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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Getting it all ready......

♥May you have the gladness of CHRISTMAS which is HOPE....
The spirit of CHRISTMAS which is PEACE....
The heart of CHRISTMAS which is LOVE.♥
ADA V. HENDRICKS
  
HOUSE IN THE ROSES
is having a wonderful
SHOW US YOUR CHRISTMAS KITCHEN/DINING ROOM
 *
 Altho I haven't done any decorating in the kitchen,
I am banking on my RED cabinets to allow me to play in CIELO'S party...;)
*
As most of my friends here know, my upper cabinets are WHITE
with the lowers being RED...
The doors on the uppers are just thick plywood doors...
when I painted them white, they still looked so .....flat.
New doors were NOT in the budget so one day, MR. SWEET said,
"I know you like the beadboard look...
how 'bout I just use my router on those doors and make them have a  little more personality?"

(see, he has lived with me too long...:)...not too many MEN refer to cabinet doors as having personality....)

I said.".O HONEY....go for it" and he did...
and I just love them flat to pieces...just LOVE them!!
I am using the SAME, ORIGINAL to this 1957 house, hardware...just painted them black..

WHO, in their right mind, would put THESE words on their kitchen wall....?

I DO have my Ole Saint Nick, the Chef,
standing by to bake us lots of goodies to eat on 
CHRISTMAS EVE NIGHT..
Candles snuggled down into fresh coffee beans...ummm...how wonderful the scent.  
...and ALWAYS the
COOKIES FOR SANTA
plate, standing close by....

I think this mantel in the dining room  is from 2008
This is the mantel in 2009
and I just don't have 2010 up and going yet...:(
*
I'm going out after fresh greens on Monday to use on the mantel....
and will save photos for the
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
on 9th at COASTAL CHARM...
Be SURE to stop over and see all the CHRISTMAS beauty floating around and through BLOGLAND...
♪♪♫♪...in the lane......snow is glistening.....♫♫♪.
Each little CHRISTMAS plate has a different, whimsical scene....
"the sights...the sounds...the smells...the love of CHRISTMAS..
~~~ESPECIALLY when there's a lot of RED.....!!
....do you suppose there is ANYone, ANYwhere, that doesn't LOVE the color RED...??
 ...a CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE dining room..

I, loving red so much, and having quite a bit of it in dishes and etc..
decided last year  to go with a RED and WHITE theme in my dining room
and on my CHRISTMAS table...
I am doing the same color scheme again this year...
why not, since I LOVE it !

Not having fresh pine greens to use, I just cut a few cedar greens and, they have worked out just great...I do like the looks of them ALMOST as much as the pine....but they surely don't smell as wonderful as fresh cut pine boughs......
*note...."bj, pick up some of that wonderful PINE air freshener or, even better, a few of the wonderful PINE sented candles next trip to town....
CANDY CANE cookies always look festive...

Why didn't I drizzle a little white icing on, too ?
They are in the freezer, waiting for CHRISTMAS EVE..so..I still have time to spruce them up a little..a drizzle of white chocolate with CHRISTMAS sparkly sugar dust...
O !.....the grands will love 'em....
***
These little wintertime goblets, with snow scenes on them are just perfect
for our CHRISTMAS table...
These came from somewhere like McDonald's or Burger King, several years ago.
Very cheap. inexpensive and I have really and truly enjoyed using them...
*
O, yes...I do love me a RED AND WHITE CHRISTMAS...




See those silly little girls in that photo...
They were about 5 years old there...they are all 13 now...
Just the perfect age !
Funny how ANY age kids are...
it's PERFECT !

MERRIEST CHRISTMAS, EVER !!

45 comments:

Susy said...

This is possibly the best Christmas card I'll get BJ. Loved every bit of it, photos and narrative, and no one has more fun doing it than you. Christmas blessings. xo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. I so love your kitchen, and your baker man is stunning. Everything is just wonderful. Your kitchen is ready for Christmas all year. Your decor is all gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Carol said...

BJ,
Your kitchen is beautiful!!!
I am so impressed with Mr. Sweet for his idea to add personality to the flat cabinets. They look terrific! He and my Mister might come up with some amazing ideas if they put their heads together, after all, Mister did paint our worn wood kitchen floor in black and white blocks, and it looks terrific and helped our budget immensely!

Sherry said...

Your kitchen is so cute BJ. I love the black and white with all of the red and white. It dresses up perfect for Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Sherry

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, it looks like you have done quite a bit to me. I love your red and white kitchen. That was so sweet of your husband to gussy the cabinets up for you. They look just like bead board.

Blondie's Journal said...

I don't think I have seen your cabinets before and I love what Mr. Sweet has done with them. He really is a great guy that KNOWS you well!! They look fantastic. And so does all the red in your kitchen...you didn't have to stretch far to give it a nice MERRY appearance! I love it all!

XO,
Jane

Theresa said...

I posted that same Peace, Hope and Love in my blog today! I adore all of your beautiful decorations, food and candles! The plates are just precious! Enjoy your day dear BJ! Big Hugs and blessings galore!

Whimsey Creations said...

Oh BJ I just LOVE your kitchen! Well really all the rest too but love the way you have two color cabinets. It all looks so cheerful!

Donnie said...

Everything is so beautiful. I just kept going back to the different photos and finding something new again. Hubby did a great job on your cabinets too. Take care.

Julie Harward said...

What a warm-Christmas post..loved it! Why is it we love red so much I wonder? I love your cabinets, and your hubbie did a great job of those top ones..I have a section of red in my cabinets too. Everything looks wonderful bj! ;D

Zondra Art said...

Woow...beautiful dear BJ,I lake it!!! Beautiful decoration and home.
Big regards and kisses.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh BJ, don't know anyone in "Pretty Blog Land," who decorates prettier than you do. You are simply amazing... All year long.

And for Christmas, well... You are super amazing!

And the most wonderful part is, it's all done on a budget. By making use of your amazzzzzzzzzzzzing creativity and vision. -happy sigh-

Hope your 'cold bug' is all gone. Or will be, any minute now.

Gentle Winter hugs...

Sweetladyelaine said...

Love your kitchen...the red is stunning! Christmas all year long!
Have a Merry.....

Deb said...

What a GREAT post!! Your kitchen is Stunning my dear! you have given me some neat ideas as usual:)
Blessings,
Deb

Stacey said...

BJ, I just love peeking at your home. It's just so friendly and gorgeous. Those red cabinets and the red cupboard back there win me over everytime. Of course, you do serve the best food too. :)

Debby said...

Taking a tour of your kitchen is just so much fun. Your style is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have never seen so much Christmas beauty in one place! You live in a house filled with joy! Happy holidays! ♥

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your kitchen is beautiful I love the combination of colors in your cabinets...just great!!!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Beautiful BJ, as always... LOVE Santa AND all the goodies!
Hug, Donna

A Garden of Threads said...

A wonderful post. Love the red and white kitchen. Hubby did a fabulous job on the cabinet doors. Take care and enjoy your week.

Dishesdone said...

Love your kitchen! It has so much personality! Mr Sweet came up with a great idea, looks terrific!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Everything is so cheery. Love your red and white.

Shelia said...

HI BJness! Oh, you know how I love your kitchen! I love your white uppers and red bottoms! :) Mr. Sweet loves you so much and I do believe had can do just anything! :)
Love all of the Christmasing - this year and lasts. I'm not finished either!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Vee said...

Darling! I stopped my hubby as he walked by. He really liked the "EAT CAKE" message, but would change it here to "EAT STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE." What a nut! I like all the accessories you have. I have the same hardware and have never seen the need to change it. The white up and red down is inspired.

Pat said...

Gorgeous post, BJ!

Chandy said...

BJ, what a fun home you created this year! I love it all! Wow, glad I came by- now I've got tons of ideas! Thanks!

The Muse said...

yes, i would say the cabinets got you in...and then some :)

Karen said...

This is my first visit here and I love it! Your kitchen is so inviting. Love the "Eat Cake" letters. Too cute... too funny!
I'll be back.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Ingmarie We said...

You really do have a fantastic kitchen. The cabinets look so good. And thank you for posting som manyt lovely and colourful photos.

From the Kitchen said...

I feel like Christmas is here after visiting you this morning! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your "Eat Cake" in the kitchen! Love all the red. Love those Christmas plates that I've never seen anywhere--they remind me of Christmas in NYC.

Hats off to Mr. Sweet--great job on the cabinet doors!

Best,
Bonnie

Jan n Jer said...

What cool looking rooms...love all your decorations! Very festive indeed. Eat Cake is my favorite!!!

Ralph said...

That is a beautiful kitchen! We don't have a huge number of Christmas decorations (primatily ruby Pfaltzgraff place settings) but we look all about and any holiday ruby decor pieces and find them here and there - especially any Santa ornaments. Sweet!

My correct ruby link: http://airhead55-ralph.blogspot.com/2010/12/ruby-tuesday-family-gathering.html

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Love this. Love your kitchen. It looks incredible....all of it! What a wonderful place to cook and visit with family!
Blessings,
Debbie

Sarah said...

BJ, I love your kitchen! The Eat Cake sign is adorable. It's just what I'd like to do every day. LOL And you know I'm crazy about all your black and white checks with the cheery red. Thanks for the joy! ~ Sarah

Maria @ LSS said...

I love the splashes of red. Your kitchen is gorgeous. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Mine's here.

Pie said...

Love your kitchen!

Lady Katherine said...

Loved seeing all the different Christmas Mantels! Love the candy canes!!! I want some! lol I love your kitchen! Loved seeing your red buffet from the side! All is so pretty. I have to get busy if Santa going to come here! Love your Chef! Oh, I left you a message on my Thanksgiving post, showing you a view of my sideboard I built.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

You know me...with my Santa Fetish. I'd love the Santa chef for my collection. LOL

Beautiful holiday setting too.

My link to my Ruby Tuesdays is... POINSETTIA 'TWISTED'

Do stop by when you get a chance!! Happy Tuesday.

Sailing Simply said...

Hi BJ! First let me say, I love your baking Santa, he would look great at my house. LOL! I enjoyed looking at your past mantle displays and cannot wait to see your newest one. Your candy cane cookies look delicious. I love your candy cane candle and dishes too. Lot's of great eye candy here!

Kathleen said...

No wonder you kept Mr Sweet! I love your kitchen and "words" of wisdom. Your home looks so welcoming!

Sue said...

Oh you know that I love red, bj!!! I an so enamored with your kitchen and all its coziness. Love the baking Santa, the "Eat Cake" sign, the cabinetry, etc. etc. Oh and all your cookies, too! I need to come visit west Texas next time I drive to New Mexico! We go right thru and my gal pal grew up in Hereford. Enjoy the season, my friend. I saw you won another fun give-away! ♥ Sue

Auntie E said...

Love the holiday looks.
Ruby Tuesday-shopping time.

Beverly said...

BJ, you have that special touch that makes everything wonderful.

Christmas in your kitchen is perfect.♥

Grace said...

Hello,
Just stopped by to visit for the first time.
I love your kitchen in red and white, you have a sweet husband to come up with the idea of the beadboard -look.
The words "EAT CAKE" delightful.
I'd love to have a "baker" santa clause, he's so cute.
Merry Christmas!

Denise @ http://www.somanytables.com/ said...

I've been to your blog before and let me just say one thing, "THAT CAN'T BE A PHOTO OF YOU AT AGE 72!" Notice that I'm shouting that. Or rather, crying aloud. I'm 10 years your junior and I don't look as good.

OK. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I must say that I like your decorating skills. Fancy, but down to earth at the same time. I will be back often to check your latest creations.