Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter SpacesElle Decor

I‘ve really been in a cozy winter mode lately. Are you? As I said during my Christmas house tour, I think it’s all the remodeling going on around here and the cold temperature outside. But whatever it is, I just feel like at the end of every day lately I need to curl up in a really comfy spot with my furry blankie and take deep breath to relax (which I’ll be honest in the winter time it feels like I should be heading to bed about 4:45pm, ha).

I hope you’ll feel inspired, too, as you look through the cozy winter rooms in the post today. Light a fire, grab a blanket, turn on the Christmas lights. Cozy is always a good way to end the day.

Thank you all for the kind comments on my kitchen update post yesterday, I promise I’ll respond to all of your questions or comments as soon as I can. I can’t wait to fill you in on more of the progress, I love sharing this adventure with you!

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
House and Home

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
Loloi Rugs / Lotus Collection with Joanna Gaines

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
House and Home

 Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
The Inspired Room Christmas Tour 2014 // Christmas Tour 2013

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
House and Home

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
House and Home

Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces
House and Home

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Simply Inspired Holidays: Cozy Winter Spaces

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Snow Day & Fairytales

Snow Day & Fairytales

Hello lovely friends. When our family first looked at what would eventually become our house here in Seattle a year ago last fall, we had an unspoken inkling in our hearts that someday it just might be a magical little place to live. It may not have exactly looked like the house in my fairytale dreams at the moment, but that didn’t seem to matter. It definitely had something undefined but special that drew us here.

This fall we had our brick house painted white and while the painters were here, we asked them to give a fresh white coat of paint to the formerly beige backyard shed, too. (You’ll get to see our white brick house and the shed makeover next year, I promise!).

When we saw that adorable shed peeking out of the fresh snow from our kitchen window yesterday morning, it confirmed what I didn’t want to dare to dream or speak out loud when we first laid eyes on this house. It truly is a magical little place to be in every season. I really didn’t expect that this feeling would come, but we are falling more in love with this sweet little home every day.

Snow Day & Fairytales

We are discovering there are so many gifts we can unwrap here in every season. It might seem on the surface like it was the white paint and fresh snow that caught my eye yesterday, but even more the changing season outside our window symbolized to me that we already had everything we needed to live happily ever after here.

Snow Day & Fairytales

This is our home, for better or worse. It’s our home when the snow perfectly blankets the backyard and the reflection of twinkling lights in the window make it all feel so magical. It’s our home in the summer when the moles tear up the grass and make our yard all lumpy and weird looking from their tunnels. It’s our home right now when I wash my hands in a Pepto-Bismal pink sink just as it will be our home in January when I wash dirty dishes in a sparkling new farm sink.

This is our home. We feel a certain peace, like we are right where we are supposed to be in this season in our life. It’s not just a feeling that has come from finally having completed projects like fresh paint on the brick and new countertops in our kitchen, although we do feel so grateful to be on the precipice of being able to cook a proper Christmas dinner in a new oven.

Snow Day & Fairytales
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There are still plenty of projects and imperfections to keep us dreaming, busy, broke, saving or patiently waiting for years to come. But it’s those imperfections and less-than-ideals that are my daily reminder to slow down and just be grateful for what we have right now.

Snow Day & Fairytales

A house won’t ever turn into a dream home if it is only through the projects we get to complete or the day we have the perfect setting or season in which to be feel grateful. A house is transformed from the inside out through the gifts we choose to see and open with grateful hearts.

Snow Day & Fairytales

I’ll be honest, it’s easy to be grateful for things you have always dreamed about when you finally have them. It can be flustering when people say they are feeling so #blessed and you see what they have and think, gee, I would feel blessed, too, if I lived in that amazing castle on the hill or whatever they have that you only dream about. It’s OK to be grateful for what you have, even if you are a princess feeling grateful for her castle. I try to remember that so much of what any of us have, however humble or imperfect we might think it is, is likely to be just a dream for someone else.

Snow Day & Fairytales

The real test of our ability to find contentment and gratitude with where we are is can we feel grateful for what we have and content in it, even if it isn’t at all what we dreamed about? I love our little house and I am grateful for what we’ve been able to do so far. But I’m mindful that I need to be just as grateful for its quirks and less-than-perfect qualities, too.

There is a season for everything. A season for the clouds and rain and sun and snow and wind and soft breezes to blow through. A time for transitions and a time for settling in for awhile to find joy with what we’ve already been given. But no matter the season or house we find ourselves in, love should always shine from the inside out. Like the little twinkly lights strung around a home at Christmas time, it’s the love glowing on the inside that creates a truly magical place to live.

Snow Day & Fairytales

Snow Day & Fairytales

 

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Snow Day & Fairytales

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Snow Day & Fairytales
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