Sunday, January 4, 2015

Welcome a New Year and New Beginnings!

This time of year always has me ready for a fresh start. With the temps cold and wintry, I love to begin changing things around inside the house and I've been reading in your blog posts you are doing the same. The Christmas decor is put away and it is the perfect time to rearrange the rooms and rethink our spaces.

I am loving a less is more style with a clean minimal look.  
LJ brought me roses on my mother's birthday the 3rd of Jan. 
She would have been 89 years old. I miss her terribly and she would have loved these roses too.  
They add a bit of color to the room and the gloomy grey days we are having here in Texas. 
The color is so pretty in a coral red with tips a darker shade of the red.



These winter roses brighten a new wall display (more about this later) 
of vintage plates in brown and black.


To start my redesign, I found a book case to add to my sitting room. 
I normally use what I can find by shopping the house, but in this case, I have needed to find a piece like this for a long time.  
It was a great find on sale 30 percent off at Hobby Lobby plus I found a small scratch on it and so the manager reduced the price even more. SCORE!! 
I never pay full price for anything if I can do better and this was my find of the new year.
 It gave the room an anchor and the black finish ties in for a nice flow to the dining room and kitchen which also has black pieces.


Two deep drawers at the bottom can hold plenty of storage and the shelves are all adjustable.
I plan to change the drawer knobs when I find something unique in my junkin travels.
The black finish is distressed with a soft bit of reddish brown showing through. 
So with the new start to the year, I feel blessed this new season and look forward to 
a year of inspiration found on my travels junkin and thriftin.

I've placed my decorating books to inspire close by ~ and
I look forward to shopping  flea markets~

and celebrating the miracle of each day!

I have no resolutions made to bring pressure,
 just thoughts and new goals to try and accomplish as the year goes along.
2014 was a challenging year although laced with many blessings to be so thankful for.
The year ended with a good selling season and now filling the shelves in my etsy shoppe is on the agenda for winter and spring. The joy of creating will continue! 
GOD is so GOOD!!
There will be blog posts to write, ideas to share and life to live to the fullest with my family and friends.
Yes~ Lord Willing, a new year and new beginnings for 2015!

Hope to see you along the way, and till then, make it a great first week of the month.

Oh and Downton Abbey Premiers tonight in it's new season ~~~ are you ready???

Blessings Be Yours!
Celestina Marie

56 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really glad you ended the year well. :) lovely roses to remember your mother by...

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Celeste,
Ohhhhh so Ready for Downton Abbey tonight. Wooo Hoo! Making some small appetizers to start the new season off tonight. Love the pretty roses they do make a gloomy day much brighter. Happy start to the new season tonight enjoy.
Kris

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful roses in memory of your mother, so kind. Happy New Year!

Susan Newbigging said...

What a thoughtful hubbie to bring you roses in memory of your mama. Can not wait to see your changes Celeste. I love the bookcase.
I am making some changes in vignettes. Nothing major. I usually wait until spring to do over alls.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

hello sweet Celeste,
Your roses are lovely, not only in their beauty but in meaning. I too once Christmas is put away for another year embrace the minimalist mindset. I refuse/fight/hold off to bringing back the decor that was removed to make space for the Ho Ho Ho/Fa la la.
I too have many changes planned for 2015 to our row-home, many design changes that require work and time. Soooo very excited ...
But first this determined Virgo must rid myself of Bronchitis after flu. In about a week, check my blog I promise a 2nd year of thought provoking, enjoyable posts.
Celeste thank you for doing what you do best - warming our hearts and making us love and adore you.
Xoxo,
Vera

Shelia said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, what gorgeous roses and you got a lovely bookshelf too! I'm so thankful for the new year, new start and new ideas. At church today our pastor said he didn't make New Year's resolutions but thought God would want us to start fresh each day. I really liked that and I'm going to try to live that way too. Now I need you to come over and help me decorate after the holidays.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear Celeste... everything looks just beautiful and I love your roses, and know your mama does too... also love your positive attitude always, good things ahead and abundant blessings... your stack of books looks inviting and I also love your magnifying glass... enjoy these quiet January days... xoxo... Julie Marie PS I think I must be the only lady in blogland who does not watch Downton Abbey!... just could not get into it... xoxo... Julie Marie

Shirley said...

I am trying to catch up with some more of my blogging friends today. Your roses are beautiful and would make this cold day be special. We have some ice and snow so I haven't ventured outside the house. I am glad the holidays are over and hoping to get back to normal whatever that is. So far both hubby and I have escaped the flu bug. I hope you do to. Happy New Year. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Alessandra said...

Your roses are just gorgeous especailly for the sweet memory of your mother. I' m very glad you ended the year weel.I lve your books, very romantic and ispiring.
Kisses
Alessandra

Julie C said...

I love those roses and the book shelf is pretty. I can't wait for Downton to start tonight! Have a lovely week.
Julie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It sounds like you are off to a great start to the new year, Celeste! I just put my Christmas decorations away yesterday and now I am letting (hoping) inspiration comes to me as I decorate these empty spots now. I also want to shop the house as I plan on going through cabinets to get rid of things I don't use anymore.

Melissa Bishop said...

Your new decor items look great! A fresh start for a new year.

Stephanie said...

Good evening, sweet Celeste! Your roses are simply beautiful as are their meaning...

Your new shelf is perfect and lovely and the plates... I am in love with them :)

Enjoy this week, dear friend! Hugs to you!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

What a wonderful piece of furniture! I am looking forward to Downton Abbey tonight as well. Happy New Year!

Donna said...

What a sweetheart Larry is to bring you the beautiful roses in remembrance of you dear mom. Your mom would be so proud of you:) What a great find your bookcase was, sounds like a real deal! Wishing you a wonderful 2015!

Debbie Harris said...

Celestina, it is always a pleasure to stop in for a visit here with you. Your place is warm, cozy and ever so beautiful.

Your roses are exquisitely beautiful! Those tips are amazing. They are sure to grace your heart with lovely memories of your dear mother.
It looks like you did quite well at Hobby Lobby. :)
I was just going through some of my books looking for one in particular and do I ever need a new book case of some sort. I just don't have the extra room for one.

Sounds like you have a beautiful year planned ahead of you.
I too love the newness of the beginning New Year looking ahead to changes that need to be made in so many areas of life.

May you have a blessed week.
Debbie

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh I love those pretty plates on your wall and the roses are beautiful!! Have a great week Celeste!

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, my dear friend,
what a lovely post, so wonderful roses to remember your dear Mother ....Glad you ended the old year well and you had a good start into the New Year!
Now I am looking forward to your Fleamarktvisits, what things you can find there and to many wonderful posts from you!
Have a good start into a wonderful new week!
Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Createology said...

So sweet to receive lovely roses in honor of your mother's birthday. Your home is always such a lovely and peaceful place. Here's to fresh new beginnings with Blessings and Peace and Joy for all of 2015...

Valerie-Jael said...

Really beautiful post, love everything you make. Hugs, Valerie

lynn said...

love the new cabinet, celeste! the roses are a darling sentiment--wishing you and heathly, happy 2015!

Sola Scriptura said...

The roses were such a thoughtful gift. They are a beautiful way to honour your mother.

Your new shelf is just lovely! The way you displayed the items on it looks amazing.

Those vintage plates look like they have much detail and are works of art worthy to be displayed. I love how they look!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest celeste, I need to find a more efficient way to receive your wonderful posts other than email..they come too late! I am back at work and like you, have put away all of my christmas decor and am lovkng the minkmalist look with just the right amount of decoration and color. You scored indeed with your bookshelf!
Wishing you a faboulous january 5th! Anita

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Celeste, this is a lovely post! I agree that resolutions can add undue pressure. I do have goals, but don't pile them on at the beginning of the year. Your home is so serene! It's beauty is so inviting! The roses are gorgeous and I know they are so special! Your Mother would be so proud of you! You have many gifts sweet friend, painting, decorating, writing and making people feel special! Sending many blessing your way!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Your new bookcase is perfect Celeste! Definitely worth waiting for. I love your plate wall and the flowers are gorgeous! I've never seen Downton Abbey. I need to get the first season and watch it this winter I guess...
I didn't make any huge resolutions either...
Have a great New Year friend!

Nancy said...

Good Morning Celeste, Your Roses are Gorgeous!! Such a wonderful Gift! You sound ready to tackle the New Year, doesn't that feel good? After 2 years of living here and seeing what we need and what we don't I am going room by room and pitching, donating and putting away for our annual Garage Sale here. We live in a wonderful gated community with wonderful people but very upscale and snobby rules...wink..
Have a Wonderful Day Celeste!!
Huggs, Nancy

1CardCreator said...

You are blessed to have such a thoughtful husband, the roses are beautiful. Love the new book case too, looks perfect in your home. ~Diane

Heaven's Walk said...

Great find, Celeste! It looks beautiful with all of your sweet treasures displayed on it. :) Yes, the new year brings the urge to declutter and simplify, doesn't it? I'll be doing the same here...as soon as I can kick this cold to the curb. lol Have a wonderful week!!

xoxo laurie

Okio B Designs said...

Happy new year!!!!

Jeanine

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

What a perfect cabinet to find! It would go nicely with my plate rack. :-) Love the beautiful roses and the sentiment attached. They are a beautiful vibrant color and I agree they are a welcome sight during the gloomy winter days. My niece was born Jan. 3rd! I make no resolutions either at least not openly. No sense in setting yourself up for disappointment!

Pyrex Passion said...

I hope you had a lovely holiday season. All the best to you.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Dear Celestina, I love the way you are thinking and I hope to be taking a page out of your book and doing the same. This point in life things are moving way tooooo fast and I plan to enjoy all that the new year has to offer (without any complaining!!) We taped DA last night and watched Celebrity Apprentice hoping that I wouldn't fall asleep during. Jerry is running errands and will be returning with a carmel latte and we will sit down and watch DA without any interruptions..Happy Monday..Judy

Jan Tanis said...

I'm loving that black shelving unit you found - what a bargain! And I can't wait to see all the pretties you're stocking your shop with.

Hugs,
Jan

Angélica D said...

Hi celestina !! Que lindas rosas !!
Espero que tengas un bendecido comienzo de semana
Cariños

Linda Walker said...

Celestina, your decorating changes look so lovely. Isn't it amazing how flowers can add so much to a space? Love that little bookcase too!

Though I do have some resolutions of my own for the year, they are more or less easily attainable goals and I am all about low pressure. I hope 2015 brings you only the best my friend!
XO
Linda
mysewwhatblog

chateau chic said...

It's a lovely tradition for your husband to give you flowers on your mother's birthday...wonderful way to remember her.
You scored a great bookcase...one can never have too much storage or display space!
Happy New Year,
Mary Alice

LJS said...

Celestina, Miss your Mom and appreciate your kindred spirit and message. Great Post!
LJ

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The roses are gorgeous and how thoughtful of your hubby to grace you with them....My mom is 89 and I treasure the time I spend with her...I know your mom would have loved those roses too....Looks and sounds like you have a great plan ahead for 2015..and I love your inspiration books!...they inspire me too....Love the bookcase and the beautiful way you styled it!
Here's to a great 2015!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the bookcase from Hobby Lobby...it looks great!! I love Hobby Lobby...and it is only about 15 minutes from my house. Not sure if that is a good thing or not...LOL... Beautiful flowers!!
Winter is here for sure...it was only 11 degrees today and we are getting 6 inches of snow tonight. I recorded Downton Abbey and will be watching it tomorrow...not going out anywhere with all that snow!!
hugs,
Cindy

Rose L said...

It IS so great to find a deal!! The roses are lovely and such a kind and loving gift.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How thoughtful of your husband to buy you roses in memory of your mother! They are beautiful as is your plate wall. I think we're all in the mood to declutter and rearrange after the holidays. I'm glad you had a good year in sales and I hope 2015 brings more of the same!
Vickie

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Good morning Celeste!

Your new find is so perfect to display some of your treasures. What a nice addition! And what a sweet bouquet of roses from your wonderful guy. We are truly blessed!

I've been trying to purge some things that I NEVER use this "new year"... a never ending challenge it seems. We like to pass things on to the National Kidney Foundation for a new life of recycling and reusing. Someones trash is always another persons treasure! Heaven knows I've adopted plenty of "treasures" myself!!

Lots of love to you and your sweet guy! Edie

Algodão Tão Doce said...


A grandeza dos amigos são como as flores raras: sua magnitude fica para sempre.
(Cristina Beloni)
Obrigada por compartilhar comigo este 2º aniversário do blog Algodão Tão Doce !!!!
Um doce abraço, Marie.

Stacey said...

Your sitting area is going to be just perfect. Love your shelf from Hobby Lobby and the books too. The roses in remembrance of your mom are just beautiful.

Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment about my master bedroom changes. :)

Oh, we had a beautiful sunny day here in the Dallas area. Hope you did too.

Happy New Year!

Stacey

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

The roses are gorgeous! Love the color. Love your shelf...how fun. I think we are all re-tweaking. It feels good to have the Christmas decor put away. I have been busy cleaning and tweaking things myself.

xo

Debbie said...

Such lovely roses, Celestina!
The shelf unit is perfect, and your pieces look great on it.
Those plates you hung on the wall are beautiful!! I love transferware.
I really enjoyed this post about the new year. Your outlook inspires me.
Debbie
xo

living from glory to glory said...

Wonderful to see that getting our rooms changed around and adding a little new table or a classy shelf can make a room seem remade and enough of a change to inspire some rearranging of our little treasures. But I also have moved many of my nick-knacks off table tops and keeping things clean and simple.
Also, I have made lovely vintage tabletop scarfs for my end tables to to have to see all the dust!
Happy New Year and may this be a prosperous year for you!
Blessings, Roxy

Blondie's Journal said...

You are off to a wonderful start of the new year, Celeste, resolutions or not! Sometimes after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we want our homes and decor to reflect simplicity and quiet time.

I really love your bookcase, I often admire the furniture at Hobby Lobby. Hurray for getting a discount. Did you look at knobs there? I recently found some for my bathroom vanity and mirror/chest. Nice and heavy.

The roses are lovely, a wonderful way to remind you of your mother.

Thank you for such a kind comment today. I look forward to our continued friendship in 2015!

Jane x

suziqu's thread works said...

Happy New Year Celeste!
You make us feel so invited into your home when I visit here sharing your changes and new acquisitions.
That bunch of roses bought by your husband in memory of your mother is just the sweetest act of kindness and it would mean so much to me also! I adore roses so very much!

Love that little basket of spools on one of the shelves of your new black cabinet - gorgeous!

I am sure you will gain so much inspiration from your new French style books - they look fab.

Wishing you many small blessings throughout the New Year!
x Suzy

Crissi said...

The beautiful roses bring light into the dark season!
Hug and all the best
Crissi

Creations By Cindy said...

I love all the decor changes. The roses are so pretty. I pray that you and yours has a very blessed New Year! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Deborah Montgomery said...

The roses are a beautiful reminder of your dear mother. They are so lovely.
Today I am beginning to take down Christmas. It will take a few days, and I am looking forward to cleaning things up, and making a fresh start, too.
Your bookcase is perfect for your house. I'm looking forward to seeing all the inspiration you'll be bringing us in 2015! I actually got inspired by your plate arrangement just now. Mine has been the same for years (I switch out the plates, but the nails have been in the same place.) So now I'm rearranging :)
Blessings to you, Celeste. xo Deborah

Red Rose Alley said...

Celestina, I saw your roses on my blog, and had to come over and see. They are gorgeous, and such a pretty color. I love your black "blessed" pillow. You know, I've always had the thought of less is more when decorating, and it suits me. Your mom would have loved the roses. I know you miss her so.

Wishing you a sparkling new year, and look forward to more of your charming posts this year.

love,
~Sheri

Little Miss Maggie said...

We have the same taste in Decorating books. I think I have every one you shared in your post. The book shelf was a great score to start your year off. Happy new year.

Ginny said...

Love your new bookcase. I am still looking for a small buffet to put my Christmas china in so i do not have to drag two boxes of it up two flights of stairs! I am de-cluttering also. I guess the older I get the less "stuff" I want around. Your arrangements on the shelf are wonderful! You work with such imagination and you have the knack for proper placement.
I heard you guy had an earthquake between Dallas and Fort Worth? Did you feel it? So it is -15 below wind chill right now and getting colder. Hurry Spring! Happy new beginnings to you!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Those roses are gorgeous, and what a kind thing for him to do for you. Celeste, I feel like I've seen that silhouette plate before, and I think I recall that you painted it. I LOVE that plate. Of course, you know I love your pretty vintage plates hung on the wall, and what a great shelf you found. Your photos are always so romantic looking.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..