Rustic Charm

Another snowy sunless day here in the Northeast.  The trees and garden floors are covered in fluffy snow. Such a pretty site but the brutally freezing temperatures and winds make it impossible to step outside.  So I stayed in my PJ's all day, drank some hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows of course) and decided to put away the Christmas decorations.  

Yes, I was ready to reclaim my home from Christmas and so this seemed like the perfect day to take on the task. Thank goodness my husband was a willing participant.  Each room was cleaned, dusted and refreshed as the decorations came down.  It is such a great feeling to have everything organized and in its place.  I even did a little re-decorating in the dining room and in the living room.  I placed a couple of old faux books stored in the basement on top of a small mantel in the foyer for a more rustic and welcoming look.  I then added a lamp, small topiary and a few accents pieces found around the house to finish the look.  But before completing the design, I took a few minutes to play around with the camera and snapped a few shots to share with you.  

Isn't it amazing how we uncover beauty in the simplest items?  They are all within our reach if we stop to look.  An old book or forgotten pitcher...  A pretty tea cup will always make my day.  We are surrounded by beauty everyday of our lives.  A simple smile from a child, a comforting hug from a loved one, sitting around the table with our families and even the happy welcome of our pets.  All meaningful and beautiful to me.  What gives you happiness??  What things do you find beautiful??

   





























Simple objects and yet so beautiful.





Here is the finished look.  What do you think??








Thank you for stopping by.  I  hope you all have a wonderful week.

Fondly,

Janet

 

Comments

  1. Your photos are always so inspiring and beautiful! I just love the dried roses with the pearls - so pretty :) May you have a most blessed week. Hugs to you!

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  2. I love the look of the white pitcher and pearls. I love it when we have a snow weekend and Hubby and I can just sit around in our PJs watching old movies on tv.

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  3. Well we didn't have snow and freezing weather but I also took my decorations down. Tomorrow I will start to fresh up the house.
    I love the white pitcher and pearls with the dry roses. Your pictres are so pretty. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.
    I picked some beautiful red roses out of my garden today. Still have some blooming.
    Stay warm.
    Mary

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  4. Hi Janet,
    Love the photos with the roses, pearls and pitcher! Totally gorgeous! Reminds me of Valentine's Day.
    Stay warm!
    Gina

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  5. It sounds as though our weather is as nasty as yours. I love your romantic photos with the pitcher, pearl and roses. The vignette in the foyer is lovely, as well. Stay warm!

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  6. What lovely photos Janet. I did the same thing as you and made like 20 trips to the basement. I was very tired when all was done but glad!

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    1. Thank you Bernideen. It is always nice to hear from you. I know the feeling. We made about 20 trips to the basement too. Till next Christmas. Have a great rest of the week.

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  7. Such lovely vignettes!! Love the use of pearls.
    Mary Alice

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  8. L O V E L Y !!!

    My house isn't really romantic so I have never thought of using pearls with the pitcher and roses, but they all make for a beautiful vignette.

    I love your finished vignette.

    I have been moving rooms and things and so I still have a pile of things in the living room to settle into vignettes. Fortunately I love the tweaking.

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  9. Janet, you have a lovely blog. I've enjoyed scrolling down through your recent posts. You have some gorgeous dishes! Thanks for stopping by because it brought me over here. I'm now following along.

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  10. Janet your photos are amazing! So beautiful. Thanx for coming to THT!

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  11. So pretty Janet, and your photos are wonderful! Hope you are having a GREAT week! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY, so nice having you...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  12. what a beautiful vignette
    with the faded reds of the roses
    set against the white pitcher

    and some days
    it's just right to
    stay in pjs all day!

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  13. Thanks for visiting my blog, I live in NJ too! I've recently taken down the Christmas decorations and I'm feathering the nest. It DOES feel really nice and fresh.
    Roselle

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  14. Lovely!! I live in California and we've been dealing with warmer than usual temps at the mid to upper 60s. It's almost like spring here. I hate the cold, but when I read blogs like yours that mention staying in jammies and drinking hot chocolate and puttering around the house doing crafts and projects, I'm slightly jealous :)

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  15. Stopping in from Sweet and Simple...the perfect party for your sweet and simple photos! Love em! Have a great week end.....

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  16. Beautiful! What a fun way to spend a day {especially with those sub-zero temps.} I love those old books - gorgeous and you styled them beautifully! It is such fun to "shop" the house to see what treasure you will rediscover!

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the warm up. After that frigid weather we just had, I'm looking forward to these 60 degree days they're forecasting!!

    Hugs,
    Kathleen

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  17. I love your roses in your white pitcher: fresh and romantic... I also have a thing for pearls, so it looked perfect to me!

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  18. love the roses and the pearls and the lacy linens. very romantic and beautiful. we just cleaned up from Christmas today,

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  19. I think the finished look is lovely. Roses and pearls *sigh* perfection.

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  20. That is very true, we tend to overlook the simplest essence of happiness. I think you have an eye for detail Janet. Love the finished product. Sending some sunshine your way from down under.

    Blessings,
    Aida

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  21. Immagini straordinariamente belle e romantiche!
    Buona domenica, mia cara amica!
    A presto
    Luci@





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  22. you are surrounded by love and beauty my friend. Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

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  23. Hello Janet, this is truly a very lovely post and so very true - we are constantly surrounded by simple, beautiful things. I do appreciate you sharing and will feature your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  24. Hola Rosemary, gracias por visitar mi casita es un placer venir a la suya ,es preciosa me encantan las fotos, cada entrada que he visto ha sido todo un placer de ver, tiene mucho gusto, me hago su seguidora ,la espero siempre, besos.

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  25. I do love this - simply gorgeous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  26. You photos are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! : ) hugs...

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  27. Your gorgeous photos make me happy. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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