Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds

What a contrast this will be from my last post  with bold, delicious color from my cheese boards which are always a festive option for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday at all. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds will simply point to a few examples of the more effortless, pale, and simple side of cottage style and country Christmas decor.

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

Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds

Simple Wreath on Front Door

White brick Tudor exterior and beautiful curb appeal. The Fox Group. #thefoxgroup #whitehouse #exterior #curbappeal #whitebrick #tudor
A simple preserved wreath makes a breathtaking statement on a grey door of a renovated Tudor by The Fox Group. See more of this home RIGHT HERE.

Nordic French Christmas Decor Inspiration

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.Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

French Cottage Christmas Decor Inspiration

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.

Tone on Tone Tablescape

White on white shabby chic Christmas tablescape at my home. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #shabbychic #christmas
A white on white shabby chic Christmas tablescape at my home. Hello Lovely Studio.

Shabby Chic Christmas Dining Room

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.

Swedish Style Christmas Decor Inspiration

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. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

Right Where I Am

I just snapped these images (below) minutes ago – the snow has been gently falling this morning, and enjoying a few quiet moments of stillness and complete quiet in my kitchen feels like a treasure. Usually I begin my day with meditation and devotions upstairs in the bedroom, but today, I sat at the kitchen counter, nearly breathless with the beauty of the wintry light (if you are sensitive to the quality of light, I know you understand!).

Cozy whites on a window seat in a kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #windowseat #swedish #whitedecor #winter
Hello Lovely Studio. Window seat in our kitchen this morning as the snow gently falls. Lantern is Pottery Barn from a few years back. Fairy lights, pillows, and throw from RH.

I shared a few personal thoughts in my last post about abundance (it’s so natural for our thoughts to turn to the topic during Thanksgiving time), and yesterday shined as another example for my heart. My husband and I drove to a cozy home in a rural area to meet some sweet shihtzus looking for a new forever home – dozens of furry angel eyes in that living room turned their gaze toward us. There was this surplus of unconditional love swirling all around. What a contrast to my quiet house where it has been years since any muddy paws pitterpattered.

Cozy whites on a window seat in a kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #windowseat #swedish #whitedecor #winter
Hello Lovely Studio.

Yesterday was the first time we entertained the idea of a pet since Bella Luna left us three years ago. There was only one contender who demanded to be cradled by me (a young adult, petite and chocolate-y hued), and he may not even be available to adopt at least for awhile. So no new member of our family yet, but an overwhelming sense of the abundance of life-giving goodness which awaits.

Cozy whites on a window seat in a kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #windowseat #swedish #whitedecor #winter
Nora Murphy’s beautiful book on country style, a cozy white window seat, and candlelight on a quiet snowy morning. Hello Lovely Studio.

This morning, I read about a spiritual practice suggested by author Elizabeth Lesser. She recommends becoming an “I don’t know it all” and entertaining the possibility for a few minutes each day that we cannot see the full picture and do not NEED to understand it all. We can begin to relax into the mystery of all we do not know. Isn’t this powerfully lovely and stirring?

Cozy whites on a window seat in a kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #windowseat #swedish #whitedecor #winter
Pillows are all RH. I picked up the eggshell-like pitcher at Magnolia Market in Waco. Hello Lovely Studio.

I’m Michele. And I’m an I DON’T KNOW IT ALL. Right where I am, I am right at home in such an identity.

Feel free to join the I-Don’t-Know-It-All on the window seat in our kitchen where snow frosted trees teach and enchant while flickering flames encourage lingering.

In the video I just posted to IG (follow me, please!), it’s Nora Murphy’s Country Style book that is open to the beauty of Maison Decor. Find the book here, and my review of it here.

Understated Holiday Decor in My Kitchen

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

Need a Fireplace Mantel?

For inspiring fireplace ideas, SEE THIS.

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. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

CHARMED OR INSPIRED BY THE MORE UNDERSTATED SIDE OF CHRISTMAS DECOR?

French country Christmas decor in my home's entry. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #christmas #frenchcountry
My entry. Hello Lovely Studio.

When I spied a few of the slashed prices on a few beautiful Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture pieces online, they were too enticing not to share. I have gathered a collection of awesomely priced furniture finds I thought you design savvy bargain shoppers might particularly whistle at. The furniture and decor pieces fall under the category of traditional design style while they also reflect a casual, unfussy, neutral mood.

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom. Hello Lovely Studio. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture. #furniture #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #interiordesign
Hello Lovely Studio. My French Nordic cottage style bedroom with panel bed. Lamp: Parisian Iron Gate Lamp, RH. Similar French linen slipcovered chair: RIGHT HERE. Shop my home HERE. One wall is covered with reclaimed painted pine from Stikwood…read about the project RIGHT HERE. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

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Colette Dining Chairs, Set of 2
French Linen Slipcovered Chair, Set of 2
Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Bonjour Pillow
Vintage Chinese Bench
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture

Should you not be in the market for any of these traditional pieces, join me at the finish line for something special…a different flavor of CLASSIC… very special musical artist whom I idolized as a young girl talks about no longer performing.

One of My Favorite White Slipcovered Sofas of All Time!

For starters, I noticed one of my favorite sofas (a white slipcovered beauty) went on sale. FYI, this particular sofa goes out of stock regularly.

Fairchild Slipcovered Sofa
Fairchild Slipcovered White Sofa.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

This Fairchild sofa is the very same one designer Sarah Richardson chose for her rustic media room in her family’s own home in Ontario.

Sarah Richardson's media room in her off the grid farmhouse. White slipcovered sofa and blue accents with rustic decor. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Sarah Richardson’s own media room in her off the grid Ontario farmhouse. Design: Sarah Richardson. Photo: Stacey Brandford, HGTV Canada.

The sofa easily works with rustic decor as well as with more elegant pieces in a French country style space:

Is This the Wood Side Table You’ve Been Searching For?

I love the traditional coastal vibe of this sculptural pedestal side table made of solid teak which at only 24″ in diameter will work in small spaces and blend with any number of traditional styles! Teak is so pricey, and if you’re lucky enough to snag this baby when it’s on sale…VICTORY BARGAIN DANCE TIME!

Ignazio Pedestal Table
Ignazio Pedestal Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

The table comes in additional finishes as well like grey.

Ignazio Pedestal Table
Sculptural Ignazio Pedestal Side Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Entry, Mud Room, or Anywhere Storage That Only Looks Custom

If you have ever sought a bid for custom built-ins from a carpenter, then you know how expensive any sort of storage unit for books, backpacks, or display can be. Here’s a ready-made option that adds architectural interest and character even as it helps to stow everyday essentials.

Gerwalta Storage Hall Tree
White Wood Hall Tree Storage Unit With Hooks.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A Smart Wall Sconce for Under $40

It’s so interesting to me that frequently I am searching for a fixture which has simple clean lines and a straightforward design, and it’s nowhere to be found in a sea of overly ornate or complicated designs. Here’s an exception.

Here you can see the sconce inverted for a different look:

Jaylene 1-Light Armed Sconce
Oil Rubbed Bronze Wall Sconce

The sconce’s style is versatile enough to go in any number of spaces like an entry:

Bedroom Furniture Ideas to Inspire

I thought the lines on this upholstered panel bed were graceful and pretty enough to work in a number of bedrooms whether its French country, Belgian, or French Nordic style that rocks your world.

Sten Upholstered Panel Bed
Upholstered Panel Bed.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A timeless quilt like this won’t ever fall from favor!

Distressed Washed Oak Finish!

Thank goodness we are beginning to see more of the more natural, scrubbed raw wood look that works so well with more rustically inclined designs and spaces. Here’s an unfussy console table with an attractive metal base that could work in any number of spaces since it is airy and less than 14″ deep.

Stourton Console Table
Stourton Console Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Spring Color for a Bedroom, Anyone?

I love aqua, and I this bedding with its muted tones, struck me as feeling very French farmhouse and cottage lovely.

Tappen 6 Piece Coverlet Set
Aqua With Floral Coverlet Set.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Casual Cottage Style Stripes

This chair brought back memories for me! We owned a French country settee for years which was upholstered in what appears to be this exact fabric! And those little cottage style feet! The very same ones on my old settee.

Bashir Armchair
Stripe Armchair

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: For the Bedroom

A few more pretty bedroom furniture and bedding finds with friendly prices.

Cavaillon Panel Bed
Cottage Style Cavaillon Panel Bed.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Great Coastal and Traditional Lighting Fixture Finds Too!

There are too many plain and ugly dome type flush mount ceiling lights across this country, and a little update may do wonders!

Cheke Flush Mount
English Bronze Flush Mount Light Fixture.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture and Lighting.

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Nightstand Ideas

This particular nightstand comes in some interesting painted finishes should you be feeling saucy.

Here’s the champagne option…

Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand
Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

And this shade of grey is rather neutral and versatile.

Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand
Lisle 2-Drawer Nightstand.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A happy blue could be a cheery pop of color and it need not match the color of existing pieces!

Would you, could you, consider a pretty in pink option?

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Modern Farmhouse Dining Tables & Sideboard

Here’s a dining table with dimensions which are destined to work in a variety of homes. The extension feature is lovely for holidays.

Artur Extending Dining Table
Artur Extending Dining Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Artur Extending Dining Table
Artur Extending Dining Table
Saguenay Sideboard
White Saguenay Sideboard.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Saguenay Sideboard
Saguenay Sideboard

Classic & Traditional Light Fixture Options

Armchairs in Neutral Hues

Ivo Wingback Chair
Tufted Wingback Chair With Nailhead Trim.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Ivo Wingback Chair
Grey Tufted Wingback Chair With Nailhead Trim

Traditional Sofa: Chic, Tufted, and Velvet

Now Here’s a Sectional I Can Live With!

Kearney Sectional
White Coastal Style Kearney Sectional.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

An Interview With Linda Rondstadt, an artist living with Parkinson’s Disease…

I just love her honesty and the thoughts shared about why she never married! Ha! I’m holding Linda in my heart right now and whispering a prayer. Should you also have a moment, let’s lift her up.

If you’re a fan of her music, join me in listening/watching this powerful performance:

That song takes me back!

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Bonjour Pillow
Vintage Chinese Bench
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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6 Comments

  1. Marilyn S.
    November 18, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Loved starting my Sunday with this beautiful ” lovely” post.. it’s just so soothing . I also said a little prayer that all of that Lovely will soon be spattered with the cuteness of messy tiny delicious paw prints .

    • michele
      Author
      November 18, 2018 / 10:59 am

      Oh, thank you for that, friend. I’ll be patient. Love having you here- peace to you right where you are.

  2. Ellen Shook
    November 18, 2018 / 10:02 am

    What a lovely selection! Wondering if the Swedish candelabra comes with the light bulbs?

    • michele
      Author
      November 18, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Thanks so much for stopping to savor the lovely! Yes – mine did! šŸ™‚

  3. Joanna
    November 18, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Candlelight makes everything seem more romantic and soft. I love the simple touches of white and candlelight.
    Your dishes are beautiful. I can tell they are old by the very, soft colours on the rim. Is there any writing on the back? Iā€™m smitten by them and would love to source a set.
    Blessings on this chilly Sunday, ~ Joanna

    • michele
      Author
      November 18, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      I agree – it’s the simplest way to create a mood. That tablescape actually involved a mix of vintage plates so the one pictured the only one. Sadly, it broke, and if I can remember the maker/pattern, I will return here and let you know. Sorry about that! We will both have to keep our eyes peeled. šŸ™‚

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