If you read BHG magazine for winter decorating ideas you may have seen their cover story this month that stated… RELAX, RENEW, RESET. I thought it summed up perfectly what many of us are going through this first week of January.
I enjoy decorating my house for the holidays and making it festive, but I also enjoy the flip side, taking all the decorations down and getting a clean slate to refresh with a new look.
This is how my living room looked this morning. I left the basics of the room intact.
After the fall and then holiday decor, come January our homes can look pretty stark. Instead of looking at it as a bad thing or empty… I find it inspiring to just sit in the room and enjoy the blank slate. It helped me see what is needed to make it decorative with a winter twist. Getting the room refreshed is also helping me get back into my DIY mode after my holiday break so I can finish up the kitchen. I only have one section of the counter to paint and the makeover will be done. I will post it next week.
Even in its blank state, my living room has everything it needs in the way of function and comfort…aka...feeling at home. It is just missing the third part of the equation which of course is personal style… this is what I need to add and a few color pops.
I like decorating with white as a room base color. It enables me to easily change the color pops seasonally or on a whim. I also don’t want to spend any money or buy new stuff… so…
…on my quest for less, I shopped my house instead of buying anything new to decorate for winter. It is my favorite type of decorating… the “use what you have” method. It is fast, simple and allows you to transform a room with things you know you already like.
After some thought, I decided to go with a white on white scheme for the mantel… like a snowy winter day and show off a few of the pitchers in my white pitcher collection. In my previous house they were on display in my dining room hutch. I have the collection in my kitchen now.
I usually like to add a color pop or two of seasonal color to accent the white and used the “IT” color for 2017.
It is called Greenery.
After placing the pitchers and one large white vase on the mantel it was easy to be on trend…
…when all I had to do was go outside and cut a few clippings from the shrubs and trees in my yard. Placed in a pitcher or vase of water you get instant updated style!
I enjoy the process of puttering around the house to get things in order this time of year so much so that it doesn’t even seem like a chore, but a very enlightening process. Having a clean slate not only excites me, but puts a positive impact on everything else in my house and brain.
The wood log slice was previously used on my kitchen table where I used it as a candle holder for my Thanksgiving table setting. It provides some visual interest on the mantel and adds height to a pitcher.
Green and white…so fresh and clean….I am even diffusing lemon, orange, and peppermint essential oils so the room even smells fresh and clean.
Candles are my go-to staple all-year round, but I love them best on a wintery afternoon as the sun goes down.
As the room gets darker, the glow gets warmer and adds a relaxing ambiance to the room. I filled the basket on the hearth with pine cones I gathered from my yard.
A perfect way to start the new year, simple renewal that is relaxed and resets your mind so you can take on 2017 full-speed ahead.
Have you taken down your holiday decor yet? How did you refresh the space? Have any winter decorating ideas to share?
Use What You Have Winter Decorating Ideas and Tips:
- There are no rules.
- Take a stroll through your house with open eyes to gather up a few items.
- Remove all labels you have for your items. For instance, just because something was made for a bathroom, doesn’t mean it won’t look fabulous in your living room. Look around for objects that may look better placed elsewhere. A mirrored bathroom tray that holds toiletries, can take on a whole new look when it is placed on your coffee table and filled with candles.
- Use the items in a different way. For instance, a pitcher becomes a vase, a frame for a photo can be come a tray. A stack of books becomes a way to raise a short lamp. Think out of the box.
- Large scale: Move the furniture around to come up with a new arrangement
- Small scale: Move the lamp in your bedroom to a side table in your living room.
- Think big… Swap area rugs from room to room. Do the same with window treatments, and wall art.
Think of the process as simply moving items from room to room to give them a new life. You may end up liking them even better in their new place than where you originally had them.