Twas 2 days before Christmas,
And my kitchen Christmas decorating was not done!
So I scrambled one evening ’till midnight…
So I could take pics the next day in the sun!
There is nothing like a Christmas day deadline to get it ALLLLL done, right?! So welcome to my Christmas junk kitchen and living room home tour!
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Christmas junk kitchen and living room home tour
The upstairs of my home is the main living area, which is an open floor plan, including the blog office, kitchen and living room within one big square.
The kitchen island sits pretty much right in the middle of everything on an angle.
So it makes sense to focus on decorating this entire space for Christmas.
I use to do more rooms than this, but this appears to be challenging enough theses days!
Up until Sunday, the kitchen wasn’t even done! So I hustled, gutted the kitchen, deep cleaned with a toothbrush and made it happen!
I’m always so glad I did. The room is bright, festive with just enough stuff to be pretty and enjoyable to look at.
Didja notice the red skis?
Being that my kitchen decorating was so 11th hour (which it is every single year by the way…), I decided to decorate with winter in mind.
So three little tin canned faux trees from Hobby Lobby sitting in each window add to the ski hill ambiance.
See last year’s red General Sign HERE above the windows.
This little antique red train lantern that hangs from the front windows got all dressed up with a few white dollar store found bottle brush trees and faux snow and it’s as cute as ever!
Turning towards the stove, ‘the sign area’ (I always have a sign here) got changed out to something new!
The past Fresh Coffee sign (HERE) was removed, then replaced with the newly stenciled ski-themed signs to chime in with the red skis.
Ski Hill, Coffee and Hot Cocoa went well with the ski vibe. I kept it neutral so I can remove the red mugs after Christmas if desired.
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A few festive mugs hung from simple S hooks turn the signs into a productive mug hanging area which is perfect, as my coffee machine is to the right.
The tea towel is also a new DIY.
These are Ikea tea towels were stenciled with festive sayings, then bunched together to create a napkin option. Cute aren’t they?
I plan to create a permanent home for the video tutorials however for the time being, you can view how I made these in the short video below.
Stencils: Christmas Crates HERE
Being that I’m actually not a hot cocoa drinker any longer, I decided to keep my coffee station just that. The little vintage crate acts as a layered shelf to offer up a little more space. The bowl is where I dump coffee grounds to scoop. Nothing fancy… just how I use it every day.
You can view all my past coffee station ideas HERE
So let’s head into the living room part of the Christmas junk kitchen and living room home tour next…
The living room
The fireplace is the main focal point of the entire upstairs. The stacked crates made ‘vintage’ the main theme I was going after.
View the fireplace build HERE
View my other fireplace mantels HERE
On the wall to the left of the fireplace, two very special snow shoes from my buddy Sandy (Hi Sandy!!) hang for just the right antique snowy vibe!
See how I used the snowshoes last Christmas HERE
But a happy accident transpired when I was taking pictures of the Christmas tree this year… I moved the one sofa on an angle to get more room, when I realized how much more wide open the room felt! So it stayed.
The angle makes so much more visual space and doesn’t appear to cut the upstairs in half any longer.
The living room has 2 huge Ektorp 3.5 sofas which I got just after Christmas last year, so this is their first Christmas tour.
Can you tell I don’t ‘normally’ light the fireplace?
Sky loved the snap, crackle, pop of the wood and stayed put for a long time.
Reindeer Feed Pillow
There’s two new pillows on both sofas this Christmas too I have not blogged about yet!
The Reindeer Feed pillow is positively scrumptious and resembles a real deal grain sack painting technique I plan to share with you soon!
For now, you can peek at the short video tutorial below.
Reindeer Feed stencil is HERE
Pillow covers and feather inserts are from Ikea, Jofrid 20″ (large is 26″).
The Christmas Tree
Moving into the middle of the living room sits the white flocked Christmas tree with DIY wood skirt I whipped up this year.
It’s my first flocked tree, and I’m pretty smitten with the light and bright airy look!
To the right is the other sofa with a new Sugar grain sack pillow.
Sugar grain sack striped pillow
I’m so in LOVE with these tones! I purposely chose something that could stay out after Christmas yet still subtly chiming in through Sugar. It’s a cutie and looks totally like a real deal grain sack as well.
Pillow cover is Ikea’s Jofrid 20″ with 20″ Ikea feather insert.
That little Sky is a sneaky one! I had just shooed both cats out so I could shoot with clean furniture when I found Sky on the sofa. But she sat so still, I was able to capture a clear shot of her with the world’s slowest shutter.
She earned the spot back!
By the way, that’s where I usually sit, and she sits on the cushion behind my head as a ‘cuddly head rest.’
You may recognize this coffee table from my porch HERE.
I removed the top, added a shelf on the bottom and it became much more compact, perfect for this space.
I don’t have large coffee tables because I usually have the big ottoman in front of the sofa so this totally works.
But I added something new to the table I also haven’t blogged about!
This is a stenciled thrift store found cutting board acting as a massive coaster. I have it festive on one side, and everyday on the side you see here, but I am so smitten with the pallet shipping crate look, the everyday wins even during Christmas for me!
Click below to view a short video on how this cutting board coaster was made.
Stencil is Shipping Crate Stamps
Paint is Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black
One of my fav things about the coffee table is the lower shelf where I normally stack books and magazines. But for Christmas, the vintage coke and crate came out. The crate also holds the remotes perfectly.
Well my friends, that concludes my Christmas junk kitchen and living room home tour for this year. I’m really looking forward to enjoying all the pretty new decor while lounging around, enjoying some goodies, Netflix binging (have you seen Virgin River yet? Watch it!), and just have a little downtime.
Christmas eve will be spent baking and wrapping, then taking in the Christmas Eve program at church, then plan to see my son Christmas day. I don’t really plan any lengthly time off but will likely just see what transpires along the way.
Thank-you so much for following along my creative journey! I so appreciate your visits to see what’s new. You help me get to do something I love every single day!
Merry Christmas friends, and see you again very soon before the New Year!
What plans do you have for this year?
You can visit last year’s Christmas home tour HERE