Winter Eclectic Homes Tour–Christmas Kitchen

Hey, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Today marks the start of the Winter Eclectic Homes Tour, hosted by my friend Jess of Domicile 37. Today through Friday, you’ll get to see 25 uniqueΒ homes all decked out for the holidays.winter-eclectic-home-tour-2If you’re joining me from Michelle Matangi’s tour, welcome! Her New Zealand home is edgy yet sophisticated, and I especially love the blush color she recently painted her living room walls.

I’m sharing my kitchen for the tour because I couldn’t get the rest of the house together. Michael’s been traveling non-stop and is still out-of-town, which doesn’t leave me a ton of time to decorate. (We also don’t change out the decorations from year to year, which makes for a rather redundant tour.) With that amazing introduction out of the way, let’s check out the kitchen.

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I did purchase some new plaid plates to make up for the dining room being in complete and utter disarray. Yes, they make me feel better.

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I like to add a wreath to the kitchen hood. Not only does it look cute, it also forces me to clean the hood so that the command strip will stick. True story–it had a year’s worth of dust and grime on it from the last time I hung a wreath. TMI?

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I like this tiered tray for entertaining. It holds lots of store-bought cookies. I do bake, but usually right before Christmas.

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Just like last year, I grabbed the extra cuttings when we picked outΒ our tree. The scraps make for pretty, no-cost arrangements.

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The girls have been asking for a cocoa bar again, so I dutifully obliged.

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The bar isn’t much different from last year’s, although I did change out the ribbon. Check out how cute the girls used to be. (They’re still cute, but you know what I mean.)

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It was incredibly dark and rainy when I was taking my photos, so I decided to take one with the lights on after fighting with my camera all afternoon. I know it’s a blogger no-no, but I think it’s pretty.

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Thanks so much for stopping by my kitchen! Next on the tour is Caroline of CAD Interiors. Her home is beautiful and I know you’ll enjoy seeing it. This week will be full of inspiration, so be sure to check back each day of the tour. (Please note: links to the Home Tours are not live until the day of the tour.)

Monday

Bright Green Door // Michelle Matangi Home // Sharon Joyce InteriorsΒ // CAD Interiors // Domicile 37

Tuesday

Casa Watkins Living // Maggie Overby Studios // House Homemade // French & French Interiors // Style Mutt Home

Wednesday

Up To Date Interiors // The Striped House // Designing Vibes // Iris Nacole // Fearfully & Wonderfully Made // Blue i Style

Thursday

PMQ for Two // Maker of Home // Go Haus Go // Whimsical Blue Living // FOXY OXIE

Friday

This is Our Bliss // Monica Wants It // Insieme House // Jest Cafe // The Gathered Home

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you stopping by!Β 

56 thoughts on “Winter Eclectic Homes Tour–Christmas Kitchen

    1. Thanks, Rachael! I hope you enjoyed your holiday break, too. We used to have a large lot with tons of trees–clippings heaven! I have to make more of an effort here to get a hold of free clippings. So ready to get going in the New Year–woohoo!

    1. Thank you, Vel! I’m still trying to make my rounds because it seemed like there were more tours this year than last year! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Astrid. The cocoa bar is an old blogger stand-by, but my girls sure do like it a lot so I put it out for them. I really like the grown up ones I’ve seen floating around–you should check those out. Happy Holidays to you, too!

  1. Sharon, I love your kitchen and cocoa bar! You cracked me up, the grime on the hood. Sounds like something I’d do. Also… I took all my pics with the lights on…. I didn’t know it was a no-no… Ahhh, so much to learn! Thanks for sharing your decor!!

    1. Hi, Karrie! I keep staring at the hood wondering why I don’t clean it more often–it looks so much better when it’s not covered in gunk. Lights are totally fine for Christmas posts, but it’s been beaten into me that interior lights shouldn’t be turned on for blog posts because it alters the colors. Don’t stress–I’ve been learning as I go and winging what I don’t when it comes to blogging. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, Carli! It took us living here about 18 months before getting new pendants but it was worth waiting for. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Cate! I can’t claim the main design on the kitchen, but we do really enjoy it. I’d love to replace the granite with soapstone but feel like a cry-baby for even mentioning it since we lived with green Corian countertops in our last home. Those were a sight to see!

    1. Thanks, Steph! Not too many headaches other than the light fixtures which were an affordable fix. You’re welcome for cookies anytime, although we already polished off the ones in the pictures!

    1. Thank you! The arches take some getting used to but everyone else seems to really like them. I’m a traditionalist and prefer more classic architecture, but since I live in the suburbs I have to take what I can get. πŸ™‚

    1. You are welcome anytime you pass through Dallas. πŸ™‚ I can’t claim the kitchen design but wouldn’t change too much if given the opportunity. Soapstone counters are my number one wish, followed by painting the island. But I think that’s it!

    1. Thank you! The kitchen doesn’t have any windows and is tough to shoot under ideal conditions, so with all the rain and cloud cover I finally just gave up and flipped the lights on.

    1. Thank you, Mila! I almost donated the dough bowl but do find it very useful for making simple centerpieces or holding massive amounts of fruit. The pendants truly transformed the kitchen. I’m always impressed by how a change in lighting can make a room look so much better.

    1. Hi, Carol! I was worried it would never cool down here enough to feel like Christmas–it was hot for the longest time. Happy Holidays to you, too!

  2. WOW your kitchen is totally Swoonworthy!!! Thank you so much for your kind comment about my home, I’m so thrilled it comes across as edgy yet sophisticated as that’s the exact look I love! I adore your Christmas decorating, it’s all so beautiful xx

    1. Hi, Erica! The rug does work really well with Christmas, right?! Another bonus point for the best purchase I’ve ever made. Can’t wait to see your tour–so impressive that you’re pulling one off with two little ones! xoxoxo

  3. I like the shot with the lights on! Your kids will have fond, conforting memories of the same decorations every year, and yours are lovely. My memories involve my mother’s penchant for odd trends and a degree of craftiness. For example, pastel balls with matching mirabou feathers glued on (…the 60’s, what can I say?)

    Where did you find the plaid plates?! I try to swap out my salad/dessert plates seasonally and for this time of year I have only found plates with lots of gold (unmicrowavable) decoration or what look like cocktail-imbibing reindeer (cute, but not what I’m going for).

    1. Hi, Ruth! I like the lights on, too, but I do make the occasional effort to follow blogging rules and regulations. πŸ˜‰ I figure we can go to show homes to see pretty trees at Christmas. The pastel feather balls sound quirky and beautiful. Maybe I’ll try something similar in Paige’s room next year??? (Always intend to decorate individual trees for the girls.)

      The plaid plates are from TJMaxx and are by Pendleton. I paid $14.99 for the set of 4 and tried to find another set once I found out how much they retail for with no luck. Maybe they’ll go on sale after Christmas so I can have service for 8. Agree with you about the drinking reindeer–I’m not big on novelty items. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thanks for admitting that you use the same decor every year. As I was hauling everything out and putting it in the same spots, I had an overwhelming urge to donate it all (except my ornaments) and start over. I think I’ve bought too much stuff on sale after Christmas that I don’t really love. I do think I’m going to start being more deliberate about what I buy and getting rid of some of the stuff I don’t love, but I can’t justify the expense of doing it all at one time. The kitchen looks great!

    1. I feel that way, too! It’s hard to justify buying new when it’s only on display for a few weeks. I’m using my seasonal decor budget to have the crown molding installed in the dining room, which seems like a much better use of money. Maybe donate it all after you take it down and start over next year but pay retail to get what you want? I’m happy to help others spend their money. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi, Iris! It’s been too long since we’ve blogged together. I missed the last ORC but hope to join back in this spring. Can’t wait to see your tour–I know it’s going to be stunning! xoxoxo

    1. Thanks, Kelly! The kitchen is what sold us on the house and I really enjoy it. It’s a very functional space that has the added benefit of looking good. Merry Christmas to you, too!

  5. Thank you for not changing out your Christmas decor every year. When I see that, it makes bloggers so unrelatable to me. Part of the joy of holidays for me is bringing out those treasures, some of which are from my own childhood. It’s like seeing old family friends.

    1. Hey, Tiffany! Thanks for the kind words. I do sometimes feel bad and a bit of pressure to change up my decor each year but laziness and sentimentality always win out. I do enjoy seeing new ideas each season but that’s not something I prioritize for my decorating budget–I’d much prefer to spend the money on something we’ll use and enjoy year round. Thanks for taking the time to comment and stop by.

  6. I love the last shot with the lights on! I’ve been fighting dreary days here too. Your wood island is AMAZING. Those pendants look so good. I just love how you combined the wood with the white and the counters.

    1. Hi, Jess! My camera looked at me like I was crazy when I started taking pictures. The weather coupled with my inability to work ahead made shooting very challenging! I can’t claim much for the kitchen design other than the lights and accessories, but I agree that the mix of painted and stained cabinetry is pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I grab a large bundle and use the pieces to fluff our artificial garland, too. Can’t have enough of the free tree cuttings!

    1. Hey, Brynne! The pendants made a huge difference in both how the kitchen looks and functions. It’s so much brighter in there now! Wish we’d changed them out sooner. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Your kitchen is such a DREAM! I love everything about it. It always seems to be picture ready and seriously, it is magazine worthy. Wishing you the best this Christmas season.

    1. Thanks, Jess! I love my kitchen more than I can say. Every time I think I might change it, I realize it is exactly my style and I wouldn’t know what to do in a sleek kitchen. Thanks for hosting the tour!

  8. You know I am obsessed with your kitchen, and it’s the hallmark of perfection. I love the hot cocoa bar, those green glasses and the plaid plates. You don’t need much decor when you have those gorgeous pendant lights.

    Weird question- how tall are your ceilings in this area?

    1. Not a weird question at all! The ceilings are 10 feet high. I keep the decor simple because of my lethal cheap/unmotivated combo. Last year about killed me and I vowed not to do that to myself again! xoxoxo

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