Kitchen Refresh

Recently, I shared my kitchen on MJones Style Kitchen Keeping Series you can visit that post here.  Shortly after that I realized I hadn't shared the kitchen on my own blog in almost 2 years!


 The kitchen was updated a few years after we moved in, if you'd like to see how it looked before take a peek here.  The appliances along with the counter tops have been changed out.  Stainless is still all the rage but, but the upkeep drives me insane.


This is the door to the pantry.  The plate rack above the door was actually from an old church pew that I picked up for cheap ages ago.


The toaster oven and both coffee makers stay on the counter tops year round, this is real life ya'll!  The curtains were custom made a few years ago and to be honest, I'm not crazy about them...never was!  It is entirely possible that they will come down in the no so distant future.


The pieces in the glass cabinet and on top of the counter are items I've collected over time.  If you've followed the blog for any length of time you know I adore Blue Willow so you see it all over the house!

Let's talk about the light fixture.  It is a very nice fixture, that is too big and I should replace it.  Here is the problem, I'm not sure what I want exactly.  For now, this one stays.  Let's talk about regret for just a bit.  When we had the granite installed I made the mistake of not getting a new faucet for the sink.  This one was only a few months old, was selected because of the holes that were cut for the existing faucet.  This goes down as one of my biggest fails!

So that is it....the kitchen!  I'm delighted to share my kitchen, my home with you!

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New Year's Eve Kitchen Table

Sure seems like this year has flown by, can't believe it is time to ring in the New Year!  I've already shared our Dining Room that is already decked out for NYE here.  The kitchen table will get a work out on NYE as well as the boys have guests that evening for dinner too.   In spite of the fact that there will be a host of rowdy teenage boys for dinner I decided they deserve a festive table decor too.



The runner came from Target years ago.  The chargers were inexpensive from WalMart some time ago.  Our everyday dinnerware will grace the table along with some inexpensive stemware.






Their table is pretty simple, but they are teenagers!

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Merry Christmas 2016



From My Home

to 

Yours


We Wish 

You 

a very

Merry Christmas

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Christmas Eve Dining Table


Before heading to church on Christmas Eve, we will celebrate Christmas with Honey's family.  It is my year to host, so I've been playing around with the tablescape.


Honey's Mother, Pie, gifted me Lenox Christmas china several years ago so I bring it out for our meal together!  This china sets such a pretty table.  Pie knows the way to my heart...dishes!!


The table runners were an after Christmas deal at...you guessed it ...Pier 1 Imports.  I'm not sure if I've shared these before as I've not used them much.



Since I've mentioned Pier 1, ya'll should know that ever season that we pass through I wait anxiously to see what goes on clearance.  Sometimes that special something I've wanted all season goes on clearance and sometimes I miss out!  In this photo below the gold square placemat, the red and green beaded placemat, the red glitter charger and the Christmas tree napkin ring were all clearance over the past 3 years that I've worked there.  The napkins are new this year and I must confess, I am not as wild about it as I thought I'd be.


Of course, there was going to be an antique somewhere on the table!  The lion's head pot holds the cream poinsettia.  One can never go wrong placing magnolia leaves and branches anywhere!




It brings such pleasure to set a lovely table for my family,  what will your family Christmas table look like this year?
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Simple Christmas Tablescape


One of my dearest friends brought to my attention that in her opinion my tablescapes were somewhat elaborate.  Bestie D remarked I needed a very simple table that anyone could do with stuff that most everyone might have.
Dashing out into the yard I clipped some more evergreen, it pairs well with the Phaltzgraph Christmas dishes I've had forever any set of dishes would work.  I laid the greenery midtable, used some candlesticks that are almost always on the table and how is that for a simple centerpiece?!


The dishes rest on top of  green napkins and red chargers.  The stemware was an after Christmas purchase at Belk about 4 years ago.  Ya'll this took all of 10 minutes to style and while it is simple I absolutely adore it!


Consider red/ gold/silver chargers as an investment that you can pull out any time of the year for a host of occasions.  This simple addition to a table would allow anyone to pull off a tablescape that would impress!

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