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I’m up first! Make sure to click on #3!
1. I must admit I do love my home when it is de-decorated from all its Christmas decorations. I really buy into the New Year as being a clean slate and starting over and that includes decorating too. Here are a few things I would like to see in our home in 2022… this sofa, this ottoman in Fuji with nailheads for either side of the white buffet. These bar stools for the kitchen, and this beautiful platform bed for our master bedroom. I’m still waiting for all my hardware for our powder room makeover. So hopefully it will be done early in 2022.
2. It snowed here for several hours this morning! Oh, how pretty! I’m all about warm and attractive clothing for the months ahead! Here are a few favorites: this beautiful wool coat in a gorgeous color and these hunter waterproof ankle boots (fav). Cashmere is so warm so here are a few beautiful items I found… this popular cashmere sweater on super sale, these cashmere trouser socks, this cozy cashmere hat with faux fur pom pom, this beautiful cashmere coat (look further down the page to see how it really looks, the model is horrible), and these cashmere gloves.
3. One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was from my daughter Jacqueline. She and I are going to the Van Gogh Exhibition, The Immersive Experience. I’ve never seen anything like this! The exhibition will be playing in many major US cities as well as European cities too.
4. I have a thing for tiny homes! They really intrigue me! Not that I could ever, ever, ever live in one. Here’s one, and this one is so clever, and this tiny farmhouse, and Anna White’s tiny house, and this creative tiny home. Do tiny homes intrigue you?
5. Fun and Useless New Year’s Facts: In the song often sung at the stroke of midnight of a new year what does Aud Lang Sign mean? How did gathering in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve begin?
6. Do you feel like organizing in January? Many of us do! Why not start with Putting Away Christmas With Next Year In Mind? This is such a practical and helpful post! Want more organizing ideas? Read Organizing Spices In Your Kitchen and How To Unclutter And Decorate Kitchen Counters.
7. One thing that has really helped me organize my life is my bullet journal. Seriously, life-changing to stay organized and on task! Here are a few good videos to show you how to begin bullet journaling… Here and Here and Here. For me, a bullet journal is for keeping my life on track not decorating it with doodles and frills. Seriously, you should try bullet journaling!
8. One of the things I want to do this year is to go through my kitchen and equip it with the best essentials. I already have quite a good start. I just got this gorgeous roasting pan for Christmas. And I’m looking for a new nonstick frying pan. I like this one. I know these items are pricy but I will never have to replace them and they WORK! Look at these stainless steel mixing bowls. Amazing!
9. Let’s stay in the kitchen and talk about soup! I just make the most delicious Italian Sausage And Tortellini soup for the family last week. Look for a recipe next week. And while you wait check out these great winter soups: Hearty Bacon Cheeseburger Soup, Loaded Potato Soup, Delicious Ham, And Bean Soup (use those ham bones from Christmas), and Rich Clam Chowder Soup. You might want to cook up the soups in this.
10. Last but certainly not least, I wish you all a very happy New Year filled with God’s greatest blessings! xo
Answer to #5: Aud Lang Sign are words from a Scottish poem set to music is loosely translated “for the sake of days gone by” or “for old times”. The first gathering on Times Square on New Year’s Eve started as a party thrown for the opening of the New York Times building in 1904.
1. While I love seasonal decor, the end of the holiday season is refreshing in a sense because it gives me time to focus on things other than seasonal decor. I particularly love house tours and this week I shared 3 of my favorite home tours to be inspired by. Be sure to check them out!
2. With the holidays over, I can now think about some classic decor accents I’ve been looking at for a while. I’m smitten with this rustic black vase, I’ve wanted a leaning floor mirror for the longest time, I love these olive topiaries, and here’s a lovely whitewashed planter basket. This is a really great charcuterie serving board and this iron loop log holder is really cool. Here’s one of the nicest fiddle leaf fig trees I’ve seen in a long time. I keep this rattan basket in the bathroom for spare towels.
3. SOME WINTER FASHION FINDS: I love this stylish cross body bag, so I can keep my hands in my pockets. Here’s a great longer length hooded puffer coat that’s warm but not too bulky. This quilted zip jacket is the perfect layering piece. Spending more time at home? Check out these soft lounge pants. Here’s a fabulous luxe sweatshirt pullover in a range of colors – I love the pale lilac! Are you an outdoor walker or just like to keep your ears warm? Try this awesome knit headwrap. And here’s a lovely infinity scarf.
4. WHAT’S INSPIRING ME AROUND THE WEB: For winter I’m inspired by clean white spaces like this stunning breakfast area. Here’s the perfect blend of white and almost white, with pretty branches and bits of organics. And who wouldn’t feel clean and pure in this dreamy white dressing room?
5. The end of the year is also a great time to reassess your things and decide what to keep and what to toss. This post about closet organization shows my bedroom closet makeover and tips for maintaining a neat space.
6. SOME GREAT FURNITURE BUYS: I’m loving a warm toned natural look for the home right now – clean and pared back but with lots of neutral textures. It’s updated but not too modern and mixes well with vintage. Get the look with this wonderful rug that’s hand knotted, this wood-base sofa that looks so inviting, this curved leg accent table (for an amazing price!), this feminine bench with bolsters, this fabulous comfy chair, this terrific pale wood console table, and this natural woven cube which embodies the natural look.
7. THREE QUOTES FOR THE NEW YEAR:
- “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” —Lao Tzu
- “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca
- “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” —Mary Pickford
8. FROM THE BEAUTY CABINET: This sweet Ballerina nail polish is one of my faves for winter. Have you tried reusable terry rounds to remove your makeup? This refined travel cosmetic case set is ever-so-lovely. If you hate being pale in the winter, try this self-tanning cream. I first discovered this massage balm in a spa on a vacation, but have been using it ever since to relax tight muscles.
9. This week on the blog I shared these New Year’s Eve party decor ideas, this New Year’s Day brunch table, these tips for transitioning to winter decor after Christmas, and this small downsized bedroom.
10. UP NEXT: January is all about organizing for me! I tend to be obsessively organized by nature, so I’m in my true zone when getting set for a new beginning. Be on the lookout for decluttering ideas and other organizing tips.
ON SUTTON PLACE
1.) Before we get to today’s lists, I want to take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Happy New Year…think of it as a blank slate, and make it whatever makes you happy!
2.) One of my husband’s Christmas gifts was this Notre Dame barrel top clock. As someone who doesn’t get excited about home decor, he was actually very pleased! It’s a beautiful clock, and there are 32 different colleges and universities to choose from. We hung it in our basement family room, and it’s the perfect addition.
3.) FAVORITE QUOTE: “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” ~Paul Coelho
4.) Target introduced a brand new collection from Hearth & Hand that hit their website the day after Christmas. There are soooo many things I love, but here are a few favorites: this serving tray (comes in oval or round), this amazing wood serving board, this darling short little stoneware pitcher, and this tall one. I think this pillow cover is perfect (this one too) and I already ordered this cute plate set . You can see everything in the new collection HERE.
5.) Here are a few simple recipes that will help you eat a little healthier in 2022! These breakfast smoothies are the best way to start your day, make these applesauce muffins for a snack or quick breakfast, and this salad is tastes fresh and delicious.
6.) If you still use Pinterest, you may have noticed that they are now showing you “idea pins.” I don’t make them, but I do click on some of them when they come through my feed. I just ran across this one that shows you how to make a handmade bow with your fingers. I tried it, and after a few practice attempts, I made the cutest little bow. Try it!
7.) A few of my all-time favorite Pottery Barn Savannah baskets are on sale! I honestly have never seen this happen. These are the ones on sale: the lidded baskets (pictured above in medium), the large underbed basket, and the oversized lidded basket. You can see the large underbed basket HERE. (They are all on the same page, so just scroll to see everything.)
9.) I just read about a little trick that softens butter in about 10 minutes. When I forget to take butter out of the refrigerator for a recipe, I usually try microwaving, and it never turns out well! Here’s what to do: Place unwrapped butter sticks in a bowl of tepid (about 90 degrees) water. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes, turning them over occasionally. By the time you have your ingredients gathered, your butter will be soft. Don’t worry, the wrapping on the butter sticks will keep the water out. Bonus: this works on cream cheese in the foil wrapper too!
10.) See you next week!