A Very Merry Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

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What I love about Christmas is decorating, and the family of course! Here is how I decorated my farmhouse kitchen for the holidays!

A Very Merry Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen || Worthing Court

Welcome to my Very Merry Christmas farmhouse kitchen – the heart of Worthing Court!  I think I had more fun decorating my kitchen this year than I ever, ever have in the past.  I did some thinking about why I felt that way and I decided it was because I allowed myself to return to my Christmas roots this year.

Vintage Fitz and Floyd Christmas cookie jar and a plaid Christmas mug on the kitchen counter.

You see, in recent years, I think that I’ve tried to force my Christmas to be something that isn’t me.  I felt like I had to get rid of my traditional, well loved, Christmas decorations and replace them with something new.

Christmas hot drink bar, with coffee and hot chocolate.

To be totally transparent – I thought that I would no longer be a cool blogger if I used any of the Christmas items that I’ve collected over the years, such as my vintage Fitz & Floyd Santa cookie jar and Santa chalkboard holder.

Christmas hot cocoa bar vignette on the kitchen counter beside the coffee.

 

There are coffee and hot chocolate pods for the Keurig.

I moved myself away from my much loved, collected Christmas decorations for the last several years.  So, I started using oversize, glittery, over the top tree ornaments.  I no longer used my traditional Christmas green anything and thought that I could only use the newest shade of soft lime green.  People stopped setting up Christmas villages, so I thought that I would appear old fashioned if I put any of ours on display.

Christmas kitchen island vignette featuring a Christmas village house in a glass canister.

Last year, I banned red and green almost completely and went with mostly neutral Christmas decorations.  Don’t get me wrong – I adore neutral Christmas decorations and I thought what I had done was beautiful, but it wasn’t me and it wasn’t what represents Christmas to my family.  I could see it in their eyes and I could hear it in their voices.

Christmas wreath with red and white striped ribbon above the cooktop.

You know what I found out?  I was wrong.  So wrong.  In trying to keep up with what everyone else was doing, I had managed to remove much of the magic of Christmas from my home.  Our house felt more like a storefront than our own home.  It even seemed like some of the excitement was gone.

There are green apples in a glass canister beside the home made loaf.

 

Christmas vignette in a glass canister of deer and a Christmas tree.

So this year, out came the red!  And out came the green!  I pulled out some of those collected Christmas treasures that had been relegated to a box in the back of the attic.  In a way, I felt like I had come home again for Christmas!

Christmas candy cane vignette on the counter in the kitchen.

And, my sweet Pookie gave me the ultimate compliment a few days ago, when out of the blue, while walking through the house, he said, “You know what?  I don’t want to see Christmas come to an end.  It makes me sad to see all of the pretty Christmas decorations put away.  I love our house this year.”.  Thank you, Pookie.  You have no idea how your words filled my heart!  Not because Christmas is all about the decorations or all about the gifts.  It totally isn’t!

A neutral white kitchen with pops of red and green for Christmas.

Christmas is about the greatest gift to all mankind – a Sweet Babe, born in a lowly stable.  He who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and who came to take the sins of the world away!  From my heart to yours, I wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases, my friends!

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  1. I absolutely love your kitchen and your whole house. It looks very warm, cozy, bright and cheery. I too, love the red and green colors of Christmas. Stay true to yourself and you will always do your best work. Thx for sharing!

  2. Chris julian says:

    Dear Suzy,
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Your recent post about being true to yourself in your Christmas decorating really hit home for me. Actually it gave me a much needed green light to decorate my new home year round in OUR STYLE. We have moved 15 times over 34 years and 3 in the last 2 . Yup crazy. Finally we will retire out of our location and I love it. I love home decor, I love decorating, painting all of it and I struggle with what I love and what printed media says I should love. You gave me confidence to make our home ours, all 34 years, 4 children ( grown) 4 dogs and many memories worth displaying. Thank you, Merry Christmas and you truly get the real reasons we celebrate Christmas. Chris

  3. Anne Marie says:

    I agree with you – Christmas is what makes you happy.

  4. Tamara Verbiest says:

    As always, your seasonal styling is warm and elegant with a touch of nostalgic whimsy. You exemplify the adage about a house becoming a home. Walking into your home would probably make even a prickly stranger relax and smile. Always fun to check out what you’ve assembled. Have a wonderful Christmas, my NC sister!

  5. Even though I have a coastal styled home, I still decorate with the traditional red and green for Christmas. It just wouldn’t be Christmas any other way! Your home is amazing, Suzy! It’s so cozy warm! I love every ench of it! I’m glad you brought out the real reason for the season! May you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

  6. A hearty amen to your post. I had a hard time decorating this year because I DIDN’T pull out all the old favorites. Part of the reason was we re-decorated our house this year and I thought the new color scheme in especially the family room didn’t call for red and green. But I miss a lot of the old things. I guess live and learn, even at the old age of 70!!!

  7. Wendy Janes says:

    I love your red and green theme! Thank you so much for your honesty, I have gone through the same decorating journey and also returned to my beloved red and green. Your photos have really inspired me! We have just moved from a 3story home into a brand new condo over looking the St. Lawrence river. It is very open concept with huge windows. At the moment it feels very cold and sterile, not to mention the fact that it isn’t completely finished. I have started to warm up the neutral palette with hits of red and green for Christmas and it is slowly beginning to feel more like home. Thank you for your inspiration and a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. Your kitchen looks beautiful and I agree with Pookie. It seems real empty in the house after all the decorations are put away. It is so fun to make a fire and look at the Christmas lights. I also like your container for K-cups and it fits right in. The old favorites look great.

  9. I love, love, LOVE how you have decorated. I know that some in blogland have themed trees, and some even suggest if you don’t have a themed tree, you’re just not decorating right. Decorating our main tree is one of the highlights of the season for me. Each ornament means something special and as I add them to our tree, memories of where they came from make for an emotional, yet very happy day. My favorites will always be the wooden ornaments my mother helped me and my new husband paint for our first tree together. Then there are the ornaments made by my sons, the ornaments made with the thumbprints of my grandchildren when they were little, and the ones made by my great-granddaughter for my husband and me. Our tree tells a story – the story of us, and I know yours does too.

  10. I love your displays in your jars. I have these same jars, but mine are full of different flours I use. I might just have to empty one & try the gingerbread house display.

  11. nancy dempsey says:

    I love how warm and traditional your kitchen is all decorated for Christmas. Good memories are an important part of the holidays. Enjoy!

  12. So beautiful in every corner

  13. Thank you for staying true to your style. I am so tired of some bloggers and the white on off white on gray colors that they constantly use. It’s like they live in a black and white t.v. show. I think that someday we will look back at the 20 teen decor years and wonder why we were so depressed!
    Your home is bright, cheerful, homey, and beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  14. I love what u have done. It the thins that mean something to us that makes it our home

  15. Love your red and green Christmas decorations! Thanks for being true to who you really are. So refreshing. Our homes should be a reflection of ourselves and our family. Frankly, I’ve grown a bit tired of all the bland, colorless decor that fills blog land.

  16. I am new to your blog but am glad you returned to your “roots”. I love your Christmas decorations and proclaiming the reason for the season. God bless and have a wonderful holiday!

  17. Your blog is my first to read EVERYDAY! We all love you and your sharing of your home. Thank you for also sharing your faith and reminding each one of us that Christ is the reason for the season! Merry Christmas to all!

  18. ABSOLUTLY DARLING !! So cozy and charming! Warm and cozy! lOVE it !!!

  19. Your post made me smile. How many times have we changed something because we think we need to to stay current? I went through a similar struggle earlier in the year then realized if I’d use what I love, the house would feel like us. I love all your red and green. It’s beautiful . I absolutely love your gingerbread house in the jar! It’s so adorable!

  20. I love your kichen decor, well all of your decor this year! I find it refreshing that you are using classic decor and displaying it so well. Your decor this year is breathtaking.

  21. I love your red and green and the classic Christmas feelings they bring! Your home is beautiful and I always enjoy your blog. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  22. Oh my gosh, I did the same thing last year – all neutrals, and while I absolutely loved it my family did not. This year I too brought back the red and green and lots of our old Christmas decor, and everyone is happy again! Your home looks fabulous, so warm, welcoming and full of Christmas cheer. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and for embracing the traditional colors of the season!

  23. The colors make your house look happy! So nicely done. And thanks for reminding why we celebrate Christmas…..the Christ child. We should all remember this amidst all the stress and impatience so easily found this time of year!

  24. I love your Christmas home! I have found old ornaments that bring back memories at my mother’s house. That to me is always a reminder of great Christmases we shared together and it makes me happy to bring them back into my decor!

  25. So pretty! Yes! Jesus is truly the reason for the season! Merry Christmas!!!

  26. Yes for red. Your kitchen looks cozy, cheerful and warm.

  27. mattsgramma says:

    You’ve inspired me to find a big glass jar and try my hand at a gingerbread display in my kitchen. I agree red and green are the best colors and I really like the plaid look which is becoming popular now. God’s blessings to you.

  28. MariaElena says:

    Suzy, it just doesn’t get any better than this. Your kitchen looks GORGEOUS! I love every detail of your Christmas decor. Sooo pretty! Have a wonderful Sunday! Maria

  29. Carol Elkins says:

    I love your kitchen!!! The wreaths hanging on the cabinet doors are too cute!

  30. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous! And I appreciate your transparency about not feeling like you have been true to yourself with your Christmas decorating. I agree with you on that; I feel that way, too, and think nothing is more beautiful than using things that are precious and special to you. You can just feel the love in the house when you decorate with things that are meaningful to you!
    Thank you for sharing so honestly! Hope you have a Blessed Christmas!

  31. THANK YOU for saying this! I have been feeling the same way the past two years and this year I also went back to my “roots” as you put it. And by the way I LOVE your kitchen! It looks like such a happy place! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  32. I was so happy to learn that I am not the only one who likes Christmas red and green colors rather than the lime green color. As Jae stated in an earlier post your kitchen looks happy in red and green. I too have similar jars as yours and I want to see what I can do with them tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Thank you for going back to your roots! It us SO easy to just follow the trend in blogland but love that it’s our own touch and style that makes our house our home! Yours us so stunning! Merry Christmas, Suzy! xo

  34. Hi There,
    So glad you went back to your roots in Christmas decorating and used the things that mean so much to you.
    Where did you get the lanterns hanging over your island?

    1. Hi Mildred. The lanterns above the island came from Home Depot.

  35. I love your decorations, especially the old ones. It is refreshing and encouraging to see a blogger not following the trends. This is the first year I have shared my Christmas home and was nervous because most of my decor was passed don from my mother or not trendy, but it is what I love. I think you can have a good mix of both and stay true to your traditional Christmas style. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Your message really touched my heart. Thank you for encouraging me also to be “true to myself” all the time including when decorating. I especially loved your words about Jesus coming as a baby and who is the Savior of the world and wants to be a personal Savior for each one of us who realizes that we are a sinner in need to grace. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  37. I love this narrative! I’ve been keeping a home for over 490 yrs and we have a big collection of old fashioned, beautiful, meaningful decorations too. I actually love the mix and each piece has a story. Curated collected Christmas we’ll call it! ?

  38. Jen @ Noting Grace says:

    I love all the colors! This is such a cute Christmas-y kitchen!

  39. I really enjoyed this post this morning. And that gingerbread house under glass I am going to replicate as a gift. Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. I am pretty new to your blog, but it broke my heart to read through the first part of your post. I’m so glad you decided to decorate how you wanted for Christmas because it has all turned out so pretty.

  41. Love this “back to the past”! I too have moved this year to a new state- and downsized but a clean slate!! But- used more red and green- -albeit gold! On the tree. Like you, over my “Tuscan” phase and am incorporating more farmhouse and “coastal” color-blues and lighter greens with light walls! Love! I am new to your blog but amyour biggest fan! (Zone if I could get my “pookie” to fully retire to help with your projects… but I’m saving them!

  42. I’m sitting here crying…. Sweet, sweet tears! Thank you for being so transparent and *real*! Thank you for making your home the home that you and your family love. Thank you for bringing back ‘your’ red and green. Most of all, I’m thanking the Lord that you are bringing Him much glory through your home… giving your family and friends (and readers) a ‘taste of Heaven’ through what you share! You are reflecting Him in a big way, being creative, as He is the Creator! Thank you so much for sharing those last few sentences, as well. Praising Him through the tears!

  43. Very beautiful and welcoming decor! Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday. Happy Christmas season to you.

  44. So pretty and festive!! I can definitely feel the holiday spirit <3

  45. Lovely! I just want to drop in for a cup of Christmas! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared. Happy Holidays!

  46. Kelly Middleton says:

    Silver and gold are beautiful and elegant, but red and green say Christmas. =)

  47. Such inspiration! Love it! A fan from Wilmington N.C.

  48. Christmas always makes me happy. When I feel a bit down, I go look at my Pinterest board of Christmas. Your posts are in there too to cheer me up. Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Take care.

  49. I love the little wreaths on ribbons on your kitchen cabinets. Do you have a tutorial on how you did them? How are they attached to your cabinets from the inside?

    1. Hi Maggie. I added small, clear plastic Command Strip hooks to the back of my cabinet doors, up toward the top of the door. I then tied a knot in the end of the ribbon and hung it from the hook. I just leave the hooks up year round, so that I can use them next year. Hope this makes sense! 😀

  50. Tonya Wright says:

    Where did you get the wooden thing that your stuff sits on by the stove?

    1. Hi Tonya. I found it at a local home decor store.

  51. Toni Stinson says:

    Your home is beautiful! Guess I’m about a year behind you…We are a military family and the last three years have been spent in Southern California where I decorated for Christmas with blues and greens because we were on the beach. It was beautiful but not the traditional Christmas that my family loves… Of course when I said I was going back to the traditional red and green, only then did my family tell me that they really preferred traditional over beach Christmas lol! Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Happy Holidays!

  52. I stumbled across your blog while searching for inspiration for farmhouse style Christmas decor! Absolutely loving the little coffee bar. I’ve been trying to set one up in my kitchen for awhile but just always seems to look like a hot mess! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  53. Barbara Warner says:

    I love your Christmas kitchen! My favorites are the wreaths on the cabinet doors and the Christmasy things in the glass canisters! Apples, deer, gingerbread houses – super cute! I love the traditional red and green Christmas decor!

    1. Thank you so much, Barbara! My whole family loves traditional red and green this time of year!

  54. Thank you for sharing your traditional red and green decorations! I love all my old nostalgic red and green and some very old, worn ornaments that our kids made when they were young. It might look old-fashioned to some people but it feels warm and cozy to me!

  55. This Christmas post is still one of my all time favorites and I keep coming back to look at what you did! I just love the way you decorate for Christmas! It is so old fashioned and homey! Where did you find that adorable gingerbread house? I think it is the cutest ones I have ever seen! Thank you for your awesome inspiration and ideas! Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Karen. I apologize for taking a few days to respond to you! That gingerbread house is a part of a Department 56 Christmas village that we’ve purchased several pieces of over the years.

  56. Hi Suzy,

    I absolutely love your kitchen decor. You are a truly gifted interior designer. I’m Canadian from a town located between Toronto & Niagara Falls. I love what you’ve done so much, I purchased the exact same gingerbread house on eBay.

    I’m wondering where you purchased the glass jars and what size jar did you need for the gingerbread house?

    Thanks,

    Mary

  57. Kathi Bonney says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for staying true to yourself..my sentiments exactly…I am putting my Snow Village center stage this year. Although I look at the new stuff every year but always fall back to my old Christmas items and look forward to setting them up every year…like old friends. I applaud you…Merry Christmas Home is what you have…not a big box house!!!!

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I get tired of seeing every house decorated the same way, especially on social media.