I’m keeping it clean & simple in the kitchen this year for Christmas. And for the most part, I (once again) used what I had to come up with a Classically Christmas look on my kitchen mantle & stove top. I just pulled together whatever I could find with gold on it, like my big “R” from Hobby Lobby & a few gold balls hung on some white sticks in a vase. (It’s a beautiful fire hazard, isn’t it? Don’t worry, they can be moved out of the way easily when the stove is in use.)And my little grouping of stoneware, this time backed by a gold-rimmed platter…I hung a wreath on my gold-framed chalkboard which was previously silver (…and turquoise before that, and gold before that). I did buy these little reindeer this year for just a few dollars each at Michael’s, & I love ’em.And my vintage Santa & Mrs. Claus salt & pepper shakers from my grandmother fit in perfectly as well…It’s understated, yes, but just the statement I was trying to make. Makes me want to turn on the Christmas music & bake something.

How’s your decorating coming along? I’ll be linking up with some of these sites & the Merry Mantles party at Southern Hospitality. Check them out for more inspiration!