Happy Friday! Today I am excited and honored to be joining some fabulous bloggers who share my love of farmhouse style for Farmhouse Fridays. The 4th Friday of every month we will all share about a specific topic related to farmhouse decor. Today's topic is, "How to Cozy up the House - Farmhouse Style". At the end of this post, I have linked up to the other posts loaded with wonderful farmhouse style ideas to cozy up your home so be sure to check them out.
Today, I am talking about ways to cozy up your winter kitchen. This time of year, I enjoy spending lots of time cooking and baking. With the holidays behind us and cold temperatures outside, the kitchen becomes the warmest and coziest place to hang out in. In the early evening when dark settles in, I like to grab my apron, turn on some music and putter in the kitchen.Chicken Tortilla Soup and Tuesday was Sausage, Kale and Potato. And on Wednesday we had leftover soup (really the best kind of soup there is). Which prompted my oldest son to ask me if I am on some sort of a crazy soup diet that I didn't want to tell them about :)
Fresh fruit and veggies feel like a necessity at this time of year after all of the rich food from the holidays.
I think our sweet new puppy, Dax, is a fan of the new stools too.
After the holidays, I cleaned out all of the open shelves and weeded out some of the things that were collecting dust and only kept the things we use often. I like how open shelving keeps me more accountable and forces me to keep things more organized.
Here is a view of the other side of these shelves (which we created using Billy Bookshelves from Ikea).
I also love to cozy up our kitchen with fun accessories. I still adore the vintage vibe the Fresh Baked Pies sign from World Market adds so I hung it back up over our sink. I picked up the green dish towels on a recent trip to Trader Joe's.
I found the small white pedestal in the Target Dollar Spot and placed our soap holder on top of it. I also picked up some Winter Forest dish and hand soap at Williams Sonoma when it went on sale after Christmas. I aways get asked about the galvanized "Savon" soap holder and I had purchased it at Sur La Table, but unfortunately it is no longer available there. Good news! I found a similar one on Amazon (affiliate link).
The black butcher cut tin cow on our kitchen mantel is a recent Marshalls find. It was with their clearance items and was under $10. The boxwood topiaries remain a decor staple on this mantel. I like how they balance whatever I choose to display in the middle.
The wall planking we added to the dining area this past fall adds so much charm. I just love it! I left the boxwood wreaths up after Christmas. I wasn't ready to pack them away just yet. I left the small boxwood wreaths on the chandelier too.
I like to gather a few things on our dining table in a basket. I started with a round chicken wire basket from HomeGoods that I purchased a couple of years ago. I added some fresh flowers to a ceramic tea container. I think fresh flowers are a must during the winter months. The round container with red checks is a fun gift we received at Christmas. It is filled with questions that are conversation starters for family dinners. We have been enjoying using these at dinner. Well, most of us have anyway...not the teenagers so much :)
Just before the holidays, I painted this DIY Baking Company sign. It was so easy & affordable and you can find the tutorial here.
Do you enjoy spending this time of year in the kitchen too? Here are a few ideas to add some cozy to your kitchen.
Please be sure to check out the links to other posts on farmhouse style from some of my favorite bloggers below!!