Friday, December 18, 2009

My Cottage Kitchen at Christmas!


Well, the big day is almost upon us! Are you ready? Did you somehow get behind like moi? I need another month, please! Y'all come on in and peek inside my little cottage kitchen at "The Roost." It has a bartop counter {I featured that tablescape and tree in a previous post}, a small island, and a small breakfast area. As "husband" says, "I've crammed it full of stuff!" Take a look...

First you have to stop and say Merry Christmas to Santa! He's all decked out and adorned with cheetah-print ribbon. I can't bear to part with him...he's left over from my cheetah-print days! The half-moon table and monogrammed mirror frame are from World's Away in Memphis, Tennessee.
Yes ma'am, when I lived in Palm Springs, California, my entire house was decked out in palm tree, cheetah print, and eiffel tower motif items--with a few monkeys thrown in! That was right before I renamed the house "The Magnolia & Ivy Cottage" and entered my tea house days...that's another phase and another story...



As you enter the kitchen, we want to make something perfectly clear..."We don't care how you do it up North!"


"Something from the oven" is ready to go in a cute little rooster theme gift bag...

No more palm trees and monkeys...no ma'am! It's roosters from here on in!

My only cloche...I couldn't very well link up to the latest Christmas cloche party all y'all took part in...with this little old thing!

Ginghamed-up plate...


THE cookie plate...on display until the big night...

A little "Ho Ho Ho" on top of the frig...


If you read my blog last Christmas, you may remember this cute little "Gingerbread Tablescape" I did. Well, I didn't set it up this year, but I did try to use a few of the items from that "Cookie Exchange" on my island.
This is my island setup this Christmas...love the Gingerbread stuff y'all!


Cookies are everywhere I go at Christmas!

I put up this medium size tree in the tiny breakfast area...love the colors!



"Naughty" wrap on a package and a simple red gift bag...

"Nice" wrap, polka dot wrap, and another red gift bag...

The breakfast area...
This is a tablescape I did last year also, but I've added a few things and changed it up a bit...


I adore this wreath centerpiece...
The placesetting...very, very whimsical!
An ornament adorns the napkin, tied with moire ribbon...
Love the goblets, personalized, of course!

The sideboard...all festive in apple green and red. I adore the runner!



I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my little kitchen! I'm constantly changing things y'all and who knows what it will look like after Christmas! I will be back in a couple of days to show y'all photos of my Book Club party. Until then...enjoy and please keep "Christ" in Christmas!

29 comments:

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

I LOVE love love your house! So festive and inviting! I love the roosters and I have that same Southern Living plate with the gingham ribbon. Mine is adorned with red/green santa claus ribbon and is in my guest bathroom saying "welcome guets" with matching santa claus themed lotions soap and towels. It's not cartoonish like it sounds.

What book are you all reading this time? I read Good in Bed and loved it, I want to know what you're reading now! Please email me! xoxo Jennifer

linda said...

I think this is my favorite room so far!!! Thanks for the delightful tour.

Bama Belle said...

I have that same Merry Christmas Y'all plate. It is precious. A lot of bloggers have so graciously commented on it this year. It is the header of my blog. A really big hit! Everything looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing

Suburban Princess said...

Everything looks wonderful! Your decor is such an inspiration!

Tammy B said...

Everything is so festive and inviting. I especially love the apple green with red themes. Oh, and the cheetah print santa is so cool. I can't wait until the next post.

bevysblog said...

Your centerpiece in the breakfast room is too precious. I want to know how you did it! The lime green and red is so whimsically festive.

Also, I have those very same rooster salt and pepper shakers... fabulous taste!

Susan said...

I love your website! So thankful I stumbled upon it today. I'll be adding a link to my site, too. Love all things Southern.

Peace and Puppies,

Susan at Charm of the Carolines

The 5 Bickies said...

I get such a kick out of your trees, tablescapes, and decorating details. It's such fun! As I was reading I was thinking about what it would be like to actually visit your home. Quickly I decided it would be warm, fun, festive and I certainly wouldn't leave empty handed!

Here's to you, your warmth and your cleverness!

Shelia said...

Well, hello, Dear Miss Priss (I'll never forget your post)! I think you've been holding out on me - you're a Rooster lady! Yes, you are! I love seeing your kitchen with all your cute Roosters (yes, a capital R) and Christmas! Love those little tiny S & P with Roosters on top. I love your pretty cookie plates all around and those tablescapes! Lovely lovely lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Preppy 101 said...

Why darlin' it just looks wonderful!! I love it. xoxo

A Hint of Home said...

You've done a great job with your kitchen & dining decor. I love the colors of your tree and the runner on your sideboard. The polka dots are so cute.

Michelle said...

Miss Janice that was wonderful. I could almost taste those good cookies. Please please tell the story of your teahouse days at some point- I simply must know more. Merry Christmas

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your Christmas Cottage is looking so festive! Hope you're not washing away today -- I think we'll be homebound this weekend because of snow -- We don't usually have a White Christmas around here, but they're saying we may this time. I'm not behind yet....but I was going to get the last gift certificates this weekend -- I hope this snow will go away quickly -- bur for now -- it's picture perfect!

Melissa Miller said...

Miss Janice your home is just beautiful! I adore the gorgeous tree and your Cheetah Santa. Everything looks wonderful with all the kitchen vignettes and the gingerbread island. So pretty!
Love the Brighton nitelight too.

Many blessings to you this Holiday season! ~Melissa :)

bloggerprotectionprogram said...

EVERYTHING looks fabulous...you are such a wonderful decorator and hostess with the mostess. And I would never part with that chic Santa either!

Meghan said...

How absolutely stunning your home is!
May I move in?
I'll blend.
Sure, you may see the elusive 6ft tall red headed woman in your home but you can just chalk it up to a big foot sighting :>)

Gorgeous home!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Oh how sweet. Love everything from the cheetah Santa to the gingerbread theme area and beyond. Very fun post!
Valerie

melissa said...

Just love all your fun Christmas decorations - you home looks just fabulous! The gingerbread man theme is too cute!! :)

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Your gingerbread theme from last year was so cute! I just love your home! You use my favorite colors and I love a touch of cheetah (I have a cheetah topped ottoman). Also, love the black and white harlequin plate and candle! Eveything is just gorgeous!

Manuela

P.S. Yes, I could use another month!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Janice, everything is just lovely....so charming!

Thank you for your kind words and thoughts...I do so appreciate them and you!

Merry Christmas!
Barb ♥

Tardevil said...

So adore that polka dot runner and the wreath centerpiece. Love that whimsical look too. Great idea w/ the gingham tablecloth. I need to try that on my island where I have my gingerbread tree. Hope you're having a happy Sunday. I'm behind too...and this snow on the ground is NOT HELPING!!!
P.S. The letters on the word verification below spell "butjam". Is that like toejam? LOL! Funny!

Jill said...

Your Christmas decorations are adorable! I love how you set your tables and your kitchen looks so cozy!

Angie said...

Ok, I just don't even know where to start - LOVE EVERYTHING!!! I want every darn thing you showed in this post!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Everything looks so pretty. I love that gingerbread man cookie server! How cute! Your table looks so pretty, and that centerpiece is so unique and such a scene stealer. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. laurie

Stacey said...

Love it all Miss Janice! Your colors are all so cheerful and your home is very welcoming.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

So much fun! Loved the tour! Your kitchen is so wonderful and whimsical for the holidays! I remember that wonderful tablescape! :-) Susan

Miss Janice said...

Would someone please tell Miss BloggerProtectionProgram I want an invite to her blog:) Y'all know who she is! Somehow, when she went private, I lost contact!

Nancy said...

OH Miss Janice....I'm just loving catching up with all your go ons! Your home looks beautiful!~ Hope you had a Merry Christmas! I have missed coming by here so much! I'll be able to come around more after the new year! Happy New Year to you! Nancy

PoshMomma said...

Your home is beyond stunning.