Thanks for all of the nice comments about my family room rearrangement! We are sure enjoying it this way! Let's move into the kitchen and see how I repurposed the media center here. We took the two pier pieces, and flanked the front window on either side. The fit was as if they were made for this spot! I cleared everything off of my shelves and washed it, tossed some, and later put some of the decorative pieces into the shelving unit. This photo was taken from my laundry room door, looking into the kitchen.
My kitchen is long, galley style. Very limited counter space, and not enough cabinetry space either. Being one who loves to cook, it has always been a bit of a challenge to make this space work for me. You can see the lit piers at the end of the kitchen there, on either side of the front window. We will come back to the working part of the kitchen later. After removing the kitchen table, we turned this dining room into a delightful little sitting area, with a little breakfast nook. We moved one of the two matching chairs that were in the living room, into this room, along with the matching ottoman. In fact, I am sitting in that chair right this minute, while typing this post. That Christmas blanket that I have across the chair is tucked in around me nice and cozy!
This heavy oak table belonged to my Dad's mother. Then, when my parents married, it was passed to them. They had it cut down to a coffee table, and for as long as I can remember, we had that in our house growing up. Mom gave it to me and I have used it all over the house. I had to have the pedestal repaired a couple of times, and then finally, one leg broke off, and it couldn't be used any longer. I removed the table top, and placed it over a slightly smaller diameter table. I think I will paint the base of this table, as I am not fond of the lighter wood. This little table underneath was in the kitchen at our family cabin in Big Bear. I just love it to pieces right here in my kitchen, tucked beneath the front window. Enough room for two to have a chat over a cuppa.
I have it set with a pair of cabin plates that my Mom once brought to me as a service for 4, for a hostess gift. I love them, and have never seen them anywhere else to buy more, or I would have.
Corone Cunardo Made In Italy
The kitchen itself doesn't have any changes, other than some holiday cheer that I have added. Like the vintage Santa mugs with holly on the window sill.
I have been collecting vintage Santa mugs for a couple of years now, and these larger ones I put out on a mug tree that I painted red, and set it next to our coffee machine. Noah had some hot cocoa in one of these the other day.
After all of the moving around of things, I needed to give this a good cleaning and organizing as well.
There it is...my country kitchen.
I decided not to put my kitchen Christmas tree up in here this year. And I didn't even take any of the lighted garlands out of the totes in the garage. In fact, I didn't put a lot of stuff out this year. No nativity, no village. No sleigh, no hanging baubles in the front from the eaves. No decorated mailbox, and I am not sending cards. But it does fill my heart to see the many special things in here. Although our house is not fancy, it is very much a cozy place to be. Thanks for letting me share it with you today.