I feel like I am a week behind and I'm already begging for this year to SLOW down! I've been so busy taking care of others that I haven't gotten all of my Christmas put away yet. Today I managed to get the living room done.
I just love my non-holiday mantel - it's so calming and cozy to me. Did I tell you that I love shabby whites? The Rachel Ashwell Official Shabby Chic kind of shabby. The pale, softly worn fabrics. The "lived in" look.
The lacy, flowery, ruffled accents. The things that look like they've been loved for awhile. I think this look is forgiving and warm. It doesn't have to be perfect. My whole house does not look like this ~ though I wish it did. Maybe someday. For now I will just enjoy what does.
I also like the contrasting look of black metals against some of the white shabby pieces. I think it adds interest.
When I'm done putting all of the Christmas away (I still have the dining room to do) I'm going to sit down with a cup of tea and read a book. I haven't finished a book in over a year and I've set goals to read at least 12 books this year. These are the first 6. Ever since we've gotten "technical" over here - Cell phones, tablets, computers - I haven't done much book reading. I still love the feel and smell of books. I think it will be a good way to "unplug".
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