Seasonal Transitioning: Kitchen & Surrounding Area

The hard part of my transformation from Christmas to my every-day decor was finished.  The Staircase DecorFireplace Decor, & Family Room (along with the surrounding corners and shelves) always takes the most time and effort. (I inserted posts that describe those specific spaces).  In this post, I’ll be highlighting the kitchen, kitchen eating area and surrounding area including a couple of cozy corners.  I will not bore you with the “how-to” details in this post.  I will provide you links to my “how to” posts along the way and they will show you how I put together my cozy corners and lantern. 🙂

Here we go…I started by switching out my tablecloth on the kitchen table and then I created a lantern centerpiece…

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Here is a link to my A Lantern Centerpiece For All Seasons post, in that post I describe how I take this same lantern and tray through the Seasons. 🙂

Next, I worked on my kitchen hutch:

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And then a cozy corner that sits to the left of the hutch:

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I have a lovely corner shelf, that is what I worked on next:

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And then I moved into the powder room:

I added a few little things to this grouping that sits on top of the kitchen desk:

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And then I moved on to the kitchen windows:

After I got those windows finished, this side of the house was done!!!

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Yippee Skippee!!  I did the “Happy Dance”!!  It felt so good to get all of that accomplished.  🙂

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Here is that link that I promised to provide y’all to my How To Create Cozy Corners and More post. There is a plethora of info included in that link. 🙂

I still had the living and dining rooms left to do, and I did a little tweaking to the outside of the house as well.  Both of those posts will be coming up in the next couple of days…stay tuned. 🙂

Here is a sneak peek of the living and dining rooms:

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

~Arlynn

Family Room: Cozy Corner & More

Now that the staircase bannister and the fireplace decorations were transitioned over to a more every-day sort of look, I started to work my way around the rest of the family room.  The first project that I took on was this “Cozy Corner” <~~~My name for a grouping of decor that is well thought out and planned to go into a certain space>>>.  I have many such corners in my home but, in this case, this is the corner that I was fixin’ to transform:

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I hated to take that apart as I was really happy with how the Christmas decor turned out (this year was the first time I had decorated that ladder for Christmas).  Anyway, I disassembled this grouping and packed it away for safe keeping and I started to gather the items that would make up my new grouping.

The first thing that I did was to wrap a pip berry garland with a set of 50 deco lights; they are teeny tiny and are so pretty peeking out from the pip berries.

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Let me pause here and provide a link for y’all.  I wrote up an entire blog post describing how I put my Cozy Corners together, here is the link to my Cozy Corners & More post.  I *will* let you know for this project that I did have to glue some pipe cleaners on the backs of those plaques so that I could tie them onto the rungs of the ladder…Note:  I had tried to use Command Strip Velcro, but it just wouldn’t hold.

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That said, I’ll just show you how this turned out in the end. 🙂

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As you can see, I folded a lap quilt nicely and placed it over an old basket, piled some pillows on top, and placed a plaque (that matches a grapevine wreath that I made–I’ll show you that in a minute), and a couple of old Boyd’s Bears.  That sewing basket was my grandmother’s and it serves as a nice little piece with which to add a bit of interest.

In the evening hours, those little lights twinkle so nicely–BTW, those wooden stars are held onto the ladder with velcro…

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So, that little corner was complete and I moved onto the top of the credenza that sits in front of the tv and in between the fireplace and the cozy corner that I highlighted above.  I started by making up a quick little centerpiece…Here is what I came up with:

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As you can see, I gather a bunch of accent pieces but, I don’t always use every single piece, here is the finished centerpiece (I chose not to use one of the plaques and I took the yellow all gerber daisies save for that one fluffy one in the front out of the mix)…

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Here is how that end of the room looks now that it is all transitioned over to a more generic country decor:

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Then I made an arrangement to put on a side table…

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Next I moved on to a table and shelf that separate the kitchen and the family room…IMG_3404

This will give you a bit of perspective as to where these pieces are located:

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And here is that grapevine wreath that I referred to above:

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I absolutely love to decorate and as I have mentioned before, I have no formal training, but gosh, I really do get a feeling of accomplishment when I, little ole me, can actually pull a room together through decor.  I’ve had decades of practice and I’ve spent a ton of time honing my skills; at 50+ years of age, I finally feel as if I’ve found my niche. 🙂

Here is the entire family room completely redecorated for the winter months (and possibly beyond)…the big black blurb close to the fireplace is our Newfie Sophie…haha:

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In my next post, I’ll highlight the kitchen and eating area where I created a new lantern centerpiece for the table…Here is a sneak peek:

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I did a few other things in this area too, so stay tuned…and thanks a bunch for joining me as we transition my home from Christmas to every-day decor. 🙂

Until next time y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤