Hi everyone! Long time, no talk… I missed you and being here on the blog! How was your Thanksgiving?! I hope you had amazing food, were able to relax, and had a fun weekend celebrating, decorating, or enjoying holiday traditions. I took off last week to get some much needed work done, celebrate the holiday, and cross some things off my to-do list. It was really nice to step away from my computer and phone for a bit. Thanks for allowing me the time! I have a BIG week ahead. I’m excited to be back on the blog today, with a fun holiday post lined up for you… a peek at how Christmas looks in my kitchen. My friend Marynn, who is the kindest human, asked if I wanted to share my kitchen with her on the blog today- a swap of sorts. Of course my answer was yes, because let’s be real…. my garland is up, the wreaths are hanging & looking pretty cute, and I’ve been baking up a storm. I figured I might as well share the space that is already making me smile this holiday season, so she planned a little kitchen tour swap for us. Click through for a peek at my kitchen decked out for the holidays- and to see Marynn’s as well. She has a very similar aesthetic, and believe me when I say- her decorated home is equally as stunning!
I’ll start with the garland… it happens every year- my favorite long pine needle garland (that I buy locally from Alice Lane) sells out FAST. It sold out last week, but I was able to track down more of it! If you’ve messaged me and still would like some, I found the same stuff on both Wayfair and Overstock. I bought two additional pieces this year- one for each kitchen window. I love the texture it adds to our backsplash. It feels festive!
Every November and December, I find myself spending more time in the kitchen than usual. This year has been no different- it’s my happy place. I’ve been cooking, baking, and in fact- I’ve already made a batch of my grandmother’s sugar cookies! If you missed the recipe last year, click here. They’re our family tradition.
These cookies are delicate, delicious, and melt-in-your-mouth buttery, but the thing I love most about them… we each have our own vintage glass “stamp” that goes onto the cookie. My stamp is different than my grandma’s, mother’s, aunt’s, etc. My family knows I made them, if they have this simple starburst shape. My grandmother’s is a snowflake. Anyway- I’m talking about cookies because I feel like part of the charm of the holiday season and “Christmas in the kitchen” is the food, tradition, and love that takes place in the space.
Of course you’ll also spot some new decor in our kitchen this year (like that topiary, oversized cutting board, and grid tea towel). Spoiler alert- it’s all from our shop, Tuesday Made! I’m burying this deep in the copy per usual, but if all goes as planned… check the site at some point tomorrow. I’m going to wait to officially “launch” and announce things once it’s up and running smoothly- hopefully sometime this week. I’m excited, nervous, anxious, and have all the feels.
I’m really going to miss hosting, entertaining, and gathering with friends & family in our kitchen this year. This is always the room where people end up… the heart of our home. Regardless of how the holiday season looks for us this year, Emmett & I have promised to enjoy it, celebrate, and continue our family traditions together (like making my grandma’s sugar cookies)– even if it’s just the two of us. I suppose our neighbor’s can expect more treats at their doorstep this year. Ha!
Be sure to hop over, meet my friend Marynn (I think you’ll LOVE her!), and scroll through her gorgeous kitchen and breakfast nook decorated for Christmas…
→ Marynn’s “Christmas in the Kitchen” Tour ←
Have you decorated for the holidays yet? Do you ever style decor in your kitchen? It’s probably not the first place people decorate, but we spend a LOT of time in there, so I feel like it makes sense. It also makes us happy! Have a wonderful week, my friends! It’s good to be back.
PeggiNovember 30, 2020 at 6:18 am
Welcome back! Seems like your week was relaxing and productive! We enjoyed a lovely smaller Thanksgiving. (My pumpkin roll was a hit!) I adore the idea of holiday decorating in the kitchen; we spend more time in there than our living room! The garland over your window is just the right touch. I had plans for wreath-making and a few seasonal touches, then I decided to get a puppy! Hahaha, free time? He’s currently trying to eat my sleeve. Maybe in a week or two…
I’ll definitely hop over to Marynn’s kitchen for a look! I spied some pretty green and dog art!
So excited for Tuesday Made!!!! I’ll definitely be checking obsessively tomorrow! I know it’s going to be amazing!💜
Danna FNovember 30, 2020 at 9:36 am
A puppy…how sweet! What kind? Give us details!
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 1:12 pm
He reminds me of a puppy Crosby! Such a cutie!!
PeggiNovember 30, 2020 at 5:25 pm
Be careful what you ask for, Danna! #puppymom He is a medium apricot Goldendoodle, and he definitely resembles puppy Crosby!
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Thank you, thank you! I bet your pumpkin roll was delicious! You have me craving one now. We also spend more time in our kitchen and I’ve been loving seeing our decor in there. I wish I had time for wreath making this year, but the store has taken over my life for now (which is ALMOST as exciting as a puppy, haha). Speaking of your new fur baby- he is ADORABLE. I hope puppy training is going well and your vintage rugs are still intact. Ha! Is Joe loving having a buddy?! I bet they’re quite the dog duo. Have a good week and give that little fluffy nugget a cuddle for me :)
PeggiNovember 30, 2020 at 5:28 pm
Haha. So far Joe has ignored, barked at and SAT on Jason.🤣 I think he’s just helping me with training. Jason thinks Joe is the BEST.
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 9:40 pm
This made my night!! I bet they are so funny together :)
MarynnNovember 30, 2020 at 8:29 am
I love all your subtle Christmas touches in the kitchen, and though I love my cedar garland, I think that wispy pine garland might be my favorite ever! So excited for Tuesday Made to launch!
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Thanks Marynn! Your garland hack is genius!! Why did I not think of that? Haha! Thanks again for asking me to join you this morning in our little Christmas kitchen swap. This was so fun and motivated me to get it photographed. Have a great week, my friend! xox
Amy PeaseNovember 30, 2020 at 8:31 am
I bought two of the pine garlands from Alice Lane and they are every bit as amazing as you said they are. They look incredibly real and somehow more cozy than spruce or fir. I checked out the price of fresh garlands/boughs when we bought our live christmas tree and those were FAR more expensive than the very reasonable $50/garland price. I dried some orange slices and made a garland to go with the pine one and it looked perfect. Thanks for the recommendation!
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm
I’m so happy you love them, Amy! They truly are realistic and are so easy to style. I love your idea of adding dried orange slices- I bet that would be beautiful! While I love fresh garland, I just can’t justify the mess and the cost. I like being able to use these year after year. I feel like it’s a timeless garland that will never go out of style. Have a great week! xo
ColleenNovember 30, 2020 at 8:38 am
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Sarah!
Your kitchen looks beautiful with all the festive touches 🌲 definitely neutral decor that can be enjoyed all winter long. I adore your kitchen so much, it’s always such a treat to see you decorate it for the seasons 💗
Your friends kitchen is also incredibly beautiful 😍 My goodness such creativity in using what she had, Amazing! Both of you shared such fantastic ideas and inspired me to get moving on Christmas. I haven’t made that kind of headway yet. I did start the outside front porch this past weekend though, just waiting for a new doormat to arrive and the front will be complete. Yay! I figure it all starts at the front door 😉
So excited for you with your new store, Fabulous! Can’t wait 😝
Have a super Monday!
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 1:14 pm
Thank you, Colleen! I hope your week is going well so far. Thanks for your kind words about my kitchen. I had fun putting up our holiday decor last week. Marynn has such an incredible eye for design and styling, doesn’t she?! I love her DIY ideas, and her garland hack is amazing. I bet your front porch looks beautiful :) We also started decorating with our front door- so I may be biased, but I think it’s the best place to start. xox
Danna FNovember 30, 2020 at 9:35 am
Your kitchen looks very festive! I thought the garland was real until I read it was not…very pretty! They have come a long way with garland. Oh how I wish I was a baker. The sugar cookies with the vintage glass stamp is such a wonderful memory & one to cherish! I bet they are delish!
I CANNOT wait for your new shop and all the goodies!!!!! Have a great Monday!
SarahNovember 30, 2020 at 1:12 pm
Thank you, Danna! That’s the best compliment on the garland :) It’s my favorite! If you get an itch to bake, I promise the sugar cookie recipe is EASY. It’s pretty dangerous because you can whip up a batch fast. Haha! I am running around like a mad woman today, crossing all the store things off my list- but I am SO EXCITED!! Have a great week :)
Laura LazarusDecember 5, 2020 at 7:44 am
Am a big fan of your blog and while I love in brooklyn I grew up in slc and we actually headed out west to salt lake for the pandemic for 5 months so I got to have a little burst of the outdoors which was much needed. Trying to convince the family we should move back for real. I am obsessed with your Christmas cookie stamp idea and especially the tradition part. I love that. I was trying to figure out how to find glasses with a pattern on the bottom. Was not so easy on Etsy. If you have any recommendations for how to find them that would be super. Thanks so much. Laura
SarahDecember 6, 2020 at 9:33 pm
We have LOVED living in Utah- moving here was the best decision. I can see why you love it so much. I’m also glad to hear you liked me family cookie tradition :) Great question about the glassware. That’s really an in-person item to shop for you. It’s so tough to know what the bottom looks like when shopping online. Crystal or vintage glassware is usually the best route (for design). Maybe an Etsy vendor wouldn’t mind sending you a photo or video of the bottom? Sorry, Laura! I wish I were more helpful.
LauraDecember 7, 2020 at 5:02 am
Thanks for getting back tome. I did end up buying some nordicware stamps that seem to do the same thing. Not as charming for sure but at least I can make those cookies. Have a great holiday season. Laura
SarahDecember 7, 2020 at 9:38 am
Yes! I don’t know why I didn’t think to recommend those- they are perfect for that. Let me know what you think of the cookies :) Happy holidays! xo