I like to have my Christmas decor put away before the New Year.
I like to start the New Year with a clean slate, in heart as well as home!
In the pre-holiday clean up I got the urge to go through cupboards and closets getting rid of excess stuff.
It didn't end there, because as I put away the Christmas decorations I ended up getting rid of three more boxes of home decor items that I decided I no longer wanted as well as some books.
I've even had a hard time spending my holiday gift cards.
I'm feeling quite choosey about what I want to bring back into the house.
Sometimes it's the simple and sweet things that bring the most joy to me in my home,
like a cheery little rosemary plant growing in the kitchen window,
or some Trader Joe's carnations in a Cheerwine soda bottle.
The rest of the Trader Joe's carnations are in a favorite pitcher sitting inside my French fruit crate on my antique trunk turned coffee table.
Since January is still winter I left some felt snow flakes hanging from my walnut shell garland.
In the dining room, my scripture verse for 2014 is written on this simple chalkboard.
On top of the dish cabinet the arrangement is pretty much the same way as I had it before Christmas.
The fireplace mantel is simplified since Christmas, but still "winter-y" until I change it when Valentine's Day draws near.
An ode to the new year, 2014, is seen in these metal numbers.
On the other side of the living room, the old wooden cubby holds a wintery painting I did,
my collection of three vintage cameras and bits and bobs of interesting memorabilia,
like the Hub's old baby cup, rattle and boots and some of my favorite things I've collected here and there.
Well, that's my post holiday home.
What have you been up to so far in this new year?
Well, it's almost Friday, friends.
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!