Kelly’s Merry Christmas Kitchen

Kelly is a reader who submitted photos of her house for my kitchen contest, and I love how she decorated it for Christmas, from the gingerbread houses to the red-ribboned wreaths on the windows. I can practically hear the holiday music playing in the background, can’t you? Come on in and look around…

Kelly says, “I love my kitchen for many reasons. First, it is a reflection of the work that my husband and I have done on it. He built the countertops and the island, and even knocked out the wall between it and the dining room. I’ve done all the painting, made the drapes, and did the decorating myself.”

“Secondly, it opens onto a wonderful screened-in porch, so it’s great for entertaining.”

“And third, it is small enough that it can easily be cleaned. The kitchen in our previous house was huge and had an island the size of my study! So it took forever to clean. When we built this house, I wanted a smaller kitchen so there was not so much required upkeep.”

Hot Cocoa, anyone? (*raises hand*)

Kelly writes the lovely blog Talk of the House, where you can read more about her kitchen remodel.

I also love Kelly’s bedroom with the red-ribbon tree. I’m sure she won’t mind if we tiptoe down the hall and take a quick peek!  :-)

I don’t decorate my bedroom for Christmas, but this makes me want to! Isn’t it lovely?

You can read the full blog post about her bedroom at Talk of the House.

Thanks, Kelly! You’ll find more photos and information about how she decorates her kitchen for Christmas here.

Thanks to all of the readers who have submitted photos for my Kitchen Contest. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series and hope you are, too. There are more to come, but you can see the ones I’ve featured so far here: Kitchen Stories.

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  1. laney says

    ..oh how wonderful!…every single thing is beautiful…and every single thing says “welcome”…what more could we want from our homes…at any season of the year…blessings laney

  2. says

    Love it! I kept thinking – wow her house is nice and clean (what does that say about the state of mine right now!? -Last day of school – so have been throwing together teacher gifts, etc.) Just pinned the gingerbread houses in Walmart jars for next year!

  3. Terry says

    What a lovely contrast to the overstuffed Gambrel house! Refreshing to hear someone downsize their kitchen from what I characterize as an aircraft carrier kitchen. They are great to look at but they say “Real Housewives” to me. Kelly’s says “home”.

  4. says

    from the first time i found kelly’s blog i have been in love with her house and style plus she’s a real sweet lady too! we hope to meet sometime as she is just a few hours from me…isn’t her house darling?

  5. Lisa says

    This home is so cozy and homey! I love it! The black and white checked curtains are so adorable. I’d like to see cozy more manageable homes like this one come back into style – and stay there! I love that she downsized her kitchen. So smart! The first thing I always consider when I size up whether a house would be right for me is how easy (or difficult) it would be to clean and care for. I want to live in it, not be a slave to it. I loe that she downsized her kitchen. So smart!

  6. Rick S says

    Great kitchen, I love how homey and welcoming it looks. You can feel it throught the photos. I love the gingerbread house on the footed cakeplate on the table. My wife has one that matches the Snowman cookie jars and large bowl we put out on the counters for Christmas/winter. It is a great way to use something that would not get used much.
    ps my 4 Shih Tzus got there Christmas-company is coming grooming. They know they will be the center of attention. I know Maizie will be too.

  7. says

    Cozy gorgeous home anyway, but all the red touches and greenery are awesome. Love the curtains – I noticed she put the rod across the cabinets. Finials and all would have not allowed the curtains to cover the windows well. Good idea.

  8. Paula J says

    I love this home ~ Kelly has a gift for adding those special details that make her home warm & inviting! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Michele says

    First, I love everything! Such an eye for decorating.

    Second, I’d like to say how inadequate this website makes me feel – lol! I know what I like, I think I can spot good decorating, but I can’t seem to pull it together like this amazing reader has, and many others have (including you!) Dang it…

  10. Delane says

    I really wish I could put something like this together.
    Great job!!!

  11. Christina from Dallas says

    What a cute kitchen. Love the little touches of Christmas everywhere. I love those black and white curtains. I love the gingerbread houses in the jars! (How do they fit?) Love that tree in the bedroom too!

  12. Kim says

    What a beautiful home! I love the way Kelly decorated it for Christmas. It looks very nicely done.

  13. says

    Oh my goodness! What a wonderful surprise!! I teach in an elementary school, and this was our last day before Christmas vacation. Trying to hold the attention of a room full of third graders this close to Christmas is a losing battle. :) So I was more than thrilled to read this. Thank you Julia for sharing the house, and thank you everyone for your sweet comments. You don’t know how much I appreciate them!

  14. Lisa says

    I absolutely LOVE this cozy and inviting kitchen! And I am crazy about black and white check…it’s the perfect backdrop! Every color pops against it. From the peaks down that hallway it looks like an incredibly warm and beautifully done home! I need to check out her site. Thank you once again, Julia!

  15. Stephanie says

    Just lovely!! I love the gingham – love the cocoa station and LOVE the little christmas tree. Where is that from? I need to get one!

    • says

      Stephanie, so glad you like the kitchen! If you are asking about the little trees on the table and desk area, those are artificial ones that came from a Pottery Barn outlet 2 years ago. The “branches” on them are made out of a felt type material (and I even cut off little pieces of them to use on some of the gingerbread houses as bushes, trees, and garland.) They have been very handy, but i don’t recall seeing them in PB this year. Maybe they will have them again next year, or perhaps you can find them in a PB outlet now.

      • Stephanie says

        Thanks Kelly! They are adorable. I will look in PB outlet – but also I’ll know what to look for on ebay!

        I went to your site and it’s fantastic (and now bookmarked!). I loved your explanation of “Christmas plates through the years” as I have done the same thing. Sometimes I get rid of the plates – and then years later get sentimental and want them back! (Even the “Holly Days” Corelle pattern which was my first set of Christmas plates are ones I long for sometimes.) It’s fun to switch out the glasses/plates in December and use them all month.

  16. Rebecca C. says

    I just love the splashes of red everywhere. Love the wood countertops in the kitchen too. We are going to rip our really old countertops out in January to replace with wood. She has exactly what I want it to look like. Beautiful.

  17. says

    Just beautiful, Julia … that’s the kind of house that makes you want to go “home for the holidays”! Thanks for featuring her … I may have found a new blog to follow! :)

  18. MissFifi says

    So well appointed and welcoming. I just want to sit and have cocoa and cookies :)

  19. Carolyn says

    So nice to hear that someone else doesn’t think bigger is necessarily better. Usually young couples “upgrade” to a big kitchen. Glad she figured out early that a bigger kitchen can mean just more work. Very charming – and especially gratifying that they did it themselves.

  20. says

    Oh my! I don’t think I could love this home more! Someone shares my love of gingam, I feel like I can’t get enough of it!
    So warm, inviting and beautiful!!!

  21. Julianne says

    What a beautiful kitchen. I went to her website and my mouth dropped open at the picture of the outside of her house on her header. Wondering…did she and her husband design the house, or is there a floor plan that the house originated from?

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    • says

      Julianne thank you for your kind words! We started with the plan called Lakeside Cottage from Southern Living. The exterior is pretty much like the plan, but we redid the inside majorly…moved the kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom, and changed up the porch some in the back…mostly because of my desire to have as much light as possible coming into the house. My husband redrew the new plans and made blueprints of them. (He is an engineer – not an architect, but I guess he knew what he was doing. :))

  22. Beth A says

    I am completely in love with this kitchen. Sighing and gawking. It’s perfect.

  23. says

    I like that small is the new big… This kitchen is very well designed and laid out. And the white is so charming. We have a varnished butcher block counter bar top and it seems to hold up pretty well. Which kind of amazes me.

  24. Tracie says

    I really, really love everything! How cozy and elegantly comfy! Lovely home!

  25. A.Men says

    Love, love, love this kitchen! So cozy! I will imitate in the future.