The next part of my Christmas tour is my kitchen, and well maybe the hallway and banister too.

dsc_2142I decided not to put a mantle above my fireplace when we were remodeling the family room. So I had to come up with somewhere else to hang the stockings. I decided to hang them on the window shelf in the nook of my staircase. I love this spot because it is right by the kid’s rooms and the red stockings pop off of the white wainscoting. I also love that decorations on the shelf on my wall that my hubby made me goes so well with Christmas. It feels like a fun Christmas spot in the house.

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My long banister is at the top of the stairwell, so I put the same garland on it that I used in the window shelf. I strung lights on both then hung these fun stars we found at Ikea. This gives off such a fun magical glow at night.

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We hung a wreath that has some small rice lights on it on the brick wall that is on the side of the kitchen. Way easy to hang, just some jute tied onto the light fixture.

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I added a few touches to the kitchen as well. This room is dang hard to photo graph, but I added a little bit of Christmas to the island as well as the lights.

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I decided to put my décor on a tray this year on the island. I did this because while I love my kitchen to look pretty, I actually cook in it every night. I had to have something I could move around when I need to use my island. It also is fun to use trays when decorating because it adds another layer of interest to your décor.

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I hung a evergreen wreath on my range hood. I love the softness against the hard surface.

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It was easy to hang. I just took some jute and tied it around the wreath. Then I just attached it with a thumb tack on the top of the molding. You will never see the hole.

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On the other side of my kitchen I set out my snowman plate with some wooden Christmas trees. I placed it on my wooden board for a different texture and height. Using things like wood cutting boards when displaying your décor can really add some interest to your room.

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And my youngest daughter’s favorite spot in the whole house…..a hot chocolate bar.

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I took some of our favorite hot chocolate and toppings and put it in my wire basket. I have it on my small counter next to the pantry. Not only is it decorative, but it is fun to have out for really cold days.

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Although there isn’t a ton of décor in the kitchen, I made the room pop by adding things that everyone loves. I used different heights and textures when displaying my items, and added some fun touches for the kids. It had to be practical, because I do still have to cook every night. But when I cook, I have some fun touches of Christmas to look at.

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