Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Coastal Cottage Christmas Sneak Peek

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments, not just on my last post, but on every post!  You are my inspiration!  When I visit your blogs, stop by your Pinterest sites, or get your emails I find myself striving to try new things, expand my horizons, and just be a better thank you!

And speaking of getting emails, the email gremlins struck again this week.  I know I sound like I'm beating a dead horse, but it's gone from just being annoying to really affecting my work and lifestyle!  Apparently a friend sent us an email inviting us to a Christmas party this evening, and if they hadn't texted me last night asking if we would be coming, we would have missed it completely...ugh!  So dear email, you can mess with a lot of things but I'm putting you on notice that you better not mess with my social life by losing party invites!!!

So, on to a sneak peek of my kitchen Christmas decor.  Like I said, this year will be simple, and I've coined the term Coastal Cottage Christmas for the look.  Oh heck, I'm sure someone else coined that phrase, but I'm going with it.  Mr. Tide and I stopped by a friend's house last night, and as we chatted about how as you get older you sometimes lose your gumption to put stuff out, we all decided that less truly is more for us these days.  I noticed that she too had embraced a simpler style of decor and her house was warm, cozy and beautiful!

As you can tell by the photos of my kitchen windowsill, this year will be a little less dazzling, not like in years past, which you can see by clicking HERE and HERE.  Still, I'm loving the natural elements, the pops of turquoise, which will be a theme found throughout my holiday decor this year.  And I'm not completely done with the windowsill yet, I will be adding a few votives so that I have a bit of dancing light up there in the evenings, just not the twinkle of Christmas lights like in years past.


I also managed to get a few greens and two big beautiful wreaths from a local Mennonite family yesterday.  I love, love, love the smell of fresh greens and can't wait to incorporate even more around the house over the next few days.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing more pictures of my house during this year's holiday season, so stay tuned.

Looks like I'm on track, on budget, and still completely out of my mind...which is as it should be! ;-)

I hope you each have a wonderful week, and keep those inspirational posts coming!


  1. I hope you don't mind the quick comment but I have to rush out and trim a piece of tree so I can copy your window, right down to the blue Ball jar.

  2. Your windowsill looks so wonderful. Love the simple style. I am having a giveaway, hope you will visit my blog and enter.

  3. Kat, your pictures always inspire me. I love the simplicity of the window dressing - absolutely beautiful. So glad your friend sent you a text as well - hope you both have a great night out at her party.

  4. Just can't beat the coastal look of a turquoise Ball jar. My great grandmother's maiden name was Ball, so I'm rather partial to these jars. What is going on with your e-mail???

  5. Simply...beautiful!!! Silver, and aqua mercury glass has got me this year...not a lot of color....but that's okay with me.

  6. This year I'm still putting out lots of Christmas, but maybe I'll strive for a simpler time next year. You inspire me also. Hugs, Linda

  7. Kat I am with you and going much simpler. Pretty greens, ribbon, and candlelight can do so much, with little else.

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  8. Oh and I adore your holiday header!! So pretty!


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  9. Oh Kat, this is such a beautiful look! I always look forward to seeing your Christmas decor and had fun revisiting the other 2 posts. Your photography just keeps getting better and better and it's always such a joy to visit and see such beautiful images. Enjoy your party and thank goodness for text messages! xo ~Lili

  10. So pretty! Love that turquoise jar! Technology can be so frustrating. My camera decided to die, or at the very least stop taking postable pictures, so I'm on the hunt for a replacement. Beautiful pics! I love the mix of textures with the burlap, glass jar, and shells. Thanks for sharing.

  11. The turquoise mason jar with simple greens looks lovely. Greens of any kind look beautiful in special jars, old boxes...practically anything.
    Wonderful site...I will certainly be back (and just joined! :)
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lisa :)

  12. I'm liking what I'm seeing and LOVE anything COASTAL:)


  13. Kat, The little tree in the mason jar is adorable! We didn't put up our gigantic tree this year but used a five foot flocked one instead. With a blog name No Minimalist I can't cut back too! Take care.

  14. Kat, love the decorations!! Sorry about the e-mail gremlins!! How annoying for you. HUGS!

  15. I thought of you today
    as I buzzed around the
    house, FULL of energy!
    It must be an age thing,
    but I am also feeling the
    more pared-down vibe
    for Christmas this year,
    too....waiting a bit longer
    to bring in live wreaths,
    but I want to add more
    greens in jars and vases,
    like you have. I just started
    a bunch of paperwhites and
    have a couple of amaryllis
    starting to sprout. Probably
    too late for X-mas, but just
    having the fresh green with
    flowers to look forward to is
    a treat! Love your Coastal
    Cottage Christmas, Kat! {Like
    the alliteration, too!}

    xx Suzanne

  16. What a pretty window sill scene!


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