar store -- what a great deal right?: 
Santa hats on chairs

I was going to put them in the basement but I tried them here last minute and LOVED them. So fun!:
Bar over stovetop for spoons

I find (especially in the kitchen were there's already enough STUFF) that you don't have to add much to make it look festive. A few little additions and some faux greenery are plenty: 
DIY wood shelves in kitchen

DIY wood shelving in kitchen instead of cabinet

The chair covers just kill me. RUN to the dollar store! :)
Black and brass lights over island

I had hoped to get one more DIY project completed in the kitchen before the end of the year, but I don't think it will happen now. It's not a labor-intensive one, so who knows. You know me. ;) 

The plan for that wall with the shelves has been delayed till next year, when the budget allows: 
Light gray island white cabinets

I keep boxwood wreaths up year-round, they look great all the time!:
Decorating behind stovetop

Greenery and ornaments are my go-to -- so easy and cheap!:
Decorating kitchen shelves for Christmas

Our dining area is a more casual space, and isn't really a separate room. I like to call it the morning room because of all the natural light we get in there: 
Kitchen and dining area combo

If you missed the big updates I made in there recently, be sure to check those out! I have always said blue is a neutral and goes with just about anything -- even red looks great with the dark blue walls!:
Dark navy blue paint color, cyberspace

Window seat in dining room with built ins

Buddy hasn't moved in three days. He must like this spot!: 
Decorating long chandelier for Christmas

These inexpensive wood troughs I made years ago always come in handy during the holidays!:
DIY rustic wood trough

This year I purged quite a bit holiday stuff I've had forever. For the first time in a long time I may shop for some deals after Christmas. I would like more decorative items like the brass reindeer (affiliate) I found at Target: 
Christmas decorating on buffet

I tend to just add to things we already have -- adding the berries around the candle, the poinsettia in the planter (the olive tree finally gave up), greenery here and there. 

But I'll be on the lookout for some decorative pieces too:
DIY snow globe art

I didn't change up the new shelves as much as I thought I would -- yet again, a couple simple additions were just fine!:
Skinny shelves around windows

The gnomes from IKEA are new this year and I just LOVE them. I'm not big into gnomes but these spoke to me for some reason. They are the cutest!:
Stuffed Christmas gnomes

I love them perched on the new window seat!:  
Built in window seat with bookcases and lights

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the kitchen and morning room! If you have questions about anything, let me know! I still look around this house (especially this time of year) and pinch myself. We are so in love with our new home! It's so comfy and cozy like our old house, but open and airy too. The best of both worlds!

I'll be back next week, have a wonderful weekend my friends! :)
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  1. The touches of greenery and bits of red here and there makes it all seem so fresh and bright. I just love looking at it all. Merry Christmas!

  2. Those Santa hat chair covers are so cute! I love all the touches of red with the greenery. I used less fresh greenery this year because I got tired of it drying out. Yours looks beautiful though. Loved your tour!

  3. I love it! I love that you have small bits of green and red everywhere - it’s festive without being overwhelming. The wooden troughs are genius, they good super good! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  4. Lovely. The gnomes are just the right touch on your window seat - and seriously sweet. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home decorated.

  5. I enjoyed the tour! Festive but not overwhelming. Perfect! How do you hang your wreaths at the windows? I use T-pins but my wreaths are higher and it doesn't show. Plus, I'm going to get new windows and I don't want to put t-pins or nails in them to hang the wreaths. Would love to know your secret.

  6. What a Saturday morning treat! Such refreshing Winter decorating.....doesn’t scream Christmas!
    Question: source for your CHAIRS at your kitchen bar? I love the simple, cozy elegance of your home!!

    1. Thank you! :) You can find them at Target. There's a link in this post!

  7. Wonderful! Simple but not over the top!!! I wish I could rub a magic genie bottle and have you show up to help me with my house! You have the most incredible vision. We are in year two of our new-to-us house and I know it needs a magic genie! Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas!

  8. It looks lovely. Wow the chair covers fit on your bar stools so perfectly. I'm glad you clarified "fairly simple" vs. "blogger simple". haha! [Hello, large, beautiful tree in Sarah's BEDROOM.] Chrissy

  9. I was wondering the same thing. I always have difficulty hanging greenery outside.

  10. Question: where did you get your charcuterie boards leaning up against the wall behind your stove top? I saw one at IKEA over the weekend, but it was just the sample and no inventory :(

    1. The tall one is from IKEA :) The round one is from Pottery Barn -- it was on sale when I got it. Keep checking IKEA cause it's a good deal!

  11. As always, your home looks absolutely gorgeous for the holidays, Sarah!

  12. I love all your xmas decor! A little off topic, just curious where you got your light fixtures over the island?

    1. We got them through our builder but Wayfair carries them! I'd try search black and brass pendant lights. :)

  13. I just love everything you've done in your new home!

  14. Our Dollar Tree didn't have the Santa hat covers but I did see them at Target for $3.


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