February 5, 2016

Winter's Clean and Simple Décor


After Christmas and New Years we tend to clean, simplify, and de-clutter. 

I have been working on all of those since Jan 1. Slowly. Very slowly. 

I will not say that I went back to a blank slate.  

I have cleaned table tops of their extra collectibles, etc. I still have a few things out...but I wanted to lighten up for the post holiday stretch. 


If you compare the "mama cave" and dining room to pre-Christmas, things are very simple.  

I always have something on the coffee table and for the post Christmas stretch I put my chunky ivory candlesticks along with a chinoiserie blowl on the butler's tray table. 


The wing chairs have simple pillows for winter.


I even took away my chinoiserie display...
leaving just this cachepot.


I love to collect lamp finials.


The mama cave from the dining room. Turn around and you have the opposite view. I do not have a large foyer, but I do like my entry with the rooms made special by their entry columns.

When visitors enter our home...they will just stop and look around at these two welcoming, traditional rooms. 

That makes me smile, because I used to have a large home with a grand, separate entry.




As part of my cleaning and arranging in January I emptied the china cabinet and re-staged it. You may read about that project here.






This simple pine cone arrangement replaces an over-the-top Christmas arrangement. 






The "monster" arrangement made its way back to the dining table.  They were made for each other. Really. I do like to change it out from time to time, because I just love to tinker with table arrangements. (Hubby would tell you that I don't leave my arrangements alone for too long. ha!)


I still love the arrangement all of these years after I bought it at an art fair at Shakertown, just south of Lexington.




This highboy is looking for a new location in the house. I am not sure where it will go, but I am feeling the need to move it.


The lowboy is still hanging out in a corner of the dining room. In the theme of "keeping it simple" I pulled one of my temple jars down to serve as a vase for some faux ivy. 


A faux book elevates the petite RL lamp. This small lamp works so well to light the room and the front of the house. I don't like having the front of the house being dark at night.


I finally located one more blue temple jar at Pier 1. I looked a couple of months ago and could not find one...so I figured I missed out. But I was surfing their online sale and bingo, I saw one. I have a plan for the pair. 


This concludes my "cleaning and straightening" tour of the front rooms. I just wanted to show you that I did make the effort...before I start having fun with spring decorating. It cannot come too soon! I will be doing some "stash" decorating.*

* I have decided to name the "shop the house" decorating that we do as "stash" decorating. Most of us have a place or two in the house where we "stash" our pretty decorating stuff. :-)


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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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