Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Snow and freezing rain keep coming down. It is cold outside, but inside the house… coziness and warmth make a lovely contrast to the barren landscape beyond my frosted window panes.

A new year has begun; a new beginning, new resolutions linger in the January frigid air. What does the New Year represents to you? What does to you? In my little world, the New Year represents winter in full swing. The outside weather sends me inside; it urges me to create new life inside, which means cozying up my home. 

I love adding light at this time of the year, setting up a pretty lamp or some battery operated candles by the window to allow the light to be a beacon in the dark of the shelter of home for myself and others… And of course, beside the January weather, the New Year always brings in me the desire to change, and to begin anew; being in me or just around my house. 

As I have mentioned here and here and probably in many other posts before this, I love to decorate my reading room. I’ve been changing things around, shifting furniture, adding new details here and there, while at the same time reevaluating my consumption patterns. The New Year is a great time to get rid of the clutter and stuff that seems to just accumulate, all on its own, not only over the holidays, but through the year… decluttering, by the way, is one of the best remedies against physical and mental stress, and one of the best New Year resolution one can make.

I’m into the softness of yellow and baby blue these days, so I’ve added some blue accents in my reading rooms... things I already had, plus a new inexpensive Laura Ashley's bedding in an exquisite pattern of soft yellow and tiny blue flowers... The twin fitted sheet is now the new cover on my settee, and the flat sheet was made into a table topper.

The New Year is a great time to redecorate our nest, but simplifying is always one of the best resolution one can make. Get rid of the clutter and stuff that you don't use or find it necessary, and gift everything!


  1. I am trying—desperately—to declutter, sweet chick. I have spent the day re-organizing my craft room. This will take several more day of course. Just trying to simplify my life as many others are doing this time of year.

  2. I do so enjoy your cozy reading room!!

    De-clutter- my is that a bad word! I do so want to but keep finding such lovelies -- It does not help that I have the little booth. My DH says I have enough inventory for several years and can stop buying at any time!

    My detached sun room is full of furniture and things that need a bit of tweaking before they can be put in the booth. This is one project that I so want to get to as I would love to have that room cozy looking like yours!

    Blessings and Happy New Year!


  3. Well said, my friend. I think you've mirrored my thoughts as I begin this new year. I took this last week off from my chaplain ministries to stay home, clean, organize, declutter and begin to simplify my home and my life. It's a long, arduous task because each thing in my home has such meaning but I'm trying to relief a lot of the stress of having too much to deal with at this stage of my life.

    I love your new soft yellow and blue look - of course those are my favorite colors and you will find them often in my home!

    Happy New Year to you and those dear to your heart. Thank you for the loveliness you add to my life and for the inspiration you bring to help me keep at the task of doing what you are working on, too.

  4. Hi Cielo,
    It is all so pretty.I hope I will be able to follow your advise but I am a bit of a pack rat!
    All the best to you and your family in the New Year,

  5. Love the look ....beautiful as always....Wow...can it really be 2010....So glad I found your blog and look forward to many reads in 2010..Happy New Year..

  6. I love visiting your blog, it transforms one into the comfort of a "bed and breakfast" setting via the internet. How lovely. I just peeked into some of your other sites too and they are all WONDERFUL.

  7. Your room looks lovely.

    For me this year means new beginnings. I am hoping to improve our home with as little money as possible and to improve myself, both in mind and body.


  8. Cielo,
    Such a beautiful room, and your photographs are stunning. I love your reading room, and your tea looks inviting too. Happy New Year dear lady.


  9. Hi Cielo...
    As always sweetie I so love to come and visit you and see what you have been up to, or what you have moved around. I love the yellow and blue in the reading room. How very pretty the combination is together. I love the little chandelier that holds the candle. How devine is that? I will have to look for one, as I love the way that it glitters and shines, it really catches your eye.

    The music has been so peaceful here today, and I thank you sweetie for sharing with me.

    Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

  10. Great post! May this New Year find you blessed beyond your hopes and dreams. May you enjoy the fullness of life, love, and happiness.

  11. Great post! May this New Year find you blessed beyond your hopes and dreams. May you enjoy the fullness of life, love, and happiness.

  12. Seems like a lot of us have the same decluttering idea. I have slowly been doing that this past year but now I need to do my artroom, saved this for last. I so thought your reading room was sweet and inviting.

  13. I did a lot of de-cluttering last year. (of course with 4 kids I'm always getting rid of and accumulating 'stuff')

    Today I am taking down my decorations and over the next week going to do a MAJOR cleaning of the house. Since the kids have been off for the last couple of weeks, my house is a mess and filthy. I can't stand it one more day.

    I love your reading room. I have a room that will be like yours one day. Right now it is the playroom. LOL Soon... soon.

    My favourite colour is yellow. Obviously I love how you have decorated your room. I love that Laura Ashley look. So feminine.
    Perhaps that will be my resolution this year.
    Start to decorate a bit more to suit my tastes.. not just 'whatever the kids won't wreck'

    Happy New Year!

  14. What an absolutely wonderful room. I could sit and read here all day !

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  16. Hi Cielo:)

    Greetings and good wishes for the New Year.

    Gorgeous,fascinating photos and very practical down to earth advice.

    SIMPLICITY, SIMPLICITY, SIMPLICITY-screamed Henry David Thoreau.

    Best wishes:)

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  18. Dear Cielo.....I could not agree more. I declutter each year. I hate having too much in one room. I always give mine to charity shops,in the hope that someone may find use for it.

    I love Laura Ashley prints. Always so pretty and feminine.......

    Have a wonderful 2010

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  20. Hi, Cielo! Happy New Year! We're just back from our trip and catching up with you here... Feeling jet-lagged and heart-fuzzy after a sweet Christmas, good to be home and back in blogland. Very much enjoying checking in with your holiday postings. Wishing you & yours all the very best of love, peace & joy in 2010! :o) ((HUGS))

  21. I could just melt in this room! I have a new reading/sewing/music room. I have just decluttered one of our son's old bedrooms and am just beginning to make it into the room that will be "all Mine"!!

    Your pictures are so dreamy and inspiring to me.

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