Gentle Calm Thanksgiving, Simple Holiday Tablescapes & Quiet Reflections

Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it today! I am posting this as I step away from my baking and cooking prep for tomorrow’s yummy dinner. My menu is a simple one…as simple as is possible given the range of special diets in our family (gluten-free, low-fat and vegan). My favorite interiors are understated and quiet so today’s Gentle Calm Thanksgiving, Holiday Tablescapes & Quiet Reflections resonates with those qualities to inspire your decorating schemes, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s.

Do PIN ideas for Thanksgiving 2020 so you’ll be set!

Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Simple Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.

Sometimes the holidays feel anything but calm…anyone else remember this?

Gentle Calm Thanksgiving, Simple Holiday Tablescapes & Quiet Reflections

Simple and elegant country French farmhouse Christmas tablescape and placesetting - Rocky Hedge Farm. #tablescapes #placesetting #holidaytable #frenchcountry #farmhousechristmas #holidaydecor
Rocky Hedge Farm…certainly a lovely placesetting indeed.
Simple and natural holiday tablescape - Zevjoy. #holidaydecor #holidaytable #tablescape #frenchcountry
Zevy Joy…certainly a lovely holiday table indeed.
Gorgeous holiday place setting with country French farmhouse charm - Blesserhouse. #holidaydecor #tablescapes #placesetting #holidaytable
Blesser House...certainly a charming placesetting indeed.
Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.
Soft and lovely neutrals and pinks for a Thanksgiving tablescape by Katrina Scott. #holidaydecor #pinkchristmas #neutralholidaydecor #tablescapes
Katrina Scott…certainly a breathtaking dusky pastel tablescape indeed.
Country French farmhouse Christmas table with striped napkins - Shades of Blue Interiors. #christmastable #tablescapes #holidaydecor #frenchcountry
Shades of Blue Interiors…certainly a charming holiday idea indeed.

Natural, Neutral & White Holiday Decor

Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.
Beautiful natural and rustic country French farmhouse Christmas tablescape. #holidaytable #frenchcountry #frenchchristmas #christmasdecor
Boxwood Avenue…certainly a lovely farmhouse tablescape indeed.
Fresh mini tabletop Christmas trees for a farmhouse or Scandinavian Christmas - A Hundred Affections. #christmasdecor #frenchcountry #frenchchristmas #Swedishchristmas
A Hundred Affections...certainly a charming pair of sweet tabletop trees.
Lovely neutral Christmas tablescape with pinecone and brown transferware - Isabellas. #countryfrench #frenchcountry #holidaydecor #holidaytable #tablescape #placesetting
Isabellas…certainly a lovely nostalgic place setting indeed.
Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.
Beautiful and simple Christmas tablescape and place setting with favor. #christmasdecor #tablescape #simplechristmas #placesetting #farmhousechristmas
Cedar Hill Farmhouse…certainly a charming French country Christmas table.
Simple and spare farmhouse Christmas table by Love Grows Wild. #tablescape #farmhousechristmas #holidaydecor #simplechristmas
Love Grows Wild…certainly a charming and simple farmhouse Christmas table.

Serene & Gentle Christmas Decorating

Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.
Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.
Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Gentle Calm Thanksgiving + Holiday Tablescapes as well as Decor Inspiration.
Simple red and white napkins tied with twine and greenery for a holiday tablescape - Ikea. #holidaytable #tablescapes #christmasdecor
Ikea…in case you need a super simple holiday place setting idea.
Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Quiet, soft and neutral as well as natural white Christmas decorating ideas.
Quiet and lovely Christmas table with country French farmhouse charm by Dreamy Whites. #christmasdecor #tablescape #farmhousechristmas #dreamywhites #shabbychic
Dreamy Whites…certainly a simple French farmhouse Christmas moment indeed.
Tranquil and Hushed Thanksgiving Mood. Hello Lovely Studio. Neutral holiday decor and white Christmas decorating featuring a mix of vintage, new, and handmade.
Hello Lovely Studio…Quiet, soft and neutral as well as natural white Christmas decorating ideas.
Rustic farmhouse Christmas decor idea with a linen wrapped gift with fresh evergreens - Clem Around the Corner. #christmasdecor #simplechristmas #farmhousechristmas #giftwrap
Clem Around the Corner…certainly a sweet holiday gift wrap idea.

Quiet Reflections: All is Calm

I’m thinking of you as you navigate Holidays 2019 which can easily feel less than sacred. Do you have intentional practices you keep to preserve the sacred?

For me, it can be as simple as finding a quiet pocket of stillness and solitude to become centered, breathe, and turn inward.

Wooly pom pom wreath on a wee pink chair in the snow by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Quiet, soft, and neutral as well as natural white Christmas decorating ideas.

The space between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ often gets magnified at Christmastime. There are folks on my radar right now and maybe yours too, who struggle to smile. One is anxious as her illness becomes a greater burden to bear. Another fights the descent into deep despair after losing his home, financial security, and personal dignity. Someone else grieves the loss of a child.

Wooly pom poms and a Diptyque Figuier candle. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Quiet, soft, and neutral as well as natural white Christmas decorating ideas.

I consider the pain and fear of those souls suffering and how it feels to awaken each morning with a weight of despair.

I open my heartspace and seek the grace to somehow become a healing light.

Simple Christmas decor outside in the French inspired courtyard. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of lovely holiday decorated interiors in case you love spare white Christmas style.

Quiet Reflections: Kindness & Peace

What comfort can soothe such wounds? Words are so inadequate. I only know that sitting in the fire with a friend in the throes of pain may make a difference.

Pom pom wreaths, pink ballet slippers, and candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of lovely holiday decorated interiors in case you love spare white Christmas style.

When I was younger, sometimes I felt like damaged goods for feeling things as deeply as I do. (And I have loved ones who beat themselves up for NOT feeling deeply enough!) But the midlife me sees such wholehearted sensitivity as strength.

Now I see that showing myself kindness–such as seeking solitude, meditation, or granting myself the gifts of acceptance and forgiveness–can be a gift of peace to others.

Pom pom wreaths, ballet slippers, and candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of lovely holiday decorated interiors in case you love spare white Christmas style. Hello Lovely Studio.

Kindness toward others is always a gift of peace to myself.

White Christmas decor in my kitchen with window bench seat. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of lovely holiday decorated interiors in case you love spare white Christmas style.

Self-Care & Kindness

Kindness to self looks different for each of us. It may be saying ‘no’ more often. It may involve less self-protection or more. For me personally, it involves giving my YES to God. Giving my yes to surrender. To messy love. And to others seeking grace and hungering for beauty.

White and neutral decor on a window seat bench in a cozy kitchen with candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of lovely holiday decorated interiors in case you love spare white Christmas style.

Today, my YES is also for you.

You are lovelier than you even know, blessed with an infinitely precious soul growing in wisdom and love.

White farmhouse tablescape with ironstone, blush roses, and candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…Photos of lovely holiday decorated interiors in case you love spare white Christmas style.

May your heart be the color of calm just now as you open it without fear to YES.

Wishes for You

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…

may this day of gratitude find you open to new joy,

Desmond Tutu quote and photo by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #faith #christianity

new sources of wonder,

and fresh hope.

If you have a moment for more visions of calm holiday beauty, also see:

White French Country Christmas Inspo

Cozy White Christmas Decor

Nordic and Nurturing Holiday

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Connie
    November 28, 2019 / 9:48 am

    What can I say but….. It is all beyond lovely indeed! The images speak to my heart as do all the lovely words of yours and others.

    Blessings to you and yours this holiday season 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      November 28, 2019 / 10:31 pm

      Hugs to you this lovely holiday, Connie. 🙂

  2. Joanna
    November 28, 2019 / 10:35 am

    Another lovely post, Michele. I’m off and running but I stopped to wish you & yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Blessings,
    ~Joanna

    • Michele
      Author
      November 28, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping on this holiday – Happy Thanksgiving, Joanna! 🙂

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