Right around the corner from the family room is our little hearth room. This is the room we gather in to visit, read, or sit and watch the fire on cold winter mornings.
There is a little wooden table that holds a yummy smelling candle...
that makes it feel nice and cozy.
The love seat is comfortable and cozy too...
and is right next to our little holiday tree.
It is decorated with wooden candy canes and little signs with notes to Santa himself. : )
And here is our little Brownie and his Brownie Boot, given to me by my dear mother when Madison was born. It is the same Brownie that rested on my fireplace when I was a little girl.
This is the mantle...all lit up and ready for the season.
And a few sweet pillows on my favorite rocker keep things cozy.
This is the view of the hearth room from my kitchen sink. The kitchen is directly across from the hearth room. It is nice when I am working in the kitchen, because I can still be part of things!
It is an open area, so we can visit from most any point in the downstairs. : )
This little corner always holds my seasonal candle and special holiday treats.
This is the scent I have burned in my Christmas home for years. It is the smell of Christmas at home, according to my children.
And this is cranberry orange coffee cake my Madison made for our afternoon tea. It was delicious!
Christmas soap is a must, right?
Around the corner is my apron rack...
with aprons old and new. This one my grandmother Mildred made for us little ones to wear.
I keep a picture of her right underneath, as well as a handwritten copy of her pumpkin pie recipe I make every single year. : )
This little shelf holds tea cups that once belonged to my great-grandmother Grace, as well as our Christmas cookbooks.
And this is the eat-in area of the kitchen.
This is the view as you enter from the hearth room...
and this is the beautiful new centerpiece I got this year from an amazingly talented woman on Etsy. I am glad people share their talents!
Just a little reminder next to a dish of Christmas treats for visitors as they come into our home...
Behind the table is our Santa center. Here is where we display our collection of Santas...old and new.
And of course, a Santa table must have a North Pole candle burning on it, right? : )
On the other side of the table is my desk and the memory wall of loved ones who came before and enjoyed special Christmas memories of their own.
This is the view as you enter the kitchen from the mudroom...and in the spirit of keeping it real...yes...that is a puppy pen in my kitchen. Mocha likes to be in the center of the action! : )
This little wooden table sits next to the door from the mudroom into the kitchen...
and offers festive treats to visitors and family alike.
Right next to the kitchen is our mudroom...
with a little table that holds a basket with our puppy leashes and a festive sweet smelling candle that greets guests that enter our home.
And that is that! A way too long post that shares some of our country home at Christmas. Thank you for visiting, and be sure to come back next Monday for the last post in the series where we will take a look at some decorations upstairs in the bedrooms.
Have a cozy week, my friends!