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
Simple Wreath on Front Door
Nordic French Christmas Decor Inspiration
French Cottage Christmas Decor Inspiration
Tone on Tone Tablescape
Shabby Chic Christmas Dining Room
Swedish Style Christmas Decor Inspiration
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!).
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.
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.
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?
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.
Understated Holiday Decor in My Kitchen
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Beautiful Understated Holiday Decorating Finds
Here’s the candelabra in my own kitchen window:
Lovely Magnolia Leaf Wreath
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CHARMED OR INSPIRED BY THE MORE UNDERSTATED SIDE OF CHRISTMAS DECOR?
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.
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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.
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.
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!
The table comes in additional finishes as well like grey.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: For the Bedroom
A few more pretty bedroom furniture and bedding finds with friendly prices.
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!
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…
And this shade of grey is rather neutral and versatile.
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.
Classic & Traditional Light Fixture Options
Armchairs in Neutral Hues
Traditional Sofa: Chic, Tufted, and Velvet
Now Here’s a Sectional I Can Live With!
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!
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Peace to you right where you are.
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