Christmas has come and gone, and now it’s time to transition the house from Christmas to winter decor. In my opinion, out of all the seasonal transitions, this change is the easiest one to accomplish.
After taking down my holiday decorations, I always feel that there’s something missing. There’s no more clutter, no more glitz. It’s hard for me to adjust to the lack of color in my decor during this transition, but I do like how clean and fresh it feels!
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My winter decorating was pretty simple this year, only because I was not able to get around well. I was still recuperating from two foot surgeries, so I wasn’t able to do much. My main goal was to keep our beach cottage warm and cozy during these gloomy and cold winter months.
Declutter, Organize, Clean
This is the best time to declutter, organize and deep-clean your home. I am always amazed by how excited I am to decorate for Christmas, yet, I am just as motivated to take the same holiday decor down! It feels good to give my home a good cleaning and decluttering. I will admit, my home feels so bare and stark at this time of year, especially since I am so used to color.
Remove Anything That Screams Christmas
Packing up ornaments, nativities, and anything that screams holiday, is an important step when transitioning Christmas to winter decor. That includes anything with the traditional color red.
It’s All About Winter White Accessories and Greenery
Both faux and fresh touches of greenery were added throughout the house. I cut quite a bit of rosemary from my garden. It not only looked pretty, but smelt amazing. I also used faux olive and eucalyptus branches.
I’ll keep my bottle brush trees and mini Christmas trees out next winter, as it is the perfect transition to winter. I did end up taking them down after the holiday this year, and didn’t use them for the winter transition. But that was only because I wanted to make things easier for my hubby, since he was the one that was packing the Christmas decor up this year. Neutral and winter white color palettes are part of this winter decor charm.
Nothing Says Cozy Like Soft Lighting
I am known for using table and floor lamps, with warm bulbs, throughout the house rather than overhead lighting, for a more cozy feeling. Soften up up your space, and create a cozy feeling by placing candles throughout a room, and leaving some twinkle lights up through winter.
Neutral and Natural Accessories Add Texture
Quilts, chunky knit throws, decorative pillows and an area rug bring much needed texture this time of year. Natural touches, such as pine cones and birch logs add a natural element. Urns, scales, wood boxes, baskets and old vintage books are great winter decor pieces.
Copper, Woods and Greenery in the Kitchen
I kept my copper accessories in the kitchen for a winter transition. Wood boards and greenery are perfect accessories for winter.
It always feels like a fresh start once the transition from Christmas to winter is completed. It gives me a chance to start over and clean, organize and switch things around a bit. I hope it’s just as rewarding for you!
Wishing you a blessed and Happy New Year!