Do you struggle with what to do between the time you take down your holiday decor and springtime? Let me take you on a little winter tour of our cottage living room and kitchen, and give you some winter decor tips on how to keep warm and cozy during this time of transition.
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Welcome Winter Mini Blog Hop
I’m joining 10 other amazing bloggers today for our Welcome Winter Mini Blog Hop, hosted by my friend Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction. If you are hopping over from Kelly of The Tattered Pew, welcome! Doesn’t she have the best winter porch ideas? Make sure to visit the blogs linked at the bottom of this post for more inspired winter decor ideas.
For those of you that have not been here before, thank you for being here! I’m Kim. I live in a 100 year-old beach cottage in the beautiful PNW. For most of the year, you’ll find me in my cottage garden or greenhouse, overlooking the Puget Sound.
I have mixed emotions when it comes to taking down my holiday decor, and transitioning to winter decor.
On one hand, I struggle with saying goodbye to the festive Christmas holiday decor and feel like my house looks…how do I put it? BLAH and BORING!
On the other hand, I love getting rid of the clutter. This is such a great opportunity to get in there and deep clean and organize. My home hasn’t had a good cleaning since last spring. I was out in the garden all summer. Then we went straight into fall and Christmas decorating. I didn’t have time to clean. In fact, I barely had time to get all of that seasonal decor out on time!
A Warm & Cozy Winter Refresh
Maybe you already know my secret.
I’ve finally figured out how to decorate for Christmas, with the idea of repurposing some of my holiday decor, and leaving it up for the remainder of the winter season. My goal each January is to take away the true Christmas decor, such as red accessories, ornaments, Christmas pillows and anything else with glitter and glam. Oh, and anything that says CHRISTMAS on it.
Here are some of the “all winter” items I tend to leave out until springtime…
- Naked Christmas trees
- Any greenery, fresh or faux
- Candles & twinkle lights
- Neutral pillows
When purchasing decor items for Christmas, I try to keep in mind items that can be left out for the entire winter season.
My Favorite Winter Decor Tips for Creating a Warm & Cozy Ambiance
1. Winter Greenery and Natural Elements to Bring the Outdoors Inside
I keep a lot of my greenery from Christmas out and about for the entire winter season. Depending on my mood, I’ll refresh the pine tree branches from my yard, and add faux greenery to it for a bolder and full appearance. I tuck faux stems around vignettes as well.
If I’ve already deep cleaned a room however, I may tend to skip the fresh greenery altogether (it gets a bit messy), and stick with faux options only.
Christmas trees, now fully “naked”, are a great winter accessory. I kept some of my bottle brush trees out, as well as a few mini Christmas trees.
Cotton stems add so much winter charm to any room.
My pinecones definitely work overtime, and are used in vignettes and on my mantel from the end of September, for autumn, through the winter season. They create winter warmth for sure. Here you’ll see my faux eucalyptus and bay leaf garland, and faux pine branches for a cozy winter fireplace mantel.
Magnolia leaves are a beautiful type of greenery to keep up for the winter season. They can be added to garland or made into a beautiful winter wreath.
Eucalyptus is one of my favorite faux greens I use. I have faux eucalyptus garland, wreaths and stems throughout my home.
2. Create a Cozy Ambiance with Candles & Twinkle Lights
Just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean we have to give up that warm glow of a candle or some twinkle lights. I don’t know of any rules out there that say once we hit January, it’s time to pack them all up. Enjoy it as long as you can!
Nothing makes me happier than lighting a scented candle in the winter months. The Antique Candle Co. has all their fall and holiday seasonal candles on sale for 30% off while supplies last. They make me so happy!
I also love using battery-operated candles in almost every room. I love being able to leave them, even when I’m not in a room. They can be put under cloches, and around garland, without being a fire hazard.
3. Warm & Cozy Winter Mantel Refresh
My Christmas stockings and ornaments have all been packed up. Candlesticks, greenery and pinecones are what’s left on my fireplace mantel for the remaining winter season.
I absolutely love these vintage books from Jaysworld.
4. Adding Texture for Winter Warmth & Coziness
Adding a variety of textures to any space makes a home feel comfortable, cozy and “lived in”. I’m a huge believer in mixing several elements in the same space. Here are some of my favorites for winter…
- Chunky cable blankets, stitched pillows, and other accessories made of yarn
- Wicker furniture and baskets
- Woods such as dough bowls, vintage shutters and antique pieces
With the frigid winter temperatures outside, bundling up indoors is more important than ever. Ask puppy Ollie, he agrees!
Chunky cable blankets, stitched pillows, and other accessories made of yarn instantly create a warm and comforting abode.
My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm made the perfect 5-minute DIY sweater vases for the winter season. Aren’t they the cutest?
Wicker furniture, accents, and baskets not only warm up a room, but add texture and contrast.
Dough bowls, bread boards, and vintage shutters are just a few of the wood pieces I use for winter home decor.
5. Vintage Mixed with New
A few vintage pieces mixed in with newer decor add much needed character at a time of year when we really need it.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope that some of the winter decor tips and ideas I shared were helpful. Make sure to hop on over to my very talented friend Lora of Lora B. Create & Ponder to see her beautiful winter mantel decor. You won’t want to miss it! And be sure to visit my blogging friend’s posts at the end of this post to see all of their beautiful winter decorating inspiration!
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