It’s Monday! I don’t know about where you were this past weekend, but Friday evening I went to bed anxiously awaiting our first snowfall…. Saturday morning I woke up at 6 am and Chris chuckled as I jumped out of bed like a little kid, running to the window in hopes of white. Unfortunately, there was nothing there and in the end we didn’t get much of anything on Saturday (as you’ll see later this week in my porch tour). Womp womp womp. I am not going to let that disappointment smash my Christmas spirit one bit though! Today I am excited to be bringing you my eclectic Christmas home tour part 2: dining room, kitchen & entry. Last week I shared with you part 1 featuring our master bedroom, guest room, and living room which you can find here in case you missed it. Our kitchen is a central zone in our home, featuring the hub of the home, our island, where we eat, do homework, drop mail and other things we are too lazy to put away… so I had to get it all cleaned up before I could shoot it. Perhaps I should tell you these photos are not reality, but a simulation of my home if I had no kids, dogs or husband to mess things up? Eh, who am I kidding… even if I lived alone here, I’d be making plenty of messes. 😉 Without further ado, let’s get this tour moving. (This post contains affiliate links which cost you nothing, but I earn a small commission from purchases made through them. I truly appreciate your support of my little blog! I’ve also created a shoppable gallery for you at the bottom of the post in case you see something you like.)
We’re going to start in the kitchen today as that is where most people enter our home, and this view is upon just entering the door from outside.
Our kitchen is a blue and white eclectic modern farmhouse type of space. Soak in the view, because I do believe the kitchen will get a little refresh next month. Below you can see the door that people enter through… it’s also the door that our dogs, specifically Catcher, jump at excitedly when we pull up in the driveway, hence all of the scratched paint. I don’t bother fixing it because when I have, we just repeat the cycle… instead I allow it to have its naturally chippy charm. (That’s what I tell myself!)
I’ve added a couple of fun seasonal touches, and most of them happen on our open shelving. A couple of years ago I stumbled upon a box of vintage bottle brush trees at a yard sale and love using them on our shelves. (And somebody needs to take her own advice and use the easiest way to clean grout in here….)
I also scored a couple of vintage metal animals- a polar bear and bison– from a vendor at Sweet Clover a couple years back. I love how they pair with the bottlebrush trees. The large snowflake was found at a craft fair several years ago and fits perfectly on the top shelf with the tray my kids painted for me a few years ago (with my mom’s help). The Christmas tree pottery bowl was actually a wedding gift from a coworker of my mom’s 14 years ago! We had a pair but one broke at one time. It’s the perfect bowl for making festive pancakes this time of year. Those little elf mugs were a gift friend years ago and my kids have always loved having cocoa in their little kid-sized mugs. They are from Crate & Barrel and while they don’t have elves this year, I found a great little snowman family set.
And I am sure you spied our family favorite… that little vintage volkswagen bug! I found it a few years ago and I can’t recall where, but I knew we needed it in our home! Our family is a little obsessed with punchbuggies. I tied a little bottlebrush tree to the top for seasonal flair.
Behind the kitchen sink I’ve added a little red tinsel tree that typically goes in Sawyer’s room, but with legos on all the surfaces, there wasn’t a great spot for his tree, so he was happy for me to put it here for us to enjoy.
I’ve decorated the tree with a strand of LED lights little Scandinavian inspired gnomes Emmy and I made a few years ago using my friend Anu’s tutorial. This year I took a needle and thread and created a loop through the top of their hats to make them into ornaments.
To the left of the tree, I placed some spare bottle brush trees on the windowsill and I love seeing their silhouette as the light comes through the panes.
One last thing I want to mention in the kitchen is the dish towel you may have noticed. I love a little Christmas humor, and this towel spoke to me with its “I’ve been watching you while you sleep. -Santa” because as a child I was petrified and couldn’t sleep thanks to that song we all know…. “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake.” Nightmares for days! This towel reminded me of that and made me giggle. They don’t have it available anymore, but there are some great funny ones out there for you still. (I’ve featured some in my shoppable gallery below the post).
Our kitchen opens to our dining room with our large custom made industrial island dividing the spaces. My talented neighbor made my vision come to life with this piece.
Because we tend to actually use this surface for everything, I keep the extra decor to a minimum. A simple vintage enamel pitcher filled with pine clippings from my yard was all I needed.
I’ve recently changed the dining room a bit by removing one piece of furniture I had under my wood shelves, and swapping a turquoise dresser for a wood midcentury piece. I love the less is more feel for this time of year, and love having a more neutral piece as my sideboard. The rug that we moved to this space really makes a difference, and also allows Snowball to camouflage herself well.
On the sideboard, I’ve placed a vintage manger and to tell you a little bit about this piece, here’s a little blurb I shared with my friends on facebook.
“I really don’t speak a lot about religion, and I don’t go to church like I often think I should. I remember back when I was in college and going through a really hard time and I was not certain of anything, especially the existence of God. However, years later when I gave birth to Sawyer I couldn’t question it anymore. This vintage manger is the one I grew up with and I recall year after year admiring it on the hearth, and a couple of years ago my parents passed it onto me. After the year that we have been through, and our own little miracles along the way, I certainly have something to believe in…. this sweet manger is a great reminder of that, and a central reminder to our family of what this season is about.
PS- Last year I put it on my porch and a camel was beheaded by Squeakers the chicken. The camel has since been hot glued back together and the manger will no longer serve as the chicken’s second home.
PPS- I am so emotional this week…. just rolling with it. XOXO”
I added a little german glitter “peace on earth” ornament I found years ago at Pottery Barn.
And if you look there behind the three kings, there’s the newly re-headed camel. It’s a Christmas miracle!
To the right of the sideboard sits my vintage record stand with records and player, and as I shot this tour I listened to an old Christmas album from Brenda Lee.
Just to the right of that opens into the entry hall which we’ll see more of later but here’s a little look. I’d love to one day get some lovely leather leashes because they sure would look prettier hanging on these hooks. By the way, the hooks and wall hanging came from Parabo Press which has a really cool new subscription box… they used my own photo to make the hanging. I found the mirrored star at Marshall’s a few years ago and love how it looks against the chalkboard wall.
On the other side of the dining room sits the green hutch I got earlier this fall. (Also, that yellow on the rug is the glow of the nativity…. forgot to turn it off when I snapped these!) I took a couple of shots so you could see how it opens to the kitchen as well.
The green shelf was made for Christmas and so much fun to style in metallics, whites, and some natural touches.
The little white houses, wood cut out trees, and mercury glass look LED lights were found last year at Target. The Beary Merry Christmas sign Emmy selected from one of the vendors at Sweet Clover this year.
I’ve had the white vintage flocked deer for some time and placed them in front of a snow scene painting Sawyer did years ago that is one of my favorite pieces of winter decor. I also made the peace sign years ago for Christmas, but I keep it up all year.
On top of the hutch sits an awesome lion sketch Chris drew as a kid and his mother had framed to give me last year at Christmas. I surrounded it with a snowflake, glittery church, wooden trees, bottles with pine from the yard, numbered apothecary jars, and a cute little white skiing squirrel Emmy also selected from Sweet Clover.
Directly across from this piece on the opposite wall sits our reclaimed wood floating shelves. I used to have a white rustic industrial cabinet under them, but I am loving having no furniture sitting on this wall at the moment.
This wall sits along a major walkway in our house, so it’s nice to have it more open. The left side feeds into the hallway and entry, and the right side of it feeds into the kitchen as you can see below.
Let’s get back to those little shelves though… I digress. 😉 This area is always one of my favorite places to create seasonal vignettes. This time I’ve added bottles with pine, a vintage reindeer lithograph Santa brought Emmy last year when she asked him for a picture of one of his reindeer. This year we told the kids about Santa, so I told her the story of where I found this picture and how excited I was to give it to her on Christmas morning. I also added some animals I had on hand, white snowflake votive holders, white miniature trees, and another strand of LED mercury glass look lights. A little hand cut “Merry” banner hangs on the bottom shelf and helps to hide the unsightly thermostat.
Finally, the last part of the dining room decor to share is the table. I didn’t do a full on tablescape for you, but I’ve created a centerpiece using a mix of silver, glass, mercury glass candles and candlesticks mixed with white pine clippings all placed atop a gold runner a friend handed down to me.
The candles are a mix of thrifted and gifted. All of the mercury glass holders have been given to me; the silver tall sticks were thrifted, and the glass Moravian stars I purchased last year from my friend Jen of Green Spruce Designs.
Just off of our dining room is our main entry hallway which leads to the stairs as well as the hall mudroom closet, and the living room. It’s a tiny space, but leads to so many more areas of the house.
The small live edge shelf allows me to add a little style in such a small space, and this time of year we hang the dogs fluffy stockings there. (Last year there were three hanging so I definitely got a little teary putting just two up). On the shelf I placed some vintage brass deer, a little glass snow globe jar Emmy and I made several years ago, and my DIY log candlesticks.
Just down the hall from this entry sits our makeshift mudroom closet. It once was a closet with cruddy wonky bifold doors and we converted it to a cedar planked open space where we store all of our outdoor gear in baskets.
The New Orleans photo artwork was a new addition and I love the color it adds. I’ve decorated this space with vintage midcentury brass candlesticks and blue candles I found at the Christmas Tree Shop. Glittering pine cone trees, a glittery peace sign, and a leaping wooden artist’s figurine complete the look. To the right of the artwork I hung a gorgeous pom pom wreath my bestie made for me years ago. (She doesn’t make them to sell anymore, but she does make the cutest felt banners!) It hangs above a lucite tray that houses magazines, Christmas cards, and a wax hand Sawyer made at the Renaissance Festival.
Just to the left of this hallway is our nutcracker lined staircase I shared with you the other day, but not this view, because, well, it wasn’t exactly clean and ready. 😉
Finally, to end this tour, I wanted to show you how it all flows into the living room as well. Last week you saw the tree in the corner of our living room and this is the view from that space looking into the hallway, staircase, and dining room.
Thank you so much for stopping by to see part 2 of my Christmas Tour! I will be back tomorrow to share part 3, my slightly snowy Christmas porch!
I’ve put together the gallery below in case you saw something you liked. If there is something I missed, you can always feel free to reach out to me in the comments or by email. 🙂