It's that time of year when
I have a hunger for some pink in my life!
I'm sure it has a lot to do with celebrating my darling daughter's mid January birthday
for the last 25 years
when more often than not it was always pink themed.
And then there is Valentine's Day
just around the corner
which always comes to Southern California
with a whisper of spring!
I always edit my home of almost all color
after the Christmas holidays
to have a refreshing January palette
so adding in a little pink can go a long way in my neutral spaces!
This new lovely pink coffee mug is from Anthropologie.
I bought just one to use during my
morning ritual of
coffee, candles, fresh flowers and gratitude
(I still love the ritual on mornings that are past sunrise)
What joy a new mug can bring on a daily basis.
This quiet contemplative ritual
is one of my very favorite parts of my day.
Everything is so quiet and calm
with all the promise of a brand new day.
For me getting up early
to take the time just to enjoy my surroundings
focus on all that I have to be thankful for
is an empowering and self affirming start to the day.
Over the last few yearsI have spent much time
getting my mind to focus on the good in life
to let go of what I can't control or effect.
Yes, a lot of what I am saying
has to do with letting go of my children
happily reminding myself
they now have lives of their own
I have much to do in taking care of my own life.
Adding in new little bits of seasonal beauty
is another way we can
with self care.
Taking time to beautify our surroundings
in even the smallest of ways
is a visual form in self respect.
An easy way to lift our spirits.
I get out of bed with a bit more bounce in my step
knowing I have a beautiful spot to begin my day!
For the dining room centerpiece
I have simply added in a tall vase of pinks.
I have been so happy with the neutral structure
of this centerpiece
it has been evolving seasonally since it's fall inception.
I get so much enjoyment from seasonal fluffing
I have been able to make the very most
with my time and money in that regard.
These flowers for instance were a bargain from Trader Joe's
that went simply into a galvanized floral bucket.
This simple arrangement has lasted almost three weeks!
I added some pink into my succulent orb.
A little more work than the flowers
but I do love the bit of pink used in an unusual format.
I added some pink tulips to my bed table upstairs.
Right now tulips are on the top of my list
for favorite seasonal flowers!
I love to buy them tiny and tight
watch them grow over the course of a few days.
After their full bloom
they take on some beautiful wild draping.
This bouquet lasted well over two weeks!
My favorite project recently has been changing out this stairway wall.
The whole 22 years we have been in our little house
this wall has had pictures of our children.
Most all of them when they were small.
One day I realized
walking by them only made me sad
like it was a shrine to a life that was no more
as they had all flown and grown
(and they hadn't been that small for a decade when they were here)
So I took them all down
moving some to a smaller wall leading into my bedroom.
Packing away others.
I can't tell you how great that felt!
It was a visual reminder
that new chapters are happening.
I have not been left behind
but rather I am ushering in exciting new chapters of my life.
I don't need pictures up of my children when they were little.
They are no longer those people
I absolutely love the adults they have become.
Growing my new collection of art work
reminds me daily
of the beautiful opportunities
life still has to bring.
May I leave you with the idea that
our personal spaces are an important aspect of self care
learning to Crown Ourselves.
Taking time for beauty
even if it is a single flower
can be a visual
reminder of our own personal worth.
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life
Savvy Southern Style
Savvy Southern Style