Soft and Simple



This coat is part of my Forever Wardrobe.  I need to do an update on that post but the gist of it is that I have items of clothing that are classic and timeless and always make the cut during a declutter.




Case in point is this coat from the 1950's.  100% cashmere with a satin silk lining that I bought at a thrift store for $8.  Thank goodness I had a witness with me the day I bought it or nobody would ever believe me.  The color and fabric is so soft and simple,  they just don't make coats like this any longer.  I think the coat elevates the basic Levi's and white tee.




This coat and a few other finds like it are part of my Forever Wardrobe.  They just keep getting better and better with time.

I'd also like to give a shout out to these Topshop Angelina Slides from Nordstrom.  They are so chic and go with just about everything in my closet. Also the vintage Gucci belt was my birthday and Christmas present.  I love the subtle G buckle.

Do you keep things forever?  What determines if you keep it or toss it?  Fill me in.  xo


A Fresh New Year


Happy New Year Everyone.  I hope your holidays were as fabulous and you all are.  Yesterday afternoon I cleared away the little bit of Christmas I had around and did my deep clean of the living/dining area of the house.  If you are interested here is the list and cleaning schedule I try to stick to  The weather was gorgeous so the doors were open helping to motivate me.  It didn't hurt that I had slept 11 hours straight the night before which like never happens.



I'm thinking of painting that wicker table a flat black.  You'll be the first to know if I do.  Also maybe I'll trim that string hanging from the slipcover 😁.






I deadheaded the chrysanthemums earlier in the day and the deep plum color was so gorgeous I couldn't throw them away yet.  January 1st is always my favorite day of the year.  Today I plan to go on a beautiful long walk and make a pot of soup.  What are your plans?  Do you watch the parade?  Are you hungover?  lol
Do tell. xo

New Years Eve Plans





Do you have New Years plans?  I do.  I plan to be sitting somewhere comfortable in my home most likely in bed and drifting off to sleep well before midnight.  I hope your plans have a little more flair than mine but if not, here are a couple of things to read and a FANTASTIC movie to watch to while away the evening.  xo

The Best of 2017 OKL Home Tours

Can You Slow Down or Stop Alzheimers?

The Best Movie I saw in 2017 (on Netflix right now)


Checking in on December Goals







I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying the season.  Time to check in with my December goals and see what got done.

1.  Slowing down.  I did!  Too bad it was because I was sick.  Once you are down for the count and you realize you can't do anything about it, a kind of acceptance just occurs.  Whatever is done is done and what isn't, isn't.  I survived.

2.  Make a gift guide.  I did a paltry one and I apologize. Maybe by next Christmas I'll be more confident in this area and do a better job.

3.  Decorating.  I did another paltry job at decorating.  Not feeling well and knowing we were not hosting Christmas just took the wind out of my decor sails.  Again, I survived.

4.  Shopping.  I was able to stay out of the stores because I pretty much just had to pick up a few gift cards.  How were the stores?  Crazy or did you mostly shop online?

5.  Expectations.  This was the goal that meant the most to me and I'll say I did a better job this year than in any prior.  I just let it all go and accepted everything just as it was.  Wow, what a concept.  :)

We've had some warm sunny days and it has been nice to get out and soak up some sunshine!  I'm so looking forward to the New Year and all the promise it brings. 

How'd your Christmas go?  Do share. xo




A Natural Christmas





Merry Christmas dear friends.  It's been quite a few days of feeling awful but I think I'm finally on the mend. 

I gathered some things from the garden and stuck them here and there and it'll do.  Nothing beats nature when it comes to decorating. 











I bought this really old Pendleton Blanket at an estate sale this past summer for under $5.  It was in its original packaging and I don't think it had ever been opened.  The packaging was so dusty, the blanket appeared brown but I got home and discovered it was black and cream with a pink stripe running through it.  It matches the whole house and really ties in the Pottery Barn Washed Velvet Pillows.
















I think any of the below Christmas's may give you more inspiration but I'm completely at peace with how my home looks right now.  Wishing you a peacefully simple holiday.  xo

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2011 (my favorite)






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