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Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!Christmas Display Shelf – House Log Holder

Some of you may have noticed the other day that there’s a little stand on my counter. In case you were wondering about it, today I’ll share the story.

As we were setting up our first bit of Christmas decor before Thanksgiving, I thought back to how we had decorated our open shelving in our previous kitchen. It was so fun to have shelves to style especially during the holidays.

In this kitchen we decided not to install wall shelving (sorrow), but I knew from the beginning that I could get creative with a free standing unit.

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for the right piece, but so far I haven’t found the right one.

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

You might remember seeing this photo above. I shared it on the blog years ago as well as featured it in my book Simple Gatherings. It is showing a nesting table I repurposed on my counter as creative stand for a dessert bar. I later used it on a counter in our bathroom, so it sure came in handy!

Well, that idea sparked a simple idea for this house!

Unfortunately, I think I lost that particular table in the move or left it at my old house. Womp, womp, womp. I’ve been a little sad about it ever since.

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

Well, my mom and I were shopping at Target right before Thanksgiving and I saw this log holder sitting on the floor in the Magnolia Hearth & Hand section. I had seen it online and thought it looked so cute, but this was the first time I saw it in person.

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

I knew it would be adorable sitting by the fireplace or door stacked with logs, of course, but my mind wandered to some other possibilities. The nesting table image popped into my mind at that moment! So, I decided I wanted to try the log holder first on my counter to give me a little display space for Christmas!

WEIRD?

OR … WHY NOT?

I decided that it should be a WHY NOT?!

I know, I can’t seem to use things in normal ways. Bless.

But if loving this is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

It won’t be a permanent feature in here, so WHY NOT enjoy it for now? It was so simple. And, it brings me joy to see this little spot of festivity every day.

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

I kind of love it.

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

And who doesn’t enjoy a festive little coffee or hot chocolate stand, especially this time of year? 

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

It doesn’t take much effort at Christmas time to make any space feel more magical. It’s like you get to live in a storybook for a few weeks of the year!

And isn’t magical how Christmas should feel? 

Sources and Details:

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

Simple Christmas Display Shelf in My Kitchen!

Log Holder / White and Wood House Canister / Copper French Press / Runner / Kitchen Details / Kitchen Shiplap FAQ / Herringbone Floor Details

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with Balsam Hill

Hey friends! Happy Monday after Thanksgiving to you! You do know what that means, don’t you? No, it’s not just time for the stretchy pants. It means you can start to go crazy adding Christmas trees in every room and no one should look at you funny.

***UPDATE*** See my full Christmas House Tour here!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I actually put up several trees around the house just before Thanksgiving. I don’t have my whole house decorated (ha, not even close) but the trees made the whole house so festive for our family gathering this past weekend.

I just love how magical Christmas trees make a house feel.

Right before our guests arrived we set up this lovely Balsam Hill European Fir Tree in our living room.

We are looking forward to both our tried and true and new traditions this year. We still love keeping our family tradition of cutting down a tree from a tree farm every year, but it’s fun to collect pretty trees we can enjoy for many Christmases to come.

My favorite thing about having beautiful artificial trees is that you can put them up early in the season and enjoy them longer! (And, no needles and sap end up on the floor.)

I love beautiful and realistic this tree is! I love its shape and that the branches have a light color under the underside, just like a real tree cut from the forest. It’s so pretty.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I generally keep our Christmas decor simple and uncluttered, but I do love to set up little trees all over the house. I sometimes don’t even decorate them, I think they are pretty as they are or with just white lights!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions
Balsam Fir Tabletop trees 

Especially in our kitchen I felt like a more streamlined and simple approach worked best.

We prepared a very tasty Thanksgiving dinner for twelve in our kitchen this past weekend! This was our first Thanksgiving in our kitchen. If you missed our remodel, you can find it here. These little trees made food prep and family time in the kitchen extra special and cozy. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of our family festivities in my Instagram stories!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I thought it would be fun to have stockings for our guests this Christmas, so we hung these Chunky Knit stockings on our hooks in the guest room. Aren’t they cute?

For the past few years we’ve been doing a fun gift exchange with family and friends where we draw names and gift categories. Then we head off to a mall or shops together and each person looks for a gift within a designated period of time. At the end we meet up for dinner and do our gift exchange! It’s just a different twist on a white elephant party or gift exchange, but we’ve enjoyed it.

This year I think I’ll bring these stockings for people to stuff their gifts in so we don’t have to buy or bring wrapping supplies!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

We’ll be using our Forest and Sea ornaments this year, too, but I really love these gorgeous ornaments (these are called the French Country ornaments). Each one is so pretty and shiny like mercury glass. I love all the shapes and textures. They definitely add a sparkle to our room.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & TraditionsGalvanized Tree Collar

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Thank you for stopping by, friends!

So how many Christmas trees do you plan to have this year?

***UPDATE*** See my full Christmas House Tour here!

Now you’re invited to visit the beautiful holiday decor from the ladies joining in on the Balsam Home for the Holidays tour! These bloggers always inspire me.

Courtney – French Country Cottage
Ashley – The Handmade Home
Marian – Miss Mustard Seed
Karianne – Thistlewood Farms

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Sources:

Chunky Knit Stockings

Galvanized Tree Collar

French Country Ornament Set

30 & 42″ Balsam Fir Tabletop Trees

European Fir Tree

Other sources:

Log Holder (black shelf on kitchen counter)

Similar wood bead dining chandelier

Guest Room Wood Beaded Chandelier

Velvet White Stockings

White Christmas Houses

Copper French Press

Kitchen Details and Sources

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