Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas in the Breakfast Room

Last Christmas, the house was completely decorated by early December. I'm taking an unhurried approach this year, and I'm enjoying the process. Over the weekend, I drank hot cocoa and watched Season 2 of "The Crown," which I highly recommend. Then I puttered around the breakfast room.

The room's neutral background makes it easy to change colors through the seasons. After gathering red-and-white items, I worked in phases: adding fresh garlands, sparkling ornaments, a tiny tree, and charming Swedish gnomes. On the table, I went straight to the dogs again with puppy-themed salad plates.


 Working in my turtle fashion, I finally found curtains for the breakfast room. Actually, I hadn't been sure I wanted window treatments, so I waited. But I knew I didn't want anything heavy or custom-made. If curtains went up, they needed to be simple. 

A few weeks ago, while browsing at HomeGoods, I spotted white Belgium linen panels.  Kudos to Tyler for installing the curtain rods. I love how the fabric softens the windows and doesn't compete with the view. 



During the year-long remodel of this house (Autumn 2014 - Thanksgiving 2015), I wrote extensively about the process. In the breakfast room, we removed the sliding doors and added a bay window, effectively adding more space. If you look at the right side of the hutch, you'll see where the room originally ended. As for the new bay window, we used stock French doors and framed around them. The cabinet maker built a pine hutch, using one of my crude drawings as an example, and worked his magic.

It was love at first sight. 

Best of all, the hutch encourages me to celebrate the seasons, which allows us to celebratge life.

This week, I'll walk around the yard and cut more greenery and red berries. I always decorate at eye-level, saving the out-of-reach spots for last. Needles are everywhere, but so is the bright, fresh smell of pine and cedar.








Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you're enjoying the season and sipping plenty of hot cocoa.

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22 comments:

  1. Love that hutch that encourages you to celebrate the seasons! xo

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  2. Just so beautiful! That pine hutch is magnificent and I love the skirts on your chairs.

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  3. Lovely! Love the chairs and the hutch.

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  4. Your home is SO pretty for Christmas! I could look at these photos all day. You've made me realize that I have Leland cypress trees in my backyard and have never thought of bringing some fresh cuttings indoors. I will today!

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  5. So Merry and Bright Michael Lee! I adore your hutch festooned with greenery, the pops of cheery red, and gingerbread house. Is it real or a wonderful replica? Your chandy with the greenery and ornaments and baubles would make Christmas in the breakfast room a feast everyday. ♥

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  6. It's absolutely perfect Michael Lee, so warm, cozy, Christmasy and inviting! The dog plates are just the icing on the cake! I am so happy you have your furry friends for Christmas, happiest of holidays to you!
    Jenna

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  7. I gifted myself with a new hutch this year as well -- actually a wall unit -- and find inspiration every day. I am having a blast decorating it for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration that you never cease to provide.

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  8. Your room gives me such a Scandinavian vibe.... which I dearly love....

    I have those same chairs in my dining room but now I realize mine are only half-dressed! Skirts... who knew they needed skirts?

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  9. Just gorgeous, Michael! I adore your breakfast room and would spend so much time there if that was my house! My daughter and I were going to start season 2 of the crown last night but I decided we'd wait until we get through all the Christmas movies we recorded from Hallmark first!

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  10. Oh gosh, what a view and what a gorgeous holiday hutch! I've already had to switch out some of my greens and many of my batteries, but I don't care. I'll just recycle the old. Love your approach, and wish I could calm myself enough to be that way.

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  11. Everything looks beautiful! I adore your hutch adorned for Christmas! Your breakfast room is so happy, warm, and inviting! Merry Christmas!!!

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  12. So beautiful!!! I so LOVE the hutch and how gorgeous it is adorned with the beauty to Christmas...love all of the added greenery and those beautiful pops of red. Love the garland..I recently placed a cedar garland on my hutch and wondered why I had not done that in the past!...Your breakfast room is truly a most warm and inviting place where I am sure you and your family spend lot of time in...Love the fact that you can refresh your greenery just by taking a walk on your property....Have a very Merry Week Michael Lee!

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  13. OMGOSH, Michael!! What a gorgeous room and I love the way you have decorated the whole of it. That gingerbread house is spectacular. I really like it a lot...better than most I have seen. Your whole hutch setup is just lovely.

    Hope you have a great week. xo Diana

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  14. Just lovely !! Love it all ! Can picture having a cup of coffee and scones TOO ! Ha !


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  15. Exquisitely done, Michael Lee! So very festive. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Particularly love the mouse in the gravy boat.

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  16. So pretty with all the red and white and natural wood. Just my kind of home!

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  17. Perfect, festive touches, Michael. You're home exudes comfort and joy! Happiest holidays to you and your family and blessings for the new year.

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  18. Michael Lee, the hutch is a showstopper. This space is stunning...it feels warm and inviting!

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  19. LOVE it ALL! Where in the world did you find the adorable Christmas Dog plates?---they are so cute!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Merry Christmas!

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  20. Michael Lee, I'm in love with your hutch and how you've decorated it, along with everything else in your room. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  21. Hello and nice to meet you, Michael Lee! I'm not sure that I haven't stopped by before but it has been a long time if so. Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas ~ I love the simple touches here and there. Who is your cabinet maker?? Your hutch is beautiful!!! When I was in England years ago visiting my sister-in-law, brother and their family, Linnea found a similar hutch at a thrift shop near their home and had it delivered to the farmhouse they were renting. It arrived just as my children and I were visiting and they were prepping to return from my brother's four-year tour with the RAF/USAF. I hope to find or build one similar someday. :) I promise to stop by more often now that I've found your site! Lovely. <3

    Have a great Christmas with your family,
    Barb :)

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