We’re in the homestretch now for Christmas, and I have to keep reminding myself since I’m surrounded by palm trees and cacti here in the desert. I am anxious to be reunited with my husband and eldest son who arrive tomorrow.
What do you do when as a decor blogger, every day you immerse yourself in lovely interior design inspiration, decorating ideas, and renovation stories and feel your own humble attempts at home decor are far from blogworthy?
Well, you seriously consider just playing it safe and simply avoid posting images of your renovated, unfussy, un-fancy place which would open you up to scrutiny and criticism. And then you remember you are among friends. You decide ‘Dude. When has a little criticism ever stopped you from taking risks and entering the arena?’
So here are shots around the house in 2016 and 2015, and you’ll see I favor handmade, simple, Scandinavian-inspired decor (that’s what I grew up with), twinkly lights, and scored-from-the yard holiday greenery for my own home. Each year I change it up a little, and this year was different since I wasn’t home to decorate at Thanksgiving OR at Christmas since we are with family in Arizona. I’ll share pics when I can of holiday 2017.
Thanks for being my friend and supporting this blog in big and small ways. Part 2 is right here.
Let’s go inside my home.
Friends, far and near,
and those whom I have yet to meet in the flesh,
I wish you light and love this Christmas.
Though this site speaks very much to
lovely interiors, renovation, and transformation,
I desire for it to evolve and reflect the beauty of peaceful living
we all so desperately need to sustain us as we grow.
My gaze is directed outside the window where a newly planted orange tree
is taking root this very moment, and I’m sending its fresh promise and
this sunshine across the miles to your heart and soul…
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Peace to you right where you are.
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Merry Christmas to you and your family Michele!! Thank you for the inspiration you share all year long . Your home looks beautiful.
Thanks, Michelle! Merry Christmas to you – so happy to have you following. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and heart . Merry Christmas. I always leave your blog feeling relaxed, inspired and peaceful.
Thanks for your kind words and support, Marilyn. Wishing you joy and peace.
Hello Michele Your home is beautiful, thank you so much for inviting us in. I have ‘borrowed’ many ideas from you! Your blog is my escapism and I truly appreciate your taking the time to bring your posts to us so very much. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope that 2018 brings everything that you want it to. Love and best wishes to you and yours from UK.
Such a pleasure to have you following! I am so glad we can connect across the miles, and I love sharing inspiration to soothe. xox
Your home is lovely and oh so peaceful! I love that you have a rosary displayed and love that little lamb too❤️ Merry Christmas!
Lots of vintage rosaries since they find me wherever I roam! Merry Christmas, friend.
Truly lovely! I am so glad I recently found your blog! I am pinning ideas and gathering inspiration for a not-so-distant future downsizing/lightening (“Swedish death cleanse”, anyone? Look it up! It’s not as morbid as it sounds– haha), and your photos bring me such peace and light. I think I have pinned more from you than from anyone. Peace and joy and light to you, and merriest of desert Christmases!
I will have to look up the cleanse, Lisa! I’m so glad you are discovering what your heart is drawn to, and I hope this blog continues to bring you joy. Your kind words have brightened my morning in the desert where it is overcast. Thank you for the peace and light. xox
I love the simply touches that lend Christmas magic to your home.
Merry Christmas to you & yours!
Thanks for reading and adding to the beauty, Joanna. 🙂
I am so glad I discovered your blog: I am inspired by your talents and greatly enjoy the photos. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season.
What a beautiful thing to say. Thanks so much, Meredith. So happy to have you here and wishing you peace. 🙂
I always leave your post as the last on I read each day so I can savor and enjoy it. Excellent blog!
That is the sweetest thing to say, Karol. (I love this spelling of your name!) Wishing you peace and joy this holiday. 🙂