Just like a lot of people, my home always feels stark, bare and not so cozy after all of my Christmas decorations are taken down. Also, like a lot of people, my decorating mojo is a bit on the low side this time of year. It’s almost like I spent all of my creative juices during the frenzy leading up to Christmas. My brain and my body need a break.
To combat the “cold bare naked house syndrome”, I’ve come up with a way to make my winter decorating easy peasy. A way that doesn’t take any time at all and one that doesn’t require me to come up with a lot of creative, outside of the box ideas. My secret weapon? A winter decorating recipe. I’ve found myself using the same elements year after year, so my recipe is basically the list of all the ingredients that I need to keep on hand to create a warm, cozy and inviting home that will carry us through the winter.
My home tells me that it feels best when I take nature into consideration when decorating this time of year. So, to come up with my recipe, I took a look at the outside world and made a mental note of what nature has on display during the winter. Depending upon where you live, your outside view might be different from mine, but here in central North Carolina I see evergreen trees, bare branches and wood, sometimes frost, snow or ice and mostly gray skies.
PATTERN, PATTERN EVERYWHERE
I love, love, love to mix patterns in my rooms! Not all patterns play well together, but if done correctly, I think that it adds so much interest and brings a room to life.
WOOD TONES AND BARE BRANCHES
I was able in incorporate several ingredients from my winter recipe when I decorated my fireplace for winter a couple of years ago. I have bare branches from the woods around our yard in large white containers and ginormous pinecones and a basket to bring in the wood tones.
CANDLESTICKS AND LANTERNS
Think outside of the box when it comes to using candlesticks and lanterns. They don’t have to be on a tabletop of some sort. In my winter dining room last year, I displayed candlesticks up on a vintage shelf. My diy hanging lanterns live in the room year round, but they fit right in with my winter recipe.
COZY BLANKETS AND PILLOWS
Decked out with a flannel pillow and furry throw, this spot in last year’s winter family room is just right for snuggling into with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa!
WHITE CANDLES AND EVERGREENS
Evergreen branches (real or faux) can be tucked in just about anywhere, but one of my favorite ways is to combine the two in a container of some kind. I think it took me all of five minutes to put this super easy centerpiece together for my breakfast room table.
The galvanized metal that I used on my winter breakfast room shelves last year made me think of the gray winter skies that seem to be so prevalent this time of year.