The 'Shelf Village' in Chrissy Teigen's kitchen is the most imaginative Christmas decor we've seen

Kitchens may go undressed during the holidays – but Chrissy Teigen shows how some decorations can change a room entirely

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
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Model Chrissy Teigen knows exactly how to set trends, whether with the clothes she wears or the interior design quirks that she shares on her Instagram. 

Recently, we reported on Chrissy and her husband singer John Legend's unusual pampas Christmsa tree that stands in their entryway. 

Since then, she has shown off her kitchen Christmas decor ideas (they are seen on the second photo of the carousel below). The couple's snowy decorations, exhibited on their chic open-shelving, show what is possible with a small amount of attention and care. The biggest lesson we can learn? Don't forget the kitchen when decorating for the holidays. 

In the photo, John Legend is seen standing in the couple's chic marble-clad kitchen, in front of the vast open shelving that (typically) plays host to glasses and crockery. The Grammy award winner is seen making a 'blooming onion' – a large, deep-fried onion that is cut to resemble a flower.

'I have officially learned how to make the famous bloomin onion! This was so special and so fun and so so so freaking delicious. Thank you for the redo,' Chrissy says. 

While their culinary achievement is something of note, their kitchen shelving (or rather, festive kitchen shelving) steals the moment (for us, at least). The top shelf, that is normally covered in books (as seen below) is dressed for the holidays – complete with a traditional Christmas garland, topped with faux snow. 

A selection of gingerbread houses, miniature Christmas trees and and snow-topped pine cones sit atop the snowy garland – creating a village-like scene across the top kitchen shelf.

Chrissy and John's festive kitchen decor is, in many ways, simple – using common holiday staples such as a garland, and mini Christmas trees. However, its effect on the overall space is unmistakable – and creates the impression that their entire home is dressed for the season. And design expert Mary from Wren Kitchens agrees.

'Making the most of open shelves (should you have them) can really make a kitchen feel festive,' she says. To recreate the look, she recommends creating a 'blended aesthetic offered by garlands of faux-eucalyptus, frosted pinecones, and white berries' before bookending your shelves with miniature lit Christmas trees and Nordic houses, just like Chrissy's.

'Of course, you can introduce any color scheme you want into your decorations, and the way you decorate your shelves should fit with your personal taste,' Mary adds. 

Chrissy Teigen

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Naturally, not every home has open shelving quite like Chrissy Teigen's, so you may need to look for alternatives to her idea. One of the easiest ways to do so is with a Christmas plant that elevate your kitchen instantly. 

'A large centerpiece stone vase on your kitchen island filled with a mass of green winter foliage, white berries, and eucalyptus leaves is perfect for this,' the kitchen expert says. 'If you don’t have a kitchen island, then an open spot on your countertops or around the room can work just as well.'

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.