Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas In Our Kitchen

Lots of you have asked for pictures of our new home. Truth be told, I just don’t feel like it’s in any shape to present yet. We haven’t purchased any furniture, hung anything on the walls or finished any of our DIYs. And guess what? I don’t think any of that will be happening any time soon either. I’ve given myself a one year timeline to get the house perfected to prevent myself from making any hasty purchases or rushing into decorations that I will later regret. Not to mention, I need to save up for all my projects because dang, furniture is expensive! Sheesh! 

So anyway, I’ve decided to at least give you a kitchen tour since this room has made the most progress. And by “progress,” I mean it’s decorated for Christmas!

Of course I have to start with a "before" picture...
And here she is, decked for the holidays…
Do you spy a DIY project in the corner? The hubby has been hard at work building me a farmhouse dining table! Not quite done, but it’s getting there so stay tuned…
Still looking for the perfect rug and new bar stools…

I need to figure out how to decorate those open cabinet shelves post Christmas…

I love festive towels! In fact, I think I own more Christmas themed bath and kitchen towels than regular ones, which explains why I am always doing laundry.

{Our framed 2011 and 2012 Christmas cards}

I love that we finally have a perfect spot to hang all of our sweet Christmas cards from family and friends in our new home!
 Poor Charlie. That little Santa on the ledge of the counter absolutely tortures him. He thinks it’s a toy for him and patiently sits and stares at it for hours sometimes. 

Hopefully I can share another room soon!
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31 comments:

  1. It's perfect! I love it. I think it makes total sense to wait and get exactly what you want or you will end up with a bunch of junk that you feel lukewarm about. You want your house to be EXACTLY what you want. Love your Christmas touches. XOXO

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  2. I adore your kitchen! Especially the what-do-I-do-with-it open shelving :)

    And I completely agree with your one-year timeline. We moved into our house back in September and it's nowhere near where we'd like it to be. But I'm glad that we've waited, because it means I can jump on ideas as they come to me, instead of rushing around buying lots of crap in just one weekend!

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  3. What a good idea to frame your past years Christmas cards! And seriously, the microwave under the counter is genius. Those things are such an eye-sore but so needed that this is an awesome solution.

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  4. LOVE your kitchen! It's gorgeous and decked out so cute for Christmas!

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  5. I love your kitchen..it is amazing! We have been in our house..we built it..for over a year and its still a work in progress so I feel ya there! I feel like its never done!! Good luck!

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  6. Absolutely love your kitchen.... looks gorgeous and love the colors!! Good for you giving yourself a good timeline to get everything set up and nice. :)

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  7. Your kitchen is absolute perfection. I love everything about it!

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  8. I have these in black and they look like they'd be perfect for your space! http://www.potterybarn.com/products/napoleon-backless-barstool/?pkey=cchairs-barstools&cm_src=chairs-barstools||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

    We aren't using them in the new house because we don't have a bar so if you'd like them at a discounted rate let me know! ;)

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  9. I love that you framed your Christmas cards! What a cute idea! Can't wait to see the table when it's done!

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  10. I LOVE your framed Christmas cards! Such a great idea and I love your kitchen cheer :)

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  11. In love with your kitchen, 100 %. It's so clean and neat, I'm jealous!!! Love the framed card idea too:)

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  12. Your kitchen is amazing. I LOVE it!
    xoxo
    Samantha

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  13. What a BEAUTIFUL kitchen! I can't wait to see more :)

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  14. Oh wow! I love your kitchen!! I want one like that :) And very cute decorations!

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  15. Gorgie!!! And don't feel rushed to outfit the home -- we've been in ours 1.5+ years and I'm still nailing pictures up on the walls. :) We have bar stools from World Market that we love-love-love and I think they'd look awesome in your kitchen along with the other steel parts like your hood (PLUS they are on sale and 10% off and free shipping today!)

    http://www.worldmarket.com/product/cargo-bar-stools-set-of-2.do?&from=Search

    We always get compliments on them!

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  16. seriously, im totally jealous of your kitchen. it is absolutely gorgeous! love the dark cabinets and granite. you've dont a wonderful job :)

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  17. The kitchen looks great! Smart thinking to not rush into decorating the rest of the house. I know you are loving your soon to be complete farmhouse dining table. How southern and perfect!

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  18. Ooooh! Love the backsplash below the hood! Gorgeous kitchen and dying to see that table finished. If it turns out good and doesn't kill Matt I might make Joe make me one :)

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  19. What an absolutely gorgeous kitchen! Can't wait to see the rest of the house...absolutely beautiful.

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  20. AHhh!! LOVE IT!!!! I bet you're SO excited to be all moved in before CHristmas! It's just gorgeous!!! I love the dark counters/light granite. We did the same thing. :)

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  21. I love your Christmas card ribbon holders. Did you make it or buy it? If you made it could you do a quick tutorial please.

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  22. Okay I have seriously been reading your blog for like an hour!!! Y'all are so freaking cute!!!!! You definitely have a new follower! I can't wait to start on some of your projects!!

    Merry Christmas to you and the hubs!!

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  23. Love your blog been reading it forever! Know what's going on with blogger? Everyone front page has changed!

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  24. You are one smart gal!!!

    Take your time furnishing the house. No need to rush....after all you will be in this house a long time.

    We waited to start furnishing our house, until we lived in the house for one year.....it was amazing how actually living in the space changed our mind regarding the furnishings. Also as we aged, our tastes changed and so did the styles.

    My husband and I tackled one room a year, for 8 years....kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and 4 bedrooms. We were glad we always saved up for each room in advance and then furnished each room. We used a combination of refurbished "second-hand " furniture, unfinished furniture that we finished ourselves and a small amount of new furniture to complete what we call the "collected look". It has served us for 20 years and will continue to serve us hopefully for a long time yet.

    We bought our beautiful English Country dining room set at an estate sale for $1200.00 and it includes a beautiful table that will seat 12 will all the leaves, a large china cabinet, 8 chairs, and a server. We touched up the wood a little, but it basically looks like new and we have used it for the last 15 years of our marriage.

    We bought our bedroom set at another estate sale, for another bargain and paid a professional to refinish it for us and we are soooo happy. Have had that set for 10 years.

    Furnishing our home in this manner allowed us to make extra monthly payments on our mortgage and now we have our home completely paid off and are ready for the college costs facing us for our two children.

    Happy Holidays to you!!

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  25. Your kitchen is gorgeous...I have kitchen envy.

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  26. So rich and beautiful!! You'll love this kitchen for years to come too!!! I cant WAIT for the DIY farmtable. I want a farmtable with bench seating in our next home too :) World market has some great barstools at great prices. And I got our kitchen rug at peir one and love it. it was pricey for a rug in front of the sink but that spot gets so much use i would recommend getting a high quality one :) Merry Christmas and enjoy decorating!! xo

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  27. Your kitchen is beautiful! I loooove the dark wood cabinets--very contemporary! That's so adorable about the Santa and Charlie. Aww. :) Are those cinnamon sticks in your "C" cup? What a great Christmas touch!

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  28. Yeyy for a nice, big, new kitchen! Looks awesome! Love the decor, too ;)

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