I’m back with the last stop on my annual holiday interior tour… I wanted to give you a look at our kitchen and dining room. While our dining room is unfinished, I still enjoy adding some seasonal decor to the space. We’re actually hosting this year, which I’m very excited for. I can’t wait to put the kitchen to good use, cook some festive dishes, and celebrate the season with friends. Click through for the tour…
While I would have loved to insert some seasonal equestrian personality into our kitchen this holiday, I’ll admit- I did the minimum in this room. Sometimes that’s all you need… garland over the windows, a topiary or two, cozy favorite cookbooks, and celebrating the season with festive food. However, if you missed any of the previous rooms on my annual holiday tour this year (with horses mixed in), I’ll link them for you below:
- Equestrian Inspired Christmas Tour: Living Room
- Equestrian Inspired Christmas Tour: The Tree
- Equestrian Inspired Christmas Tour: Home Office
Our kitchen is still such a happy room in our home that we always gravitate toward…. especially this time of year! Emmett hung up the garland this year, so he can take credit for the window styling.
I’ve also been marking recipes for our holiday meals, which means cookbooks are all over the place, at the moment. Here’s a simple holiday styling tip for you… restyle your cookbooks, leave one turned opened to a favorite recipe (propped on an easel), and bring out your charcuterie boards ahead of time for added warmth in the kitchen. Those little cozy touches make a big difference.
Here’s to hoping our range can do the job this year, but just in case- Emmett has extra igniters on hand. If you missed my honest review of the GE Cafe Range, it’s laughable at this point. We’ve ruined quite a bit of food around the holidays, so we’ve learned our lesson and have been saving up for a new option! I styled this area with a simple rosemary topiary and added a ribbon to it. That’s another great holiday decorating hack… add ribbon to ALL the things (sconces, topiaries, vases, hooks, hardware, etc).
If you missed our kitchen shelving update, the coffee bar got a little glow up almost a year ago. We pulled a shelf swap and I’ve loved it even more since. From coffees and teas to cocoa, this area always gets a hard workout during the winter months. It’s a really functional area for us, and I’m looking forward to making festive drinks to sip fireside in the weeks ahead.
A Kitchen Christmas Tradition
One tradition in the kitchen I look forward to every December is carrying on my family’s classic butter sugar cookie recipe. These are divine (melt in your mouth GOOD) and it just doesn’t feel like Christmastime until I’ve whipped up a big batch of these.
I’ve also loved how many of you have adopted this tradition and have reached out to me with photos and notes while making these cookies. So heart warming! I took a note from my grandma’s book and give them as gifts. Check out this post for more DIY food gifts & packaging ideas.
In regards to sources, I’ll link what I can! Much of what I have in the kitchen & dining room is either old or vintage, at this point.
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Please let me know if I missed anything you’re interested in, and I’d be happy to share or track down something similar!
Our vintage dining set and credenza is probably the coolest thing about our dining room, since it’s unfinished, but I still enjoy decorating! The buffet only takes a single garland strand, and it’s amazing what tapered candles and holiday chocolates & candies can do to elevate a space. Cute, right? Throw in some vintage decor and candles, and suddenly it feels like the unfinished shell of a room doesn’t matter as much!
I do! Give this post a read- it contains the last piece of our dining set puzzle… it’s my most recent feature on the furniture. We restored the complete set.
Check out my wispy pine needle arrangement DIY. I also love the texture of that one. You could use the matching garland down the center of the table, like a runner for added color and wispy texture, too.
Deviled eggs… always.
This is my most asked about question… ever. I wrote a post all about the paint color: color matching our kitchen cabinets.
I hope you enjoyed this one! We’re headed to the airport for our much anticipated vacation, so I did want to let you know- blog posts will resume as normal, but I won’t be responding to comments until I return to my desk! It may be a bit, but rest assured- I’ll be reading them in real time. I always love to hear what you think and am happy to answer any questions!