Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

I didn't set out to have "Farmhouse style" in the kitchen. If you know me, you know I tend to run the opposite direction from trends, but as I have slowly added vintage and antique elements from my grandparent's house and country store, it sort of came out that way, or at least that's how it gets pinned:-) 

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Christmas is such a wonderful time to be in the kitchen, especially with family gathered around. 


I am enjoying my kitchen even more this year since we put in wormy chestnut countertops this summer and replaced the cabinet here with reclaimed wood shelves. 


I was seriously thankful for the big HUGE sink after Thanksgiving dinner! I could even get my big roasting pan in it comfortably. 


As in the other rooms, lots of fresh greens from the woods...


I did follow jump all over one trend this season and fill these jars with faux snow and vintage bottle brush trees. My grandmother's Santa is perched on the antique scale.



I love the piano in its new spot because all three kids like to sit and play while I am working in the kitchen:-)


Another thing I am ecstatic about is the spray-painted countertop treatment I bravely tried also this summer. You can see how I did it HERE. It has held up unbelievably well and I love the bright, clean look.


Another hemlock tree from the woods holds vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, popcorn, and gingerbread ornaments the children made. 


More bottlebrush trees and ornaments this time in blue Mason jars.


I also added these iron brackets to the island, and my grandmother's Christmas aprons hang on drawer pulls attached to an old board.  



J & G Meakin "Romantic England" dinnerware is perfect for Christmas with vintage silverplate flatware, Oneida A1 "Meadowbrook."


I *love* the dropcloth and ticking slipcovers I made for the damaged leather chairs, but with a 7-year-old boy, they only get put on for photos or company:-)


I also redid the cabinets since I had used walnut rubbing stain for distressing originally. I sanded down the fronts lightly then used dark paste wax, and they really look cleaner and lighter.


I really do love the kitchen at Christmas, and I love that it is a big open space...


...just like my grandmother had in the old house:-)


Thanks for stopping by! 



I am really excited to be teaming up with Melanie from ~Sweet Melanie~ to bring you a pink and blue Christmas, so please go by and see what she has done with pink and blue! 



I'll be joining:




45 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL Anita!! Love the tree in the silver bucket!

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  2. Beautiful! I love your style! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Meraviglioso!Quanti bei colori e che bella toile!Bellissimo tutto!Rosetta

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  4. Do you rent out your home for the holidays? ;) It's so festive, warm and inviting. You have inspired me to want a farm kitchen so bad!! We are moving so perhaps that's what I'll be getting!.:) Merry Christmas!

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  5. I really enjoyed seeing your kitchen. Love how you put the piano in there. It's wonderful how you included your heirlooms.

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  6. Oh so pretty Anita. You are completely decked out and it looks beautiful!!!!!!!!

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  7. Your kitchen is beautiful, Anita. I love the tree in the bucket on the island and the soft pink and blue colours in your decor. Everything is so pretty! And what a great family photo at the end too. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Pamela

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  8. Oh, my goodness, I feel as if I've just stepped back in time...and seeing the precious family picture was like adding the star to the Christmas tree!

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  9. Oh Anita, I love the comfortable feel of your entire home, but your kitchen is my favorite. I love it that you still love dark woods like me... so many paint everything... losing the patina and age. I wish I had more time to comment on your site, but like you.... we are busy gals this time of year. God Bless and Merry Christmas!

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  10. So beautiful! I love your kitchen and it looks amazing at Christmas!

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  11. Anita, seeing your Christmas kitchen just made my day! Everything is picture perfect! It truly looks amazing with all of your holiday decor. I could sit there forever and just take it all in. It feels so warm; and I can feel the love that you have put into it! Beautiful!

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  12. You never cease to amaze me! Now I want to go out on our hillside and cut some trees down and place them all in my kitchen! It all looks so beautiful and definitely makes a person feel like they are back in time. That cozy warm feeling we all get from fond memories of the past are a welcoming treat now a days. I love it all Anita!

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  13. Love your kitchen! All the beautiful decorations look so good. You did a terrific job.
    Mary

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  14. Anita, everything is so beautiful!! You've done an amazing job and I love the way you incorporate family heirlooms into everything, too. Merry Christmas!!

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  15. I adore your use of red transferware. The kitchen is lovely. happy christmas, olive

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  16. Anita your home is just so homey i love it all i love how you have treasures from your Grand mom and family .And youcan tell they mean the world to you .have to agree with s
    Sara the family was the tree topper for sure :)

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  17. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! your kitchen! You have such a special touch!
    I have to go back and look at your pictures again. :)
    Merry Christmas!
    ~Liz

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  18. I don't think your beautiful kitchen is exactly Farmhouse style, unless it is more a French farmhouse style. Actually what you've created this last year in your house is simply Anita Style and defies being put in a certain label. I think the blue you chose has a lot to do with that as it is a sophisticated shade. Of course at Christmas all the homey family heirloom touches just say Nice, very Nice.

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  19. It is beautiful! I think it is eclectic vintage. It is also very warm, inviting, and charming! I love it.

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  20. It all is so beautiful Anita! I am in love with your Charlie Brown trees and your color scheme. I think next year I will be adding touches of blue and pink. I just love it so much.

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  21. Just lovely, Anita!! You have such a beautiful, warm, and welcoming style.
    Mary Alice

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  22. Anita, you have exquisite taste. You've created a home that reflects your own personal style. I agree with Dewena, it's "Anita Style", and it's lovely. Your kitchen is warm and inviting, with just the right touches. Not over the top, it's filled with love and family and grace. The family photo is so precious. I love coming to your blog. It's like coming home. Thank you. -- Nancy

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  23. Very lovely Anita ... Especially the silver tray on your oven.. It sparkles the surroundings ... Your kitchen has a very warm and inviting look ... It will be a good time if I share a cup of tea there...
    Love you
    Farah

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  24. How lovely it is Anita, especially I love the silver tray on the oven, it sparkles all the surroundings ... Your kitchen is a warm and inviting place ... Sure every one will enjoy a cup of tea there...
    Love
    Farah

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  25. Your kitchen is lovely, no wonder it gets pinned! And I love your red transferware plates.

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  26. Anita.... absolutely lovely! What lens do you use to photograph your home? The pics are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you:-) These were just taken with the Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a stock 18-55mm lens, but I use manual and shoot with the ISO at 100 and aperture at f/22 so I can get as much clarity, depth and light as possible with the basic camera and no external lighting. The better photos we have in the kitchen countertop reveal are taken with a Nikon D5100 and several different lenses, the "nifty fifty" prime lens, and a 55-200 mm lens. I hope that helps:-)

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  27. And I have one more question... what color blue did you use in your kitchen?? Its divine and I love hearing my children play the piano while I'm cooking in the kitchen. so glad we stuck with lessons! It's really all for me (I know selfish!)

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    1. The color is "Secluded Guestroom" by Colorplace at Walmart. I love this paint and have used it a lot the last several years...

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  28. This has got to be one of my favorite kitchens of all time! And you've reminded me to run get my Christmas aprons out! I also have a few vintage aprons of my Grandmother's.

    Just lovely.

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  29. Your mix of rustic with elegance comes off beautifully. Love the silver tray over the stove and the piano is in a perfect place under the chandelier. Merry Christmas.

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  30. Your kitchen looks so lovely Anita! Love that tree and all the pink accents!

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  31. Anita,

    Oh my gosh! Your kitchen is GORGEOUS. I love all of the vintage touches. I'm diving into your blog more and taking a look around!

    Kim
    Living Vintage

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  32. ANITA, Blessings to you and may you have a wonderful Christmas!
    Enjoyed stopping by and seeing your lovely HOME. So pretty.

    Am iced in today and actually looking forward to the quiet.
    The Christmas tree in the silver bucket is sweet. I like metals and now wished I had purchased some silver trays I saw at a Thrift Shop a few days ago. If I return, not sure they'd still be there. Ouch.

    Blessings,
    d

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  33. Gorgeous kitchen!! I love every single detail! Thanks for sharing it and for linking up to the Christmas Extravaganza Linky Party! Pinned! ~ Heather

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  34. Love your kitchen, Anita. It has the feel of a home where people live and love. The treasures of time and family speak through each collected piece. A place where beautiful memories will be made. Lovely!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  35. I just love your kitchen, Anita. Your little trees and greenery are wonderful and that dinnerware is just gorgeous! Happy Holidays! ~JoAnne

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  36. Love your kitchen! My "style" is so similar. In fact, my mother bought me the same dinnerware in blue as an engagement gift 41 (!) years ago.

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  38. gorgeous and creative and original and fun! you've created a wonderful room!

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  39. I love your kitchen. I'm not sure why it is getting pinned as a farmhouse kitchen but it does have some cute, country touches.
    I love the bottle brush trees in jars this year.

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  40. Such a sweet kitchen you have . . . love the color too :O) The last pic is the sweetess for sure. Blessings!

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  41. Love the tray above the stove...my main question is about the antique cruet shown in pictures! I think mine is exactly like yours and I have never seen another one like it! Can you tell me anything about it: age, value; history, anything! Thanks

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    1. Hi Jan, it belonged to my great grandmother, and I do not know if she purchased it or if it was handed down. She came from Virginia down to NC in the early 1900s, so I would think it came with her. I would say it is late 1800s, but that's just a guess:-)

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