Doesn't that title make you think of warm cookies fresh out of the oven cooling on the counter and spices simmering on the stove. Maybe a little Christmas cookie decorating center set up with bowls of different colored icing.
Yeah, well get those thoughts right on out of your head, because this post isn't about actually using the kitchen for the holidays as much as it is about decorating the kitchen for the holidays.
You'll have to get your holiday food porn elsewhere 🙂
I don't know where I ever got the idea that you had to decorate your kitchen for the holidays. God knows my mother never did. But ever since I moved out onto my own, I've always extended the Christmas decor into the kitchen. On a good year even into the bathrooms.
So come on in and see what festivities are happening in the kitchen.
Looking in from the living area that I showed you the other day on another part of my holiday home tour, you would see the kitchen dining area.
The white cabinet is one of my favorite yard sale finds. EVER.
Hi there, Mr. Snowman!
He's a Gurley snowman candle I found at a craft show a few years ago (along with a whole slew of his buddies). He's setting on one of those wood slices you can buy at the craft stores.
Do you remember those hung on the wall back in the 50's with a picture of Jesus decoupaged on them?
Speaking of Jesus . . . This is one of those Christmas village houses, but I never got too deep into that whole thing, so now I just have the church left.
My deer are trying to bust out of here. Last year I did a whole post on how I used these vintage guys in my Christmas decor.
You might remember my cloved clementines on my bread board. It became my centerpiece.
Although this isn't the prettiest photo in the world, I just had to show you my fancy dancy Christmas curtains!
I made these from a "cutter" Christmas tablecloth I bought at the thrift store for $1.99 the other day.
I should have take a photo before I took my scissors to it, but it had HUGE brownish stains in the middles section. I picture Aunt Ethel dropping the gravy boat and the rest of the family starting a food fight over it and next thing you know it's off to the thrift store for the poor tablecloth.
I tried all the tricks to get the stains out, but they didn't work, so I decided to salvage the rest of the tablecloth by making it into curtains. Of course, it's no-sew. I just used the same iron-on tape I used in my thrift store shirts turned into pillows tutorial.
Turn a little to the left and you see the main cooking area and on into the dining room.
I'll try to keep commentary to a minimum here, because there's lots of photos. Zipping my mouth shut as we speak!
This is my cellphone charger area. It's my attempt to corral the sea of cords and technology! And it's just a thrift store toolbox painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Kitchen Scale.
I used to have all sorts of vintage mixing bowls up on the top of this set of cabinets, but after painting I decided I wanted a cleaner, simpler look.
I hide all sorts of stuff in this toolbox 🙂
Now before Mr. Snowman kicks us out of here, I have to get serious and discuss something.
Yes, I cleaned my house so I could take these photos. Yes, I own a toaster and mixer and my sink is normally full of dishes. I just wanted to take some photos of what my house would look like if I had time to keep it clean and picked up. And Prince William and Kate were coming to visit.
As for my mixer, it's hiding on the floor in my bedroom. Mighty fun to walk into that honking piece of metal at night, I tell you.
You can gawk at other parts of my Holiday House Tours here:
A Vintage, Rustic, Industrial Holiday House Tour
Holiday Front Porch For The Picnicking Ski Bums
It all looks wonderful. Love the curtains & the santa mugs. I've got to start looking for those in thrift stores.
Everything looks festive. Love that santa and reindeers on top of your cupboard. Clever charging station for your cellphones.
Loving those curtains!! Also, loving that your mixer is in your bedroom!! I put stuff in my shower when company is coming and close the curtain. Works great for dirty clothes hampers and such. Do you store stuff in your thermoses? Since they are near your coffeemaker wondered if they were filled with coffee goodies. Your house looks ready for Christmas!
Uh, I never thought of storing stuff in the thermoses, but now that you mentioned it I'm going to start. Would be fun to put marshmallows and stuff in them!!!
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
Love all of this, Pam! My favorite? The little deer on the windowsill!! LOVE! And I'm sure William and Kate will love them, too lol.
I love it! It's so clean and simple, unlike the vintage Christmas chaos that goes on when I decorate! The Thermos area is definitely a favorite of mine. Oh, and that sweet area with the Gurley snowman! But there is also a Thermos there so that would make sense.
Wonder what William and Kate would think of our Thermos obsession?
You just have such great collections, I never know what I like most!! This time, though, the table cloth valances are amazing!! I searched for a vintage Christmas tablecloth, but the ones I wanted on ebay, everyone else wanted and they got too pricey. Love what you did with that, and all the other fabulous vignettes too:-) I had to laugh about the decorating bathrooms comment, because I feel exactly the same -- only in a good year, lol!
Your ingenuity does not end. But, don't you find that one santa a little skeery? Or maybe he just doesn't photograph well.
I think he's a candy container??? He's made from paper mache and actually he's cute in person 🙂
Musings from Kim K.
I'm loving the idea of putting bottle brush trees in the top of the salt/pepper shakers! Brilliant. I've been on the hunt for that "exact" Santa/Sleigh and reindeer blowmold. Just saying in case your's comes up missing. Loving the Christmas curtains! Everything looks fabulous!
Ha! Glad you explained about your everyday kitchen stuff! I was wondering if you ever used your kitchen for preparing food 😉 Too pretty!!! Hugs, [email protected] Blog
LOL, Pam- What a cute post. Did William and Kate happen to swing by on their "tour"? Did you have a big bruise on your shin to show them from the mixer "accident"?
I love all your sweet bits and pieces, Pam. You do such a nice job of not only collecting but actually displaying your finds in cute, livable ways. Lovei it- xo Diana
Pam, you always make me smile when I read your posts!
Vickie @ Ranger 911
Fun post, Pam! I love all your vintage treasures displayed in your kitchen, especially your choir of thermoses! Your Christmas tablecloth valances look so festive in your windows, too! Thanks for taking us on a tour ahead of the royal couple and Merry Christmas!
I love your Christmas Kitchen village white church!!! From what collection did emanate from? Dept 56? I collect libraries only from the many collections available. So far, I have 50+ libraries. I'd love to purchase the white church, but my searches have not located the lovely church in your Christmas Kitchen collection. Could you please tell me its source so I may locate it for purchase? Many thanks!
I absolutely love your blue thermos turned lamp! What a novel idea! I like the old-fashioned Christmas decorations like the jolly Gurley snowman. I like the red truck, too, with your jars of paperwhites. Very cheerful and homey!