Welcome to the second half of my 2020 Christmas Home Tour! Featured today are the family room and kitchen, the two rooms where we spend most of our time.
You can tour more blogger homes all week! A special thanks to my friend Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this week’s tour. The home before my tour belongs to my friend Linda at It All Started with Paint. I just love her Chicago home!
For years I’ve wanted a Scandinavian style Christmas tree and this year I finally created one! I ordered a somewhat sparse, unlit Christmas tree and chose simpler ornaments. Rather than string lights, I opted for clip-on candles. I would’ve preferred real candles but that would be a fire hazard. You turn these battery-operated candles on and off with a remote.
I added my paper mache ornaments with different patterns on them, along with simple wooden tree and star ornaments from Shady Hill Gardens which is where I always get my poinsettias. You can see their display of poinsettias and how to care for them that I shared previously on my blog.
The paper snowflake ornaments are new this year. Scandinavians are known for making paper stars and snowflakes as part of their holiday decor. I found these intricate snowflakes at Crate and Barrel and I love them!
Precious little wood ornaments on the tree were found a few years ago at Little Traveler in Geneva. I’ve been shopping there ever since I was a kid!
I’m so in love with my Scandinavian style Christmas tree. It’s the perfect size for this corner of the family room. I used two green trees this year, which means no flocked trees! You can see the other tree in the first part of my Christmas tour.
On the other side of the family room is my sectional sofa and my favorite print in the house. It’s an architectural rendering of the Paris train station. It took me a while to find artwork large enough for this wall – and I was lucky to stumble across it at Cocoon, one of my favorite local boutiques.
And look how much my pothos has grown! The leaves hadn’t grown past the bottom of the pot when I first bought it.
Whoever sits in the corner of the sectional has to battle it! I should probably cut it back a bit.
Lately I’ve had a thing for conifers so I added an evergreen print (also from Cocoon) on the side wall. I think my recent love affair began when I wrote an article about them last year for Aquascape Lifestyles, a free digital magazine we produce at work.
A trio of painted, wooden Christmas trees adds a holiday touch on my coffee table. The trees are also from Shady Hill. I like to shop locally as much as possible.
The family room is located just off the dining room and faces south. It gets a lot of sun which is part of the reason why I chose a dark color for the walls. The paint color is Moles Breath by Farrow and Ball.
We’ll head into the kitchen next, which is on the opposite side of the house – the north end. This is the view when you enter the front door and stand in the dining room. You walk through the dining room and sitting room to get to the kitchen. My house is about 150 years old so the layout isn’t like new homes today – and I’m totally okay with that.
My kitchen is fairly large for an older home but only has a few built-in cabinets. The rest of the pieces are freestanding – or what the English call “an unfitted kitchen.”
Note the evergreen tree print hanging by the back door. I found it in a new vintage shop in our town. I’m going to take pictures of that store because it’s in a really cool, old house.
This trio of windows above the kitchen sink was a deciding factor in purchasing this house. I have a window fetish for some odd reason. Hopefully I can replace the cabinets, counter top, and stove sometime before summer.
A few little Christmas touches are added to the corner. I get a topiary red poinsettia every year. Surprisingly they last longer than the regular ones.
Our little breakfast nook resides at the other end of my unfitted kitchen. A bead board built-in cabinet caught my eye when I first saw the kitchen. I added the little buffet (which I bought from a friend) and open shelving a couple years after moving in.
I think I always use red in my kitchen at Christmas time. It seems to play well with the green tile floor.
Where did I find these Christmas mugs? LOL. I just bought them this year and each one has a different image. I think I found them at Country Naturals.
A snowy Christmas church print always makes its appearance at the holidays. The two small, country oil paintings were a find on my recent trip to Cambridge, Wisconsin.
Here’s a close-up of the Christmas decorations on my kitchen buffet.
At the last minute, I added a tree in the kitchen. This corner looked a little lonely to me. It fit perfectly in a tall basket.
Thank you so much for joining me for the second half of my Christmas home tour. You can see the first part of my holiday tour where I featured my sitting room, dining room, and main Christmas tree.
Next up on today’s tour is another friend of mine, Doreen at Hymns and Verses. I’ve been following her blog and admiring her home for several years! You can see all the other holiday homes at the links below! The party lasts all week!
Monday December 7th
Tuesday December 8th
Wednesday December 9th
Thursday December 10th
Friday December 11th