December 3, 2020

2020 Christmas in the Cabin Kitchen

  We are a happily retired Army family living in North Carolina in a cottage on an island off the coast AND on the top of a mountain in a  cabin over looking the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Despite my lackluster blogging skills,  I'm happy to be back again this year sharing our kitchen at Idlehour, our little mountain cabin!

The name Idlehour came from the book A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
 I don't know about every where else but it's customary in the south to name your home!
Our beach house is called Lost Cay Cottage and the name Quarters One was the name of our home at Ft. Riley, KS which is where we were stationed when I started this blog.

"Lola" our cow friend, the only cow you'll find in our kitchen as we maintain a  plant based life style.

It was a snowy day when I took these's a great view of the mountains from this window I really wish I could have captured it!

I have a life long habit of wanting to fill in empty spaces but I've been trying to adopt a life of simplicity and that's the look I was going for when decorating this kitchen.

My favorite little St. Nick purchased in Stuttgart, Germany when we were stationed there. He fills my heart with happy memories every year when I unwrap him!

One of our three pups, Beatrice! My daughter found her on the highway two years ago and, despite my attempts to find her a home, she found her home with us.
And my new Ruggable (Kamran in Coral) I am a big fan of both the rug and the dog!

The downstairs is mostly all shiplap painted White Dove.  It was a new build but we were  lucky to find!

Foccacia from a local bakery, best I've ever had and I lived in Italy for four years!

 Christmas Crunch...melt a bag of white chocolate chips, fold melted chocolate into 1 1/2 cups of each of these ingredients and spread on wax paper to cool.  

Thank you so much for visiting, please follow us on Instagram @quartersone I post almost everyday! 
Here are the links to the other beautiful homes on the tour today.
With Gratitude, Shand


  1. Shand--oh my goodness--it's just beautiful! I could cook up a storm in that lovely kitchen. It's perfectly simple and simply perfect!

    1. Thank you, Christy!! It's always so fun to participate in this Holiday Home Tour!

  2. I love all of the natural elements and homemade goodies! A beautiful holiday kitchen!

    1. Thank you, Jenny! Thanks for letting me participate again this year every home is just beautiful!

  3. Oh I love your kitchen, so pretty. Your counters are a similar granite to mine, love them. That cow is perfect, such a statement. Each of your vignettes are so thoughtfully done. Gorgeous kitchen

  4. Shand, your kitchen is so cozy! I too have a habit of decorating all the spaces ha! I love the name of your blog and the story and also the name of your home - amazing you're on island and must be glorious! Merry Christmas!

  5. Beautiful kitchen, I can wait to see the rest of the cabin.

  6. Shand your home is always so perfectly decorated. I love my home state and get so excited seeing all the beautiful places my friends have settled.


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