Thursday, January 11, 2018

Transitioning To Winter - Room by Room - Kitchen & Breakfast Area

I don't know if you are like me or not, but when all the Christmas is down I am so ready for simple and sleek no frill decor.  Seems like Christmas is almost always "overload" so pairing down to the basics is what I really, really long for right about now.

I love to start my cleaning with the kitchen since it seems to always have some glitter and pine needles hanging around after all the decor is removed.  To me it seems like getting all the glitter out of a room is the hardest.  I vacuum and mop several times before I think I finally achieve a "no sparkle" room.  Also my kitchen really gets a workout during Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Tons of baking, candy making and lots of big dinners and entertaining.  Even though I continually clean it, when all the decor is gone I always feel like it needs a really deep cleaning.

Now that the kitchen is clean, time to add back a little bit of decor, but really plain and simple.

 I love my yellow pig and he just seems to fit my kitchen and I also love the brass tray to hold all of my day to day cooking oils and essentials.

 This corner where the mixer is needs a little decor, but nice and simple here too.  A cutting board that's easy to grab and a bottle of Port that I love to cook with.

 The island needs something, but maybe just a pretty chache pot with some ivy and ---

 the candy scale with faux fruit.

 I usually forget to show you this angle of the kitchen, but I love having more cutting boards handy and they also look really pretty stored in my antique WW11 ammo basket.

 This shows you the backside of the island.  I love the pretty molding trims it has.  I like my little antique style pantry sign too.  This is one of the smallest kitchens I have ever had - (I actually had one about half this size once) but this one works perfectly for me and that huge walk in pantry makes up for lack of cabinets.

 The breakfast table is on the back side of the kitchen.  You can see it in this picture.  I love those two large windows, they always fill this room with so much light.

 I usually set the table with placesettings, but I thought I would just leave it simple.  Day to day there is just the two of us so this makes it really easy at meal time.  I love that the table will seat 8 if I need to, so that is always an extra bonus.

 This fun candle holder was a fabulous Christmas Present.  I decided to use short candles in it with just some preserved boxwood greenery.

 I love having room for my antique butter churn in the corner too and my Amish wood carved rooster is another special treasure.

I'm sure you can tell from my posts that I love to cook and I love my new kitchen.  This remodel was so much fun to see come to life and so much better than I hoped.  I couldn't be happier.

How about you, are you ready for some paired down decor too or are you ready to do things up big?

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  1. Hi Marty,
    I tend to pare down during the Winter months too, it just somehow seems fitting to
    the season for some reason. Guess it sort of matches with the outdoors, with the bare trees and
    Your kitchen looks lovely and your centerpc and table look very nice as well. I've got to get busy...the only Christmas things I have taken down and redone is in my guest bathroom, but will start on more tomorrow, as I have our lil darling today.
    Blessings, Nellie

  2. Oh I just adore your kitchen! That wooden heart cutting board is a treasure.

  3. Your kitchen looks like a wonderful place to cook in. We moved into our home right before the holidays and within a couple of weeks it was decorated for Christmas. I am enjoying how it looks now without the Christmas decorations. I do want to buy some plants to put in pots around the house.

  4. I love your kitchen!! I especially love the basket with cutting boards. I remember seeing it in your other home and wondered why I wasn't seeing it in the new home. Hide it on me! :) I love everything you do Marty, and enjoy reading your whole blog!

  5. Isn't it funny and irritating that glitter and those little faux fir needles just don't want to be banished? Everything looks so fresh and clean, Marty!

    Nice little rain we had!
    Hugs, Carol

  6. Yup, me too...though this year I'm off to a slow start as I have been fighting the "flu" with a cough that will not go away.
    I have plans to attack certain get them under control...
    I love the basket with the cutting boards!!

  7. Hi Marty, yes, I love the "great clean" after the holidays and I feel like my home is so much brighter after all the holiday decor is packed away! Happy New Year!

  8. Your kitchen did turn out fabulous. I'd show it off if it was mine. I doubt your followers will ever get tired of see what you do with it!

  9. Awesome Marty,
    My eyes stuck to see this wonderful wooden base.We are best consultants for temporary recruitment jobs in mechanical and electrical industry Pier Consulting hire apprenticeships labor for Housing M E Building

  10. Looks beautiful Marty! Like your cutting boards. Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!