Keeping It Simple

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I love the simple decorations here. Those lights and the little tree are just enough and it's a good reminder to me, right now, that simple can be the very best. So with that I am also trying to keep it simple today, this month, this coming year that's just around the corner. Like so many of you, and as you have heard me say plenty of times now, the fall kind of kicked my you-know-what and I feel things speeding up again and so I want to take the day to slow down and deal with what is at hand. Because sometimes things need my full attention. Sometimes I just need to be able to get to "full attention" to see where things are, or where I am going, or maybe where I have been. I think now is one of those times because I have really enjoyed the meandering that I have been doing lately and slow pace of things. I am hoping I can keep up with that, by not trying to keep with too much of anything at all.

Images Via


  1. Oh, I love everything about this. And I desperately want those lights and that little tree with the star and that whole apartment, really. I made some real headway yesterday, but it's exam time here and that means HIGH STRESS (especially math). I'll actually just be really glad when today (math) is over and Latin and Science are all that's left. I love school, but sometimes I hate it too.

    Enough about me! Yay for you for staying present. My mom comes today, and I'm going to spend the day cleaning and cooking and being present in my home and that seems like a good thing to me. XO

  2. I toned down the Xmas decorations this year and didn't do a gingerbread house or Xmas cookies at all. And you know what, not doing all those Xmas-sy things actually slowed down the holiday season a bit and uncoupled it from the stress associated with this time of year. Now I can just enjoy Xmas for what it is - time for family, friends and SNOW!

  3. that moroccan lantern in the first photo made me stop in my mouse-tracks! it's gorgeous! i love that the glass is clear and not as colorful as you normally see them - it highlights all of the other details. as for me, lately i've been slowing down. i have had to take a step back and just slowly go about my days. it means that i'm not working 110% like i normally do, but i kind of needed it. i was devoting everything i had to work that i would come home still worrying about work and then all i would talk to steven about was work. so lately i've been letting go of how much i care about work. and my work isn't suffering, but i'm not working as hard - i'm doing just enough to do my part. i'd rather spend some more quality time with steven and this time of the year is perfect for that.

  4. I love the overall aesthetic of this place (Scandinavian! white! eee!) but that sad little Christmas twig is straight out of Charlie Brown, haha. I do love these kinds of decorations though, the ones that blend more seamlessly with the rest of the decor and look intentional and year-round, rather than OMG RED AND GREEN GLITTER EVERYWHERE, haha. Not that I don't love me some red and green glitter decorations ;) xo

  5. That's the idea I've been trying to guide myself by this December, keeping it simple. These ornaments are so understated, love them.

  6. I love this little moment of peaceful images before I start my day of white wall painting...hoping your photos will keep me inspired, lol. If not, there's always wine(!) Hoping these last few days before Christmas are simple and easy ones for you, I'm trying to aspire to that, we'll see!

    xo Mary Jo

  7. Simple and gorgeous...just love this look and hoping things can stay a little less hectic than normal this Christmas. So happy to find and follow your beautiful blog!

  8. I wonder if it's almost natural or inevitable for all of us to slow down. all our lives have become so fast, it's almost impossible to not feel the consequences. I've stripped my life down to essentials for the past years, and it's been a great experience. there is so much we don't really need (and I mean things, people, activities and experiences in equal measure) but think we can't live without. sometimes, we just need to give 'less' a go.

    I hope you're having most wonderful and slow and quiet time leading up to xmas xoxo

  9. i am completely on board with you. keeping things simple is really what allows you to get the most out of every moment, every experience. cheers to a simple 2014!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}


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