“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home.”
-Edith Sitwell “Taken care of”
The holidays are over. You’ve packed away the ornaments, trees, and reindeer art that your children lovingly made, and maybe going back to the décor you had up before the holidays just doesn’t feel quite right.
We’re not in the bright colors and florals of spring but past the red and green and twinkling lights; decorating for the winter season can feel tricky for some.
Well, I’m here to help!
Here are a few tips to transition from holiday décor to the winter season.
One of my favorite things to do at the start of the new year is to get my home organized! This is the time for fresh starts and goals and organized pantries.
This applies to décor too. I love a clean and simple look for the winter. Taking down all the Santas and garland can make your home feel bare, but let me encourage you to lean into it and embrace the simpleness of the winter season.
Less is always more, in my opinion. So carefully pack away your nativity scenes and red décor but also consider pieces from before the holiday season. If you no longer love it, this is a great time to donate or sell. Start the new year with a clean slate with only items that have a perfect spot and bring you joy.
Neutral and Calm
To me, winter represents a season of rest and sanctuary. The colder weather has us inside more, life is slower and our view from the windows is of bare trees and grass gone brown. I find such beauty in the sleepiness of nature and though I look forward to the promise of spring, I’m thankful for the blank canvas outside too.
I like to bring this into my home when decorating in the winter.
Simple white vases, textured pottery, muted colors and thick white blankets provide the blank canvas to your home for this winter season.
I can’t help but feel calm and peaceful surrounded by it all.
Winter neutrals, evergreens and citrus
Pinecones, pampas grass, oranges, and winter white florals; these are a few of my favorite things. I use them among my holiday decorations and leave out for the entire winter season.
Incorporating nature into my décor is something I do throughout the year, and winter is no different. It’s a great way to add texture, dimension and color.
Maybe it’s the Florida girl in me, but oranges are one of my favorite things about this season. It’s a perfect snack for my kids and a beautiful pop of color in the home. Fill a bowl with oranges, a vase with orange blossoms, hang a garland made of dried oranges, or even art on the walls. It will bring happiness and warmth to this cold time of year.
Cozy and Warm
It’s snuggle weather, so snuggle up!
Oversized blankets and pillows and layers of textures make a home feel warm and inviting. I also love throwing extra blankets and thermal sheets on my bed to stay warm on those extra chilly nights. Sadly, I don’t have a fireplace in my home, but if I did, I’d set up the perfect nook with a comfy chair and cozy blanket to enjoy a good book and hot coffee.
My friends, embrace this season we’re in, and enjoy the gifts it brings to us. May your home be a haven and these tips help you make it so.