Every time I walked into the room, I smiled. Every.single.time.
It didn’t hurt that the view was breathtaking and the company delightful… or that the food was “to die for” – but I smiled because I experienced the JOY of Simplicity.
Rather than filling the dining room at The Cliffs Preserve (Patagonia, Chile) with an overabundance of flowers and “expected” table decor, the staff practiced what is perhaps a tablescaper’s best kept secret: Restraint.
The decor was simple. Native Chilean crafts…
A single metal box… used differently each time I saw it.
The same decor used in different ways… and different places.
Beautiful “art” provided by the Master Artist himself… available to anyone willing to slow down and walk on the beach.
Roots, dried seaweed, and shells…
Never used the same way twice – or in the same location – my senses were delighted every time I laid eyes on these simple, beautiful objects. During this time of downsizing my life to upsize my faith, it was an affirming reminder to avoid the trap of accumulation. To slow down and look at the beauty all around me.
Now that I’m back home in Tennessee, this is no longer my view.
But soon this will be… and I plan to slow down long enough to enjoy it!
Have you experienced the JOY of Simplicity lately?
Many thanks to all of you who have sent Valentines for our girls in Brazil! If you still want to participate, it’s a “simple” project… and it’s not too late. Just click the link on the sidebar for all the details.
I’ll be back in a couple of days with the final chapter of our Old House Renovation Story.
Until then, I hope you have a “simply” wonderful weekend!