It has been a bit of a whirlwind of busy work after Christmas and New Years. The bathroom renovation in the little cottage has been eating up a lot of time every day- and my new nail polish kind of resembles Snow White tile grout.
Did I mention that the original design plan went from simple to complicated and a whole lot of ‘extra’ ? Yeah, I have a way of finding inspiration while in the middle of working on something. And the straight path becomes a bit more like a rambling path through the forest.
But the good news? It is ALMOST DONE. But all that time on that tiling meandering path combined with a face pounding sinus infection? I have been moving slower than usual and well, the house is looking like twinkling trees and holly jolly Christmas yet. I haven’t had time to get anything packed away yet. So that means- I am looking at Christmas as Winter Decor right now. I have repurposed holiday elements into winter many times- so it isn’t totally crazy over here.
In January I tend to share ways to warm up the house and decorate it for winter using what you have on hand- and that is exactly what I am talking about today.
The first look is so simple- it is using natural elements. I love pinecones and clippings for the holidays- and you can use those same things for winter decor.
Leave that pinecone wreath up and take away the glittery baubles for a fresh winter feeling. If you don’t have a wreath- a basket of pinecones or even just a few pinecones scattered on the nightstand or mantel will add the same feeling.
Leftover from Christmas stylings- leave a few strands of twinkle lights to the firebox, mantel or even on a side table. A perfect way to cozy up and create a bit of winter ambiance.
Greens on the mantel
The mantel can be one spot that feels especially bare after the holidays. Something I have done before is to pack away the Christmas elements- like the stockings, baubles, etc. and leave just the greens up and bring in a few flowers for a fresh look.
A similar idea to above- this eucalyptus wreath was fresh- and dried over the holiday season. I always have a hard time tossing green wreaths that dry so beautifully- so I leave them up and enjoy them year round.
Add Flowers to Holiday Greens
Those bundles of sprigs of pine and eucalyptus? You can grab them for song at the grocery store after the holidays. And just because those greens are generally ‘Christmas’ doesn’t mean you can’t use them for Winter decor.
I created this 20 Minute floral arrangement last year – and it is such a simple way to take those holiday clippings and greens and turn them into a fresh winter bouquet to warm up the house. You can read the full how to create this bouquet post HERE
Happy Winter Decorating all.