No Idea What the New Year Holds (Beyond Grace & That We’ll Be Amazing In it!)

Just a reminder that you have probably ushered more goodness into 2022 than you even recall. In fact, you deserve a nap or two in a festive bunk room like the one designed by Ken Fulk below. But feel free to doze and dream where you please (I can sign the permission slip). A year ago, I was resting my head at another address. Resting? LIES! We were working on major changes at the new place, and I was also packing up seven years worth of belongings and furniture after selling the house. As these polar vortex December days dwindle down, I’m reflecting on what I gave myself to in 2022 and what I’ll give myself to in 2023. (Please do not recommend Grammarly, kittens. It’s casual conversation, not a scholarly journal.)

Bunk room with rustic chic mountain loge style at Yellowstone Club - design by Ken Fulk in Elle Decor; photo by Douglas Friedman.
Elle Decor – Design: Ken Fulk; Photo: Douglas Friedman

We Have Nearly Made it to the New Year!

2022 started out with drama when in January, both of my parents grew very ill with Covid. My sister and I flew to AZ to help and try to keep them out of the hospital.

White natural European inspired Christmas decor on fireplace and mantel with joy wreath and stockings - Hello Lovely Studio. #christmasdecor #christmasfireplace #scandichristmas #frenchchristmas
Hello Lovely Studio – I found the LED lit joy wreath RIGHT HERE.

It was the busiest and most stressful season, and I didn’t know how all of the things could possibly get done.

Cozy hygge moment quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #hyggequotes

While those were anxious days, they were also sacred ones.

Belgian linen upholstered furniture including swivel egg chair in my living room with white oak hardwoods - Hello Lovely.

We simply have no idea what life will bring next. I don’t know where I’d be without grace.

Anne Lamott inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #annelamott
Christmas decor in a country house entry with red boots, red plaid scarf, wooly pom pom wreath, and fresh greenery. #hellolovelystudio #christmasdecor #redboots #pompomwreath

Looking back, it’s difficult to imagine that in the middle of the harsh winter with its snow and assorted illnesses, these DIYers moved themselves into a new house.

Encouragement quote reminding us we have struggled and overcome - Hello Lovely Studio. #encouragementquotes #strugglequotes #overwhelmquotes

Then they proceeded to take that house apart, room by room. Hahahaha.

How in the world?

Floral quilt with dusty rose in a sweet bedroom with fall light - Hello Lovely Studio.

One box and car load at a time. We also rented a truck and loaded that up a few times.

Encouragement quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #encouragementquotes #strugglequotes
Christmas citrus simmer pot with grapefruit, cranberries, rosemary, citrus, cloves - Hello Lovely. #christmasscents #simmerpot #citrussimmerpot

We did it imperfectly. Without fanfare. Sometimes with horrible attitudes in tow. I’m reminded how we can sometimes get from A to B with a giant leap.

Encouragement quote for those who may be struggling on Hello Lovely Studio. #encouragementquotes #strugglequote #personalgrowthquote

But often, we get there with such tiny steps. Even slow, purple-bruised-Raynaud’s-feet baby stepping in ugly yet sensible boots.

Subdued, understated, and serene, a tone on tone wall covering with gray trees sets a calm tone in a bedroom - Hello Lovely Studio. #wallcovering #photowall #treewallpaper #hellolovelystudio

But we get there! We don’t need to look good getting there or even feel that healthy on the journey.

Those messages in the spirit of “cuz if you don’t have your health, nothing really matters…” which aim to encourage preventative measures have never landed well with me.

I mean it’s the age of Covid. We are all aging. Disease, age, viruses, imperfect health, and the absence of cure need not have the final word.

Entrance with stone steps to our home in the woods in winter - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #cottageexterior

Amen?

Boundaries quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #empowermentquotes #boundaryquotes

I’m in a glorious snow globe this very moment. Nature is intoxicating, and the dopamine is surging.

Snowy trees in my winter yard in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.

If I let my mind spin as it wishes, my fingers will begin typing stream of consciousness words about how we are, all of us, God’s cosmic children in the sky, orbiting in outer space within a universe billions of years old (but possibly eternal) and expanding.

Gratitude quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #thankfulness #gratitutdequote
Snowy trees in my winter yard in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.

Expanding! And of all of the places you and I could be in the galaxy? We are here. Together. Clueless yet dazzling.

Snowy trees in my winter yard in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Impossible as it seems, we’re together gazing at the same moon that hung over Mary and Joseph’s kid in Bethlehem.

Snowy trees in my winter yard in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.

Do you know this?

Encouragement and personal growth quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #controlquotes #empowermentquotes #strugglequotes

Because it helps me feel less alone to think that THE VERY SAME MOON shining thousands of years ago in a holy land is accessible to me even now.

Snowy trees in my winter yard in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.

That VERY SAME MOON glowed in Gethsemane where a terrified young rabbi (close in age to my own son!) wept before he was murdered.

Self-care quote by Jeff Foster on Hello Lovely. #selfcarequotes #traumaquotes #healingquotes #couragequotes

Oh that moon. This blueberry planet. Nearly 50 species of dolphins alone! The wonder of it all fills me with awe.

Why in corn’s name would I spend a moment on this blueberry worrying about the stuffing I’m cooking for Christmas Eve? Hahahahaha.

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Inspirational quote for personal growth and self kindness - Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirational #courage #strength #selfcare #kindness

Let’s break free. Let’s forget our age and limitations. What does it matter that my physical body which housed two gorgeous human beings AND this sparkling soul…

what does it matter that it grows weak and is subject to laws of gravity, genetics, and the environment?

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Underneath all of it is a shining, beautiful moon.

*sorry not sorry that’s what gets typed when I’m in a snow globe and the mind spins!

You are doing a phenomenal job BEING YOU in ’22, and you’re going to be stunning in ’23.

John O'Donohue encouraging inspirational quote about the soul. #soulquotes #inspirationalquote #encouragementquotes

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Know what has saved the day more than once? Groceries and essentials from a local source delivered to my door.

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Cozy White Winter Pieces

Here’s the most important element I just scattered around the house this afternoon:

These little votives deliver big cozy. For the cost of a fancy Starbuck’s coffee, you can enjoy cozy ambience around the house all week.

These products are the sweetest comfort on such cold days, and your skin is an organ, dang it!

Neutral winter holiday decor in Emily Henderson's living room with stone fireplace. #holidaydecor #christmasdecor #fireplace #stockings

OMG, did you read my post with all of the gifs and funny holiday movie scenes in THIS?

Funny quote and humor from Buddy the Elf. I'm sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into your VCR. #humor #funnyquote #holidays #elf #buddytheelf

Cozy von cozy things that caught my eye.

You might find something well priced and cozy furniture-wise at World Market. For example, this good looking sofa…

Ivory Feather Filled Brynn Sofa
Ivory Feather Filled Brynn Sofa…certainly comfy and cozy.

has a fairly friendly price along with the Brynn swivel feathered filled arm chair.

Brynn feathered filled ivory swivel arm chair
Ivory Feather Filled Swivel Brynn Armchair…in case you love a swivel!

This Archer bed is also a great find…

Wood Spindle Bed
Wood Spindle Bed…certainly a charming cottage style find.
Inspiring New Year quote to promote hope, peace, love, and encouragement in the days ahead - Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #newyearquotes #encouragementquotes

Neutral Holiday Decor Finds I Still Heart

This LED joy wreath is gorgeous above a fireplace or anywhere at all. Not sure the large one is still available, but I just bought the 24″ one and love it on the kitchen counter.

Small Flocked Bottle Brush Tree Decorative Figure - Wondershop™ . #fireplacemantel #christmasdecorating
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What’s great is you can just set the switch to timer and forget about it – it comes on for 6 hours and stays off for 12. Here’s what I did with a large one last year:

White natural European inspired Christmas decor on fireplace and mantel with joy wreath and stockings - Hello Lovely Studio. #christmasdecor #christmasfireplace #scandichristmas #frenchchristmas
Hello Lovely Studio – buy the joy wreath RIGHT HERE.

I designed this TV cover (above) for my husband who built it with beaded board and simple molding. It’s huge! It allowed me to hide the big black box and give the prelit wreath importance.

Prelit Joy Wreath - Emily Henderson and Target.
35″ LED Joy Wreath…certainly darling for Christmas decorating indeed.

Quiet, White & Natural Holiday Mantel

The bonus of keeping holiday decor quieter and neutral is that the decorations can go up early and linger longer!

Cable Knit Christmas Stocking with Faux Fur Cuff & Pom Poms Cream - Wondershop
Cableknit & Faux Fur Stocking…certainly an easy way to make it a white Christmas.
Funny quote with humor: If your mom doesn't have an old gift bag filled with other old gift bags, is she even a mom? #funnyquote #holidays #humor #momhumor #quotes

Don’t you love the simplicity of a mantel like this whether the garland is fresh or faux?

Cozy Christmas mantel with stockings and huge metal star - styling by Emily Henderson for Target. #neutraldecor #whitechristmas #fireplacemantel
Styling: Emily Henderson for Target…certainly lovely indeed.
LED Distressed Shimmer Flameless Pillar Candle White - Threshold™
LED Flameless Candle…certainly a holiday mantel essential.
Mongolian Faux Fur Rug - Project 62™
Ivory Mongolian Faux Fur Rug…in case you need a cozy comfy rug for your winter decor.

Black Accents for the Holidays

I couldn’t resist including these candlesticks in the lineup because I think they are such a smart investment for year round decor.

Booker Candlesticks, Set of 4
Set of 4 Booker Candlesticks…certainly a versatile candle holder set for the whole year.
Funny quote and humor about drycleaning. I have a dreclean only sweater that's about to learn some harsh truths about living with me. #funnyquote #humor #momlife

Neutral and White Holiday Table Decor

Emily Henderson’s placesettings are proof positive we don’t need red and bold to keep things feeling festive. Lots of white and a little green do the trick.

Fair Isle Glass Hurricane Pillar Candle Holder Clear/Gold - Threshold™
20"x20" Set of 4 Kitchen Textiles Napkin Natural - Threshold™
4 Natural Napkins…certainly a neutral holiday essential.
Funny quote and humor about diets and aging. I miss the 90's when bread was still good for you and no one knew what kale was. #quotes #funnyquote #humor #kale #dieting #midlife
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 2
4 Stoneware Dinner Plates…lovely plates in case you’re ready to stock up for the holidays.
Stoneware Dinner Plate - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 2 of 2
Small Flocked Bottle Brush Tree Decorative Figure - Wondershop™
Small Flocked Bottle Brush Tree Decorative Figure - Target
Flocked Bottle Brush Tree…certainly sweet indeed.
Flocked bottle brush trees massed on a tray, Target
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Funny quote and humor for holidays and Christmas. If anyone is shopping for me, I'm a size window seat in plane tickets. #funnyquote #humor #holidays #christmas

Cozy Finds for Living Room & Den

Target calls this live edge table a coffee table, but it is styled as a side table.

Buckland Live Edge Coffee Table Brown - Threshold™
Buckland Live Edge Coffee Table Brown - Threshold™
Buckland Live Edge Coffee Table Brown…certainly a versatile table indeed.
Buckland Live Edge Coffee Table Brown - Threshold™

Mostly White, Rustic and Cozy Winter Finds

Buckland Live Edge Coffee Table Brown - Threshold™

Here is a versatile arm chair that works in small spaces and is the very same one Emily Henderson has in her own home.

Woven Stripe Throw Blanket - Threshold™
Esters Wood Arm Chair - Project 62™ - image 1 of 5
Esters Arm Chair…certainly lovely indeed.
Esters Wood Arm Chair

The rocking chair version with Sherpa is calling my name…

Esters Wood Arm Chair Sherpa White - Project 62™
Esters Wood Arm Chair Sherpa White…in case you love Sherpa!
Esters Wood Arm Chair Sherpa White - Project 62™
Cloverly Chunky Knit Pouf - Threshold™

The Power of Gold With White

17.6" Brass Round Tray Gold - Threshold™

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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12 Comments

  1. MaryK
    December 23, 2022 / 8:36 am

    Thank you! I needed this today! Breathe….

    • Michele
      Author
      December 23, 2022 / 1:42 pm

      Yay! You’re doing great – peace to you and yours right where you are.

  2. Rebecca
    December 23, 2022 / 10:46 am

    Thank you for all of your posts. Merry Christmas. ☃️

    • Michele
      Author
      December 23, 2022 / 1:41 pm

      You’re so welcome – thanks for journeying with me. Happy Christmas, friend.

  3. Carole
    December 23, 2022 / 1:34 pm

    I could say so much about this cozy Christmas post, but I’ll just add a reminder that every age has special limitations AND opportunities. And say, “You make Winter look Wonderful, Michele!” Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you be blessed like never before with the important things in life.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 23, 2022 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much for the wisdom and wishes – Happiest of Christmases to you and yours. xox

  4. Carole
    December 23, 2022 / 3:29 pm

    Thank you, Michele! Oh, and the bunkbeds… Why are they not in my bedroom???

    • Michele
      Author
      December 23, 2022 / 3:36 pm

      Right? We all need Santa to bring us that bunk room. 🙂

      • Carole
        December 23, 2022 / 5:07 pm

        Great idea! Dear Santa…

        • Michele
          Author
          December 23, 2022 / 9:03 pm

          Hahahaha. 🙂

  5. Amy
    December 23, 2022 / 11:45 pm

    Love all your thoughts shared…gonna have to go back and reread them all again!! And I do NEED to look into Walmart+! I see how that could be a life saver on certain days. You’ve always got such good, grounded ideas & wisdom on life! I’m always saying YES to everything you say! Haha!! It’s such a joy connecting with like-minded folks. 🤗

    • Michele
      Author
      December 24, 2022 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks for entertaining my randomness, Amy – it’s such a comfort to be joined as a sister on the journey. Happy Christmas, sister. 🙂

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