Rustic Christmas Kitchen Decor

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This rustic Christmas kitchen decor is simple to pull together using aqua and red accents for a pop of color and easy, thrifted accessories!

A kitchen that has a sign on a wall

One of the things I recall fondly about my mom was her delight each year in decorating her home for Christmas and inviting her church ladies over to fellowship together.

A plate of food on a picnic table, with Kitchen and Aqua

Each year meant a new Christmas sweater or vest (we might find them now in ugly sweater contests!) and days spent beautifying her small, unassuming home.

A group of people standing in a kitchen

Mom’s friends looked forward to this annual party because each woman felt special and loved when they spent time in her home.

I learned from my mom that a home doesn’t have to be large or fancy to be warm and welcoming. 

A plate of food on a table, with Kitchen and Aqua

My sister also loved the Christmas season, with two trees in her home and the largest collection of Santas I’d ever seen. 

Text, calendar

She was also something of a procrastinator so it was a mad rush to decorate everywhere when she finally took the plunge.

Kitchen and Paint

Although rustic Christmas kitchen decor wasn’t really her style, Brenda was the real decorator in our family.  The latest magazines were in every reading nook long before HGTV was much watch TV. 

Kitchen and Aqua

She would have loved Fixer Upper and chalk painting would have been her jam!

A bunch of items that are sitting on a shelf

My yard sale companion and best friend, she was also matron of honor at my wedding.

A couple of people posing for the camera

Sadly she passed away suddenly in 2000, leaving a huge gap in our Christmas celebrations and hearts.

I learned from my sister that it’s ok to make mistakes and change my mind about my decorating style and choices.

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Kitchen and Aqua

Sometimes Christmas feels a little overwhelming, a struggle between my misplaced desire for perfection and the idea of a warm, welcoming home where people long to be.

A room full of furniture

As someone who has no design training yet writes an entire blog encouraging women to embrace their home, this responsibility feels too much at times. 

A kitchen with a dining room table

What do I really know, after all?

Food on a kitchen counter, with Aqua and Red

My sister and mom taught me that Christmas is all about gathering family and friends together, creating memories and expressing gratitude for all God’s blessings.

A person standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera

I know Christmas should be more about embracing imperfection than running from it.

A kitchen area with wooden wheels in a room

Cherishing your flawed, messy family, not pushing them away.

A living room filled with furniture on top of a hard wood floor

Offering more transparency and love instead of hiding your wounds behind the closed doors of your heart.

A stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen

Allowing your home to be a safe place for all who enter because the baby in the manger is also the same God who heals broken families.

A kitchen with a stove top oven sitting next to a fireplace

I believe this because He is healing mine, one average, ordinary day at a time.

A kitchen with a wooden counter

I hope you enjoyed my rustic Christmas kitchen decor, but more than that, I hope it was a reminder of what’s really important during this season!

For more rustic, thrifty goodness you can find my 2017 Christmas home tour here, 10 Creative Ways to use Extra Christmas Ornaments and a DIY Christmas Rag Wreath.

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  1. Hi Marty! I love your blog! It’s so real and just what I need at this time in my life. Your home is lovely and simple. Most of all, thank you for sharing your personal insights about self, family and the ‘holiday dynamic’, I never envisioned myself as the oldest one at the holiday table. How did that happen?! I know everyone deals with loss at the holidays as time goes on. I so appreciate you sharing your vulnerability because it has made me realize I’m okay for feeling that way too!

    Onward and upward to make some SIMPLE new holiday memories.
    Merry Christmas!!

    1. Hi, Christine. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. The holidays are often a time of joy as well as grief, often at the same time. I totally understand about being the oldest one at the table. I am the glue that holds my family together, the matriarch as it were. Such a fancy word and one I don’t want to hold, but there it is. It’s ok to feel all these things while still embracing the joy of those around us!

      Have an amazing Christmas and I hope your simple holiday memories will be joyful!