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.

Gorgeous ivy, mums, and greenery in a window box in London. Grey painted brick and white trim. #hellolovelystudio #windowbox #holidaydecor #christmas

Elegant window box inspiration in London! Hello Lovely Studio.

Understated Holiday Decorating & Finds

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

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

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 Red for the Bath

Hudgens Thin 100% Cotton Bath Towel

Stripe Bath Towel: FIND HERE.

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

Blackwell Holiday Plaid Throw Pillow

Plaid Throw Pillow: FIND HERE.

Neutral for Any Holiday Pillow

Regis Wingback Chair

Wingback Chair: FIND HERE.

Mercury Glass Finds

Elegant Holiday Pretty

Holiday Bone China 5 Piece Place Setting, Service for 1

Holiday Bone China Set: FIND HERE

Because We All Need More

Glitzy Joy 100% Felt Lumbar Pillow

Joy Pillow: FIND HERE.

Not Too Flashy

Spruce Pre-Lit Wreath with Clear Lights

Pre-Lit Wreath: FIND HERE.

Can’t You Just Picture the Candles 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. 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.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Linen & Oak Settee
Linen & Oak Settee
French Linen Accent Chair
French Linen Accent Chair
French Country Wing Chair
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
French Country Sofa
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Antiqued French Lamp
Antiqued French Lamp
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Linen Modern Wing Chair
Linen Modern Wing Chair
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Tufted Headboard
Aged White Writing Desk
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Column Table Lamp
Column Table Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Mini Pendant Light
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
White Vase Set
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Tufted Chesterfield Sofa
Tufted Chesterfield Sofa
Modern Brass Sphere Pendant
Modern Brass Sphere Pendant
2-Light Chic Sconce
2-Light Chic Sconce
Black Tray Table
Black Tray Table
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Midcentury Teak & Leather Armchair
Midcentury Teak & Leather Armchair
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Round Marble Side Table
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
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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! 🙂

  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? I’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. 🙂

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