Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas In The Kitchen

 My goodness what a year makes. I was meeting myself coming and going a year ago trying to get the house ready for the kids to come home Christmas, never realizing what the rest of the year would bring. I've had a few long talks with myself, struggling to decorate for the holidays this year.  My inner self gave in. Mr. P knew that Christmas is my favorite season to decorate for. He would tease me mercilessly and I loved every bit of it. What I wouldn't give to hear that sweet voice this year.  I hope he would be pleased I've chosen to decorate the house this year for Christmas. Are you finding it hard to get motivated to decorate this year, or have you gone over the top or just kept things simple?
As I've said many times before the hutch in the breakfast room is one of my favorite pieces. You can load it up with a lot of decor or keep it light and airy. 
Trailing berry vine float across the shelf weaving
in and out. The center of the top shelf is highlighted with the platter my Granddaughter gave me last year. She was picking up a few other things sent me a picture and asked if I liked it, naturally I said I "loved" it. The sweet bunny under the tree stole my heart. The platter is from the line by Better Homes and Gardens sold at Walmart this time of the year.
I have a secret crush on bottle brush trees. I have many and have them scattered through out the house this year. The set of three were purchased on a recent trip to Nell Hill's. If you've never been to Nell Hill's you must put it on your bucket list of things to do.  Soon I'll be sharing a few pictures I took while she was having her Open House. You'll be blown away with all of her beautiful trees. I had the nicest visit with her while there, she is one genuinely kind and helpful person.

I've been collecting the set of Better Home and Garden plates for a while now. I've been a good girl this year and haven't purchased any. The green trees came from a local Hallmark store before closing a few years ago.
I was fortunate to be able to carry the darling snowman with children in the shop for a couple of years. I love snowmen and the children reminded me of my granddaughter and grandson.

Because we live in the real world, I had to share a picture of the table top, BEFORE the runner was added. It dawned on me after I took all the pictures the table looked a little bare.. hmmm some times I wonder where my brain is.
That's much better. The red quilted runner grounds the centerpiece giving it a bit more presence.

This is one end of the kitchen all decked out for Christmas, in order not to make it too picture heavy I'll be sharing it in stages. I hope you stay tuned for those pictures I didn't go over the top but managed to add touches here and there of some Christmas cheer.

Fondly ~ Lynne ~


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne! Oh, I thought of you and know how hard it can be at holidays without our loved ones. Mr. P would be so pleased with your pretty Christmas decor. I have those sweet dishes too, minus the tray! Your hutch is beautiful and you do have the most beautiful things.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Hi Lynne- I know the feeling- I've struggled for a long time mainly because the kids aren't home anymore and often can't be here for Christmas. I kick it around and tell myself "why bother" but the truth is I love Christmas decorating so I just keep telling myself to do it for me. I love your style and you've created a very cozy Christmas in the kitchen. Love that hutch- that creamy yellow color is perfect! I know Mr. P would love it and most of all would want you to do it because he knows you loved it.
Hugs, Liz

Bonnie said...

Everything look beautiful, Lynne. What an inspiration you are. Enjoy. Blessings to you and special thoughts as you miss your sweet mate. He would want you to carry on your traditions.

Alycia Nichols said...

I'm glad you found the strength from within to go ahead and decorate, especially since you know in your heart of hearts that Mr. P would have wanted you to. It takes a special kind of strength to soldier on, and you've got it Miss Get-Out-On-the-Tractor Woman!

Your decor is looking lovely and homey and just what Christmas should look and feel like. And you're right...the runner does pull it all together on the table!

Have a good weekend, Lynne!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Liz, Like you my daughter and grands won't home for Christmas this year either. It will be a different season for us here. It will be just me and the dogs. I lean on the True Reason for the Season and that gets me through. fondly ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Bonnie, thank you for your kind thoughts they mean the world. fondly ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Alycia, you always know how to put a smile on my face with each message you leave. You are true gift. I hope you're feeling much better.
fondly ~lynne~

Pat said...

Oh, dear friend, I love your Christmas platter atop the hutch!!!
I, too, have those bunny dessert/ salad plates this year!!!
With our resident bunnies, Pee Wee and Foo Foo. . .
they were the perfect choice for our Christmas table!
May the joy of Christmas flood your home and fill your heart with love!!!

Sue said...

Love, love, love your hutch! What a lovely focal point for your dining room!