Fresh Start

Happy New Year Everyone!

I woke up this morning with such a burst of energy…which is surprising because today is back to school day for my kids and we have been sleeping in every single day.  I had no intention of writing a blog post today but as the sun streamed in my windows, I was suddenly motivated by the beautiful day AND all the clean open surfaces which no longer display Christmas decorations!  Hooray!

I am now motivated to restart my search for counter stools for the kitchen.  After all, the kitchen renovation has been done for months now so I really need to get moving on this!  (Look, you can even see the bright blue sky reflected in the counter top!  What a beautiful morning!)

My mantel is now cleared of all Christmas decor and waiting patiently for me to come up with something for winter into spring.  Kind of a difficult time to decorate isn’t it?  I am sure I will think of something…(after a few trips to Homegoods!)

And now the mantel/ledge above my stove is cleared and is enjoying this lovely sunshine as well.  I think I will leave that space empty for awhile.

And to replace my snowman Christmas corner, I pulled out a cookbook to display for now.  Looks like a great recipe to try tonight!

Now don’t get me wrong, I still have piles of Christmas bins to drag back down to the basement but for the most part, the surfaces are clean and ready for a fresh start in the new year!

Now that my morning tea is almost finished, I am going to get started on those bins.  I don’t want to lose momentum!  Happy Monday!  I hope the sun is shining where you live!

Have you cleared out your holiday decor yet?




  1. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    January 4, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    It always feels good to have a sunny morning and to have the Christmas stuff put away. That recipe does look yummy. What cook book is it?

    • Calypso In The Country
      January 4, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Kim, the cookbook is Barefoot Contessa – Back to Basics.

  2. KUNIs little white castle
    January 4, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    I put my hole christmas decor away. I feel free. It is great to have a day for sleeping. Hugs Kuni

  3. Mila Myk
    January 4, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Clearing out your Christmas decor….there's something sad, but liberating about that, isn't? :)Mine is still up, I'm getting to it ;)Happy New Year!Mila

  4. Leslie Harris
    January 4, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    I know what you mean Shelley, it does feel good to clear away all the Christmas decorations. And now you get to have fun creating pretty vignettes for your gorgeous kitchen :)happy 2016!xoLeslie

  5. Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 5, 2016 / 6:58 am

    I love putting everything away and starting fresh too Shelley. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and happy new year!

  6. Whitney Shortt
    January 5, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    It does feel good having Christmas cleaned up! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the mantel!

  7. At Rivercrest Cottage
    January 5, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    I'm having trouble giving up Christmas decor so your refreshing post at least made me think about taking it down.

  8. Sheila Irwin
    January 7, 2016 / 5:58 am

    Doesn't it feel sooo good to start fresh Shelley? Like you, I'm starting to winterize/accessorize in a new way. I love Christmas but I'm ready for a change. And good luck on finding your bar stools. I say start looking at kitchens on Pinterest (THE greatest source for ideas ever!)Happy New Year!

  9. Wendi Wachtel
    January 7, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Yes, you nailed it when you said how fresh and clean everything felt after packing away all the holiday decorations. I love that feeling of open airyness when I look around. Fun post! XO- Wendi @ H2OBungalow

  10. Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
    January 11, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Your fireplace is so pretty, love the stone.Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!Blessings,Cindy

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