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Adding Green: Decorating The Kitchen for St. Patrick’s Day

A Saint Patricks Day Kitchen  Talk of the HouseIt’s time for the green again!  With temperatures in the eighties here today, I would say spring is just about here.  There is green everywhere outside already (and the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom!)  So it is time to bring out the green inside as well.

tableBye-bye red buffalo check drapes.  Hello green plaid! As much as I love red, sometimes you just need a change of scenery with the change in the seasons, right?  With our neutral walls, color can be easily changed with a change of the drapes.

Saint Patricks Day table settingsFor our St. Patrick’s Day table I simply mixed in green plates with the white dishes, added green gingham napkins and a bag of gold (chocolate) coins tied with a green ribbon.  Kale was added to the centerpiece as a nod to cabbage for the holiday.

Saint Patricks Day place setting

Saint Patricks Day centerpieceGreen cookbooks replaced the red ones in the cabinet in the dining room.

dining room cabinet for St Patricks DayInstead of a lucky pot of gold, we have a jar of gold…gold wrapped Rolo candies. 🙂

jar of gold candy for St Patricks DayThere are shamrock cookies in the cookie jar on the cupboard…

cookie jars Saint Patricks Dayand green plates on the island with all the breakfast foods.

cereal barGreen books, packages, and even a green colander replaced all the red items in the glass door cabinet above the kitchen desk.

kitchen deskI turned on the light there so that you could see the chalkboard recipe for Irish Stew. Do you cook something Irish for St. Patrick’s Day? We’ll be having Irish stew, cabbage, a salad, and a chocolate mint ice cream pie. (I don’t really think the ice cream pie is Irish, but at least it is green. 🙂 )

St Patricks Day chalkboard recipe Irish StewYou’re probably thinking I have gone a little overboard with all the green…

kitchenI think you are right.

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green cookbooks and colander

There is green in just about every spot where it can easily by added. 🙂

tea tray

coffee tray

 Oh well.  It is my start to spring, and good way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.  Easter is coming, and I’ll be able to add another color to it then…or go overboard on another color! 🙂

kitchen with greenHave you added any green to your home lately?

We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Anita - March 19, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Love the green! I love all your curtains in different colorways. Do you make the curtains or do you have them made? Enjoyed the pictures very much, thanks for sharing.
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Glad you liked all the green Anita! I do make most of the curtains. The ones in the playroom and the boys room were ordered from Country Curtains (I did line them myself though). I have made pretty much all the others.
Kelly

Jaybird - March 19, 2015 - 1:43 pm

This is GREAT!!!! I love the greens….
I like to decorate here and there for the holidays, but you have me beaten by a MILE…or THREE!!! Too Cute!!
I think I could happily snitch a few of your ideas and let them play out all summer long :^)
Blessings,
J
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You go right ahead and snitch whatever you would like. The green won’t stay here through summer because I will be wanting red back by then. Glad you liked all the green details though!
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 11:03 am

Can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone. I was on the look out for those darn little mini black caldrons ..but none to be found. Ugh! Love all your green “sprucing up”. Are we all ready for Spring and Summer? Yes, Mam! I loved your little centerpiece too. So cute with the touch of Kale. We took in our annual parade last weekend. It was a beautiful day. Sunny and warm, not like last year that required my sweet Target green coat and Starbucks in hand. Brrrr… There were more marching bagpipers that made my heart melt, not to mention the men in their kilts..(a little eye candy) 🙂 I only did a little decorating of the fireplace mantel and coffee table in the family room. It was simple green ivy on the kitchen table, white dishes, a new beef/mushroom gravy recipe for dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. Sweet daughter made a chocolate sheet cake to have with our mint ice cream, topped with a Andes mint. Her help is always a blessing. She is my baker. The day was so busy, as I was surprised with a treat to lunch by my second daughter and the twin grandbabies. It brought such sweet little smiles, hugs and we’ll call it (leprechaun dancing) on the restaurant front lawn afterwards. Boy, those two little ones have so much energy! Belated St. Patty’s Day to you and your family. On to Easter we go! The weeks are moving quickly, thank you daylight savings…I think? Better start getting the gardening tools handy…. 🙂
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It sounds like you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day from start to end Debra. I bet your beef/mushroom gravy dinner was a winner! YUM. And twin grand babies have to be a handful!! Yes, on to Easter we go (and Spring Break…yippee!)
Kelly

Dawn - March 18, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Kelly,

I love your home like this! As you very well know, I LOVE green! I do have lots of green in my home but I always add a bit more this time of year. The grass is just starting to replace the brown outside. I always add a few fresh flowers and some nice potted plants to home at this time. I just love Spring and can’t wait for Summer time to get here. I really like how you change out your drapes with the other added items for each season. That Irish stew recipe looks yummy and the mint ice cream pie sounds divine! I do not think you have gone over board on the green in your home. I think it is perfect for St. Patrick’s day and to welcome in Spring. Thanks for sharing! Take care.
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I am so glad you saw the post Dawn! I was afraid you were going to miss it, and I would have hated that knowing how much you love green. 🙂 I’m sure you house was very decked out with your favorite color for St. Patrick’s Day. Spring should be your season! I, too am glad to see all the green outside…and am listening for the sound of the lawnmower. Yes, our yard already needs it. 🙂
Kelly

Emily Gravitt - March 18, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Kelly, I, too, love plaids! Red plaids are my favorite! Thanks for sharing your seasonal displays with us. I have gotten lots of ideas to use in my own home.
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You are quite welcome! I am so glad that you can use some of the ideas here Emily.
Kelly

Design Chic - March 17, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Your green looks perfect – adore the cookies and bookcases and your table…stunning! Love it all, Kelly!!
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You are so kind! Thank you for your compliments on the St. Patrick’s decorating, and I am glad you loved it all. It was hard to break away from my beloved red!
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - March 17, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I just *love* your holiday displays. I scour the photos to see all of the little details. Pasta in a green package! Green tea bags! Green pencils! You are so creative and detailed oriented. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you.
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Thank you for appreciating all the little details Kim. You have a good eye!! I hope your St. Patrick’s Day was a fun one. 🙂
Kelly

Debbie V. - March 17, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Love all of the green touches and your decorating style! Where do you find all of your curtains/fabrics?
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Thank you Debbie! I am glad you liked all the green. In the past I ordered my fabrics from a shop that has long closed. Lately, I have ordered from http://www.decorativefabricsdirect.com/ or Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta. My workroom and my husband’s office both have drapes made from fabrics that we purchased at Ikea. Hope this helps!
Kelly

Suky - March 17, 2015 - 9:14 am

Kelly this is all so beautiful! Very tasteful and serene, even though you’ve added so much lively green. I’m SO copying a few of your ideas! Love your Irish crystal.
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Thank you Suky. It is definitely more serene than all the red that was there! 🙂 You go right ahead and copy anything you would like. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. 🙂
Kelly

Gina - March 16, 2015 - 4:18 pm

I love all the green touches! I’ve added greens and yellows to my mostly neutral palet. What is it about those mini colanders that are so cute!? 🙂 granny Smith apples go a long way!! 😉
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Green and yellow…the perfect combo for spring to me! Yes, what is it about those colanders?? Every time I see them in the store in different colors, I have to make myself not buy them…but they are so tempting! (Obviously I gave in for the green ones. 🙂 )
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 16, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Kelly,
You really must write a book on seasonal decor. You come up with the most wonderful ideas. From the “jar of gold” to the beautiful table setting. It’s so inspirational and chock full of ideas.
xo,
Karen
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Girl you are always just so kind in your comments. Thank you Karen. Glad you liked all the decorating! That “jar of gold” is mighty tempting to all of us here. 🙂
Kelly

Marlene - March 16, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Kelly,
How charming with all your green and St. Patrick day touches. Just so enjoy the small check napkins on the table and you green & white plaid drapes. I love how you make things look so special. Thank you!!
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Thank you Marlene! The green fabrics do make such a difference.
Kelly

Vicky Hunt - March 16, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Hello! Your St. Patrick’s decor is simple and beautiful. I love your house and I find myself here a lot looking for inspiration. I was wondering if you would mind telling me what kind of wood your husband used for your kitchen counters. We are in the middle of a remodel and while I really want butcher block, I don’t want to have to travel 3 hours to Ikea to purchase them. This looks like a great alternative. Also, what did he use to seal and waterproof them? I appreciate your time. Have a blessed day.

Vicky
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Hi Vicky! The kitchen counters were made from Southern yellow pine. It is 5/4 inch lumber most commonly called “nosing lumber” or stair treads. He used clear polyurethane for sealing and waterproofing. Good luck with your remodel!
Kelly

Sandy - March 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Your centerpiece is marvelous. I’m duplicating it on our dining room table. Green has always been my favorite color and your home sparkles Ireland’s green. My retirement present to myself after thirty-seven teaching years was a fabulous trip to the Emerald Isle. Hope you plan a great gift for yourself too.
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You go right ahead and make that centerpiece Sandy! All the plants came from Lowes (and boy has it been crowded since spring is in the air!) How wonderful that you went to Ireland for your retirement trip. Love it!! I have no idea if we will do anything for mine, but I am thinking of a driving trip up the east coast when our son starts at Yale next fall or maybe a Christmas in Connecticut next December.
Kelly

Sue - March 16, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Your house is my 2 favorite colors, red and green, so I always love all of your changes. I love that you even change your pencils. I celebrated St. Pat’s day with my 5 grands this weekend, with our treasure hunt for the rainbow and pot of gold {rainbow licorice and gold nugget gum and gold coins.} And we always toast the day with our traditional drink. Layer blue, green, yellow, and red popsicles {chopped up} in a tall skinny glass and add sprite. Rainbows to drink! They love it.
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You have a good eye for details if you spotted those pencils Sue! A treasure hunt must have been fun with 5 grandchildren. 🙂 Love your rainbow drink idea. I could use something like that right now!
Kelly

Peggy - March 16, 2015 - 11:29 am

Adoring the green! Just a breath of spring.
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Thank you Peggy! Bring on the spring!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - March 16, 2015 - 11:04 am

My Grandmother’s kitchen was green and I always loved it! Thanks for the reminder to shop for ingredients for Irish Stew!
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Green must be a good color for kitchens then Leslie Anne! 🙂 Definitely need some Irish Stew for St. Patrick’s Day!
Kelly

Donnamae - March 16, 2015 - 10:40 am

I love the change to green! Not only is there the obvious reference to St. Patrick’s Day, but also Spring! Then, after the holiday you remove the obvious references, and voilà! You are ready for spring and beyond. I do miss the red, though…but I know it’ll be coming back! Enjoy your day! 😉
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You are right about the voila Donnamae. It is coming! 🙂 And yes, the red will be back for summer…got to have it with blue for the 4th of July. 🙂
Kelly

Kathy P. - March 16, 2015 - 10:30 am

Although I also love your red, this green is a bright and cheery change. Love it! Also, you Waterford Crystal glasses – just like mine. I don’t think it is overboard. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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I am glad you like the change Kathy. It is a different look from the red that was here all winter. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!
Kelly

Robbie Zeller - March 16, 2015 - 10:28 am

Kelly, Your home is one of my very favorites in the blog world! That thought never crossed my mind that there was too much green in your home, but rather how cozy and warm your home always looks! You do such a great job. Happiest of Spring beginnings to you!
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Oh my goodness what a sweet comment Robbie! Thank you for the compliments on our home. Happiest of springs to you too!!
Kelly

Elaine - March 16, 2015 - 10:00 am

There is NO such thing as too much green! LOVE your blog – a perfect start for the week – and doesn’t it promise to be a beautiful one here in Georgia! My daffodils and “olde timey” plum tree are loaded with blooms!
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And I bet they are beautiful Elaine! It does look like a gorgeous week is in store for us here. My son said it reached 90 degrees here today, but that may have been an exaggeration. 🙂 Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave your comment today. Have a great week!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 16, 2015 - 9:55 am

I have some shamrock dish towels and a friend gave me a little pot of shamrocks which are displayed on my Secretary. However it is already Easter at my house…lots of pastel decorations. I love your green. I think it is very festive.
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Already Easter?? Wow you have certainly gotten your jump on things! I bet I could use your shamrock dish towels. 🙂
Kelly

Nan, Odessa, DE - March 16, 2015 - 9:50 am

Sending an Irish toasts to you and yours:

May the good St. Patrick protect ye and the devil neglect ye. . . .

You did us Irish proud! Thanks for sharing. Always look forward to the next post. Never tire of seeing your home cared for with love.

I would never think of the pot of gold. Nice touch!
What are the magazines you left open?

We just make Reuben sandwiches using corned beef. OOOops! can’t forget the Irish Cream. Your dessert sounds great.
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Thank you for the toasts Nan! Everyone needs a pot of gold, right? 🙂 The magazines are Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Yum to your Reubens!!
Kelly

Cheri - March 16, 2015 - 9:29 am

I love the green, Kelly. I thought I loved the red in your house (and I still do) but the green speaks to me. Now I am considering changing my red accents to green ones and that would mean painting my island. Were your curtains from Country Curtains? You always have the best looking curtains, they are my style.
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So glad you liked it Cheri! Uh-oh…painting your cabinet? That’s major. I did consider painting the stool in the kitchen the other day, but decided I would be painting it again soon and ruled against doing it. The curtains did not come from Country Curtains, but they do have a green buffalo check drape now that I am in love with! I made the drapes in the kitchen and dining room.
Kelly

Teresa W. - March 16, 2015 - 9:16 am

I love all the green that you added, and you did not go overboard, just the right amount. Our St. Patrick’s Day meal is more English than Irish, but I’m going to make a shepherd’s pie (at least it’s topped with potatoes). I’m not sure about the desert yet, thinking I’ll make cookies with green M&M’s in them. If I may ask, where did you get your green curtains? I love the color! Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!
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Yum to your shepherd’s pie and cookies with M&M’s! I made our green curtains a number of years ago. I ordered the fabric from a store that has gone out of business, and back then the owner ordered the fabric from a mill that has also gone out of business. So I don’t think we will be finding any more fabric like it. Sorry. 🙁 Hope you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day Teresa!
Kelly

Kathy - March 16, 2015 - 8:49 am

Yay! Spring! I thought it would never arrive! I like how you change your curtains, chalkboard, books, jar contents, plates, napkins, pencils, coffee tags, and everything else to match the occasion. I think I will go buy a little pot of spring flowers today. Thanks for always giving inspiration.
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I kept hoping for just a little snow for our winter, but we never even had one snow forecast the entire season. So spring should just go ahead and arrive since winter has done nothing here this year! Yes, I do change out everything here with the seasons. Glad I could give you a little inspiration. Our grocery stores have had some beautiful spring flowers lately. Hope you found you some pretty ones today Kathy.
Kelly

Kris {Driven by Decor} - March 16, 2015 - 8:48 am

Kelly, your home is so gorgeous – even more so with all of the touches of green. I’m kinda dying over that centerpiece with the kale – it’s beautiful!
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You are so sweet Kris. Thank you. I am happy you liked the centerpiece. I thought it turned out to be just the right touch for St. Patrick’s Day.
Kelly

Louvina - March 16, 2015 - 8:46 am

Spring has sprung! Well, here in FLORIDA — 🙂 we have experienced our first Daytona Beach Biker’s Week and Spring Breakers are arriving weekly!! Loving it all–especially today with my granddaughter and gal pal coming to spend some time with us or is it because we are at the BEACH?! Love your GREEN and all your fresh ideas– just like a breath of fresh air. Especially the plants and cookbooks! I need to get my furnishings/walls to a nice neutral so just a few changes in accessories and I will be set for each season or holiday–hubby is going to love that when we get back home and I start looking for paint!:) I usually make corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread– but just saw that our favorite eatery is having Irish stew on their menu– Hmm? And green beer? Mercy– may just have to walk the beach and join them!!;)
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Quit making us all so jealous of you Louvina!! I know you are enjoying it all. Keep on having fun girl.:) Yes, your husband is going to roll his eyes when you start looking for paint. (Just like mine does!) We had corned beef last year but will go for the stew tomorrow. I would walk to the beach for my Irish dinner if we were close enough.
Kelly

Brenda - March 16, 2015 - 5:44 am

Your green is refreshing and not overdone at all! I add a bit of green to my decor in March, but I could take a lesson from you! I can’t wait to see what you add for Easter.
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You don’t think it is overdone Brenda? Well thank you. I have been thinking on the Easter decorating and will get on it this weekend. I’ve got 2 different directions I am trying to decide between.
Kelly

Anne Boykin - March 16, 2015 - 4:11 am

Hi Kelly, As always, I love the way you love your home. Your style is just so beautiful and you keep it fresh by changing things up. The centerpiece on your table is just perfect. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us. I really enjoy your posts.
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Thank you for all your kind words Anne! And thank you for finding the time to read the posts. I am so glad you are enjoying them.
Kelly

Joan - March 16, 2015 - 2:57 am

Thanks for an uplifting post, Kelly. The past weeks have been very painful. Illness of myself and others, unprecedented number of dark dreary days with no sunshine, numerous pressures and the death of a beloved pet. Your pictures remind me again of how a few changes in our environment can be immensely uplifting. Giving a whole new and fresh perspective. Thanks for, once again, being an inspiration.
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Goodness Joan, I am so sorry your past few weeks have been so painful. And I am so sorry for the loss of your pet. Definitely dark times for you. I hope this week is the start of happier times for you. Spring is in the air here..a time of new beginnings.
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious offering - March 16, 2015 - 1:27 am

Kelly, love the green for Spring! I’m getting ready to host a girl baby shower on Saturday so I’ve been adding green and some pink to get ready for it. Love being able to change out some accent colors for the different seasons and holidays. I love all your curtains…envious! Happy Spring!
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Thank you Gracia! Pink and green…how perfect for spring and a baby shower! Changing colors around here works well for the change in seasons.
Kelly

Lindy James - March 16, 2015 - 12:57 am

Kelly,
Love the color green you chose to decorate your house in for St. Patrick’s Day. As my mother is Welsh and not Irish I’ve never really decorated my house for this particular day. I pretty much go from valentines decorations right to Easter . This week we are beginning the last section of our remodel and then the entire house will be finished. Am looking forward to starting but not all the dust! Luckily they will be done before the next decorating holiday. Take care, Lindy
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Yay on finishing your remodel! I know you will be so relieved to have it all completed Lindy. I am glad you liked the green in our house….not sure how long it will stay.
Kelly

Ruth - March 16, 2015 - 12:48 am

You can’t know how much I needed this cheery post right now! Had a difficult end to the week, but the fresh greens give me hope… tomorrow is another day.

LOVE the greens, LOVE your “overboardness”! (And LOVE Rolos… couldn’t keep them within such easy range!)

Thanks for the wonderful ideas and the much-needed shot of dopamine!
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Ruth, I am happy that you found the post a cheery one, but I am sorry that your week did not end too happy. Hopefully, this week will bring you a dose of happiness. Rolos are addictive! Who can eat just one of those yummy caramel and chocolate treats?? 🙂
Kelly

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