You met my sister Jo in my last post recapping the interior blog awards in London we attended, and I thought I would share a few peeks of her beautiful Chicago townhouse decorated with a light touch for the holidays. We didn’t style any photo shoot…these are simple iPhone shots when I was there a couple days ago. I’m also sharing some of YOUR favorite Christmas movie picks as shared with me on Facebook.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + Christmas Movie Favs
My sister’s townhouse represents a big downsize for her and her husband who are emptynesters like us. (Well, sort of like us. Our nest is not empty since our son in law school moved home for a few months until he graduates and buys a home.)
White With Grey is Her Jam
I think her pup inspired the combo.
My niece, Jess getting a teeny taste of a marshmallow from a skillet cookie.
Jo favors a mostly white and grey palette, transitional and Scandinavian decor, and zero clutter. At Christmas, she layers on more grey and pops of vibrant color.
The grey stripe on the wall is relatively new and a DIY for her. A manual laser line thingamabob made taping off the area easy work, and it’s a great way to break up an expanse that lacks architectural interest and add modern flair for pennies.
Lots of fuzzy wuzzy pillows and throws warm up the room for winter.
Grey Paint Color for Stripe
She has slowly collected the vintage dishes on the counter in the kitchen. You may remember she chose Viatera quartz in Minuet for the kitchen and bathroom countertops in the townhouse, and I copied her for our fixer upper.
In a guest bedroom, a cheerful tree is decorated in jewel tones and crowned with peace.
I love the bold Scandinavian snowflake pillow.
There’s a theme of peace running through the townhouse and running through her tender heart.
Below, a peace sign pillow feels modern yet retro. I am very envious of her iron and wood staircase railings which would be so welcome in my own home! I just haven’t been able to think about ripping out our much-too-ornate-country ones since we have a million baluster spindles.
Here’s a pillow that would feel right at home in Jo’s townhouse.
The other day on the way to Iceland…
I don’t know what I would do without my sister’s love for me. She has been a light since the day mom brought her home from the hospital, and I was the happiest big sister on the earth. That July morning, before we met for the first time, the preschooler me helped our grandma make homemade biscuits and a big country chicken dinner to celebrate. It is one of my top 5 favorite days EVER. Oh, the joy of a baby fresh from heaven and the womb of God! She had a head of dark reddish hair that eventually turned platinum and the sweetest turned up nose. She’s a tiny creature with a big personality, and I still carry her around when she asks.
7 Christmas Movie Favorites
When I recently polled you friends on Facebook HERE, here were a few of the standouts (I’ll share more in the next post, and if you haven’t responded on the thread…do leave your favorite movie or a GIF!):
Please watch the clips to remember, smile, discover, and at the same time support the blog (time spent on this site= support to keep this blog afloat).
I’ll be sharing more in the next post, and from the list of Christmas movies above, No. 5 is my favorite…and yours?
Scroll to the bottom of the post for the movie titles…how many of these have you seen?
7 Lovely HOLIDAY DECOR Finds
2. Christmas Stockings
3. Stocking Holders
4. Christmas Tree
5. Christmas Wreaths
6. Sleigh Bells
7. For a Mantel
Those Christmas Movies From Above
CHRISTMAS MOVIES: 1. Love Actually 2. It’s a Wonderful Life. 3. A Christmas Story 4. White Christmas 5. The Family Stone 6. While You Were Sleeping 7. Christmas Vacation
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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