Monday, December 6, 2010

Heart of the Home at Christmas

The Heart of the Home is always the kitchen.  This is especially true at Christmas time.  I'm in this room it seems like all day.  I've purposely set it up that way.  I get a lot done because I have everything at my fingertips in one room.
 My kitchen is large, but it is very warm and cozy at the same time. The cherry cabinets and the wood floor helps to give it that feel.   I'm definitely not a minimalist when it comes to my home and decorating.  I love to have all my "stuff" around me. There's my little TV on the left side of the counter.  As Hubby says, I'm a TV person.  Most of the time it's just background noise while I'm working.  Sometimes I will turn it onto a Christmas music station. 
 Every once in a while I force myself to get rid of some things or at least put some in storage or I can get a cluttered look going on.

I like to have little lamps next to my work areas, rather than turning on the big overhead lights.  It just feels more homey that way. 
Notice my "Grandma" sign.  My DIL gave that to me after her grandmother passed away a few years ago.  This had hung in her house and my DIL always liked it and wanted me to have it now.  It reads:  "Grandma's Babysitting Service
Little people always welcome.  Service includes: meals, lessons, entertainment and lots of hugs.
Tender loving care for your most precious possessions."
It fits!

This is the other end of my kitchen.  It's an eating area/breakfast nook/my office.  

Little Fergie and Ellie Mae hang out with me here.

My antique desk houses my computer and all my office supplies.  I also have a small file cabinet that also is my printer stand. I'm my husband's assistant, blog writer, and Etsy shop manager right from this little corner. It can get rather messy, but I try to clean and straighten it all up by 5:00, shut down the computer and close the desk.  Then it's back to full time kitchen and time to prepare dinner.
I don't have a lot of Christmas decorations in the kitchen, but there are a few.  I have to always have the mistletoe in the doorway and my Christmas card rack.
So now when you read my blog, you can picture in your mind where I'm sitting and downloading pictures and typing, while Christmas music plays in the background and my dogs lay in their beds next to me.  
Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up to Cielo's party.


Marydon said...

What a welcoming pretty kitchen arena, Nina. Love the windows ...
pretty wallpaper, too.

Have a lovely Christmas week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Theresa said...

Perfect! Love your kitchen and I bet I could work my little head off in there! I always have the TV on:) I watch the news in the morning and 2 Soap Operas! I also like game shows! But like you, mostly just background noise!

Enjoy your evening in your wonderful home! I bet you'll be cooking up something delicious! HUGS!

Rebecca said...

Love your kitchen Miss Nina! LOVE IT ALL! I can tell from the photo the love you have for your simply amazingly beautiful home.

If not for shabby cottage chic this is exactly what I would have.

Love to you~


Suzann said...

Hello new friend!!
I just love your kitchen it looks so cozy and I like all your little things you have and your little assistants!!

Happy Holidays to you and your Family
Suzann xo

DJan said...

What a great office you have there! And I would be surprised if it were any less "you" to have so many things going on at once. My mom always had the TV going, she said it kept her company.

SquirrelQueen said...

You have a beautiful kitchen Nina, it looks very warm and inviting. I can almost smell something delicious cooking and hear the Christmas music.

Valerie said...

I like everything to hand in my kitchen, Nina, although hubby doesn't appreciate that it still has to look tidy. Men, huh! You have the perfect kitchen, it's warm and inviting and heavenly. I did notice the Grandma Babysitting Service sign. It's sweet.

bluecottonmemory said...

What a cozy, warm kitchen! I'm ready for breakfast! LOL Merry Christmas!


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