I’m one of those crazy people who decorate for Christmas November 1st, meaning my tree comes down pretty quickly after the “big day”. This year, my husband and I were determined and had everything put away by the evening of the 27th. Phew.
I always struggle with the post-Christmas-winter decor. Am I the only one? I love all the twinkling lights and richness of the golds, reds, silvers, greens, etc. Most years, I leave the reds up post-Christmas because it just adds warmth to the space (and since I live in Minnesota where it is currently -9 outside, I’ll take all the warmth I can get).
But this year I wanted to try something different. I put away all the reds, and I am going for “warmth” with textures and patterns instead. It may be because we are heading into a new year and I’m all about a clean, fresh start at the beginning of a year. Or it could also be a serious form of nesting now that I’m in my third trimester, wanting everything to feel clean and “in it’s place”.
Either way, the post-Christmas wintery look I’m going for is fresh and cozy.
It kind of seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? My biggest fear is that my home would feel sterile and cold. But once I started decorating and rearranging, I’m kind of loving how clean, open and simple it all feels.
I stick to the same color palette and look throughout the whole main level of my house, which this season, is very neutral. I have kept pops of green, but I’ve tried to stay away from anything too “springy”. I have lots of cozy fabrics like faux fur, cable knit and subtle pops of silver and gold accents to help keep this look “wintery”.
A tip if you’re looking to update your throw pillows: run to your nearest HomeGoods right away! All their winter throws are on major sale, I bought a few for $12 each (originally $29+).
Another inexpensive alternative is to buy pillow covers. I’ve linked to a few under $15 here:
I have to admit there is something freeing about this clean, bright look. I’m starting to believe that less decor may actually be more!
This entryway table is from Kirklands and I love it! I knew I wanted something this style, but didn’t want to break the bank buying it knowing it isn’t necessarily what I would consider a “timeless” look. Kirklands is a great spot to pick up trendy items for a reasonable price, and they always (I mean always) have coupons available (check out their app, too).
I didn’t pack away any of my pine cones, wintery greens or cotton ball decorations because they help to keep the house from looking too spring-like and add texture to keep it feeling cozy.
This console table is my favorite one in the house. My husband and father-in-law built it for us from wood found on their family farm. It’s in the main hallway of our house, and I love sharing the story behind it when people visit. For this table, I’ve kept the wintery greens again, and chosen all neutral accents for this table (I really just switch out candles and greenery on this table every season to keep things simple).
There you have it! This is how I’m attempting to have a fresh and cozy look this post-Christmas winter. Happy bringing in 2018 by organizing Christmas decor, I promise that, once complete, it feels so good to be done!