12.16.2008

Cozy Kitchen and Dining Room

If you're coming over from Kimba's fun Holiday Open House Party, WELCOME!  (The rest of you, as usual, are always welcome!)  Take a look at my kitchen and dining room decorations below, and feel free to check here for my family room all decked out.  Merry Christmas!

As I sit and type this, it is 9 degrees outside.  Seriously cold!  I feel so blessed to be warm and cozy in my house, as the snow falls outside and a fire burns in my fireplace.  

Part of the reason I feel so cozy is the face that I have this view as I sit in my family room:  


My walls are a warm buttercream color and I love how the cabinets and floors look with it.  Then, add in the reds and greens of Christmas, and it just doesn't get any better!  Don't you love the little twinkle lights of the Christmas tree on top of my fridge?  So cozy!

To jazz up the chandelier I just tied some simple pepperberry wreaths with some lime green grosgrain ribbon.  Fun!


My Christmas plates, above, look so cute on this little shelf.  The simple winter scene is so quaint, and I just think the colors look pretty together with a few candy canes peeking out.


Lastly, I just started my Christmas china collection, above, for all those future Christmas dinners I hope to have at my house.  I love how they resemble a red toile pattern, but have the unmistakable Christmas feel to them.  I got them at Home Goods, in case anyone else is on the hunt!  

Thanks for enjoying the coziness with me!


53 comments:

debilyn said...

everything is so beautiful!!
i am LOVING those plates, too...

merry christmas =)

Sandy Toes said...

Those plates are wonderful...Home Goods is so fun and has the best stuff! The little wreaths hanging from the ribbon is just so sweet!
Very cozy!
-sandy toes

Wendy said...

Very pretty. Loving the china!

Beth Crabtree Hunter said...

When we lived in Philadelphia I had a Home Goods right down the road. Since we moved I have none. Sob. I'm currently suffering from plate envy! Those are fantastic. You've done a beautiful job decorating your beautiful kitchen!

Holly said...

Love the Christmas china. Snow sounds wonderful too!

Carolina Mama said...

It is so very cozy! Really cute too. (Did it really get to -18 the other day? or was that 'just' the wind factor?)

And your plate collection is pretty.

Stacey said...

It's all just perfect! Stay warm. :)

duchess said...

Very pretty. I have white cabinets & a black w/. grey counter also. I'd love to have that wall color but don't know if I can talk hubby into painting anytime soon.

Love the dishes.
(PS.It's in the 50's/60's here today)

NINA said...

Your kitchen is divine!!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

It's 26 and icy here!!

Love the plates!

Jboo said...

We're having the same weather as you--brrrr!!

Oh my -- your house looks lovely. you have such a talent for sweet decorating tidbits. Love your Christmas plates, mind if I copy?

Hope you have a warm day!

Janet

Lisa said...

Very pretty! I love those plates! Everything looks so great! : )

Stacey said...

I love your blog!! :)
and I love your view too!!! :) It IS SO cozy and warm!!!
We're cold here too....10 degrees yesterday morning on my way over...brrrr.

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

I love it all. I'm so excited that there are Home Goods in Nashville, since we don't have them up in Ohio. I'm looking forward to some major finds!

Darlene said...

I LOVE it all! Your home is definitely warm and inviting! LOVE your Christmas plates and your china collection.

Inspired Kara said...

That Christmas china is just like I like it. Muted. Elegant. Perfect.

Amanda said...

I love those plates too - TJ has them and I just got the mugs...FYI, I went out and tried the cocoa from Starbuckes yesterday you blogged about - yum! just wish we coule meet to share a cup! take care-

B said...

I love those little pepperberry wreaths. Are you going to make us all jealous and say that you made them yourself?

supermommy said...

So pretty and cozy. I love it!

julie & joe said...

I love your Christmas dishes. You can't go wrong with transferware. Everything looks so nice and cozy. I am not to that point yet. Still finishing home improvement projects and wondering why the breaker to the family room keeps flipping.

jennykate77 said...

It is all so beautiful and cozy! We're feeling the cold here in OK too. It was a high of 19 yesterday and today is hovering around 21 degrees. Burrrr! I did something similar to your little wreaths hanging from your light, in my bathroom I hung red snowflakes from my vanity light. I love all the whimsical ways to decorate at Christmas! Your house is lovely☺

Windy said...

I love all of the colors together and the little wreaths are so cute!

Ms. Tee said...

Hey Carrie! Everything is so pretty and warm and cozy! The little tree on top of the fridge is a great idea, and I really like the china. :) Stay warm today!

Glitter and Bliss said...

Your kitchen is so beautiful...and so welcoming. I clicked on your livingroom decor. I love it all...especially your nutcracker collection. Wow!!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Carrie it is so cozy & warm. Loved the table setting.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Very cozy and pretty! I have a few of those plates. You know they come in another colorway - green Christmas tree instead of the red. That might be fun for you to mix in.

Manuela

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love those plates! I have been on the hunt for some Christmas china, but unfortunately no Home Goods store within hundreds of miles of me. :(

Kerri said...

Gorgeous! I really love your kitchen with the white(or cream) cabinets.

Shannon said...

It does look so cozy and warm! I love the wall color and all the little touches. I love that china pattern too.

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

I love your kitchen with the cabinets and your island! So nice! Great view indeed!

Angie
"Nana's Box"

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Everything looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

I saw those plates at HG.....you have such great taste!!

Happy Holidays!

Lisa

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

Beautiful, as always!

Ally0005 said...

Love what you did to your chandelier!

The Graves' House said...

carrie,
thanks for sharing your home with us. it does look cozy! love the little berry wreaths, cute touch. stay warm!
~nicole

Mrs. Cup said...

Beautiful! I love your Christmas china!

Kris said...

Your home does look so warm and cozy. I think I could even smell cookies baking in there! :)

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

You DO have a very cozy looking home for the holidays :) Love the toile plates!

BTW... the cheesecake was awesome ;)

Angie said...

I love your kitchen!! It's beautiful! Home Goods is the best store, I am going there tomorrow...can't wait, I always find something I have to have!!

Eloise said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! So very warm and inviting. Love all of your Christmas decorations. They reflect you so perfectly.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I LOVE those plates! Your kitchen looks cozy-I would love to WATCH someone cook there!

Sarah said...

Everything looks so beautiful and cozy! I love your plates too, they add just the touch that is needed!

Joanna said...

So cozy....I wished that it was snowing here! Oh to be somewhere where it's actually cold and winter like..It was 76 degrees here today...Bleh!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Our kitchens are very much alike...except I have a tile floor.

blueladybug said...

Love it! I would love to have snow. It has not snowed here since I was in 2nd grade and that was about 35 years ago, but it might snow tonight!! Fingers crossed! Love those plates. Off to Home Goods I go!

Kathleen said...

Love the decorations, especially those plates! Have fun completing your collection!

Happy Holidays!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are so pretty.
I hope you'll visit my blog soon. I've had giveaway's every Friday in December.

Sit A Spell said...

My kitchen is actualy painted Buttercream and my cabinets are white! I love cozy...I think it's even close to 9 degrees, might be 15 right now! It is snowing a lot and my kids are praying for a snow day...not sure why, they will be out on Friday! Yikes...I have work to do before they are home all day!
OH...love the new Christmas pattern : )

Jodee Leader said...

Your kitchen looks sooo cozy! I am ready to move in!

Hopefull said...

thanks for everything you shared. I was so glad you linked at Kimbas - I had you saved in my fav blogs but then my computer died

a fellow raggamuffin

merry christmas

Journey on! said...

I just starred at this pic of your kitchen- amazing...So festive- why can't I think of displaying christmas dishes? Better than the spode being up on the highest shelf awaiting the day to come- wow- love your blog- it inspired me to go clean my kitchen- hahaha

Jessica said...

My house is very similar color wise. The colors work great at Christmas. Love your blog, the oreo cookies look delicious. So much to bake so little time.

MaggieMae said...

I'm a bit behind...I just came across your blog and saw your Christmas China photo-so beautiful! I checked my Home Goods, and even replacements.com, but had no luck...would you possibly share the manufacturer/pattern? I'd love to find them!
Happy New Year!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

MaggieMae,
I hope you see this comment! I have had lots of trouble getting a full set of these dishes...I originally found them at Home Goods, but of course they didn't have enough to make a set of 12 (dinner and dessert plates, although I think they make mugs too). I eventually resigned myself to ordering them online. They are made by Johnson Brothers. I found a guy on ebay who was able to sell me the additional plates I needed. I would start there! Let me know if you still can't find them!
Carrie