Hey, there friends! I’m kicking off the Christmas season this year with a blog hop with several other talented bloggers. This is the first of 3 blog hops I’m in this year. It’s a great way for y’all to see a lot of beautiful Christmas decor in one spot. All you have to do is click through to the other tours and you’ll be more inspired than ever. It’s always fun to see what everyone does each Christmas, but it can feel a little overwhelming even to us bloggers. There’s a lot of talent out there, but I tend to use most of the same things every year. I don’t go out and buy all new stuff so you’ll see a lot of my treasured collections in this post.
This tour is from Monday through Thursday this week, so the Wednesday and Thursday links will be updated as those tours go live. You can come back here and check them out later since the last two lines of links are for Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone works hard on their Christmas decor, so I hope you’ll come back and visit all of those too!
If you’re stopping by from Remodelando and Cristina’s beautiful Holiday home, welcome!
I’ve been blogging for almost 12 years, so this is in fact my 12th Christmas in blogland. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but times sure flies. I have so enjoyed my time online and meeting so many wonderful people and women who are passionate about making their homes beautiful. I tend to do my own thing and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. I have found it’s better to be true to my own style than to try to follow all the trends, so I’m settled in to a classic, modern Traditional style in my home, with Southern influences since I am definitely a Southern girl.
Our kitchen is not a big kitchen, but it is in the middle of the downstairs and off the smallish kitchen is this little sitting nook, that we’ve dubbed the keeping room. It holds an antique French cabinet that I’ve had for over 20 years and I still love this piece. It’s a great anchor to our kitchen space and is great for storage too. I’ve added some reclaimed wood shelves and iron brackets over it for a place to display my collectibles and at Christmas, it comes alive with color.
My husband, Mark, loves Christmas too and these vintage Santas have been in his collection for many years. They really fit this space and add a lot of Christmas cheer to our house. It’s so nice to light them all up at night and enjoy the ambience.
Back to the shelves, they are great extra storage for serving pieces and I also have plants and collectibles displayed here as well. I love adding open shelves like this in a kitchen area to show off collections and favorite things for the season.
It’s the perfect spot for my red and green collection, such a traditional Christmas look.
Most of these things I’ve had for years, but I did add a couple of new things this year which I’ll be sharing a little later next week. I’m so enjoying those battery powered candles this year and have them all over the house, some with a remote.
Candles add so much during the Christmas season too and their warm glow make a house so happy.
Here’s a look at the kitchen, a small footprint in the shape of a square. Not big, but very functional for just the two of us. I’ve gotten quite used to it now and in January it’s getting a little renovation with new countertop, backsplash, sink and faucet. I can hardly wait for that to happen, it will really lighten and brighten this space up a lot. I don’t do a lot of decorating in here for Christmas, but add cheer to the surrounding areas. You’ll see one Christmas hand towel in there.
You can see a peek of the Christmas tree in the living room and I can’t wait to share that with you. It turned out so pretty this year, it might be my favorite tree ever!
I did add this cute tray with lots of white and silver with candlelight and a tinsel tree to the raised bar. A little faux snow is a quick way to get your Christmas on and add some Holiday cheer.
Another look inside the kitchen. I don’t have a lot of space to decorate in here, so I opt for the surrounding areas for Christmas. I may do more later on when I get the white countertop in, it will make things a lot brighter around here.
Hope you enjoyed this peek at my green and red kitchen this year. It’s always fun to bring out my tried and true collections for the Holidays and it’s been so fun mixing mine and Mark’s styles together. He has a lot of Christmas things too and it makes me happy to use it all together in our new house. Last year, we were just moving in and this year things are so much more settled, so it really feels like home sweet home!
I hope you’ll take the time to stop by the next house on the tour, Southern State of Mind. Heather is also here in Atlanta and has a beautiful home all decked out for Christmas.
And there are plenty more on the tour this week, so don’t miss these other bloggers. Each and every one is sure to inspire you for your Christmas decorating! Hope you’ll go and click on all of them! Just keep in mind that the tours for the last two rows won’t go live until Wednesday and Thursday, but I’ll go back and update all the links as they go live!