Classic Christmas Home Tour 2023 {Kitchen & Mud Room}

I’m really trying to plug through this Christmas tour! I have so many things to share with you this month and not enough days left to do it. :-) Today we will visit the kitchen and mud room.

Like most of you, the kitchen is the heart of our home. We spend more time in here than in any other room of the house so I love to make it merry and festive with greenery, ribbons, a coffee and cocoa bar, and our Christmas china.  

Watch the video tour here:

And, if you prefer photos, read on….

I am still so in love with the renovation we did a few years ago to level out the island and peninsula and brighten up the cabinets and backsplash. Just look at this view from the sofa in the den! The line of sight between these two rooms makes me SO happy when we are all gathered together doing life here.

A festive bowl of fruit and a candle look pretty from all sides here on the peninsula, and are short enough to keep things wide open between the two rooms.

Like in the rest of our living spaces, I love to frame pictures of our family from Christmases past, keep little bowls of candy and treats around, and replace my everyday decor with holiday items.  I store all of our holiday decor in large plastic tubs in the basement and attic.  When I take the Christmas things out, I fill them back up with everyday things that I won’t be using.  It would be WAY to much stuff to have it all out.

At the sink, I have a few holiday dishtowels for this time of year and my favorite hand and dish soap from Williams Sonoma. It smells divine!

This little corner gets a Happy Everything frame, cloche made from a girls crafternoon, decorative plates and some festive candy. A red cookbook is a nice addition, straight off my shelf.

Our coffee station is merrier than ever this time of the year. Sister gave me the cute little hot chocolate sign years ago for my treat station.

A few more decorative towels hang from the oven. My boys, of course, do not understand the use for a “decorative” towel so these are often wadded up, used as pot holders, or found cleaning up some mess. They wash and iron well. :-)

I use the island space more than any other in the kitchen, so the little tree is perfect to still have room for dinner prep and all the other activities that happen here. I have replaced all of our everyday china with our Christmas china.  The pattern is the classic Spode Christmas Tree.  Most of our collection was given to us when we were getting married, but Mother and Daddy-O usually add a serving piece for us each year.

I use the opposite little counter for cookbooks during most of the year, and decorative items over the holidays. The mailbox is Magnolia Home (mine is 5 years old), the Happy Tappers are a favorite item since my boys were babies, and the drink dispenser was from WalMart last year. The cute napkin holder is Nora Fleming.

Over in the dining area, the plaid pillows were from Homegoods a few years ago, and the little one in the middle was Pottery Barn a couple of years ago. The vintage piece that is folded over the back of the settee is actually my Grandma-O’s Christmas table cloth.  Mother cleaned it up and gave it to me a couple of years ago.  It doesn’t fit my table and I almost hate to use it like that anyway. 

I added the Elf door hanger to the garage door again this year and it is pretty merry to come home to since this is our most used entryway. The JOY boxwood garland was from Target after Christmas a few years ago. I used to sell pet bowls in my shop and these are Elsa’s from her first Christmas. I now use them as two food bowl and just a plain white water bowl.

I’ve got many more rooms to share. Stay tuned!

Christmas 2023 Home Tour
video tour |  exterior lighting | exterior | foyer |  living room | den
office + powder roomkitchen + mudroom | dining room
grown up bedrooms | teen bedrooms  | porch |  cabana + courtyard

Christmas Decor Shopping List
Remote Tree Switch | Monogram Guest Towels | Magic Light Wand
Balsam & Cedar Candle | North Pole Pillow
1″ Red Velvet Ribbon | 3″ Double Face Satin Red Ribbon
Record Player |  Elf soundtrack vinyl | Battery Tree Candles
Flameless candles 

Holiday DIY Video Series
How to Make Christmas Bows  |  How to Spruce Up a Basic Wreath
How to Make a Greenery Bouquet  |  Easy Flower Arranging Tips + Tricks
2 Ways to Tie the Perfect Bow | Candy Cane Calzone

Other Holiday DIY
2 Easy Ways to Hang Christmas Wreaths  |  Paper Bow DIY
Painted Lamp Shades  |  Reindeer Kid Art | Tinsel Trees

All Holiday & Seasonal Decor  |  All things Christmas


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4 thoughts on “Classic Christmas Home Tour 2023 {Kitchen & Mud Room}

  1. I am in love w/the 12 Days of Georgia Christmas towel. Just googled and it doesn’t seem to be available any more. The naked dogs (I caught that little nod to the Varsity), vidalia onions, peaches, etc are all so….GEORGIA! If you happen to know of any place that does still have thes adorable towels in stock, I’d love to know.

  2. Your home is lovely, as always, Amanda. 🎄🎄🎄I have a collection of vintage tablecloths that I gathered when I had a small table in my first apartment. I use them occasionally now either layered on top of a longer one or on my island and just wanted to share that idea. Your Grandmother O’s is just darling and I like how you have it draped. Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻 Jane ~ San Diego 🌴

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