Christmas Kitchen

This post is brought to you by utter, total, and complete relief… after two and a half months of plastic, construction, take out, and dust, I’m thrilled to share with you our new, classic yet modern kitchen all decked out for Christmas.

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This is officially one of those obnoxious squealing with glee kind of moments for me (if I did that sort of annoying thing – which of course, I never would ūüėČ ). ¬†I’m so pleased to share with you my Christmas kitchen today along with some other amazing bloggers as a part of the Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tours hosted by Jennifer of Decor Gold Designs and Randi of Randi Garrett Design.

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If you are visiting from Thistlewood Farms, I’m so pleased to have you here. ¬†I first met Karianne several years ago when I brought my 6-week-old daughter to a blogging conference; Kari was quick to fawn over the baby – a sure way into a mom’s heart. ¬†But I’m here today to talk about kitchens…

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I am sharing a few sources at the bottom of the post, but for my regular readers (and anyone else interested!), I promise full before and afters as well as source lists and¬†tutorials after the holidays… For now we are just going to enjoy the beauty of this finished space.

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It’s a far cry from our first kitchen as a married couple. ¬†We were renting a tiny little 2-bedroom bungalow, and we discovered after we moved in that the dishwasher was actually not connected to any water lines. ¬†You had to roll it into the middle of the kitchen and screw a hose onto the sink faucet in order to use it…

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But I painted the space a fun brick red and hand washed a¬†lot of dishes. ūüėČ ¬†We certainly have sweet memories from¬†that¬†little house.

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Our next kitchen was an original 1954 ranch style home… And I mean¬†original. ¬†No dishwasher, no disposal, black and white ceramic checkerboard tile countertops, knotty pine cabinets, and – of course – no less than four doors to shut it off completely from the rest of the house.

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Since that was our first home to own, we¬†enjoyed the space (aka opened all the doors and bleached the countertop grout) while we saved money to remodel… At¬†which point we promptly knocked out a wall, rearranged, added white cabinets, and installed granite countertops.

And I realized my calling as a serial home remodeler.

I jest.  Sort of.

Gorgeous two-tone kitchen design with white upper cabinets, gray lower cabinets, carrara marble counters and marble subway tile backsplash, a farm sink, and a beautiful wood island and brass hardware...

Gorgeous two-tone kitchen design with white upper cabinets, gray lower cabinets, carrara marble counters and marble subway tile backsplash, a farm sink, and a beautiful wood island and brass hardware...

Our next home (if you don’t count our apartment in Paris that we lived in for two years) was a 75-year-old colonial: grand, elegant, and in desperate need of love.

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Let’s just say that not only were the countertops covered with¬†broken pink floor tiles, but¬†we lived with a 4’x8′ hole in our kitchen ceiling…

for. six. months.

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Now that might have more to say about us than about the home itself, but we’re going to gloss over that part. ūüėČ ¬†In the end, we finally¬†created a beautiful white kitchen (you can see the final project here if you’re interested) and put the home on the market 3 days later to move here…

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To another kitchen with tile countertops. ¬†Now there is nothing wrong with tile countertops… I just happen to know one of my own weaknesses: though I am neat, I am not always clean. ¬†And when I begin to think about the dirt collecting in those grout lines due to my poorly inadequate housekeeping… Well, I try not to think about it. ¬†Which brings us to kitchen remodel #3:

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And here I am documenting my official determination not to move away until we have enjoyed this new kitchen for¬†at least a year. ¬†Wish me luck. ūüėČ

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I hope you enjoyed seeing our new kitchen space and the small holiday touches we’ve added to it.

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If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you can do so here!), you may have seen the gingerbread decorating party I had with my three little ones. ¬†It’s moments like those that make a pretty¬†space truly beautiful.

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I hope your home is filled with beautiful moments this holiday season, as well. ¬†Be sure to visit my sweet friend Lucy next at Craftberry Bush. ¬†Her heart and home are equally lovely, and I know you won’t be disappointed. ¬†And you can visit all the other bloggers sharing their homes this week below.

See most sources from today’s post below (these are affiliate links; click here for my full disclosure):

A Thoughtful Place

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Thistlewood Farm

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Maison De Pax

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Craftberry Bush

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Shabbyfufu

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CC + Mike

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A Thoughtful Place

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Thistlewood Farm

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Maison De Pax

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Craftberry Bush

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Shabbyfufu

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CC + Mike

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MONDAY – ENTRY/PORCH

StoneGable | Decor Gold Designs | Eleven Gables

Randi Garrett Design | Dimples & Tangles | Dear Lillie | French Country Cottage

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TUESDAY – LIVING ROOM

Jennifer Rizzo | Sita Montgomery Interiors | CC + Mike

Lindsay Hill Interiors | I Don’t Know How She Does It | Shabbyfufu

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THURSDAY – DINING ROOM

Tone on Tone | Sunny Side Up | Just a Girl and Her Blog

Lindsay Hill Interiors | The Leslie Style | Eye for Pretty

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FRIDAY – BEDROOM

Edith & Evelyn | Randi Garrett Design | French Country Cottage

Decor Gold Designs | Life On Virginia Street | Zevy Joy

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Comments

  1. Good morning friend. :)

    Your kitchen is lovely! And gingerbread men, too!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    karianne

  2. In love with your new kitchen Rachel! Merry Christmas!

  3. I’m so jealous! Simply stunning! :)

  4. It’s GORGEOUS Rachel!! This is very similar to what I want to do in our kitchen – dark cabinets on the bottom and white on top.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Your new kitchen is AMAZING!!! I love the choice to have gray on the lower cabinets. Beautifully designed and the perfect backdrop for your Christmas touches. Love it! Merry Christmas!

  6. Rachel I’m so excited for you and your beautiful new kitchen! Sit back, relax and enjoy how beautiful it is this season!!! Merry Christmas my sweet friend! ‚̧ԳŹ

  7. Oh Rachel! It’s simply stunning! You could not have designed a more perfect kitchen! Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy every minute in here :-)

  8. looks beautiful. congrats getting through your 3 remodel. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. Girlfriend your kitchen is AMAZING. Love the two toned cabinets and that light fixture is above the sink. Every single thing is perfection. Loved taking your tour!!

  10. Rachel, your new kitchen is so beautiful! I love your simple but pretty holiday touches, too. Hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday in your new kitchen with your family!

    xo

    Kathleen

  11. Gorgeous! What color are your lower cabinets?

  12. Your kitchen renovation is beautiful! Just in time to enjoy for Christmas! ‘!
    Happy Holidays
    Rebeca

  13. Rachel!! So stunning!! I love it all – you did such an amazing job. The mix of the classic cabinetry with the marble and then the vintage island! Beautiful job, friend!

  14. In love with your kitchen and your blog!! Do you mind revealing what kind of countertops your kitchen has? Much appreciated!

    Best!

  15. Love your kitchen! I am starting a renovation of my kitchen in the next 2 weeks. What are your counters?

    Thank you!

  16. Tanya m Harville says:

    What color are your beautiful uppers?

  17. is it too late to chime in? I LOVE the Nativity set in your cabinets. Can you list your source?

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