Inspiration

Celebrating the Holidays in the Kitchen

When it comes to decking the halls at the holidays, trimming the tree and dressing the mantle top the to-do list. The dining room gets extra attention, especially if you’re hosting family or friends. Outside, wreaths (fresh or faux) are tied and hung on doors and windows with just the right ribbon in just the right hue. Maybe you even crawl out on the roof to string up a few extra twinkle lights. But in the kitchen, function often trumps festivity, despite being the space where most holiday celebrations begin—and end. This year, rip a page from the holiday playbooks of these six interior designers and dial up the holiday spirit in the kitchen. 

Lucien Functional Wall Light by Kelly Wearstler | Interior Design by Kate Marker Interiors | Photography by Margaret Rajic

Comfort and Joy

"I love the aromas, laughs, and memories that come with baking and cooking with my family for the holidays," says designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors in Barrington, IL, who added fresh greenery and subtle tone-on-tone holiday décor to this homey, comfortable kitchen. 


Morris Small Lantern by Suzanne Kasler | Interior Design by Lauren E. Lowe | Photography by Emily Followill Photography

Henley Task Lamp by Thomas O' Brien | Interior Design by Lauren E. Lowe | Photography by Emily Followill Photography

Merry and Bright

"This butler’s pantry was a special spot to decorate for the holidays because the decor added such a festive punch to all of its layers —cookbooks, linens, drinkware, etc. I chose a classic red for the ribbon and florals to really pop against the moody gray. I also love adding wreaths indoors, and these tall cabinet doors were the perfect spot for big fluffy boxwood wreaths.

 

When I am planning holiday decor, I tell my clients that you can either match your holiday decor throughout the house (i.e. - use the same red ribbon/type of greenery throughout), or it can be just as much fun to change it up in each room! For example, I might do white lights on a tree with chic chocolate velvet ribbon and simple greenery in a formal living room but use more playful colors and layers in a family space. The best part about decorating for the holidays is that you really can’t go wrong," says designer Lauren E. Lowe of Lauren Elaine Interiors in Atlanta, GA.


Vendome Single Sconce by Thomas O'Brien | Interior Design by Rebecca Gibbs | Photography Courtesy of Rebecca Gibbs

Melange Elongated Sconce by Kelly Wearstler | Interior Design by Tanya Krpan | Photography Courtesy of Tanya Krpan

A Touch of Evergreen

Left: "Decorating for the holidays is all about creating a magical backdrop for the season. I want my family to look back on these times and remember a feeling more than a perfectly decorated home. I like to keep things simple and add a little greenery in each room. Wall sconces, lamp lighting and some warm white string lights set the cozy and inviting scene for some really special memories," says Rebecca Gibbs of Gibbs Design + Build, Abilene, TX.

Right: "I wanted to create a unique vignette at the center of the kitchen with an arch over the sink flanked symmetrically by two beautiful brass scones by Kelly Wearstler. My go-to for Christmas decorating is adding fresh greens wherever I can. It keeps the space beautiful, simple and organic.

 

My pro tip for garlands is to always make sure you have extra length on it to allow for some beautiful swagging. Add a few of your favorite decorative pieces to add some magic. Here, we added a little nutcracker and a sweet smelling candle at the kitchen sink. Just enough to not clutter up a very functional space," says designer Tanya Krpan of Tanya Krpan Design Co., Vancouver, B.C.


Tiny Terri Round Accent Lamp by Thomas O'Brien | Interior Design by Monika Hibbs | Photography Courtesy of Monika Hibbs

Tiny Terri Round Accent Lamp by Thomas O'Brien | Interior Design by Josh Young Design House | Photography by Josh Young Design House

Dreaming of a White Winter

Left: "The Tiny Terri lamp adds the perfect amount of inviting light to any soft corner within your home. Its beautiful design elevates your space, making it extra cozy during this dark winter season. It is my favorite accessory, and it can be found in multiple areas of my home," says Monika Hibbs of Monika Hibbs in Vancouver, B.C., whose all-white kitchen proves every bit as festive as similar spaces dressed in traditional colors.

 

Right: Josh Young, known for his signature white-clad interiors says, "Simplicity is key when decorating for the holidays in one's kitchen. Add layered garland on a shelf or an elegant wreath to a cabinet or door. Just a touch of greenery helps bring the outdoors in and is a subtle nod to the holidays without overpowering a space."

"The Tiny Terri lamp adds the perfect amount of inviting light to any soft corner within your home. Its beautiful design elevates your space, making it extra cozy during this dark winter season. It is my favorite accessory, and it can be found in multiple areas of my home," says Monika Hibbs of Monika Hibbs in Vancouver, B.C., whose all-white kitchen proves every bit as festive as similar spaces dressed in traditional reds and greens.

Josh Young, known for his signature white-clad interiors says, "Simplicity is key when decorating for the holidays in one's kitchen. Add layered garland on a shelf or an elegant wreath to a cabinet or door. Just a touch of greenery helps bring the outdoors in and is a subtle nod to the holidays without overpowering a space."

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