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SHADES OF WHITE...


Elegant french chairs wearing a chippy finish
and beautiful floral needlepoint ...
with a tiny white feather tree, nestled into a bucket
sitting quietly atop a stack of faded and worn vintage suitcases...


Simple & Charming.
Mixed with elegant and pretty.


Have you heard the song
'Shades of White'
played on the piano by Jim Brickman?



His music is soo beautiful.
Lovely & perfect for quiet moments.


Sunday morning
I awoke to the sound of pouring rain battering the rooftop
and the outside world.
It was dark yet,
with just a bit of light coming in through
the french doors in my bedroom.


I put on my slippers and warm comfy robe
& turned on each of the Christmas trees
waking a few rooms in the house.

Then I poured myself a cup of coffee
and turned on some Holiday music
before cozying into my favorite fireside chair.


As I sipped my coffee,
the world was so quiet...
so calm, so peaceful and serene...

Just the sounds of the rain tapping on the roof
& the glow of the lights from the tree
and a little Brickman playing softly in the background.

It was almost magical...


Simple & Charming
mixed with elegant & pretty.

What a delightful way to start the day.

Happy Monday Everyone!

*Technical issues this morning! - I apologize for having to delete and repost.
I appreciate the comments from those of you who have already stopped by - even though they are not appearing any more



The House in the Roses

22 comments

  1. What a pleasant surprise! The music complements the post very well. I am glad you had such a peaceful and relaxing Sunday, Courtney!

    Christmas Blessings!
    Ricki Jill

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  2. "Shades of White" made me feel as though I was sitting there sharing a cup of tea with you as the rain gently brushed the rooftop. I say keep it. I can always hit 'mute' if it happens to be inappropriate for the moment. Thanks for sharing your lovely vignette. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

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  3. Ohhh, that sounds like such a wonderfully relaxing and serene morning. I can just imagine the sound of the rain and the pretty glow from the Christmas lights. Best wishes ♥

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  4. Hi and Merry Christmas! First, Jim Brickman is my very favorite piano player. I have 3 of CDs, as well as 2 piano books by him (I play, too, and love to copy his style.) What is the name of the album with "Shades of White" in it? Second, I love, love, love that setting. Sooooo beautiful! Linda

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  5. What a beautiful Sunday morning you had! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Your morning sounded like paradise to me. The music was a nice addition to the post. I've had the same debate, music/no music. I finally put it on my side bar and give readers the option of turning it on it they want it. However, I'm not sure how many readers actually take the time to look at the side bar each time they visit. Oh well, it's there if anyone wants it.
    Best,
    Susan

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  7. So Charming! It all so very beautiful together.

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  8. Hello,

    Lovely photos accompanied by wonderful music and a very calming and soothing write up which is inspiring and thought provoking.

    Wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year.
    Joseph

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  9. So beautiful! It makes me want to curl up with some hot cocoa and a blanket--my favorite down comforter! I've spent all day trying to find your blog again to thank you for featuring me! I've added your stickers to my site and will give you a shout out here in a day or so! I've got tons more Christmas to feature, too! Tick tick tick...I think I hear the clock running out! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Hi Courtney! This was an absolutely beautiful post...almost poetic. I wake up to rain almost every morning and there is nothing like hearing that and knowing that you are snug and safe in your home and slowly turning all those Christmas lights while the house is still quiet. It is such a calming way to start the day and you captured that perfectly with your words and gorgeous pictures! :-)
    Vanessa

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  11. Courtney, Beautiful pictures and music. The first thing I do each morning is plug in the tree and lights on the mantel. There is something magical about starting your day this way.
    hugs,
    Sherry

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  12. I usually don't care for music while I am trying to read but this music featuring the piano was a beautiful complement to your lovely "Shades of White" Thank you for sharing

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  13. Beautiful music...beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Beautiful blog~I am a new follower and look forward to more lovely decor tips!!

    Stop by and say hello
    Merry Christmas

    Jamie~your Innkeeper
    Applesauce Inn B&B

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  15. HELLO COURTNEY,

    OK YOU JUST PUT ME IN THE MOOD FOR SOFT MUSIC AND A NICE CUP OF COFFEE AND RELAXING, AFTER ALL THE SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS, IM READY FOR SOME QUIET TIME JUST FOR ME :)

    YOUR HOME LOOKS WARM AND INVITING!!! JUST BEAUTIFUL :)

    WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS :)
    XO~MARI

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  16. Oh my, I just did a post about how much I love white!

    I love how you edited your photos here. So soft and pretty. And I LOVE the white Christmas tree!

    Kelly

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  17. What a beautifully inspirational way to begin your day, Courtney. :) I love JB's music. It's so relaxing to listen to....I can just imagine it combined with the patter of rain on your roof. Sweet sweet morning sounds....May your Christmas be brimming with love and joy --- and a little snow instead of rain. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  18. Courtney, beautiful images, so lovely and calming!

    Come and enter my Giveaway from My Sparrow, you will love it!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  19. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  20. I love your stack of suitcases. Especially the red striped one! The chairs are so pretty too. What a great spot to cozy up in.

    Merry Christmas to you!

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  21. Hi, Courtney!
    Just wanted to thank you for coming over to my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Glad you enjoyed the chalkboard tree!
    Lovely photos - lovely space you have here! I adore the vintage suitcases.

    Merry Christmas to you...and I look forward to connecting more in 2011!
    Kelly

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