Keeping It Simple

Hey everyone!  Is this a confusing time of year for any of you the way it is for me?  It seems from the first of September, I have such motivation and direction -- Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas!  Then January rolls around and nothing.  Well, if I wanted to, I could decorate for Spring because that's the kind of weather we are having......sorry to all of you in bitter cold and/or snow!  I'm ready to do some Spring-things outside, but not inside just yet.  After all the color & glitz of the past four months, I'm ready for a more calm & soothing palette with lots of neutrals and natural elements....at least in most of our home.  I thought I'd share a few of those vignettes today.

The Entry

Saw no reason to remove my coffee filter wreath.

This is actually a candle holder, but I really like it this way for a change.  I took some faux pears and used Rub 'n Buff Gold Leaf on them.

Dining Room

This is almost a repeat of my Fall vignette, but I switched out trays and added two more pitchers.

I added some cotton stems to one pitcher and some of my sweet MIL's old silver to another.

Kept things very simple here with some greenery and the piece of coral I got last summer.

This cake stand and dome are difficult to store, so I try to find different ways to use it....that are not

I usually do something on the dining room table that is traditionally styled -- something in the middle and accented with mirror-image elements on either side.

This time I went with a very simple grouping of three items, all taking the center of the table position.

I brought back my burlap runner, too, which I really like.

Sitting Room

Are book-page bundles still popular?  Well, I don't care if they are passe', I still like the
natural element they lend to this moss-covered mushroom.  Anything under a cloche, right?

Coffee table simplicity.

I was happy to bring back this bird pillow cover from last Spring, and it looks perfect
on my little leather chair.

There you have it.  I'm thinking these vignettes will carry me through for several months.
Cough, cough......who am I kidding?  You and I know there will be changes!
Have a super-great week everyone!

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  1. I was so happy to see your post, Carol! I've been moving towards neutrals and greens since we're having such warm weather. I love your decorations, and thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. I so agree with you about January for me this year...NOTHING is just about right! I am needing some motivation...BIG TIME. Your decorations are just so beautiful, Carol :)

  3. Very pretty, Carol! It is an odd time of year...I have gone straight to Valentine's Day decor to fill the void! ;)

  4. I always have a hard time decorating this time of the year too. Looks to me like your filling in your home quite nicely. My poor house is looking down right sad. I have no motivation lately at all. So I sit and look around at my bare shelves and tabletops and pull out a book to read instead. LOL.

  5. Carol, everything looks beautiful! Your vignettes are so pretty. Love the basket with the rooster!

  6. I think I'm with you Carol! I'm ready for nice, fresh, clean lines and even a few empty spaces! I suppose, for me, it's a bit of early spring cleaning and getting rid of the extras! This weather has been so wonderful! Have a great week! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

  7. Hello Carol, I am loving those clean lines too. I have been doing some Spring cleaning
    and organizing. I must say, it feel good. I love your bird pillow. Thanks for coming by

  8. I love how you used rub n buff on those pears! I used it on my dining room chandy. So many uses for that stuff! I totally still love book page bundles. I think they're classic and will always be in style. Seeing your cotton stems reminds me I want to buy more next fall when Michael's gets them in stock again. I'm finding more and more uses for those. You really do have such a beautiful home!

  9. Everything looks great! I'd be happy if I could just get rid of the glitter.

  10. I'm with ya, after the holidays i struggle getting back to being creative. It's so rush rush Sept through December I like you get totally burnt out. I love rub n buff and used it on my kitchens backsplash. Winter to me is the prefect time to get organized. Your vignettes are really pretty. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post on winter!

  11. I agree, after Christmas there is pause!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.

  12. Carol I love this, I am thinking of doing red apples like the pears for Valentines. Thank you for visiting and commenting on the banana-oatmeal bread, I was really pleased how it turned out after changing the ingredients. I am here visiting and now am knew following on g+. I am so excited to blog with you, and good luck to you and "The Man" on the calorie counting, looking forward to sharing healthy recipes. Hope you drop back to "RETURN TO LOBLOLLY LANE", I appreciate your comments so much.

  13. lucky you and lucky us for giving us these early spring inspirations! I'm loving those gold pears the most!

  14. I love how you lined up pears instead of candles!!! Looks awesome Carol. We are having some unusually warm weather for January so there are no complaints from this peanut gallery! Not like Arizona of course but well above freezing during the day. As always, a beautiful collection you have pulled together!! Cheers.

  15. Everything looks perfect for this time of year. The glass cloches, the whites, the greenery. It all reflects winter, here anyway!! ;-) I've heard some people say they switch out to more colorful decor to get through the gloominess of winter. For some reason I go for the simplicity and naturalness, maybe after all the bright colors of the holidays. Summer is fun to throw out some colorful pillows and rugs. So, you get the idea that I like this, right?!!!

    Jane x

  16. so pretty ma'am!!...I LOVE the chicken wire cloche....enjoy your lovely weather...we are a bit snowed in at the moment...:)...xo, Mariaelena


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