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
Hello Lovely Studio. Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds.

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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

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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

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
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Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
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 Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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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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French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
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Seagrass Basket Set
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Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
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Terracotta Pots & Basket
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French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
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Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
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Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
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White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
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White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
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