Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights

The children in our neighborhood are full of joy for their favorite day of all time has arrived just now: SNOW DAY. Yep. School was cancelled since a snow storm arrived yesterday and turned our sleepy town into a winter wonderland. The trees are frosted, the ground is a blanket of white, and the temperature outdoors is just right for sledding down the hill in our front yard. On this snow day, it’s also the first day I feel I can truly, joyfully, begin to add holiday touches around our home. Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights is sort of my go-to plan every Christmas to avoid overwhelm and overwrought holiday decorating.

Know what I mean?

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

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The Emotional Impact of Green

What is it about green–especially for holiday decorating–that evokes feelings of well being and warmth even though it is a cool color? Well, it obviously reflects the beauty and elegant simplicity of the natural world. But it is also a deeply tranquil color which is associated with health and even good fortune. For me personally, green takes on star status during the holidays because it represents new life. It calls to mind the birth of the Christ child and even an enduring, everlasting, flourishing in the dead of winter. As I type these words, I am gazing at naked trees, stripped of their leaves. The greening to come is on the horizon so any glimpses of it bring a sort of hope, whether we process it on a conscious level or not.

Serene white bench and mirror with winter holiday decor - Hello Lovely Studio

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Find fairy lights and white light strings RIGHT HERE.

Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights

Green and white plus twinkly lights is pretty dang easy in the courtyard. Fresh boughs from our enormous soaring Norway Spruce with some twigs and fairy lights. On a greyed white bench. Boom.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

This box in a London window I snapped a few weeks back perfectly celebrates green and white splendor without any red bows or extra adornment.

White Shaker style kitchen with Christmas decor - Hello Lovely Studio

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

I did hang two plain green Frasier Fir wreaths for Thanksgiving.

Here are some battery operated star string lights which may work for you.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Fresh evergreens, wooly white pom poms, and candlelight are a cozy holiday trio you can take to the bank.

White kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio with Minuet Viatera quartz countertop, mirror, and Christmas decor

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

There is definitely a cost to using fresh and free of charge evergreens from the yard like I do. I will be vacuuming fallen spruce needles the whole year through it seems! Maybe I’ll spring for something that won’t shed like such a shedmuffin.

Nordic French Christmas decor style. My Petite Maison. #christmasdecor #nordicfrench #frenchcountry #ironstone #whitedecor

My Petite Maison. Forced bulbs and beautiful white French ironstone. See more of this home RIGHT HERE.Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

I am not green with envy, but am rather deeply inspired by how My Petite Maison uses white in her gorgeous bungalow. With green, added, ooh la la.

Vintage French wire laundry basket with white tissue poufs and fairy lights. Hello Lovely Studio.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

When I organized my studio’s closet last year, I tossed my supply of handmade tissue poufs (they took up so much space!) so I’ll have to make a bunch this year for my vintage French wire basket.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

White ironstone is so simple and elegant with green sprigs.

Green weathered shutter and natural greenery from California. Ciny Hattersley. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Cindy Hattersley. SEE MORE of her California bohemian rough luxe style HERE. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Random: The color green is associated with fertility (anyone else recall adolescent jokes about green M&M’s?), and apparently it was THE color to wear on your wedding day in the 1400’s.

Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style. #hellolovelystudio #christmasdecor #kitchen

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

White kitchens make the perfect canvas for layering on green and fairy lights. And what a relief I don’t need a green thumb to enjoy live greenery at Christmastime…just a daily mist of H2O keeps the greens happy.

Tabletop Christmas tree with white lights in a gorgeous antique white planter. My Petite Maison. #christmasdecor #nordicfrench #whitechristmas #simplechristmas #swedishchristmas #ironstone

My Petite Maison. Forced bulbs and beautiful white French ironstone. See more of this home RIGHT HERE. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Suddenly I want to paint an old ladder white…where’s my paintbrush!?!

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

This vintage plate broke last year, and what a shame…the palest aqua green with aged and crazed white.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

I have a stash of pinecones from the yard to give the ol’ flocked treatment to this year.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

While I love blush pink roses, white ones charm me more and are always my first choice in any season.

French country dining room decorated for Christmas. Corner French Cottage.

Corner French Cottage. White Christmas decor with a French farmhouse twist. See more of this decorated home RIGHT HERE. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

French country Christmas dining room with empire crystal chandelier and European inspired charm. Corner French Cottage. #christmasdecor #shabbychic #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcottage

Corner French Cottage. White Christmas decor with a French farmhouse twist. See more of this decorated home RIGHT HERE. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

Corner French Cottage knows her way around the dreaminess of white, and her dining room above and living room below are evidence you can skip the reds.

French farmhouse Christmas decor with white on white. Corner French Cottage. #christmasdecor #white #french #shabbychic

Corner French Cottage. White Christmas decor with a French farmhouse twist. See more of this decorated home RIGHT HERE. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a sweet little pop of red from a fresh berry.

Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds. Hello Lovely Studio. Find vintage English marmalade crocks like mine RIGHT HERE.

Do you wear much green? I love those military greens.

Even springier greens can feel festive and best friends with white.

Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

White on white decor by Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote. Beach Studios in the UK.

Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Classic Christmas Mood Music

Beautiful Understated Holiday Decorating Finds

Here’s the candelabra in my own kitchen window:

White wood Swedish electric candelabra.

White wooden Swedish electric candelabra: FIND HERE.

Lovely Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Feathery & White

For the Fireplace Mantel?

Taper 3 Piece Metal Candlestick Set

Candlestick Set: FIND HERE.

Need a Fireplace Mantel?

For inspiring fireplace ideas, SEE THIS.

Unfussy Reindeer

2 Piece Birch Bark Reindeer Décor Set

Bark Reindeer Set: FIND HERE.

A Touch of Green for the Kitchen or Bath

Holiday Sparkle for All Year Round

Glam Vertical Accent Wall Mirror

Venetian Mirror: FIND HERE.

Another Classic for the Bath

Newtown 48" Single Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Vanities: FIND HERE.

Side Table With a Touch of Gold

Casanova End Table

End Table: FIND HERE.

Pretty Things for Any Side Table

Beckman 2 Piece Paper Tree with Star on Wood Base Set

Paper Tree Set: FIND HERE.

Perfect for Christmas Cookies

Saundra Cake Stand

Cake Stand: FIND HERE.

Traditional and Nostalgic

Glitter Angle Star Tree Topper

Tree Topper: FIND HERE.

Understated and Tonal

Jute Christmas Tree Skirt

Tree Skirt: FIND HERE.

Understated Lovely Without Any Other Adornment

Green Fir 7.5' Hinged Green Artificial Christmas Tree with 750 Clear Lights

Christmas Trees: FIND HERE.

Ornaments That Don’t Shout

Christmas Ball Ornament

Christmas Ball Ornament St: FIND HERE.

Never Out of Style

Neutral for Any Holiday Pillow

Regis Wingback Chair

Wingback Chair: FIND HERE.

Mercury Glass Finds

Elegant Green + White Holiday Pretty

Holiday Bone China 5 Piece Place Setting, Service for 1

Holiday Bone China Set: FIND HERE

Can’t You Just Picture Greenery on It?

Weise 5 Drawer Accent Chest

Accent Chest: FIND HERE

Holders for Candlelight

2 Piece Metal Candlestick Set

Metal Candlestick Set: FIND HERE.

So Cozy, It Hurts

Brezza Chunky Knit Merino Wool Throw

Chunky Knit Throw Blanket: FIND HERE.

I think I need this to pull up to my farm sink!

Please visit my PINTEREST BOARDS to re-PIN pretty things to spread the magic – I am saving Christmas decorating ideas at the moment!

White modern farmhouse kitchen decorated for Christmas with wreath over farmhouse sink

Hello Lovely Studio. Holiday Decor: Green and White Plus Twinkly Lights. Christmas decorating inspiration from lovely rooms dressed for the holidays in simple, elegant, understated style.

Personal Reflections: Seeking Light

It is quite easy to tune into the television, the computer, or even daily conversations and become weary or triggered by what feels dark or unholy during these holy days. Holy days call for a measure of faith, and mustard-seed sized will do. To protect our hearts and our faltering faith in humanity, we must gaze higher. It’s  how I long for my life to be used…in small, gentle ways to tenderly point to a flickering light which will never go out.

To glimpse it is to surrender to what we do not and cannot know with intellect alone. To be warmed by it is to gaze into what lies within the grey realm of mysterious unknowing.

For when we lift our eyes from the surface; when we seek the light of the Word or enter into the sacred spaciousness of contemplative silence which is always a breath away…it’s there we discover the beautiful holy. We discover what we seek has been waiting for us all along.

We must not grow cynical even when circumstances swirling around us convince us it’s the only sane or logical response. Because truly we’re seeing only the underside of the unfolding story, yes? The other side of this still unfinished, messed up tapestry of a story is a lovely woven masterpiece indeed.

“God’s love and kindness

will shine upon us

like the sun that rises

in the sky.

On us who live

in the dark shadow

of death

that light will shine

to guide us

into a life of peace.”

LUKE 1: 78-79 (CEV)

Wishing you eyes to see the guiding light,

and

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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6 Comments

  1. November 27, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Beautiful reflections Michele! The simplicity of the Christmas decorations are so refreshing too. I brought some paintings to my collector’s home yesterday and when I saw her decorations, I thought that you would love them! Absolutely beautifully simple Christmas tree, wreaths and ornaments! It was warm and welcoming. Peace to you my friend!

    • michele
      Author
      November 27, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      I appreciate you reading them, Holly. You have been a busy artist from what I can tell on your feeds! So wonderful to create lots of inventory for your collectors. I’m sure I would have loved those decorations if you did! 🙂

  2. Joanna
    November 27, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I see we like much the same in Christmas decor. This year it’s all about masses of white candles in glass/crystal holders, gold or white deer looking so sweet, a few white and gold balls, and a touch of greenery. I love the simple touch!
    I like your boots! I have a couple of olive/ khaki green jackets. It is the only shade of green I wear. I’m just not fond of green. Tucked in my closet is one green top that I wear for Saint Patty’s day parties. I think I picked it up a thrift store.
    Bing is my favourite album for Christmas Eve and morn. My daughter even plays it at her home but only once as the kids and husband are not fans. I’ll think of you this year as White Christmas (something we rarely get) plays n the background.
    Blessings ~ Joanna

    • michele
      Author
      November 27, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      We’re such kindred! Thinking about Bing makes me think I need a record player and a vinyl copy of his Christmas music! xox

  3. Sandy
    November 27, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    Whenever I have a hectic day, I always come to your feed and am immediately calmed! Love your blog so much!

    • michele
      Author
      November 27, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      What a joy to have you here. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read and unwind with me. Peace to you.

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