French/Farmhouse Kitchen Christmas

Time is going fast and I still haven’t finished posting and I would like to get my posts in about the cookies I baked this year.  I guess, I have to take a deep breath and relax, I have another week.

Today is kitchen day so, here we go, I kept our centerpiece pretty simple this year.  Our kitchen is French Country/Farmhouse. 


My Décor Steals wood tray I filled with greens, pinecones, pewter bead picks and another battery operated candle.  Sorry, I didn’t take a picture with the candle lit but you can use your imagination. 



These battery operated candles have a frosting, I love the way they look.


As you may have noticed, the backs of the chairs have small boxwood wreathes with pretty red ribbon.  I purchased these years ago from Ballard.

I forgot to let everyone know that we bought new chairs with our Overstock gift card.  You may remember, the chairs that we had I was going to paint but once the gift card was mine plans changed.  I have been wanting these chairs for a very long time.  We purchased four, LOVE THEM!!!!!!


The black side table I filled with many items I adore, French books I bought on Etsy along with Bottle brush trees. 

The tray is from The Painted Fox.  I am in love with so many items they have and put some on my Christmas list so, fingers crossed for Santa.

I placed a small bottle brush tree on top of my books inside a Nikko Christmas espresso cup. 

Along side, I placed an old wooden tag, adore the girl building the snowman.

I use this small brown toile cake stand often, it’s one of my favorite pieces. 

The old world ornaments are from a shop in NJ that Audrey and I pop into every Christmas.  I’m going to try and remember to take pictures next year it is a beautiful place to visit and find goodies.




Aren’t these pretty?


This large glass piece I purchased at Home Goods and the price was so great I bought two of them.  It’s filled with beaded silver pears from Pottery Barn and a piece of greenery to make it look more finished and festive.


Quite a few years ago I purchased this Bethany Lowe tree.  It was a set and the other you will see on our bookcase in the great room.  I adore the vintage small balls.  I placed this in a box from Home Goods with red transferware dishes to anchor the look.

Beside this table is a small lighted tree in an urn that we bought many years ago.




The small wreath is a blank which is from Balsam Hill with a small red top hat just nestled inside, for a bit of whimsy.


On the other side, many of you may remember my metal ladder I purchased from Magnolia Farms.   Along with the fabric I hung my antique bells I received as a Christmas gift.




The wreath hanging from my old kitchen cabinet door I purchased from Rosemary at Villabarnes.

Below is a wooden crate which John found free at our liquor store.  I was so excited because the plan was to sand and stain the box to make it look old since the date was 2009. 

Well, that didn’t workout the way I planned.  After John started to sand it for me the graphic came right off.  We were laughing because how naïve, we thought it was embossed, LOL.

New plan, get a French stencil and use zinc colored craft paint.  I didn’t want it deep black and I didn’t want the stencil to be perfect.


Here’s another story  I hope will give you a chuckle. 

Notice the large pinecones???  We bought them at Michael’s and John removed the labels before I read them. 

So, Cindy decides to add her goodies inside  as I have the Christmas music playing in the background. 

I’m adding my pinecones, wreath and greenery.  I looked, did some rearranging and noticed my hands were tacky so, I went to the sink to wash them like any normal person.  I washed them really well, went for paper towels and as I am drying my hands the towels are sticking to me.





Didn’t mean to leave you hanging but I had to get some pictures in, LOL. 

As the towels are attached to my fingers, a light went off in my head.  I yelled, OMG, THIS IS LIKE CHEVY CHASE IN CHRISTMAS VACATION!!! 

Now everyone that has watched this movie remembers him in bed with the magazine and the pages sticking to him and flicking on to Beverly D’Angelo after cutting down their HUGE Christmas tree.  That was this moment!




Now, remember, I’m alone with Peanut and Reeses on the floor across from me.  They are looking at me with the expression, what is wrong with Momma??? 




I said out loud, it is SAP and used straight Palmolive Liquid and rubbed and rinsed, nothing.  So,

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I grabbed my Dobie sponge and started rubbing with the scrubby part to get the rest off.  I’m telling you this lasted 10 minutes or more.

I finally got all the sap off and said out loud to the pups, I’m calling Daddy to tell him what just happened, he will chuckle. 

I called and told him, he chuckled AND,  He says, Oh yeah I forgot to mention the tag said to be careful of sap and DO NOT place on painted surfaces since this product continues to leak sap.  Mentioning this would have been helpful, LOL.  So a NOTE, make sure you read labels before husbands remove, LOL.

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27 thoughts on “French/Farmhouse Kitchen Christmas”

  1. Hi Cindy, well so glad you got the sap off. This really could have been much worse and especially on some of your pretty furniture. I love your home and this tour is incredible. Every detail you add is perfectly set to enjoy the season. You are so talented my friend and all your vignettes are inspiring. Makes me want to start over. LOL Love your new chairs and the wreath on each. Your cow looks gorgeous with the berry wreath around his neck. I love mine too. Your red transferware is gorgeous. I never found any with a winter scene yet but since you mentioned it to me a while ago, I’m always on the look out.
    Going back to look around again.
    Have a great weekend. Hugs


  2. I was covered in sap the other day too! Was decorating my vintage bicycle with cuttings from the bottom of our Christmas tree and got covered. To get it off, I used mineral spirits. Citrosolv works well too.
    The kitchen looks great! Love the new chairs!!!!


  3. Your looks beautiful in her holiday decor. I’m done, and so glad, sometimes I feel by the time I get it all up I have to start taking it down. Your vignettes are so prettily styled. Do you like the bowl from Decor steals, i just received 14 panels of the French Grain Sack Curtains and they are really nice. Get baking!


  4. Cindy, you are a master at creating beautiful vignettes! I just love your bottle brush trees, and the wooden bowl/tray on your table. The crate found for free turned out awesome! Your stenciling looks like it was always there:) Love your pretty greenery. I should just say that I love it all, ’cause I do!!:)


  5. Hi Cindy, stopping back by to view your wonderfully decorated home once again. What a joy to see and tour. Sure wish we were neighbors!! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment. Wishing you and your dear family a very Merry Christmas! xo


  6. Cindy, your home is a treasure! You have heaps of character throughout and how very nice of you to share it with us. The little trees are lovely and the little piggy is too cute. I like the cow head with the berried wreath too. Thanks so much for sharing with us and Merry Christmas to you and all those you love.



  7. A few of the pictures didn’t load for me Cindy, but I saw enough to say everything looks so lovely. You really made your house into a home.

    Hope you had an amazing Christmas!


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