Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo

Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo continues a review of beautiful interior design inspiration, design ideas, paint color resources, and lovely finds shared last month (May 2019). There was so much lovely to share, that it requires two installments, and the first is HERE. I’m also sharing personal reflections from my soul, right where I am.

Still life with vintage door, apple, pear, and aqua bottle with branch by Hello Lovely Studio
isit this story here: Soulful Reflections & My Health. Hello Lovely Studio.

Soulful Reflections: Purity & Seeing

How is your soul today, friend? If you have a few minutes to consider this stream of consciousness flowing from right where I am, I’m ever grateful. But it’s also okay to scroll right by to get to the decor inspiration that follows.

This week, as part of my daily devotional time, I have been reflecting upon the beatitudes.

White glacier roses in ironstone pitcher on counter (Viatera Minuet quartz) - Hello Lovely Studio.
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“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8) means something different for me today than it did years ago when I was feverishly hustling for my worthiness and earnestly attempting to achieve a measure of ‘purity’ through moral behavior and good works.

Today, I move through my life with less haste and with more intention. I still fail and stumble as usual, but muddling through involves less insecure striving and clinging. There’s more trusting in the Mystery.

If I’m honest, my steps forward rarely feel secure as I learn to walk in the dark.

Serene tranquil white kitchen with farm sink, marble subway tile, Viatera Minuet quartz counters, white Shaker cabinets, and white oak flooring. Design and photo: Hello Lovely Studio. #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #minuet #whitequartz #benjaminmoorewhite
Hello Lovely Studio. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.

Today, right where I am with a desire for purity of heart, I long to cultivate greater heartfulness where I can move out of lingering in my head where judging, dissecting, worrying, critiquing, and scheming rule.

When I fall asleep to tending my heart and keeping it vulnerably open, I run the risk of becoming just another floating head in a sea of so many other floating heads. It’s all too easy to become detached from the heart with easy access to virtual worlds that fail to engage bodies, souls, or relationships.

Serene tranquil white kitchen with farm sink, marble subway tile, Viatera Minuet quartz counters, white Shaker cabinets, and white oak flooring. Design and photo: Hello Lovely Studio. #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #minuet #whitequartz #benjaminmoorewhite
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There is so much to see, and as my desire grows to see as Love sees, it does seem Providence moves. Has any of the mystery of this beatitude illumined your own spiritual journey?

While I don’t know much of anything at all, I have begun to notice how welcoming more space in my heart for the divine somehow creates capacity to hold paradox there.

Framed farmhouse sign with scripture from Numbers.
“The Blessing” Rustic Farmhouse Sign With Scripture, SIDesignCo on Etsy.

When I can step over myself time and time again, and welcome the divine flow, nature begins to resemble a paradise Father Richard Rohr calls ‘a Christ soaked world.’

Why bother with such intentionality and cultivation of heartfulness? Why not simply rely upon my own resources and self-transformation strategies?

Such a fair question! In my own life, I can see all the times I have come to the end of my resources. Opportunities like loss, chronic illness, and heartbreak will do that.

But my desire to see grows too from the warmth of a mysterious divine spark I sense. From a sweet echo that author David Brooks soulfully names ‘the faint crackling of our inner fire.’ From deep calling to deep within me.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.

This desire arises from an innermost pure spot of loveliness in the ethereal landscape of beauty in my soul.

New eyes see new things. Like blessings where there were only curses. Like purpose, belonging, and grace within unsavory circumstances–not because of clever silver lining imagining–but because of the purification and holiness of the filter through which they are viewed.

Greater purity of heart brings a capacity to see the sacredness of my life, your life, and the life of the universe.

As heartfulness grows, so too does the knowing…that I am supported in an infinitely trustworthy relationship that will hold–that will sustain me–no matter what harms may come.

Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo

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What follows is an overview of the loveliness shared in the past month. I hope you visit every post, if only to allow yourself the pleasure of discovering something new or unexpected!

Subtle Pink Paint Colors

Velvet and Linen's pink bathroom with Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color, vintage portrait gallery and pedestal sink. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!
Visit this story here: Subtle Pink Paint Colors. Design & Photo: Velvet and Linen. Paint color on wall: Farrow & Ball Pink Ground.
Inspirational quote on pink ground cameo stone - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.
French farmhouse Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink bathroom with clawfoot tub and reclaimed terracotta tile floors. Vivi et Margot.
Visit this story here: Subtle Pink Paint Colors. Design/Photo: Vivi et Margot. Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Middleton Pink.
Inspirational quote on pink ground cameo stone - Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.

Beautiful New Design Book

Patina Living photo of makeup area of master bathroom with antique vanity, linen upholstered chair, and linen panels. French farmhouse decor and rustic modern farmhouse style. Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti designed the space at Patina Farm. Photo by Victoria Pearson.
Visit the story covering the new title Patina LivingRIGHT HERE. Photo from:Patina Living (Gibbs Smith, 2019). Photographs by Victoria Pearson from Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

A Sweet Award Made My Day

Visit the story here: Sunshine Blogger Award. Hello Lovely Studio.Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.
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Visit this story here: Sunshine Blogger Award. Photo: Taste of France.

House Tour of Newly Built French Country Home

Detail of rustic blue exterior French shutters on arched window. Brit Jones Design.
Visit this story here: Country French House Tour. Windows: Pella Aluminum clad in Bronze. Paint on rustic cedar board and batten style shutters: ANNIE SLOAN Duck Egg Blue. Design: Brit Jones Design. Architect: Tyler Gentry. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.
French country farmhouse entry with rustic barn door, wingback chair, steel windows, chandelier and wall sconces. Brit Jones Design.
Visit this story here: Country French House Tour. French farmhouse country entry way with rustic sliding vintage door. Sconces: Aidan Gray – Joni. Chandelier: Aidan Gray Musa Carved Arm. French armchair options: find HERE. European commode options: find HERE. Wall paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster. Front doors are 10′ steel and glass. Flooring: Hill Country Innovations – Cape Cod Oak. Design: Brit Jones Design. Architect: Tyler Gentry. 

Blue & White Design Inspiration

Beautiful blue wallpaper in a gorgeous bathroom with blue floor tile by Ella Scott Design. Blue and White Classic Decor Inspiration: Ella Scott Design. #classicstyle #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #blueandwhite #ellascottdesign #bathroomdesign #cottagestyle
Visit this story here: Classic Blue & White Decor Inspiration. Interior Design: Sandra Meyer of Ella Scott Design. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.
Mud room - Helen Davis Danavich. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Visit this story here: Classic Blue & White Decor Inspiration. Mud room. Cowtan & Tout grasscloth on walls. Interior Design: Helen Davis Hanavich. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
French country farmhouse bedroom with Duck Blue barn door and Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint color on walls. Brit Jones Design.
Visit this story here: Classic Blue & White Decor Inspiration. Photo/Design: Brit Jones Design.
Belgian Flax Linen Ruffle Shams - Mineral Blue
Belgian Linen Shams (Mineral Blue), Pottery Barn. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo

Ideas to Get the Look of a French Country Entry

Tranquil & Pale Blue Inspiration

Visit this story here: Blissful Blue Paint Colors. FARROW & BALL Light Blue paint color. Design: Lauren DeLoach. Photo: Sherry Hart. Find lantern HERE. Breakfast dining area of Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 kitchen
Ziemer Wooden Garden Bench
Light Blue Garden Bench, Wayfair. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo
Slide View: 1: Cloth & Stone Janine Chambray Shirtdress
Chambray Shirtdress, Anthropologie
Tillie Wood Garden Bench
Wood Garden Bench, Wayfair. Early Summer Soulful Reflections & Decor Inspo.

Soulful Reflections

Spring floral arrangement on my kitchen table with blue hydrangea, blush pink roses, and greenery. Hello Lovely Studio.
Visit this story here: Soulful Reflections & My Health. Hello Lovely Studio.

Decorating Ideas for a Coastal Cottage Kitchen & Entry

Visit this story here: Get the Look: Coastal Kitchen & Entry. Design: Lisa Furey. Photo: Lindsey Shorter.
Front porch. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey.
Visit this story here: Get the Look: Coastal Kitchen & Entry. Design: Lisa Furey. Photo: Lindsey Shorter. Paint color inside and out: BENJAMIN MOORE White.

Beautiful White Coastal Style Inspiration from a Great Room

White living room in coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff. Design by Lisa Furey.
Visit this story here: Get the Look: Cottage Great Room. Design: Lisa Furey. Photo: Lindsey Shorter. Custom indigo/white linen pillows on sofa: fabric is Schumacher Andromeda Japanese Style linen. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White.
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.
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Bedroom Decor Ideas from a Designer’s Coastal Cottage

Master bedroom poster bed. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey.
Visit this story here: Get the Look: Coastal Cottage Bedroom. Master bedroom with poster bed and walls painted BENJAMIN MOORE White. Design: Lisa Furey. Photo: Lindsey Shorter. 
Porch swing. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey.
Visit this story here: Get the Look: Coastal Cottage Bedroom. Master bedroom porch with swing: FIND HERE. Design: Lisa Furey. Photo: Lindsey Shorter. 

Hand-lettering Smiles from a Designer’s New Book

Funny handlettered quote about bacon from Amy Latta. Come see more in 20 Hand Lettered Quotes, Big SMILES & Fun Finds!
Visit this story here: Hand-lettered Smiles & Inspiration. Illustration Credit: Amy Latta, Hand Lettering for Laughter
White Yeti mug made of stainless steel.
Yeti mug, Amazon
Inspirational quote about change with handlettering by Amy Latta. Come see more in 20 Hand Lettered Quotes, Big SMILES & Fun Finds! #inspirationalquote #handlettering #amylatta #change
Visit this story here: Hand-lettered Smiles & Inspiration. Illustration Credit: Amy Latta, Hand Lettering for Relaxation.

Review of Customized Gifts from Minted

Photo calendars, journals, and graduation announcements from Minted on high quality paper! Hello Lovely Studio.
Visit this story here: How Minted Elevates the Everyday. Editorial Notebook, Minted. Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo calendars, journals, and graduation announcements from Minted on high quality paper! Hello Lovely Studio.
Editorial Notebook, Minted. Hello Lovely Studio. Visit this story here: How Minted Elevates the Everyday.
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.
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Coastal Style Meets Modern Farmhouse in This Tour

Classic white coastal cottage kitchen in Palmetto Bluff by Lisa Furey. Modern farmhouse design elements include floating shelves, shiplap, white oak flooring, and apron front farm sink.
isit this story here: Modern Coastal Cottage Design Inspiration. See the full tour of this kitchen with shopping resources HERE. Paint color on cabinetry, ceiling, shiplap, and trim: BENJAMIN MOORE White. Design: Lisa Furey: Photo: Lindsey Shorter.
Coastal style kitchenette with custom Shaker cabinetry, farm sink, and open shelving in a charming carriage house by Lisa Furey.
Visit this story here: Modern Coastal Cottage Design Inspiration. Kitchenette in carriage house. Design: Lisa Furey: Photo: Lindsey Shorter.
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Grey Dishtowels, Crate & Barrel
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio about letting go.
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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gift Ideas Hello Lovely Studio.
1. Google Home| 2. Tumblers | 3. Grow House | 4. Holder | 5. YETI | 6. Knife | 7. Game | 8. Candle | 9. Hammer | 10. Shirt | 11. BBQ Plank | 12. Strikers | 13. Mini | 14. Stool | 15. Omelet Maker | 16. Cologne | 17. Fitbit | 18. Doormat

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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