January 16, 2017

A Clean Slate for the New Year

All of the pretties have been stashed away. The house is looking pretty bare. And plain. 

I guess I am taking a breather from all of the fast paced Christmas prep. 

I am trying to get my creative juices flowing... 
despite the extreme cold and gloom outside. :-)

I am sharing the simple, undressed look. 

The dining room table is still hosting a simple bowl and candlesticks, after the excess of my Christmas tablescapes. 

The coffee table/chest in the great room is not fixed at all. :-) I cleaned off a Christmas arrangement and I put  a couple of old Kentucky crocks out to think about. I am still thinking. ha! 

Here I sit.☺ Typing out a quick blog post...with the vacuum cleaner parked under the television. 

I moved some furniture in the great room today, then moved it all back to its original places. I could not make it work.

I have done one creative project recently! 

I decorated a trayscape with this new tiered tray given to me by my sweet  soon to be daughter-in-law.

I will get back in gear soon. 
(I typed this post "before" the stomach flu reared its ugly face.)

How about you all...are you slowing down any after the rush of the holidays? 


Thank you to everyone for the well wishes this past week! The stomach flu really slowed me down. I am finally back into clothes and I tried some real food today. Iffy about that still. 

I have a new appreciation for strawberry jello and Motts applesauce. And who knew that toast and tea could be so yummy? I have to think up something special to say thank you to hubby for taking such good care of me. 

Once I had my wits about me I watched two Netflix series. Bloodline. Breathless. Both held my attention and I would recommend both. 

Bloodline was more mystery, detective, crime oriented involving a large family and their secrets. 

Breathless was a throwback to the sixties in London involving doctors, nurses, and their private lives. I loved the period perfect houses, clothing, and hairdos. Shallow...but I loved it. I hope they make more. I will be watching. ๐Ÿ‘€

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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.


  1. I am so glad you are feeling better, Sheila! There is not much worse than the stomach virus... YIKES!
    Even though I adore the holidays, I appreciate the austerity of January. Narcissus helps!

  2. Glad you are feeling a bit better-just take it slow so you don't slide back into feeling sick again. (she said-although she doesn't do that either)...lol

    I am kind of liking a barer look after all the Christmas is packed away. It feels good in a way. I am already tired of the gloomy weather though. It makes me long for sunshine and balmy weather.

    Have a great upcoming week. xo Diana

  3. Love my Christmas decorations, but love the starkness of the following months too.

  4. Sorry you have been under the weather. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for linking to Monday Social.

  5. Glad you are feeling better. Yep this time of year stimulates us o confront our surroundings with new ideas. I think I've satisfied my need to make adjustments in furniture layout and decorating. Now I'm doing more purging. Looking at all the stuff I'm letting go of takes me back in time.

  6. So glad you are better! Your home is just beautiful without a lot of adornment. Think I need to find a source for a tiered basket...love yours... Have a lovely Monday...xoxo

  7. Hi Sheila,
    Your home looks beautiful as always. The kids are back to college now and I hope I'll get inspired to do some things around the house soon!

  8. Glad you are feeling better...I hear that awful bug is going around!

  9. Ugh, Sheila, I had a touch of that stomach thing this past weekend. You know you're sick when you don't think twice about lying on the bath tile floor in the interest of time and energy. Like you, I'm keeping a low profile with the winter clime. Sometimes it's nice to just be, no obligations, no commitment to posting. I hope you're back to what you enjoy as your true self real soon.

  10. Clean slates are a good thing---and your home is always interesting, so let the everyday glow. Take pictures of your 'bones' because a camera always seems to see more than our eyes catch. You may find inspiration from viewing it that way. Grins, Sandi

  11. Sheila, I've put away everything, including the snowpeople. Well, OK, I left the snow themed pillows out, but everything else is packed away. I'm ready to bring out the valentine things, but will wait till next week. I'll give my husband a house "without" for a week or so. Ha!

  12. I hope you are feeling better now. Because our Christmas celebrations this year were spread out over several weeks, I just finished putting away everything Christmas. I collect crystal and usually have a lot of it on display. Today, I unpacked and cleaned all of the crystal that I had packed away while the house was decorated for Christmas. Seeing all the sparkling crystal on display always lifts my spirits.

  13. I think many of us want kind of a clean slate after the hustle bustle of Christmas! What font are you using for your posts? It's really pretty.

  14. Feel better! Your home looks so pretty though! :)

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  15. Happy to hear that you're feeling better!

  16. After the holidays, I had to move into my apartment and I practically moved with nothing. It was a super clean slate. I ended up choosing a furnishing service called Furnishr (http://furnishr.com) because I was a little lost in the direction that I wanted to go. It was the best decision because everything is perfect now.


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