Christmas Butler’s Pantry

by | Dec 5, 2018 | All Things Home, Antiques, Decorating, Holiday, Ironstone, Kitchen, My House, Winter | 22 comments

I gave the butler’s pantry a makeover this summer, so this is the first time I get to decorate it for Christmas!  It’s a small thing, but I was excited about it none-the-less.  With that rich, green color, it’s just begging to be decorated for Christmas.

And, I kept the Christmas decor very simple.  I just added some cinnamon sticks, nuts, pinecones, candles, and some faux greenery.

The swag is hung from a 3m hook, so it can be removed after the holidays without leaving a mark.

Now that the beadboard is contracting a bit from the change in humidity and temperature, I need to get in there and do a little touch up with the paint.  I’ll do that once the Christmas decorations come down.

Well, tomorrow I am waking up at the crack of dawn to fly to Montana to tour the 2019 HGTV Dream Home!  I don’t get up at 4:00 am for very many things, but I’ll get up for that!  I’ll be taking lots of pictures and sharing details on my Instagram Stories, if you want to follow along,


  1. Argelia Brown

    Simplicity at its best! Beautimous, Happy Holidays to you and your family. Safe travels!

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you!

  2. Traci Rye

    Welcome to beautiful Montana again! Enjoy your time on Big Mountain and exploring such a beautiful
    place. Post lots of pictures. The ski report said 33 inches up there. Have fun in the Flathead Valley!

    • Marian Parsons

      I am looking forward to it! Montana is such a beautiful state!

  3. AnnaRae

    Beautiful. I do love the simplicity. You inspire. As always. Thank you.

    • Marian Parsons

      Very kind, thank you!

  4. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I love the small dishes that you used as candleholders. Is there a certain name for these wee bowls/molds?

    • Marian Parsons

      They are handleless cups. You can usually find them on Etsy and eBay.

  5. michelle Johnston

    As usual, beautiful. So jealous that you get to tour the dream home. I did the tour when it was here in Colorado
    Have fun.

  6. amy joanne mogish

    I couldn’t wait to see this for Christmas… simply beautiful. Merry Christmas.

  7. Jeanie

    Very beautiful!!

  8. Jan Fusco

    What is a 3m hook? I’m always interested in hooks that don’t leave marks.

  9. Sheila

    So pretty and welcoming. That’s a lovely shade of green on your built in butler’s pantry. Did you build and paint that as well? Love that you share your talented inspiration.

    • Addie

      Well….Sheila, let’s just say she “re-built” it. Marian “Mustardized” it!!! The green is a color in her Milk Paint line. She took off the doors, put-up the bead board, added corbels, changed the knobs AND if you hunt back in the archives you can read all about it!!! You will see the before and after pics. It was a couple of months ago and well worth the hunt!!!

  10. Kathy Egli

    I love your Butler’s Pantry and your simple decor … does it take a lot of dusting? So envious that you are going to the Montana HGTV dream home. Enjoy!

  11. Elizabeth St

    What a beautiful, understated transformation of the butler’s pantry. I may steal your idea of cinnamon sticks as decor.

    I still can’t get over the amazing job you did turning what looked like leftover cabinetry in an alcove into a stunning piece of faux freestanding furniture. I will bet some people have already been fooled into thinking it’s a vintage hutch that just happens to fit the space really well.

  12. Michele M.

    Once again you absolutely nailed it.


  13. Mary Kaiser

    Where do you get the candles that are big tapers that you are putting into the handle less cups?

  14. Kathy K Forcum

    I absolutely love the green and wondering what post your formula was given for the boxwood green. I have green kitchen cabinets now and want to do a new place your green, whenever you get a chance to link that one to me. Also we lived near Whitefish, MT for 16 years, actually had a view of the Mountain and it is one of the most beautiful places on earth, hope you are enjoying your trip, great shopping and food there, can’t wait to hear all about it!

  15. MaryLisa

    Where did you find your frameless candles?


    So simple and pretty. Love how you are using Boxwood in addition to all your blue and white palette. Those ironstone cake plates in your butler’s pantry are fantastic – I love them!

  17. Tammie Price

    This is so beautiful! I love that green! The styling is perfection. How exciting about the HGTV 2019 dream house!!


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