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Christmas in the Kitchen

Welcome to Eleven Gables! 
Today I am finally jumping back into the world of blogging tours after a much-needed break. :)
I wish you could come over and decorate cookies with me while we sip coffee, but this little peek around will have to do for today.  Sugar Cookies are on my to-do list for next week!

I have partnered with 11 Magnolia Lane and 29 other beautiful homes (I'll link to them all at the end of this post) to give you a peek inside our assigned rooms.  My hope is that you are inspired to fluff and puff your own home with your own special touches.  I hope you made it over from Life on Cedar Lane.  If you missed Andrea's tour, you MUST see it!  So much gorgeousness!!!

Now, onto the kitchen!

This year, I kept everything very simple with touches of blue and white, copper, and fresh greenery cut from the garden.

The view of the pool is one of my favorites.  I was going to tuck away the soaps and paper towels, but I thought I'd show you how we live.  I just keep it all corralled on a silver tray with a vase of whatever is alive outside. 

This tree is one of my favorites.  I simply decorate it with my Christmas copper cookie cutters!  Easy!

In a bowl on the kitchen table, we keep our advent supplies.  This (updated) activity set is what we read each night at dinner.

I made this easy Advent Wreath in a bowl using THESE candles placed in THIS candle holder.  The holder is the perfect size to nestle down in a bowl and place cuttings around.  I found THIS ORIENTAL BLUE & WHITE BOWL  for such a great price! My friend bought this one and made an advent bowl too (it's in my Shop Highlights on Instagram)

 Fresh herbs at reach brought in from the garden

Next to my stove, I keep kosher salt with an olive wood spoon, fresh garlic, and butter in THIS butter bell.

Gingerbread houses from Dollar Tree used as decoration and as a little hint of what is to come to the blog next week!

A little peek into the formal living room.

Y'all, I put this house together this morning. I ran out of icing with no time to make more. HA!  I will decorate it with the girls at our annual gingerbread house party.  Remember my house last year?  
I put it on my Instagram.  
It's going to be hard to top it; but STAY TUNED!!!

(2018 house)

An angle of our keeping room that I don't show very often.  It's usually covered in "we live here" supplies... blankets, socks, laundry to be folded, dog toys, etc.  The TV is hidden behind retractable pocket doors.  Our "Family Tree" is adorned with a fraction of our handmade ornaments and the paper chain my boys made when they were toddlers.  I cut strips of scrapbook paper and the boys glued the chains together.  I keep this in its own special bin so it doesn't get crushed.

I love that we moved the family tree to this spot this year.  It opens up the room a bit and doesn't feel claustrophobic. I can keep "Ruby's chair" in the corner so she will have her perch on which to hunt squirrels.

Christmas pillows from my friend's shop Jenny Steffens Hobick
Lampshade from The Enchanted Home.

Thank you for joining me today on this peek around the kitchen and keeping room!  
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 I usually post every day on Instagram and talk way too much to "the girls (chickens) of Eleven Gables"

Now, go say hello to Laura at Duke Manor Farm

Merry Christmas!

Emily of Eleven Gables

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Monday, December 2nd (Front Porch/Outdoor Spaces)

Tuesday, December 3rd (Entries/Dining Rooms)

2019 Holiday Home Tour | 11 Magnolia Lane

Wednesday, December 4th (Living Rooms/Dens)

Thursday, December 5th (Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, Misc Spaces)

2019 Holiday Home Tour | 11 Magnolia Lane

Friday, December 6th (Bedrooms)


  1. Emily, your home is so beautifully decorated for the holidays! I love all the blue and white that you used and the cute gingerbread houses on the tablesettings. The view into your keeping room is so cozy with the family tree and stockings on the fireplace. The memories from the handmade ornaments make it extra special. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season!

  2. It's stunning, Emily, and as a fellow lover of all things blue and white, you know it makes my heart sing! LOVE the advent wreath in the bowl. I have one like that that I found in an antique store and it's not food safe so that's a great way to use it without poisoning everyone. ;) So glad you could tour with us and Merry (early) Christmas! XO, Christy

  3. I love your kitchen SOOO much, but...where is the oven?
    I looked and looked...Am I crazy?

    1. Oh, sorry. I looked at post where you showed whole kitchen and there it is!

  4. This is just beautiful Emily! Love your home and all the blue and white!

  5. Your home is truly beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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