Monday, November 26, 2012

English Cottage Style Kitchen and a Spot of PEACE Tea

English Cottage Kitchen Style ( from my pinterest)
Happy Monday friends! I've got the kettle on to boil, sit down and take a load off... Don't worry, you'll get all of your shopping done in time for Christmas, I promise! Besides, it's important to make time for friends during the busiest season of the year...It'll keep your moral up and remind you of what the season is truly about... Sharing, giving, and spreading PEACE... Do you' take tea' at your house? If so, do you prefer the quick American way of heating your water in the microwave and dropping in your favorite tea bag or do you lean towards the traditional English way of having tea? I'm not talking so much about how to pour and sip, or sugar lumps and tea cakes ( although, no English Tea Time is complete without them) . I think every homemaker should have a few pretty English china tea cups and saucers she can call her own for those times when you want your tea time to be special whether you're stealing a quiet moment or having a few close friends over for some good old fashioned girl talk. I've been having tea every day with my mother in law during her recent stay and I'm hooked! Today, I'm serving Mountain Rose Herbs Peace Tea... 

 " A gentle and calming blend of herbs commonly used to soothe the nerves, including organic Chamomile flowers, organic Spearmint leaf, organic Lavender flowers, organic Cinnamon bark, organic Passionflower, and organic Rose petals. A wonderful beverage for meditation and quiet moments." 
I've set up a coffee and tea station on my buffer under my newly hung corbels! I've got all sorts of teas in the jar, pumpkin spice coffee, cinnamon, raw sugar and Peace Tea at the ready...

Now that you've got your tea, I have something fun to show you! We've been finishing up some of our odds and ends projects in our own English Style Cottage Kitchen!

My corbels are finally painted and hung beneath my FREE yard sale cabinet which I painted black.

I love, love, love English Style decorating because it's eclectic and fun! It marries the old with the new and embraces collections galore. English style decorating allows a house to become a home over long stretches of time, ultimately creating a welcoming, casual, and comfortable, yet very personal atmosphere. Isn't that what homemaking is all about?

In this photo alone I've staged items from yard sales, antique stores, southern living, an art studio, gifts from friends and family,Walmart and TJ. Maxx to create a beverage center in my kitchen.
 Don't be afraid to mix and match styles, time periods and re-purpose when ever you can! If you like it, it goes!

 Happy Homemaking! 


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