Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Changes in the Kitchen for Christmas

It is getting so close to Christmas and I thought I better share this since it is a Christmas decor and it is going to be put away soon. I am linking with Kim for her B & A party at http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/ and Susan for Metamorphosis Monday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. If you are looking for inspirations, you will definitely find them there.

I am sharing our little hallway in the kitchen leading to the garage on the left and a bathroom which opens to the pool area on the right.
This is how it used to be.

I found this window frame from one of the vendors in the shop for $12 and bought it. At first, I was going to put my vintage ads in it but they were too big and I did not want to cut them so came another idea.

I have 4 plates with birds in them. I thought they would be cute in there. What do you think?

I also bought this wooden box from the same vendor for $5. I decided to put it on the floor and added stuff I found around the house into it.

I added a wreath for the holiday season and I also added a little table so that the box does not have to be on the floor.

Do you see the white penguin in the red box? Well, I think it is a penguin wearing a white scarf. I just laid it there while I was hanging the wreath.

It eventually went on top of the frame. It is non breakable and is very light so it does not matter if it falls.

I also changed the dishes in the kitchen hutch. This is the "Before".

I moved the Polish pottery into a bottom kitchen cabinet and moved 3 sets of Christmas china in the hutch.

The bottom shelf now has my Lenox "Christmas Greetings" set along with a"Friendly Village" tea set.

I also left there a few of the Polish pottery that has a Christmas design.

Inside the cabinet on the top shelf are my Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles set and in the bottom shelf is Friendly Village set.

I cut some holly berries from the bushes outside to add some greenery.

Lastly, I want to show you what I did to the breakfast nook. We hardly ever eat here cause we use the round table in front of the TV and kitchen fireplace to eat our meals.

I saw this santa rack from another vendor and thought it was cute and for $4 for the whole set, it had to come home with me.

I placed it on top of the cabinet by the breakfast nook. I added the santa hat.

And from the same vendor, I saw these 4 chair covers. 2 santa and 2 snowmen. Naturally, I bought them, lol, $10 for all 4.

They fit perfectly in the 4 chairs. Good thing I did not take my tablescape apart yet since like I said, we normally do not eat here. The covers add a little whimsy, don't they?

And here's a view where you can see the Santa plates.

Thanks for coming by. I know everybody is busy during this time so I really appreciate the visit. Thanks Kim and Susan for hosting these parties.
I hope everybody enjoys their holiday season and may the coming New Year bring prosperity, peace and lots of blessings to everyone!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, everything is so pretty. Love the vignette with the bird plates and your Santa and Snowmen slipcovers for the chairs are just the cutest. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

The Charm of Home said...

I love your hutch with all of those dishes in it. I saw a teapot that caught my eye. It all looks so very pretty. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Susan said...

I love that you put bird plates in the window!! And the vignette with the birds on the floor is so pretty. You holiday table is gorgeous!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, your kitchen is full of Christmas cheer. Love those whimsical chair covers. Thanks for joining the party. Link will be up soon.

Marlis said...

Yes keep the bird plates in their now new frame.. That is great and really brings them all into focus. Your Santa rack is adorable. I'd have had to arm wrestle you for that myself. I love the change in the hutch too. I should do that more often! Does it count if I add round ornaments instead of changing it all out??? Your table is great. I love the chair covers. I'd certainly be eating there often. Merry Christmas!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I love the bird plates in the frame and the wreath on top makes it look even more beautiful! I also love your santa plates with the head on the smaller plate and the belly on the larger plate. That is quite unique and you have displayed it perfectly. Everything sure looks great! Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Hi Christine,

Your home is lovely..especially with all the holiday decor! Love what you did with the red frame!

Haven and Home said...

Oh feels so good!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine! OH, I love that window with the little plates hung inside the pane parts! Your black hutch looks wonderful as does that cute as a bug table setting! I just love seeing you home it's gorgeous. Merry Christmas, sweet friend,
Shelia ;)

Dena E's Blog said...

Hello its been too long since I came by.. Sooo sad about Calvin, he was the handsomest and soooo very loved..Your place is looking so Lovely and inviting Sweetie,,WOW!!!
May our Sweet LORD cover You with blessings while you seek Him in this, His beautiful season.
Isn't it magnificent knowing He is the Reason for every Season......
Praying God's Blessings on You not only for Christmas but, all the New Year too!!!~~~Hugs Dena

Regina said...

Fabulous Kitchen.
Hello Christine.
Merry Christmas to you and to your family!


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Christine. I always love to see kitchens, especially at Christmas. Putting the plates in the window frame was a fantastic idea - very creative - I like that! Merry Christmas. Linda

Rettabug said...

How fun is that Santa plate rack?! I ♥ it! They should make a snowman one, too.
Your red window & shoe-shine box look great in the hallway. I think it was a brilliant idea to place your plates inside ...looks fantastic like that!

I am green with envy over all your beautiful dishes, Christine. Have a wonderful holiday season with all your sweet family around you.

Jacqueline said...

What wonderful treasures you found. Very clever way to use the frame, I love how it accenturates the plates. Your Santa plates are so fun and the chair covers too. They just are so inviting. Have a very Merry Christmas.

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Julio Muao said...

What a beautiful and festive kitchen Christine. You have such a wonderful collection of holiday decor. Thank you for sharing and a very merry christmas to you and your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

It's all beautiful and Christmas-y!

Merry Christmas to you and your fabulous family, Christine!

Sarah said...

Christine, you have a beautiful festive kitchen hutch for sure. The stacked Santa plats are really cute. Enjoy the holidays! ~ Sarah

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty and festive. The plates in the window frame looks great.
Enjoy the holidays.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Dolores said...

Wow, what a great idea of putting the plates in the window openings.....
Everything looks beautiful!!!
Christmas blessings to you and your family!

Entertaining Women said...

Thanks for stopping by my post and for sharing your wonderful Christmas designs. I've always love the Johnson Brothers Pink Castle Christmas tree pattern. Come visit any time. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love how you decorated that frame. What a great idea. Your house looks so festive. Love all the Christmas touches. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Gloria said...

Hi, Christine. Everything looks beautiful, your hutch, your tablescape, etc. But your BEST decorating thing is the red window with your bird plates!! Oh my goodness -- BEAUTIFUL! It is SUCH a statement. Looks like a magazine idea. My favorite plate is the one in the upper right... LOVE the red/orange/blue colors. Very beautiful, Christine. Hey, may you and your husband and your family and his may you have a WONDERFUL holiday! I know you are all lovely people and deserve the best. Talk to you and will visit after the holidays! xxoo
Merry Christmas,

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

You always share such beautiful photos of your home!
I just wanted to be sure to stop and say: A very Merry Christmas!

Blessings & Aloha!
Mele Kalikimaka!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Christine, I wish I was there right now! Everything looks so pretty and festive. You did a great job with your decor as always.

I have MISSED YOU! Thank you so much for your concern which was well founded. I am under the weather as I type, and I am hoping to be on the downward end of something I have been battling. I reported on my blog, so I wan't go into it here. But your concern and prayers are so appreciated. You are so sweet.

Sending you all my love and best wishes for a truly Merry Christmas the most blessed of New Years.

I love you...


Sheila :-)

Nancy said...

I like your holiday changes! Hope you are enjoying the season with your family.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

You have such a pretty hutch and I love the Polish China don't you? Years ago when I had a formal diningroom that we only used for formal dinners about once a month I would always keep the table set for dinner. It made me so happy to walk by the room and look in and see it all set up for a party!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kathleen said...

Cute! Love that Santa rack, and the frame looks good with the plates. You can always change it, or...RESELL it! LOL
I need a shop!
I brought a whole bunch of brand new stuff into my dil and son. Cmas things I won't use, so they might as well have them...serving pieces etc.
A little less to store! Or as dh says, or fill the space with new things!
Wish we lived near, I could give you lots of stuff to sell! :)

lvroftiques said...

Everything looks wonderful Christine! The bird plates in the frame are adorable! And so are the santa plates and those chair toppers!! Too darn cute! I'd be dying to sit down at that table for just about anything! *winks* Vanna

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Oooh...I love your new pretties! Of course, you knew that I would go all "goo-goo-ga-ga" over those sweet bird plates! Hehe! They look beautiful in the red window frame! Love your new little red wooden box as well! Sooo pretty, my friend!

Well my dear, I hope that ya'll had a wonderful Christmas! Just wanted to stop by to say hello! I'm still a bit busy at my place...Russell's kids are still here! Have a fabulous day, my friend!

Love ya,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Hehe...I'm back again! Girlfriend, for some reason...the photos of your dish cabinet and pretty Christmas table...didn't load on your post the first time I was here! As soon as I realized there were more photos I took a peek! Just wanted to let you know...don't know why it did that. Anyway, your dish cabinet looks fabulous in each and every season! You DO have the prettiest dishes!!! Ohhh...and I loved your Christmas table...that Christmas dish pattern is one of my favorites! I love, love, LOVE the cute Christmas chair slips...absolutely adorable!!! Thanks for sharing all of your pretties with us!

Love ya,

Lady Katherine said...

adore the Santa and Snowmen on the chairs!!! Always love your hutch,no matter which lovely dishes you choose to use in it! Adore the window frame with the plates! I need one of the windows so bad! To finish off my China Closet! I used two for the top of it, and need another. The ones I had we took out of our kitchen. lol Now I have been asking everyone, please find me one. lol
Come to facebook and see my baby lamb born on Christmas Day, and then last night another was born late under the starlight. Three more to go!

Lyndsay Wells said...

It's all absolutely beautiful but I am especially inspired by your table setting - wow! Next year I'm using a white tablecloth as that is very effective. The chair backings are darling. Loved everything.

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