I am going to tell you right now that the kitchen is not finished.
There are still countertops to be replaced, a stove to be saved for, curtains to be sewn, art to be hung….
and it’s not gonna get done before Christmas.
But it really doesn’t matter because there is still beauty in the unfinished, the undone, the imperfect.
I hope you agree with me.
Let’s get this party started with the glorious “Before’s”.
Before, also known as “The Dark Dungeon”.
After: every square inch of anything wooden be it ceiling, cabinet, wall or trim was painted white.
“The Black Hole”.
Whiter and brighter!
I mean just look at this fresh ceiling! It was SO dark before and those images were taken in the summer. I can’t even imagine this kitchen in winter because it was very overcast when I took these images yesterday and they still turned out ok.
Here is the view which peeks into the family room. It was the first room to receive a transformation after we moved in on Halloween day.
Here’s a larger view of the gallery wall.
On the opposite end you can see in this image that we chose to keep the brick in it’s natural state. It provides a great warmth to the room.
Did you spy some lovely aprons peeking out in the last image?
The red check on the left belonged to Grandma Mary, the geranium delight was a gift from my dear friend Jeanette, the full red check was my mother Nadine’s and the polka dot beauty on the right belonged to dear Grandma Jingles.
Lovely ladies all and I am so happy they are hanging out in my kitchen!
The top of the shelf holds the elf tree that sat in my mother Karen’s hospital room as well as a few vintage bottle brush trees that my sweet friend Heidi collected.
While living near the German/French border I had the privilege of attending several Christmas markets. It was always such fun to walk through quaint villages and capture glimpses of happy homes and their kitchens peeking through lace covered windows. Only a simple few Christmas décor items stood out:
Bright pops of red~ generally through the generous use of ribbon, dishware and table linens.
Natural touches of greenery and berries.
Happy little wreaths.
Woodland gnomes and lucky little mushrooms.
Bright happy packages piled atop old sleds or wagons.
Of course always pretty sweet treats!
Across from the range is the sink area. While plans are being made for curtains, a French antique table runner works for now.
I had plans to nestle greenery into my vintage Père Noël (father Christmas) mugs but alas as we are still unpacking they have yet to be found. For now these crocks are pretty charming too.
Did you spy my baskets of “berries” next to the dish soap?
Further on down the counter are some glass jars with heirloom baby cups.
Rounding out the counter space is my beloved mixer just waiting for its holiday cookie workout and the Advent Calendar for Sweethearts I made for Mr. Décor back in 2012.
For now I shall leave you with a Christmas greeting from Franz the dachshund.
(Please know the Fashionista was hiding behind the counter and we hid dog biscuits next to the plate of cookies to get this shot. :)
Joyeux Noël de ma cuisine à la vôtre.
(Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours.)