Friday, December 30, 2011

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor and Shelf

Farmhouse kitchen decor
I am always a little thrilled when the holiday stuff comes down and you can start fresh. A new year is dawning and surfaces have been straightened and wiped down. Putting back the everyday decor takes on a fresh new start. I don't sew or craft so to arrange things in my home is I guess my creative outlet. Changing things around and coming up with new ideas to display my cherished goodies is just down right a heck of a lot of fun. And when you find the right combo of this and that and you say, "wah-lah," it is so very pleasing.


I had intended to paint the kitchen in 2011 but never got to it. Only about half my painting jobs were completed. I won't be painting straight ahead but instead we will be focusing on doing some maintenance to our home and cars. You know how when it rains it pours kind of thing?



Hubs spent six hours on a new faucet that we discovered Christmas day was leaking into the cupboard below. The old one that is and then the installation never goes smoothly. We have several things that need attention and then my check engine light went off in the car and so on. You know pressing life stuff. So any new decorating for now will have to be with items I already own or cheaply thrifted pretties.


I have plenty of stuff already so who needs more stuff really? I did put out my thrift store yellow check thermos on my kitchen shelf. I love it!


Kept the colors simple up here for now. Have to have a little red so the lid of the jar with the eggs will do.



30 comments:

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I love your shelf and all the things you have displayed and also the way you have them displayed. Just so cute!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Ahhh it feels so good. I am just about finished too. Yesterday I spent the day doing the floors and dusting. Seems the house gets so dirty this time of year. Your little shelf is darling! Happy New year!

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I'm like you too. I don't sew or really craft things unless it's super easy. Most things I can con...up I mean convince my hubby to make for me. :) I just put the finishing touches on with paint. I love to rearrange things. If I had to pick the perfect job it would be decorating a shop or someone's home place. I do like to bake and scrapbook too.

I love the little touches of yellow with the red lidded jar in your display. I have a couple of little spots I like to change with the season. My Christmas is all still up but I'm itching to take it down and de-clutter. I hear ya about the real life stuff, it seems to happen at the worst time.

Carey

Vintage Gal said...

Love your little shelf ~ The jar with the red lid and the eggs inside is just my cup of tea ~ it makes me smile ;-)

Kris said...

I know what you mean about, when it rains, it pours!! Seems to always be the way. I too love the new fresh start of the new year!! Always full of hope, and anticipation!
Have a great day!!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love the feel of our home after the decorations are put away. And I am with you...I do not need another thing! Now I know I will buy something this year...but I don't need it that is for sure!

Shelley said...

I love that shelf and you have displayed so nicely...I still have much to do here...soon :)
Blessings

cindy said...

I agree! I am so ready to put all the holiday decor away and start anew.

An old wives tale that has been passed down in our family is
don’t have your christmas tree up twice in the same year or you will have bad luck. Now, I am not one who believe in any wives tales but I do think this a cute “tale”.

cindy

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Your ahead of me Elaine but I have a long weekend of so hopefully I'll be finished by Tuesday. That shelf looks adorable and you are very creative my friend. We are going to work on crafty this year! lol Have a safe and Happy New Year. Patty

Holly said...

I just love the flour and sugar shakers. And those rolling pins!! To die for. Have a wonderful New Year!

Sherry said...

I just looked at the thumbnails and I thought oh, this looks like Elaine's! I love your style and that new little thermos. I had to come over and check it out. I like the color of your walls with all of your kitchen decor. We have many things that need taking care of before decor too. So, I will probably be doing lots of vignettes and maybe more food photography this year. Have a very Happy New Year and thank you for joining me for Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Kathy said...

I haven't started. My husband asked me last night when the 'deSantification process would begin'. I should have started Tuesday, probably tomorrow! It does feel good and it is fun to rearrange what you have - I have been working it out in my head though!
I hope you have a blessed New Year,
Kathy

Michelle said...

The shelf looks great.I know all about house maintenance. We seem to be always working on something,either in the house or out in the yard.

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Fresh and inviting. Love it!

iSavortheWeekend said...

Cleaning and rearranging makes it feel brand new too and that always makes me a happy girl! Happy New Year! :)

Linda said...

It's nice to change up what we have and make it look a bit different...you have a great eye and your shelf looks very cute! Happy New Year!!

Cozy Little House said...

Yeah, me too. 2012 will be my year of living thriftily!
Brenda

Sweet .n. Simple said...

That jar with the eggs is adorable:) I enjoy the putting away of Christmas and the freshening up too!

blessedmom's simple home said...

I love your little thermos :) We took down our Christmas decorations too. I didn't put as many up this year, so it was much easier to take down. This may be the start of a new tradition :)
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Blessings,
Marcia

Leslie said...

I love what you did with that shelf...perfect!!! As much as I hate taking the Christmas stuff down, I also love cleaning and redoing things around the house. I would love some new countertops...but the roof is leaking...dog needs to see the vet...kid needs braces..truck needs repairs... meanwhile,we will just enjoy what we've got!!
happy new year...I am so happy that I found your blot this year.

Maggie said...

Your shelf with all it's simple cottagey pieces is just delightful.
Great shadow capture in the last photo, too!
Happy New Year from Normandy.

Sarah said...

It does look fresh and ready for a new year. I'm still sitting here with all the Christmas decor needing to be taken down and packed away. Tomorrow!
Happy New Year to you! ~ Sarah

Honey at 2805 said...

It's lovely: clean, neat and fresh!

Tricia said...

Your shelf with vintage goodies looks great! I can sympathize with you -- we had a dishwasher leak that damaged the wood floor and carpet in an adjoining room -- not fun and NOT covered by insurance. . . . Guess we'll be doing a patch job.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Isn't it amazing what a little rearranging of decor will do to make things look new?
My daughter rotates the kids' toys so that they don't get bored with what they have and I think the same holds true with the things we use to decorate our homes.
I'm coveting that yellow-checked thermos...I think it would look great in my yellow and blue kitchen! ;D

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great vintage kitchen decor!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love this little shelf. It is wonderful and your display is fabulous. Love that check thermos, how cool is that. I so agree, I have way too much stuff, so this is the year I am going to pair down. Not buying anything. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it's sweet, homey, cozy and warm, Elaine! There's nothing wrong with that while you take care of life's little hiccups!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

LOVE that yellow gingham thermos!
I have never ever seen one like it --- what a find.
It is good to put things back after the holidays and put a new face or a new spin on your old groupings, I agree!

Thanks sooOOO much for linking up and sharing your sweet kitchen shelf vignette!

Hope you will come back again next month on the first and share again!

Best~
Alison

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