A Shady Grove Christmas (Part 2 – Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Keeping Room and Master)

Welcome back to “A Shady Grove Christmas”!  I hope you enjoyed browsing through Part One of our Christmas Home Tour!  In Part 2 we will take a peak at the rest of the main level, what I consider the back side of the house.  I’m glad you’ve joined us!

I have also joined some amazing other bloggers to create a Blogger Home Tour for you to enjoy!  At the bottom of this post will be the links to their beautiful home tours!  ENJOY!!!

(I have highlighted as many sources as I can and you can click on the name in red to be directed to their shops.)


As we leave the family room, I want to share this sweet angel painting from Kristi Hall Art.  I just love, love, love it!  These candlesticks are part of the collection that usually sits on my mantel.  I had 6 nice chunky candlesticks that didn’t match so I went to town with several shades of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and some dark wax and voila…they all match.


We’ll head from the family room into the breakfast room.  You can’t see it in this picture, but this room has my favorite view of the pasture behind our house and the sweet SHEEP that graze there. The door here leads to my favorite room of the house…the screened porch! I get asked all the time about my curtains and you can find this great buffalo check fabric at fabric.com.


On the breakfast room table I have THE CUTEST custom made tray from Charlie and Ella , one of the many fabulous items I have from my sweet friend Tracy! I filled the tray with a rusty watering can, old coffee can, mini Christmas pillow, a SHEEP, and a yummy “White Pine” candle from Antique Candle Works.


Our kitchen is so hard to photograph because it really only has one wall.  It is in the center of the house and I love the easy access to the dining, family, breakfast and keeping rooms.  My hope is to replace the dark granite with a pretty butcher block or light marble one day.


How dreamy is this print from my talented sister-in-love Debbie with Petite Pastiche.  We don’t get too much snow here in Georgia but this picture just makes me feel “Christmasy”.

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I have my “candy cane” station set up on my antique postal scale.  When I saw this adorable Candy Cane sign from Down Grace Lane , I knew it would be a perfect fit! She has so many amazing signs to choose from!

One of my very favorite Christmas decorations is this cutting board that was made by friend Daraka!  She burned my sweet Nana’s Christmas preparation instructions onto a cutting board!  In my Nana’s handwriting!  If you are looking for a gift that can be passed down from generation to generation, visit Vintage Home Oklahoma.  And if you could only smell the deliciousness filling my kitchen from these amazing candles made by Antique Candle Works!

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Since we only have one full wall in the kitchen, we filled it with a floor to ceiling hutch.  It holds all our pots and pans, utensils and trash cans.  Although I usually hate clutter, I love having all of our dishes on open shelves for easy access.  And more evidence of my vintage scale obsession, so there’s that.

If you like to keep your cleaners handy like I do, then make them pretty!  These warm amber glass jars from Murchison-Hume are so nice that you don’t even think of them as cleaners.  They also have a dry shampoo for dogs and it is the bomb!  And that little red bottle there is some yummy smelling essential oil called “Christmas Spirit”.  My sweet friend Jill introduced me to essential oils and I love them so much that I now sell them!  If you are interested in an Essential Oil Starter Kit just click HERE  to get started!  They are seriously amazing!!!


I am always looking for pretty things to set on top of my large antique scale collection.  Aren’t these little wooden blocks from Coastal Crafty Mama so perfect?  They are the perfect size for little vignettes on coffee tables and shelves!


Our keeping room is off of the kitchen and is probably the brightest room in the house although we have tons of windows and natural light.  I love the tall stone fireplace that we painted the same color as the walls.  We added an old wood beam for the mantel to bring some warmth to the room.

We have a large family and as more and more of the kids get married, we keep growing!  This year I decided to put all the guy’s stockings on the mantel in the family room (see Part One) and I have all the girl’s stockings here in the keeping room.  These gorgeous red ticking stripe stockings are handmade by my sweet friend Erin with Bows and Burlap and I just LOVE them!!!  I shared these great personalized spoons from So Loved Silver Stuff with you in Part One but I had to share them again!  I also love the fact that they provide a meal for “Meals on Wheels” with each spoon purchased…so generous!  This spoon belongs to my only daughter and has her nickname, “Punky”, on it.  I just love seeing it stamped on her spoon because of the sweet memories it brings back!

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This picture has some of my VERY FAVORITE things in it!  Let’s start with this GORGEOUS “O Holy Night” from Between You and Me Signs!  My hubby and were married in December (26 years ago today!) and we had this song sung at our wedding.  This may sound crazy to some, but I would love to make a playlist of a hundred artists singing “O Holy Night”…it just never gets old to me!

And how ADORABLE is this Tree Farm arrow sign from 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt!  I just love how it ties into the warm wood of the mantel and the ladder without making the room dark.  I also have such sweet memories of this bike basket that we brought home from our recent trip to Nantucket. This amazing fruit ladder I basically “stole” for $25 at a local antique market!

I recently found this great little shop, Simply French Market, that carries all kinds of fun home items!  I couldn’t resist this great moss ball and bucket and this how fun is this personalized ornament pillow!?

We finish up our look at the keeping room with my little desk.  I don’t really sit at it and to be honest, it was purchased to look pretty and store my papers!  Speaking of paper, have you ever seen such precious stationary and gift tags?!?  My beautiful friend Mary Camden made these and I think they are just so delightful!  Fun little fact, Mary is the daughter of my amazing artist friend, Ruthie that painted that adorable Cow painting in my dining room (see Part One)!  The apple certainly didn’t fall far from that talented tree!

As we head toward the master bedroon,  where Andy Wandy is waiting for us, we see out little coffee station.  We are not coffee drinkers on the Shady Grove but we constantly have visitors that are so I set up a coffee station on an antique school cart.  I keep the coffee mugs in the hanging produce scale so they are handy.  The sweet Tommie of Little Ashwell House made this cute sign and makes our little coffee station even more fun!


And we have finally arrived in the last room of our tour, the master bedroom!  This is where the MAGIC happens and by “Magic”, I mean restful sleep, blogging and Instagram cruising!  Our room is light and bright and faces the sheep pasture.   It is so calm and peaceful.  You may notice the little coned shape device on my nightstand.  This is an essential oil diffuser that I use every night to diffuse my Young Living lavender and other calming oils in our room.  We recently added signs above both of our nightstands from 25:40 Love that remind us of what is important.

The “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” pillow from Bows and Burlap is the perfect romantic touch.   The mini stocking banner from Heirloomed Collection represent our five children.  The mini Christmas tree has beautiful handmade birch ornaments from Birch Landing Home and add a sweet, natural touch!


On our bookshelves we have sweet family pictures of our parents and grandparents. We also have some keepsakes and this precious sheep print by Dorothy Collier, who I met at the Country Living Fair.  Her work is just amazing!

On my husband’s side of the bed is a picture of me and my daughter and on my side is a picture of my hubby and 4 sons.  I love the way the signs reinforce the message of LOVE!


THANK YOU for visiting the Shady Grove!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and I would love to share some beautiful Home Tours of my amazing friends with you!   Visit them below!  They have some great inspiration, ideas and photos!


Around the Watts House

The Other Side of Neutral

A House and a Dog


Spindle and Rye

Farmhouse for Five

Jillify It

The Rustic Life

The Hamby Home



136 thoughts on “A Shady Grove Christmas (Part 2 – Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Keeping Room and Master)

  1. I’m reading and enjoying your blog entries today and I wonder if I may have a copy of that last picture, the sheep with the evergreens? I would like to print it 8 x10 and frame it for personal use only. If you have other pictures of the sheep in the evergreens that you wish to share, please email me a couple. Thanks so much!


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