Cottage Christmas Kitchen

I never thought I’d be this excited to share our cottage Christmas kitchen but, yup…I am. This kitchen has quickly become a favorite space in our little cottage, and that’s even before we’ve done any updating. I think it’s the openness and that big beautiful window. It just really draws you in to the space. I tried to keep it simple, as far as holiday decor goes, and I’m loving how festive it feels (even without using red).

A cozy cottage Christmas kitchen tour sharing tons of farmhouse decorating ideas and inspiration.

I’m so excited to be joining 2 Bees in a Pod who are hosting the Come Home for Christmas Tour. Each day this week a different room was shared by a group of talented bloggers. Today is the last day, and it’s all about kitchens, but you can check out the links at the bottom of the post and visit your favorites. You can also find a source list for this space at the end of the post.Cozy Christmas Cottage KitchenWe haven’t done a lot to this space since we moved in but it really feels like “us”. Probably more than any other room. Yes, the cabinets need to be replaced, as well as the countertops, but just painting the window black, hanging my Farmers Market sign (that I made, here) and adding decor that means something to us just makes it special.

I love dressing the big window over the sink and even tried my hand at making a magnolia leaf garland, here. You can see that the leaves have already started to dry and curl. 

A cozy cottage Christmas kitchen with tons of farmhouse decorating ideas.

I always thought that you had to have a big beautiful space with top of the line appliances, marble countertops and a 10 foot island but this kitchen has definitely changed the way I feel about that.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard.

No marble countertops here or top of the line appliances, and we could never fit a 10 foot island, but I wouldn’t change the size for anything. It’s small and cozy and it has just enough space for the two of us. Plus that window…I could never give the window up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard and fresh produce for color.

This little area of the kitchen was my least favorite when we moved in. There was a cabinet hanging on the wall with a very dusty built-in wine rack (you can see how it looked before the transformation, here). It didn’t take me long to rip it down and add 2 simple barn wood shelves. Now we store our everyday dishes here so they’re always within reach, and it freed up a little bit of cabinet space for food (since we don’t have a pantry). 

Now we really love this area, and it was so fun to decorate. 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery and decor you already have.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like tons of fresh greenery from the yard.

The island in our kitchen is a big favorite in our house. When we were buying the house we fought long and hard to keep it (apparently the sellers loved it too). We think that it was custom made and put together right in the house. The only modification we’ve done is a quick coat of paint. I love it and it’s the hardest working piece in this small space, giving us storage as well as a large work surface. 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like a two tiered tray for coffee essentials.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard to make a live garland for a window.

Most of the greens I used are real, and right from the yard. I did tuck a faux stem in here and there but it’s hard to tell which is which. 

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard mixed in with faux.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard along with a touch of black and white.

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard and black and white ribbon.

I think you’ve seen just about every inch, at every angle.  Thanks so much for touring our cozy Christmas kitchen space. 

What about you? Have you started your holiday decorating yet?

Happy Holidays!!! xx

How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like a two tiered tray and gingerbread houses.

Make sure you check out the other blogger’s holiday spaces. They’ve been sharing them all this week. 


How to create a cozy cottage Christmas kitchen by using farmhouse touches like fresh greenery from the yard and other natural touches.

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You can also check out the dining room that’s all decked out for the holidays, here.

Rustic glam holiday touches in a small dining room. Holiday Home Tour – Christmas Dining Room


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  1. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 7:14 am

    Your magnolia garland is awesome! It looks beautiful over the window. Thank you for sharing your beautiful kitchen with us!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:34 am

      Thanks so much Brittany! I’m enjoying my Christmas kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 7:14 am

    The greens, I love them. I should have gone in the yard and gathered before it got cold, not sure I am inspired enough to put my mittens on!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:43 am

      Ha, I thought you were telling me that I was uninspiring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m not very motivated when it’s cold out either so I am no help there. Thanks so much for visiting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Bliss
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 7:19 am

    That should have said MOTIVATED me enough! You have inspired me, now can you please also motivate me?

  4. Catherine Feeney
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Just fabulous! You really have the the perfect touch!!
    I need to see in person.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:50 am

      Thanks so much Catherine! I’d love for you to come see it (and have a glass of wine with me). ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Brenda Lane
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I love it! Especially the house in the sugar? jar! Very creative. I’m so happy you are taking time to enjoy your little stone cottage and having such fun.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:53 am

      Thanks so much Brenda! Yes, it is a house in the sugar and the flour. Not many places for things so I though “why not”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was really fun decorating this space and I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour. I’m excited to share the rest of the cottage. Maybe I need to do a little video so ya’ll can see room to room. Hmmm…

  6. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Kristi – Your Christmas Kitchen is gorgeous! You are absolutely right about the things that you don’t miss or need. Thank goodness you fought for that island though…it is so pretty. And don’t even get us started on that gorgeous, giant window! Your style and decor are simply beautiful and we love all of your person touches! Thank you so very much for touring with us. Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:56 am

      Thanks so much Vicki and Jen for your sweet comment and for hosting this fabulous tour. So many beautiful spaces and so much holiday inspiration. I’ve hosted tours too so I know how much work it is. Thank you again. Happy Holidays!

  7. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 9:17 am

    What a beautiful space! I’m so jealous of that huge window in front of your sink! Your horses and wreaths have to be my favorite, but the whole space is gorgeous!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:57 am

      Thanks so much Lydia, I appreciate it. I love having this space all decorated for Christmas.

      Happy Holidays!

  8. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Your kitchen is charming in any season. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 2:59 am

      Thanks so much Kim, I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Debbie H
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 10:15 am

    As always you have set the bar high in decorating. I like your u cluttered style. Even though the \Magnolia leaves are drying they still look great. Have a blessed week.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 3:11 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Debbie. I love having the garland over the window but I’m still debating the magnolia leaves. I think it just needs a few tweaks if I do it again.

      I appreciate your visit. Happy weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Marlene Stephenson
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I love your kitchen and you are right that window is awesome. If i had your kitchen i might set a stool down in front of that window. lol!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 3:15 am

      Thanks Marlene! A stool is a good idea. I can sit there, drink my smoothie and stare out the window. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    The windows over your kitchen sink are stunning Kristi! Every inch of your Christmas kitchen is beautiful.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 3:26 am

      Thanks so much Tara, I appreciate it!

      Happy Holidays!

  12. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Your kitchen has always been my fav and now I love it even more with how you’ve decorated it for Christmas! This is gorgeous and I love your garland on your window!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:16 am

      Awww thanks so much for your sweet comment! I actually enjoyed decorating this space for the holidays this year (a huge surprise, but a good one). ๐Ÿ˜‰ I appreciate your visit. Happy Holidays!

  13. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    Your kitchen is STUNNING! I love every single thing about it from the magnolia swag over the window to those cute little gingerbread houses. It’s all just so gorgeous – I’m in love! Hugs, CoCo

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:21 am

      Thanks so much Coco! I love those little gingerbread houses, too. They are supposed to sit on your teacup (to eat, of course) but I don’t have the heart to eat them.

      Happy Holidays!

  14. Friday,December 1, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Kristi, your cottage kitchen is just so charming! I love how to added Christmas to the nooks! Those open shelves and that large window… beautiful!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:23 am

      Thanks so much Cindy, I appreciate it! I don’t think the kitchen would be the same without the window. It’s our favorite thing about our space. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:24 am

      Thanks Jeanette! I agree with you, all kitchens should have a large window. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Jillian
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    In my other fantasy life where I live by myself (something I would probably actually hate full time) I live in a sweet clean little house and the kitchen would feel like yours. I would look out the wonderful window while I cooked only the things I loved and no one would leave knives in the sink…:) Love the holiday look and that was so clever to put the greens in the chimney.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:27 am

      Sounds like the perfect fantasy. I especially loved the part about no knives in the sink. Mine would be no plates. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for taking the tour and for making me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. MaryJean
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I just love those little gingerbread houses! They are so cute! Very nicely done! I do like your island. I’m thinking of replacing my kitchen table with an island and a couple of stools. I have my dining room table and I could use more counter space in my kitchen. It probably won’t be until this coming summer anyway. Oops, too much info. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:30 am

      I love the gingerbread houses too. I probably won’t eat them though (I don’t have the heart). An island sounds like a great idea. I thought we would sit at ours more but we hardly ever do. I love it for prep space though (and crafting).

      Thanks for taking the tour. xx

  17. Pat M.
    Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 12:41 am

    I’ve told you over and over how much I love your cozy home and it’s even more charming now that you’ve put Holiday touches on it. Like one of the people who commented above, I fantasize about living there – it’s just what I would want for myself. I also agree that a lovely house doesn’t have to have expensive finishes and brand new appliances. It’s what’s in the hearts and minds of those living there that make it a home. You should be proud – it’s wonderful.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:37 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Pat. I am enjoying our holiday decor more this year. I made sure to block out time to just spend on Christmas decorating (no other projects allowed). I haven’t been able to do that in 2 years. Because I put my other projects away for now, I’m able to sit and enjoy it more (well, I don’t sit for long but I still enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

      Thanks for visiting Pat. Hope you have a great Sunday!

  18. Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Everything looks SO beautiful!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:38 am

      Thanks so much Kristi, I appreciate it! Happy Holidays!

  19. Saturday,December 2, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I love that you shared your kitchen! It is beautiful!!!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 1:40 am

      Thanks so much Lindsay! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Holidays to you!

  20. Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I would have fought for that island, too! It really is beautiful! I like all of the natural green elements you have in your kitchen. I think that might be what I add to my kitchen decor (all I’ve done is pop a sign on top of the shoe bench thing). So festive without being over the top!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks Bre! I love to use greens whenever I can. It’s easy decor that I don’t have to store after the holidays. Perfect when you live in a small house. ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your visit. Happy Holidays!

  21. Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Kristi, your kitchen is amazing! I love the colors and the accessories you’ve chosen. That huge window is amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 3, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Thanks so much Stacey! It’s a pretty small space with limited area for decor so it has to be simple. It’s enough of a change to make it festive, plus we can see the tree in the dining room. I appreciate your visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Monday,December 4, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I love the style you have incorporated in your kitchen so far and all of the Christmas touches are so pretty! Those little gingerbread houses are the cutest!!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 5, 2017 / 6:09 am

      Thanks so much Nicole. We are enjoying our space all decorated for the holidays (and I love those little houses too). ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Monday,December 4, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    Everything is so pretty! I would have fought for that island too, as it is perfect for the space and beautiful.

    • Kristi
      Friday,December 8, 2017 / 12:09 am

      Thanks so much Rachel! I do love the island and it is the perfect fit for our small space. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tuesday,December 5, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    This might be my favorite kitchen! I wouldn’t mind washing dishes if I had that amazing window to look at! So lovely and cozy! Happy Holidays.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,December 6, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Awww that is so sweet, thanks so much Kristy! We really do love our space.

      Happy Holidays.

  25. Friday,December 8, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Your magnolia garland is perfect draped across that giant picture window! So pretty!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 9, 2017 / 12:33 am

      Thanks so much Emily, I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Joanie McLaughlin
    Tuesday,December 12, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Hello. I am new to your blog and will be looking at some of your past posts as your kitchen is adorable! I clicked on the link to your past kitchen post and can’t believe what a difference it made in painting your window frame black. It looks so amazing! On a side note, my parents are from Bakersville, NC and my grandparents lived in a rock house in one of the many coves (hollows). Their kitchen set up was very similar to yours with the large window overlooking their mountain views. Brings back a lot of good memories of their kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,December 14, 2017 / 1:32 am

      Hi Joanie, welcome!!! I’m so glad you found us and liked our kitchen window that I painted this past year. It ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would but I love how it, and the dining room window, turned out.

      Sounds like quite the house your grandparents had. I wish we had mountain views but the woods next to the house is as good as it gets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks so much for stopping in and taking a look around. I love hearing stories from my readers so I’m thrilled that you shared yours. Happy Holidays!

  27. Friday,December 22, 2017 / 1:23 am

    Marble has nothing on that stunning window! The changes y’all have made so far are lovely! I am so in love with your magnolia leaf garland as well as all the other fresh greenery. And the little mini gingerbread houses are adorable!

    • Kristi
      Friday,December 22, 2017 / 1:41 am

      Thanks so much Sarah, I appreciate your sweet comment. We will eventually renovate but I do love our kitchen space and decorating it this year was fun. I guess you just have to focus on the good parts of a room and look past the bad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks so much for touring our Christmas kitchen. Merry Christmas!

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