Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CHRISTmas 2008 House Tour

Welcome Back! We continue our holiday house tour today. We've been touring room by room since Monday so be sure to scroll all the way down to visit the other rooms. Today we are going to stop by the kitchen. This room is truly the heart of the home. This kitchen will be busy and fully functioning through the holidays but we still found time and room to add a little holiday cheer. Let's take a look. I love to decorate with fresh fruit and candy especially in the kitchen. This year I used a three-tiered stand to display RED Delicious apples, bright GREEN Granny Smiths and Florida TANGERINES! I clipped springs from our FRASER Fir tree and tucked them among the fruit for added flair. Oh it smells so nice! I used a cedar and berry topiary on either side of the stand. These were a steal on a clearance sale a couple of years ago. Underneath I've used a table runner that looks like CHRISTmas presents. It has all the same colors as the fruit. I have this sitting in the center of my kitchen island. It makes such an easy yet showy centerpiece.
Hard candy is another decorating favorite of mine. Here I simply lined a clear glass cylinder vase with Peppermint Candy Canes and filled the center with round Hot Cinnamon candies. Somehow I defaulted to a SNOWMAN theme in the kitchen so this little guy was placed to guard my candy canes from sticky fingers! I don't think he has done a good job. I believe I see two canes missing!!! Hmmmm?

This is the Pub Table in the breakfast area. Since this area is used for everything from homework to eating to my infamous coupon clipping I have kept it rather low-key for now. But come next week it will be decked out in royal splendor. This is where we will have our CHRISTmas breakfast. Prince Charming - Douglas - will be making homemade pancakes - I'm not talking a boxed mix, no sir. These pancakes are to die for! Last year we had them at Thanksgiving - we get our choice of fresh blueberry, banana pecan or French Vanilla. I think I will opt for the Banana Pecan with maple syrup. Yummy! See these cute SNOWMAN plates? I found these at a HOME GOODS store. I love the soft colors and the light blue background add a fresh new color to my scheme.

Here is a closer look at those plates. I really like the way the ruffled edge of the red placemat frames the plates. This year I double layered my placemats. Underneath the red straw mat is a moss green velvet mat. I love the way the casual red straw plays off the elegant green velvet. These little green and white polka dot napkins are too cute! I can see me using them in the Spring with a big pink Gerbera Daisy napkin ring wrapped around the folds of fabric. I might just host a garden party! Spring in North Carolina is only rivaled by Fall!

These little guys add some whimsy to my kitchen counter. I have them standing on a 5-arm candle centerpiece. I wired two cedar and berry swags at the base and then tucked in sprigs of holly and ivy. Nothing could be easier! On the two end arms I've placed some faux SNOWBALLS. Well, I hope you have enjoyed the kitchen tour.
Tomorrow we will stop in the Dinning Room and see if were set for the big day.


  1. Fruit theme on the island is beautiful!

  2. Alisa, had to come back to see more! Everything is just stunning. I love your bronzey tree...gorgeous. You've really outdone yourself. Love it all. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. I love the way you have layered the green and red placemats. Very festive!
    Stop by my place when you get a moment!