time for pause

After all the hustle & bustle of the holiday season has passed and all the decorations have been but away and all our schedules & routines return to a somewhat normalized pace, I like to give my home & life time to pause.

Time for pause

My home and decor become sparse and barren in a good way.  It gives my mind and body time to relax and take a big breath of new life and opportunity in the year ahead.
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Cloches sit empty awaiting the next exciting thing they will capture and showcase.  They still look cohesive and put together since they are a collection in & of themselves.  You can see other cloche vignettes:  green jasperware; fall; dried flowers.

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The mantel sits patiently with a barren window box and empty candlesticks.  it’s a blank slate until I’m inspired to transition it to late winter decor.  I kept the feathery white wreath since it reminds me of snowy drifts.

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The dining room sits in the middle of the house so we pass through it many times a day so I prefer to keep this room pretty uncluttered and balanced at all times to keep our minds at peace when we walk through this space repeatedly, multiple times per day.

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A green bottle collection on the kitchen table sit empty waiting for fresh blooms.
You get the idea.

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Slowly I’ll start tweaking things and adding details since I am definitely not a minimalist at heart but it’s good for my soul to have a moment of pause while I set intentions for the new year and try to organize my dreams and aspirations into attainable goals.

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I’ve been searching for the “perfect” planner for the year and I’m struggling to find exactly what I want.  I think what all my research has taught me is that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” planner so I’ll use one that comes close to fitting all my needs and make it {mine}.
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 “Everything that happens in the universe starts with intention.”
~Deepak Chopra~


  1. Kathy A says:

    I enjoyed seeing your collections; I, too, am not a minimalist. I hope you enjoy bringing the collections to life with signs of spring–bird’s nests and eggs, flowers, greenery, a butterfly, etc.

  2. Kathleen says:

    It really is great to take pause. I’ve done the same. Can’t wait to see your 2018 inspiration! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  3. Emily says:

    Your home looks beautiful, and ready for the next big thing! I also have a brand new planning/organization Facebook group “Planning With Createyou86” I would love for you to join, and share your interests in Planning With other passionate planners! I do look forward to you joining you seem like you have a lot to share. Thank you for this post it made me take a moment and look around at what needs to be paused in my life.

  4. Jasmin N says:

    Oh wow, putting things on pause mode is sometimes best you can do.
    Good luck to your future adventures & nice collection by the way 🙂

  5. Jann Olson says:

    I’m with you Mary Jo! I like the less is more feeling for the month of January. I like how you coined it, “time for pause”. Sounds perfect! I have the same Santos doll, only in blue. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. It’s nice to take a pause ever so often. Your home decor is gorgeous ♡

  7. It is always good pause, take time to reflect give everything a fresh start for better results. Hopefully you get a good planner, I have been indecisive about it too and almost lost january to it!

  8. Beth says:

    Everything in my house feels so empty after the holidays. But, with your encouragement, I’m going to flip the script and think of it as a small rest and time for reflection within the spaces. Love this approach!

  9. Hi kathy- I’m already ready to start injecting a bit of something into my decor. It doesn’t take long. Lol. xo- mj

  10. Hi kathleen! Happy new year. I’m excited to share so much in 2018. xo- mj

  11. Hi Emily! Welcome to my blog. Thanks for the invitation. I’m going to look up your group on fb. Thanks for stopping by. xo- mj

  12. Thanks Jasmin! I really appreciate you stopping by & leaving your sweet comment. xo- mj

  13. Hi Jann- how am i not surprised we have the same santos doll? Lol. I’m ready to start tweaking and adding slowly. xo- mj

  14. Thanks Louann- yes deep breaths and a step back from everything reenergizes me. Thanks for stopping by. xo- mj

  15. Hi Kanishka- finally just got a planner at target so wouldn’t spend too much energy on it. It’s working great and didn’t spend a fortune which did not want to do. good luck in your quest. xo- mj

  16. Hi Beth. So happy to hear that this post helped you in a little, simple way. Thanks for stopping by. xo- mj

  17. Sabine says:

    You have a beautiful home. Pausing at times can be so healing. Lovely to have a home where you’re able to do so!

  18. Amber says:

    Beautiful post and I agree with your sentiments shared. Love the green bottles. I hope you will share tomorrow at Thursday Favorite Things!

  19. I feel as though I’m in a huge decorating rut. After all of the holiday decorations come down it’s like, “now what”. Other than tablescapes I’ve done little decorating and I’m enjoying the pause. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  20. Katja says:

    I love all your pieces – I’m not much of a minimalist, more like a hoarder so maybe I need to take example from you.
    Katja xxx

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