Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Kitchen at Christmas

Hello everyone,
      It is a wild wet windy but mild day here today. I can see where we could lose our power as it has flickered a few times.
  Anyway,the count down is on for tour tour on Saturday.and we would be ready a lot sooner if I would stop thinking up new changes but for me it is part of the fun.
I have added a few little touches to the kitchen.
I set the table for dinner with my red and white transferware with silver chargers.
I love this old soup tureen from the thrift shop a few years ago and many of you have seen it before I know.
I added some candles to the little table in the bay window with my toile santa.
This toile bag was a lovely gift from a friend.
A little more candle light-romantic!

I have seen these all around blog land and I think they are a pretty and safer way to use candles. They are sitting in epsom salts and I sprayed the jar with a little fake snow-just a dusting.
Oops! I forgot to shut the french door,so it blocking the cabinet-always something!

Well,I better get back to work as we have a small tour Saturday morning as well as the evening Christmas House Tour at 6 p.m.
 We got our tree up but it is not decorated yet. It is a real tree and we put it in the library this year as the kitchen is too warm for it. It wouldn't be good to have it lose all it's needles before Christmas Day!

I am joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch today and French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.

Have a lovely day!



Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

So beautiful and romantic. hugs ~lynne~

oldthings said...

Your red and white transfer ware so beautiful!!!!

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

...I have the blue and white set on display on my antique irish dresser.

Greetings from Australia♥

Mari said...

Your kitchen looks magical, like a soft winter wonderland :) Just beautiful!!

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

Your kitchen looks beautiful! A real family kitchen. It must be a joy working or eating in there. All your rooms have such a warm feeling to them.

I wish you good luck with the preparations for your tour the coming Saturday. I hope it will be a great success!

Veel plezier!

Lieve groet,


SusieMay said...

I just adort the toile Father Christmas and bag. Did you make them yourself? I have a collection of the red on white Mason's Vists - it's so pretty.

Happy Christmas from London


Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

What could be nicer than red and white and transferware all over! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

C. C. said...

Hi Carolyn!

Your decorating style is so lovely! I am so excited that you are on "Cottage of the Month." We are about to move and buy a house and no matter the size of it, I am going to work night and day until it is as lovely as yours! What a blessing all your pretty pictures are to me! In the spare three minutes you have each day, please write a book! Hee-hee! If not, I will be thankful for all your blog posts!

C. C.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous! I love the red transferware!!! It is so pretty.
Everything looks lovely and tour ready.
Hugs, Cindy

Willow said...

Everything looks lovely. I just adore toile, every color. I hope you enjoy your tour this weekend. I know everyone who comes will.

Sandy said...

Congrats on being "Cottage of the Month"! I'm drooling all over your beautiful RED toile kitchen. I love everything in it. And what a cute candle holder too. I'll have to try that one. Thanks for the magical eye candy today. Wish I could tour your home in person...what a treat that would be.

Sanna said...

Hi Carolyn,

Your Christmas kitchen look very nice. I think you´re ready for the Christmas tour! Love the tour you gave us at the Fanningbank home. Lovely!

Have a great day - I´ll keep my fingers crossed for that dust of snow you wish for.


Leslie's Garden said...

How beautiful your home is looking. Lucky people that get to tour your home. The evening tour will be so lovely with the candlelight. I love the little vignette on the round table. Everything is picture perfect!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I so love looking at your Christmas dining area Carolyn! It is so cozy and just lovely with your red transferware and toile Santas! I like the frosty lit jar!~Hugs, Patti

Marilyn said...

I am drooling over your beautiful kitchen and love the snow in a jar. Wish I could find a Santa like that one. Everything as usual is gorgeous!

Nancy said...

Everything is so beautiful, as usual. I especially like the french wire chairs in front of your windows. Great idea to bring them inside to be able to enjoy them in the winter. I've never seen the mason jar all prettied up for Christmas and winter. I will have to copy you and do it soon as these would make great Christmas gifts.
Thankyou for sharing,

Cottage and Broome said...

Just beautiful, I love all the transfer ware. Love the whole setting. Laura

nannykim said...

Beautiful as always!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your room is so beautiful and cozy! I love the lit candles. Everyone is going to love the tour!

di said...

Beautiful Carolyn! I love that wee christmas tree in the dining room and the candle in epson salts/old pint sealer, I will have to borrow that great idea!


Hojas que caen..... said...

Que lindo todo, que bella es la navidad, te felicito .Besos.Olga.

Larachaika said...

Excellent! I am delighted with your talent!

sabrymagic said...


kerrie of sea cottage said...

My first time to your blog...Oh how pretty is your kitchen. I was just sorting through Christmas decor boxes today and have an old set of 12 baubles in cream and red toile pattern...the red is faded so it is soft and would look so pretty in your kitchen!

Camille said...

Everything is so beautiful, Carolyn. I sure wish I could be there for the tour.
Love the red and white transferware. Also those amazing chairs by your window. So lovely...

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Your kitchen looks beautiful! It was a delight to see the fruits of your labor.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very warm and inviting, Carolyn! I love your red and white transferware and this is the perfect time of year to use it. Great tureen! Can't believe you found that at a thrift store!

Cindy said...

It all looks BEAUTIFUL! Enchanting! People are going to be walking around with their mouths open at how pretty everything looks!


Southerncook said...

Carolyn, Your red transfer ware is so beautiful. This post was absolutely gorgeous and I especially like what you did with the candle holders,how clever. LOVED this post and Merry Christmas.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Sheila said...

It looks beautiful Carolyn , I'd love to be there for the tour .

Pamela Gordon said...

It's just gorgeous and magical Carolyn! I love the red and white theme. I wish you success with the tour. I know everyone will be delighted. Pamela

Susan said...

Wish I could come on the tour, Carolyn. I never tire of looking at all your swoon-worthy decor. Ahhhhhhh. Lucky tour goers on Saturday! Have FUN! Susan

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I think you must have the most beautiful home ever! Thanks for sharing:)

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh how incredibly beautiful! I just love how soft and welcoming it feels and the touches of red are so lovely. Anyone coming on your tour is in for such a treat! We are hosting the Christmas in the Kitchen Portion of the Blogger Block Party tomorrow and would love to have you share this there! :-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carolyn...

My friend, your kitchen is "picture perfect" for the Christmas holidays!!! Ohh my...shelf after shelf...lined with those beautiful red transferware dishes...well, it's just soooo Christmasy! Everything looks gorgeous, dear lady! I love the sitting area as well! Your Christmas home tour will be FABULOUS!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas with us today!

Warmest Christmas Wishes,

Cantinho da Zazá said...

Hi Carolyn!
What a lovely blog! Everything is so Fabolous! Gorgeous! Just have to say that I am ... following! Kisses, Zazá

Cantinho da Zazá said...

Hi Carolyn!
What a lovely blog! Everything is so Fabolous! Gorgeous! Just have to say that I am ... following! Kisses, Zazá

Anonymous said...

Breathtakingly lovely, Carolyn!

achter-de-linden said...

ooooohw Carolyn, i love your photo's!!!
So nice!
greetings from the Netherlands

Priscilla said...


podso said...

Love seeing your kitchen at Christmas and all your red and white transferware! Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for all the beautiful pictures to enjoy!

Anonymous said...

ohh georgeos! Nice pics and living room!


Linda said...

Hi Carolyn,

Hmmm, the teaset, soup tureen, tableware, pillows...all looks familiar! Lol Just beautiful photos, as always.

I thought I'd quickly drop you a line to let you know that I'm thinking of you and wish you all the best for you Homes for the Holidays tour on Saturday. I will call you after the Tea for Lucas and let you know how it all went. It's certainly a busy, busy weekend!


Heaven's Walk said...

Just beautiful, Carolyn!!! Your kitchen is so nice and big - but oh so cozy! Looks like something right out of a magazine. ♥

xoxo laurie

manualidades coquetas said...

Hola soy de Venezuela que blog mas lindo te felicito, tiene muy buen gusto a mi me gustan mucho las rosas espero que Dios bendiga tus manos

Margret Cornell said...

very sweet and light ...
I am on burlap and red ...but this is very lovely
Margret from

savannah said...

Your blog is beautiful. J love your,s Fotos and Design :)
Greatings from Vienna...

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Hi Carolyn
So adorable :)
It´s amazing how you style your home.....
YOU ARE THE Champion :)
and do not miss,,,,,




It´s fun :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Love your kitchen, Carolyn. I haven't seen another Santa that I liked as well as your toile one; he's adorable! I too am using those jars around my home. I really like them. Looking forward to the Home Tour this evening. Till then, have a lovely day.

Christmas blessings,

Victorian1885 said...

Oh how I wish I could attend the Tour! Have a great time and I know your guests will be in Heaven when they enter your Home. Happy Holidays!


Mary said...

Wow, I LOVE your kitchen at Christmas!! I always think I am a blue and white girl until I see red transferware and then I have second thoughts.

Thanks for all that fun,
Mary @ SeaQuilts

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carolyn, Everything is so beautiful! I love your red transferware and I knowyour home will be a hit on the tour.

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

Late for a visit but we had our daughter Liz over from Rotterdam and she departed on Friday evening.
Did write a post about her yesterday.
Your red transferware is looking gorgeous for the Christmas season.
May the tour work smooth and that you have a lovely Sunday and a great new week.
Love to you,


Diana (Apple pie, love for details) said...

Beautiful, romantic, magic...gorgeous!!! *_*

Amy Kinser said...

Beautiful! Love your red and white.

Burlap Luxe said...

A Kitchen dressed for the holidays, a kitchen to love.
First time visit and will follow and visit soon.
Merry Christmas.

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

WOW! how very beautiful.


Beverly said...

Carolyn, this is such a wonderful space, and you have decorated to perfection. I love the red toile with your red transferware.

I know all of your guests must have loved the tour.