Christmas Day is done, and it is now time for a nice lengthy exhale. I am the type who is easily overstimulated by color, big feels, and occasions so I know you won’t be surprised to find me longing at this juncture for a silent, holy night. Let’s tour my home in a very spare, peaceful, under-baked, and quiet state.
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Does your Christmas decor linger through January? Beyond January?
Because sometimes I have it completely stored away December 26th!
My husband is just like me, and as the extra objects and greenery is cleared away, he begins to breathe easier and will inevitably remark OH THIS FEELS SO MUCH BETTER AND RESTFUL.
I don’t often show you the great room from this perspective (above), mainly because the big TV is not my favorite. I keep meaning to create a painting on wood to conceal it for styling shoots because I like the IDEA of styling the mantel in various ways!
But somehow I end up with more ideas than time to paint and style.
Our kitchen does NOT look calm like this at the moment. Our big harvest table replaced the round breakfast table to accommodate more guests.
The window seat bench is a calm perch for bird watching and daydreaming.
One of my favorite things about white decor is the calm factor. One of the secrets is mixing different whites…there are a myriad of them!
Temperatures will be rising this week, and there may be an opportunity to find solace in the courtyard which receives southern exposure.
I’m a sunshine girl so you better believe if there will be sun in December here in the North, I will stop whatever I’m doing and turn my face to it for a little while. (No need to write me about the dangers of sun exposure – I’m wearing spf 50 this very moment…no tan lines here.)
My “birdbath” above is simply some architectural salvage I collected and plopped together. Unfortunately, the basin (which was an ugly globe light original to the kitchen) was destroyed in a storm last spring.
Mary is special to me and greets you on the path to our front door.
When all is calm and all is bright, all is right.
Have I written a love letter to Belgian linen lately? Because, oh, baby, you make me so happy and I can’t quit you.
You can imagine how cluttered with life this bench in the hall becomes in winter! Sometimes I can handle the accumulation. But mostly, I need it hidden!
We have had the slipcovered chairs from RH forever, and they are super comfortable.
The master bath we completely demo’d then created entirely ourselves is completely zen. It’s a wonderful place to begin and end the day.
Three-legged stools are also a calm sight to my eyes, and they make the best perches for so many things.
The abstract painting reflected in the mirror is by me and titled EVERLASTING. I painted it (and a few more) mainly with my tears after Bella Luna passed away.
But it isn’t a mournful art piece…it is breathing with hope.
This is the first time I ever used plantation shutters, and I do love them!
The bench is from Ikea (Molger), and I gave it a custom paint treatment to maximize the quiet in here.
Even the sink hardware is calm and soothing to my eyes…cross handles are minimal and understated.
Thanks for taking the tour and keeping me company as I gear up to (very soon) declutter and edit it back to calm.
I love this whole record so much, and this song’s a great reminder just now…we can all find ways to give a little more on the other 364 days.
You are so special for reading me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
If you missed my Christmas wishes for you, it will make me so happy to have you visit and soak them in!
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Peace to you right where you are.
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