Hello Friends!! I can’t believe the time has come to include the word “Christmas” in my post titles, but alas we are here. I’m so excited to share our open shelves in our kitchen with you today! They are my favorite place to make festive for the holidays. Honestly, I wish I could leave up the christmas decor on our kitchen shelves all year long, because that is just how much I love it! I recently gave these shelves a little makeover. I took them all down and sanded them and refinished them. To see the process you can click HERE. Here’s a look at how I started bringing Christmas into the kitchen this year.
I am so excited to kick off this home decor series “Seasons of Home”, hosted by Kriten from Ella Claire blog, I cherish each one of these blogging friends so much, and being apart of this series, really makes it feel like I’m going to visit one of my friends house for coffee. This is our 3rd year teaming up together to share our homes during the holidays, and I’m so excited, so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for even more inspiration.
Every year I always wonder, how am I going to decorate these shelves different than the year before, so the feel fresh and new? And without even trying, it happens. Don’t get me wrong, I have my basics that I stick too – tuck in some greenery round the plates in the middle, fill the batter bowl with shiny ornaments.
This year, I added some fresh sprigs of eucalyptus and bayleaf to my faux cedar branches. I love the whimsical feeling they add to the space, and fill in around my kitchen shelf staples.
Of course, tiny bottle brush trees made it back this year, and even though I stick to most of the same pieces, sometimes they find a new landing spot each year I bring them out. I love how they add a tiny winter scene to each area I placed them throughout my shelves.
New this year, I added to the tiny houses I used in years past, and opted for a slightly bigger one they I scooped up in the $1 spot at Target. These little homes go kick, so I plan on going back today to hopefully grab some more before they are all sold out for the season.
Now, one item you may have noticed that’s missing, if you’ve seen my kitchen shelves decorated for Christmas before, is the tiny DIY garland of mini bottle brush trees. It’s always the last piece I put up, and was always a staple for me, but as I finished decorating these shelves, I went to hang it, and it just didn’t fit.
I usually swag it from the top shelf to swoop down in front of the silver platter, and hang just about the white plates. You can see it if you look at my shelves in years past, but for some reason I held it up there this year to hang it, and instantly I knew – it was too much. It was the one thing that when I added, all of a sudden made everything feel cluttered. I was bummed, but I knew I had to trust my gut, but don’t worry I hung them somewhere else in my kitchen that you will see soon!
You can see my shelves decorate in Christmas past HERE & HERE, for some slightly different variations of what you saw today. And be sure to stop by my friends homes below to see how they are spreading Christmas cheer throughout their kitchens ~