The Day After Christmas

Merry Christmas!

What a wonderfully busy season it's been. I have loved seeing so many of your homes so beautifully decked for the holidays. Between Pinterest and Instagram the inspiration was impressive and at times overwhelming to me. My heavy work schedule had me running until the last minute on every detail, which isn't the best feeling. But thankfully it's not like that every year and I just had to go with it. 

Some really lovely things came from that. I learned that it's ok to "just go with it". That when the exhaustion and emotions that can turn us inside out at Christmas start to become too much that the candle light service at church is exactly what I needed to press the reset button. That buying for a family in need always feels good. That an untraditional Christmas lunch of gourmet sliders and dips lends itself to less clean up and more time for game playing and visiting with our precious family. That teenage boys will be happy on Christmas morning as long as there is food and lots of it!

And, that a late blog post is better than no blog post, so for those of you still with me, here are a few small details that I really and truly enjoyed this Christmas.

I kept most of the house simple with greens and berries that grow on a huge bush in the common area of my neighborhood. We borrowed a few for Christmas.

I used a variety of vintage glasses on the dining table. They felt so fresh and pretty with each one having it's own little personality.  I think these might stay a while. 

And just for fun, a chalkboard Christmas tree went up in our bedroom. It was so relaxing to just stop everything and draw this out one evening. The inspiration came from a quick google session and some basic measuring to get it somewhat centered. I think the trick to chalkboard art is to just keep going.  Trace over your work to give it contrast and don't be afraid of messing up. 

And now, it's time to hunker down and enjoy the nice long break from work and school. I'm reading Amy Poehler's new book,

Yes Please

and loving it. There are movies I want to see with the boys and if I get a big burst of energy, I'll grab a shovel and start cleaning up this messy office. 

I have lots to share in the coming year. I just wrapped two shoots for

Country Living Magazine

that you will l o v e that will be featured this spring  and another on the books in a couple of weeks. 

But for now, lets stay in the peaceful calm and happiness that comes with the close of another beautiful Christmas. And in our jammies. With lots of chocolate chip cookies.