First of all, I want to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day 70 years ago. May we hold them in our hearts forever.
I finally have something I can share for a few link parties, which I haven't done in a REALLY long time.
I gave you a sneak peek of my kitchen windowsill a few days ago, but I finally finished it up by adding some greens and a few other things here and there, so I thought I would share the whole thing with you today. I know it's not the 9th yet, but I'm not good at being patient, so here goes!
Plus, I still have a few more things to put out in here, so I will share more once I have the whole room finished, but I didn't want to miss out on the party. I love a good party after all, and I've loved seeing the wonderful posts others have shared over the past few weeks. There is so much talent in blogland, it boggles my mind sometimes!
Ok, enough chit chat, on to the decorating! The inspiration for this year's windowsill was mother nature, burlap, and turquoise/aqua.
I started with my blue ball jars, knowing that I wanted them to be a focal point and provide some color. I wasn't sure if I wanted to put lights in them like I had done in years past, but finally settled on a more simple approach and added little baby cedar trees to them instead.
I lived with those on the windowsill for a few days before deciding which direction to head in. Then I remembered that I had some burlap ribbon, so I strung that all along the windowsill which gave it some nice texture.
I tend to let my decorating evolve over time, but I usually have some sort of vision of how I want it to end up, or at least which elements I want to use. I loved the blue of the mason jars, but I felt like something was missing until it dawned on me that I could use my turquoise/aqua insulators as votive holders. They add just the sparkle I was looking for, and they look so pretty when I light the little tea lights each evening. And I also love that they are chipped, don't all match, and are well worn, all part of the rustic charm I was hoping to achieve this Christmas.
As I wandered around my house gathering things to add, my collection of seashells seemed like a logical choice to incorporate into my coastal themed vision. I have all sorts of shells, so I just grabbed a few and spaced them out over the sill.
I debated on putting 3 blue ball jars, one in front of each window, but I felt like it needed a little height in the center, so I grabbed these wooden shore birds which normally sit on top of the TV armoire in the living room during the warmer months. And I fashioned a wreath out of cypress to hang on the biggest birdie.
Just below the windowsill, next to the sink, I added some vintage ornaments that had belonged to my parents and grandparents and a few other ornaments I have collected over the years. I purchased the peppermints on copper wire a few years ago, and since I didn't have anything yummy to fill my candy jar with, they did the trick! A pretty white Cyclamen I picked up the other day when I bought my wreaths is nestled into a big red bowl. I love to have flowers around all throughout the year, but especially when everything outside is on its way out.
Santa seems to be eyeing something to his right...not sure what, let's hope he's not trying to make a break for it!
And because it's Christmastime, it never hurts to remind ourselves to believe, in whatever makes your heart sing.
Candy canes fill a pudding basin and get weighed in along with some fresh greens on top of my vintage scale. My little sea urchin votive holder adds a little more sparkle to the kitchen.
So there it is, my coastal cottage inspired Christmas kitchen. I think baking will be a lot more fun in here this year! I can't wait to see what the rest of you did in your kitchens!
Click HERE to see more Christmas in the Kitchen inspiration! And to visit some of the other Christmas link parties you can check out the list below.
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I am also linking up to the 24 Days of Coastal Christmas at Sally Lee by the Sea! Click HERE to see more Coastal Christmas decorating ideas!
I am a mom to 2 wonderful children, wife to an amazing husband, loved by 2 fluffy puppies, a freelance writer, fine art photographer, and a lover of all things beautiful which I hope to share with you here on my blog.