Christmas In The Kitchen with ZDesign At Home

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Hi Friends, Merry Christmas and welcome to Christmas in the Kitchen with ZDesign At Home!!  At this point Christmas is only a few days away and we’ve finally had a little time to slow down from all of the preparation and decorating to soak up the spirit of the season.  Christmas is very special to our family for many reasons but I talked about the main reason Christmas is important to us here in my Decked + Styled Holiday Tour where I shared our Christmas bedroom, just in case you missed it (I hope you’ll get caught up if you did!).

We all know that the kitchen is where we spend the vast majority of our time during the holiday season prepping for the big day by doing anything from baking, to wrapping, to entertainment prep, etc so it would stand to reason that Christmas decor has to make an appearance in here as well, in fact there could be no better place as far as I’m concerned.  Additionally this year, I wanted to go a step farther and do a little holiday updating that will stick around well beyond Christmas by updating our faux roman shade in the kitchen since the previous one had such a spring/summer vibe.  I loved the fabric before but really needed something that felt a little more fall/winter in here for the season at hand.  Enter my friends at Drawn Company!


I knew I wanted to use the Caitlin Wilson buffalo check fabric so I ordered that separately and had it shipped directly to Julie and Jen at Drawn Company.  I have followed them for almost 2 years now on Instagram and have followed their Etsy shop as well and knew that the quality of their work was exactly what I was looking for to update my shade.  Isn’t it just perfect here over my sink (if you would like to see the before, please go HERE for a full room tour of the kitchen)?!


I needed very specific measurements for this window along with other details I wanted like a 3″ long return (A return is the distance your drapery hangs away from the wall) on the sides to hide the board holding the fabric and, four folds of fabric at the bottom included in my finished length, and Julie and Jen were able to accommodate everything I needed and then some to specifically fit my window.  I say “and then some” because even though I knew the quality of their workmanship would be fantastic before it arrived, of course I didn’t know just how fantastic it would be until it showed up at my door step with details like self piping detail along the top of the shade and, thin, steel rods (versus a wooden dowel) sewn into the back of the lining for better stability.  These are the kinds of details that I am always looking for in custom drapery work that let me know no detail was left un-thought of.


At Drawn Company their passion is to create unique, high quality window treatments using up-to-date design trends, fine fabrics and expert workmanship . Or as they like to say, windows with an attitude, and they certainly delivered on that for me!!  I couldn’t be more happy with the quality craftsmanship in my window treatment and I will definitely use them again and again for projects in my home.  Here’s one last look at my beautiful faux roman shade…it goes perfectly in this space, don’t you think?!



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Julie and Jen offer some fabrics in their shop or you can purchase your own fabric and send it to them as I mentioned above to create your own custom shade.  Additionally, they do panels and pillows that are all custom to your specs.  If you need help designing something they can assist with that as well and you can find more info here about that process by scrolling to the bottom after clicking over.  The next time you are looking to dress the windows of a room in your home I hope you will consider their services as I know you will not be disappointed.  I have some exciting things coming up in 2017 that I will be using Drawn Company for again since I know I can trust the quality of their craftsmanship again and again.


Now that you’ve got the low down on my darling window treatment in here, let’s get on to the rest of Christmas in the kitchen at my home!  For each season (and sometimes daily) I like to change up my counter top decor so I’ll keep the gabbing to a minimum and mostly share what changes I’ve made for the holiday through photos.  Merry Christmas and enjoy!

I love the mix of hydrangeas and magnolia stems from our backyard (with a side of cedar) that make for a light and airy Christmas bouquet…




I just fell head over heals for these buffalo check coffee mugs with gold trim!!  I found mine at HomeGoods but if you aren’t able to find some there I’ve sourced some similar ones here, here & here!  I also love using this brass and glass tiered tray around the house for different projects as well (you can see here & here where I used it for other projects)…it’s so versatile and can go in any space.  Similar items here & here.


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A gold hammered ice bucket was used as a pretty pot to hold a pink poinsettia.  I love using things for purposes other than what they were intended for as this is part of how and why decorating can be so fun for me!


Simple black velvet ribbon was tied around the necks of my little white reindeer.  I also used the same ribbon on some of my holiday gift wrap this year that you can see more of in my Holiday Home Showcase Tour found HERE.


On the other side of the kitchen you’ll see my Nana’s yummy banana nut bread, along with some accents of spruce and cedar, and some favorite brass items and cutting boards that were used to warm up the all white counter tops and back splash.



You may have noticed in the previous photo that I dressed up the back of our barstools with some fresh greenery and the cutest little gold bells I’ve ever seen (found here)!


This was such a fun DIY and I’m planning to do a more detailed tutorial on how I created this look in the not so distant future but let’s just say there were a few zip ties involved since the weight of the greenery and bell combined were a bit too much to be held up with just ribbon.  The black ribbon was the perfect compliment to the greenery and gold bell too.  But for now, here are a few simple steps on how you can recreate this look if you’re looking for something fun and pretty that will dress up your space for holiday gatherings this year:

  1. Use a combination of fir and cedar greenery and pull a zip tie tight around the center to create your swag
  2. Then use another zip tie in the center to attach it to the back of your chair or barstool
  3. Lastly, loop your ribbon through the bell and tie it around the center to hide your zip ties….it’s just that simple!
  4. Enjoy your festive chair swag!


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Another fun yet easy project was filling up my large dough bowl with these gorgeous pink and creamy-yellow poinsettias.  I kept them in the pots they came in and simply added some fresh greenery I picked up for free at Lowe’s (I talked more about that here) around the bottom to hide the ugly plastic pots.  The greenery also gives it that added Christmas touch!





This simple boxwood wreath with a gold bow fashioned with Sugar Paper ribbon was added to the pantry door.  Now I’m afraid I will want to keep it here on end since I love the pop of greenery it adds to the space!



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We’ve been enjoying our festive kitchen for several days now and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!  I also hope that you’ll visit my friends over at Drawn Company for your next window treatment project and please feel free to leave any questions that you might have for me below in the comments section as I am always happy to help!!



Thank you again for joining me for Christmas in the Kitchen with ZDesign At Home.  If you are new here I hope you’ll sign up for my weekly newsletter below and I hope to see you back in the near future as I share more design shenanigans and tips from around the house!!

Merry Christmas, Bree



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Decked & Styled Holiday Tour


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  1. BREE!! I absolutely LOVE your new window treatments!! Love that Caitlin Wilson fabric, and that roman shade is so perfect in your kitchen! I will definitely have to check this company out! Ps. Obsessed with the festive touches on your bar stools/chairs! LOVE! Merry Christmas, friend!

    1. Thank you so much Haneen!! You are a sweet heart for stopping in and thank you for the sweet comments. We are loving our festive kitchen plus I’m still head over heals for our new roman shade…it’s perfect for the space! Merry Christmas my friend!!!

  2. Bree, your kitchen is even more perfect than before! I adore your Christmas touches and that blind couldn’t be more perfect! You’ve outdone yourself once again! Merry Christmas my dear friend! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Tamara for stopping in!! I’m so glad you like our Christmas touches and the shade…it’s been a wonderful addition to this space and the quality workmanship is amazing!!! Love you friend, and Merry Christmas!! Xoxo

  3. Your kitchen is beyond amazing!!! I don’t think I could dream up a more beautiful and functional space! I wish I could remodel my kitchen, but nonetheless it would still only be a tiny galley kitchen, haha! The price you pay for living at the beach in Northern California! 😉

    I’m also really loving the buffalo check accents and subtle gold. Great job on this years kitchen decor.

    ~Rieka 🙂

    1. Rieka, thank you so much for stopping in and for such a sweet comment!! I love the buffalo check as it has been the perfect addition to our kitchen this year. And, I can only imagine living in CA. My husband’s company is based out of CA and I always say I would die if he got transferred there because I know how much we would have to sacrifice in our home. Although I know it’s a beautiful place and I’m sure the pros would far outweigh the cons. Anyway, hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year!!

      1. Thank you for your response! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the new year brings for design inspiration. I am eager to put away my decor and get a fresh take on things. There are definitely trade-offs to living where I do in California, but I was born and raised here, so I guess I just make do and try not to take anything for granted! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. Love the fabric choice Bree! I looked at Caitlin Wilson fabrics for my ORC and wish I would have had time to use them in the room…especially after seeing how cute this check looks in your kitchen. Love the chair swag too. Great post!!! Merry Christmas!

      1. Jen, thank you so much for stopping in! The window treatment has been the perfect addition and I’m so glad you like it. Hope you and your sweet fam are enjoying the holidays and that you all have a very Happy New Year!!!

    1. Kim, thank you so much for stopping in!! Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!! Xoxo

  5. Bree I’m loving the buffalo check in there, for the holidays especially! Your kitchen is so beautiful and I love all of the touches you added to it to dress it for Christmas! ❤️

    1. Randi, thank you so much for stopping in!! I’m so glad you like everything!!! Hope you and your darling family are taking a nice break and enjoying the holidays together. Can’t wait to get together on some projects in the new year!! Xoxo

  6. Oh Bree!!!! I’m in LOVE with your new shades!!!! I need some so badly so I’m grateful you shared. Loving your kitchen entirely. Those bell swags on the back of your chairs are just adorable. I bought a similar tiered tray but I think I like yours more. Everything is lovely my friend.

    1. Summer, thank you so much for stopping in!! Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas my sweet friend!!! Xoxo

  7. I don’t know when I have loved the style of a designer more! Its refreshing, simple yet sophisticated at the same time, and doable for an average person. I am pinning this entire article so that when I prepare for next year, I can use some of your ideas. Thank you so much for a wonderful post! Merry Christmas to you and your family! i look forward to following you in the new year!

    1. Oh my goodness, Linda!! Thank you so much for such a sweet comment and I am so happy to have you following along. It’s comments like this that make me love what I do and I’m so happy you felt inspired. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:))

  8. I love your site and your kitchen. I am always admiring it. Can you tell me if your counter tops are marble? I love the natural look and I am being asked to do quartz. Happy New Year and I look forward to your designs in 2017.

    1. Hi Leanna! Thank you for stopping by. My counter tops are white Carrara marble but I love quartz too. And there is a quartz color that resembles marble so you may want to check into that as well. Happy New Year!!

  9. Your kitchen looks amazing! Could you tell me if the back splash used is the exact one you have a link to amazon? I love the one in your kitchen, but the amazon link doesn’t seem to have the variation as shown in your kitchen. Thank you in advance for your reply. I appreciate it.

    1. Hi Angela! Thanks for stopping in. I purchased mine though a local tile store but I have also seen this backsplash via the link in my bathroom blog post (which you already found) and at Lowe’s occasionally. Hope that helps and thanks again! Happy New Year!!

  10. Hello, I love your kitchen!!! Could you tell me where you got the counter stools with the arms? Ive been looking but cant seem to locate!!

    1. Hi Alicia, there is a link at the bottom of my post under the section entitled “additional resources in this post”. Just scroll to the bottom of the blog post HERE and you’ll see a tiny picture of the stools that you can click on. I have two similar stools to mine sourced. Hope that helps a bit and thanks for stopping by!! Xoxo

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