Oh, Look: EARTH Just Got COZY & Comforting

We’ll indulge in a somewhat random collection of cozy interior inspiration, comforting home and lifestyle resources, and poetic reminders pointing to life’s beauty even as it shimmers with uncertainty. While I may not know if winter is being gentle with you, I can send a little virtual comfort to soften harsh edges. And yes, a bunch of ads with a parade of links are woven into this cozy fabric. (It’s how I presently earn income and pay bills as a content creator.) But even gorgeous tapestries can be super ugly on the underside. How to experience calm with noise and clatter all around? I’m getting practice with it this very moment as the deafening scream of the tile saw (they exceed 85 decibels, doncha know) provides the soundtrack to this post. #JesusBeANewlyRenovatedBathroom

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It’s March, and I live in a land of fierce windy weather.

Checkered Jute Rug, Amber Lewis for Anthropologie
Amber Lewis Checkered Jute Rug, Anthropologie

No matter how much a mild day here or there hints at a lamb-y Spring, the lion remains on the throne.

Serene bedroom design by Amber Lewis with her Checkered Jute area rug, Anthropologie. #checkeredfloors #checkeredrug #serenebedrooms
Checkered Jute Rug, Amber Lewis for Anthropologie

Sometimes the winds pick up, and my capacity is high. “Wow, now that’s a breeze,” I might say.

Home office with built-ins, cozy neutral muted colors, Revery Rug (Anthropologie), and design by Amber Lewis. #amberlewis
Revery Rug, Anthropologie

And sometimes, capacity is low, and the same gust tosses me like a Kansas tornado. “F this S,” I might say. (Chronic illness keeps me super classy and deep like that.) 🙂

Amber Lewis Revery Rug, Anthropologie
Amber Lewis Revery Rug, Anthropologie

Capacity levels waver, but one thing’s sure. The winds inevitably return.

Luxurious bedroom with neutrals and design by Sherry Hart.
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Seasons come where they chill the bones and burn the flesh.

Modern rustic decor inspiration with organic, natural, wabi sabi allure - from Michael Del Piero (Hamptons Good Design).
Michael Del Piero

Questions arise.

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Whittney Parkinson

Do indoors-y types freely choose to move inside, or does the wind force them there?

Long sleeve stretch knit pajamas from Cozy Earth made from bamboo.
Long Sleeve Pajamas, Cozy Earth

Is wind protection simply an illusion?

Stunning olive tree in rustic pot on teak farmhouse stool with Belgian linen chair in my breakfast room - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Can one live courageously while also living protectively?

I don’t know much of anything, but life is teaching me to pay attention, keep growing, and hold paradox.

Modern rustic decor inspiration with organic, natural, wabi sabi allure - from Michael Del Piero (Hamptons Good Design).
Michael Del Piero (Hamptons Good Design)

So I try.

Cottage style bedroom with Stikwood Hamptons statement wall - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Try to listen more attentively to the voice of Love.

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And try to be intentional about building shelter not just into my personal life and daily schedule but my work too.

By shelter, I mean protective pockets of time, comfort, and sanctuary.

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Without it, I’m not equipped with energies to move through the weather.

Shelter is where I recover, doublecheck my wind protection, rest, and fill up the tank.

Robert Frost quote about the best way out on Hello Lovely Studio. #strugglequotes #robertfrost

It might all stay safely metaphoric and perfectly aerie for a faerie on the suburban prairie.

Except she is fleshy.

Aliyah Sadaf's REVERENCE canvas art print for Athena Calderone at Crate & Barrel. #aliyahsadaf #texturedart #eyeswoonart
Reverence canvas art, Crate & Barrel

She relies on help from both the material and the immaterial.

Robert Frost life quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #robertfrost #lifequotes

Even the simplicity of a new bath mat can offer help. Our old one from RH was so well-used it was threadbare with holes. This plush one below from Cozy Earth was just what I had been searching for, and it protects the floor even as it protects feet from slipping on that floor.

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There’s a shift that happens when you begin to see shelter as more than the walls keeping out the weather.

As the world and culture change outside of those walls, the forecast can seem threatening.

Glennon Doyle quote about crying on Hello Lovely Studio. #glennondoyle #inspirationalquotes #glennondoyle

How do we develop more resilience to meet all of the change?

Because without a level of cooperation and mindful work, we may grow cynical.

Thomas Merton quote about prayer on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquotes #thomasmerton #prayerquotes

I’m seeing so much of this cynicism grow around me and within me.

Modern rustic daybed and organic side table - Michael Del Piero.
Michael Del Piero

And it’s not healthy when we long to become the love we seek.

Lack back Cali organic natural luxe bathroom by Jenni Kayne with nesting basket.
Nesting basket, Jenni Kayne

When we long to heal and become a healing fragrance on the earth.

St. Teresa of Avila quote: let nothing trouble you. #inspirationalquotes #spiritualquotes #christianityquotes #catholicquotes

Whatever it is that draws you away from cynicism and toward love is worth exploring.

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BM Chantilly Lace – Erin Fetherston living room

Even as I type these words stream of consciousness style, I realize I am mostly clueless about moving through shifting storms in the direction of love.

Robert Frost poem DUST OF SNOW on Hello Lovely Studio. #robertfrost #winterpoem #winterquote

The thunder and noise!

Linen duvet cover in Natural Linen Oatmeal color. Custom image 6
Oatmeal Natural Linen Duvet and Bedding, MagicLinen on Etsy…certainly lovely indeed.

The destructive forces and reports about how the weather has never been this bad in the history of weather!

Personal growth quote by Cleo Wade about goodness on Hello Lovely Studio. #goodnessquote #inspirationalquotes

All of the thoughts swirling about all of the things are essentially just more weather too.

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Pottery Barn…in case you love rustic pottery.

So I must seek shelter in:

Poteet Large Terracotta Table Vase
Large Terracotta Table Vase…in case rustic decor is your jam.

relationships,

Inspirational quote about ocean, beach, sunset on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquotes #ocean #beach #sunset

creativity, art and poetry,

Cabana Melamine, 12 Piece Set - Stone
Cabana Melamine 12-piece Set (Stone)…in case you admire beachy decor.

exercise of my body if only in daily chores around the house,

meditation, music, and prayer,

Robert Frost home quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #homequotes #robertfrost

and deeper awareness in my heart space.

For me, letting go of thoughts and allowing awareness to fall into my heart is not exactly an escape I look forward to.

I guess it is sort of a vacation from thoughts, but the ego wants so badly to avoid unplanned excursions.

The ego loves rehashing and measuring and judging and splitting so much in two.

THAT was wonderful; THAT is despicable.

Inspirational quote about ocean, beach, sunset on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquotes #ocean #beach #sunset

To let all of the worries go can feel irresponsible even.

ILSE JACOBSEN Women's Cheerful 01, Atmosphere, 39 EU/9 M US
Ilse Jacobsen Flip Flops (Atmosphere)…certainly lovely indeed.

But so much of those inner dialogues and burdens we rehearse are more weather.

packable straw hat - women's accessories
Packable Straw Hat, J. Crew…certainly lovely indeed.

And dropping down into my heart can be entering a sanctuary.

There’s a spaciousness there.

Sometimes if feels dark.

Rustic raw wood bench piled with beautiful chambray linen bedding - beachy serene indeed!
Natural Linen Sheets, MagicLinen on Etsy…certainly lovely indeed.

It can be luminous.

And it can be shelter from cold winds.

While I have been regularly practicing centering prayer (a kind of meditation where you become still, quiet, and let go of thoughts) for nearly a decade, contemplation is something I have done unknowingly for nearly 50 years.

3 leg stool
Accent Stool/Table…certainly lovely indeed.

Extra sensitive types need extra soft surroundings to feel sheltered, I guess.

So today, I wish you opportunities to become still,

MagicLinen pinafore dress in rose
Linen Pinafore Dress, MagicLinen on Etsy

to become quiet,

MagicLinen windowbane linen bedding and serene bedroom with coastal style
Charcoal Grid Linen Pillowcase, MagicLinen on Etsy

to become permeable and open

Inspirational quote about ocean, beach, sunset on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquotes #ocean #beach #sunset

to the goodness and light on its way just now.

May the wind awaken you and awe you,

Natural Striped linen bedding set. Linen duvet cover with 2 image 5
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without overtaking you.

Robert Frost quote EARTH IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR LOVE on Hello Lovely Studio. #robertfrost #earthquotes

May new shelter arising from sources of unexpected blessing welcome you into warmth and understanding.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Carole
    March 2, 2023 / 2:02 pm

    “Can one live courageously, while still living protectively?” My answer? “YES!” I think our only real protection comes from us living boldly and courageously. God will gives us the grace we need. He knows us better than we know ourselves and can guide us, if we will chose to follow. His over-flowing love is our protection. Timid self-absorbed fears leave us to our own devices, a scary place to be. So, I say… Be brave and be bold!

    • Michele
      Author
      March 3, 2023 / 6:35 am

      Love that answer. And “timid self-absorbed fears” is a powerful interpretation of “worry,” isn’t it? We can overlook our worrisome ways when our language makes “worry” feel so harmless. When our boldness becomes sheltered protection, even if it means being boldly vulnerable, it’s paradoxical and sort of revolutionary.

      • Carole
        March 3, 2023 / 11:12 am

        So true. I’d much rather say that I’m Worried than say, “I’m a timid self-absorbed person.” And another ‘powerful interupretion’ I use on my self is admiting that I’m Selfish, when I prefer the word Impatient. You know… Impatient, as in someone or some thing is preventing me from getting what I want. Another Ouch! Boldly vulnerable… I like that. And, it’s precisely how we can present ourselves to God. No fear, no worry, a resting place. Thank you forsharing your wisdom, Michele.

        • Michele
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          March 3, 2023 / 2:11 pm

          Thanks for adding so much beauty here. xox

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