Friday, January 4, 2019

Transition your Decor from Christmas to Winter

I can't wait to decorate for Christmas.
And then when New Year's rolls around, I can't wait to put everything away
and start with a clean slate.
If that sounds like you too, here are some simple tips to help you
transition your decor from Christmas to Winter. 

Winter decor is all about natural materials such as antlers, 
pine cones, weathered woods, warm throws, berries and lots of white.


You don't need to start from scratch to give your home that cozy winter look.
All you need do is pack up the red bows, 
take down the holiday lights, and add a few wintry items.

Bottle brush trees and pine cones shift easily from Christmas to Winter. 


Let's start outside.

On your front door, you could take down the green and red Christmas wreath 
and substitute an all-white wreath like this one made of twigs.


Switch out the colorful ornaments and red ribbons in your front porch lanterns  
and insert plain white candles.
(Tip: Use battery-powered candles with a timer 
so you don't have to venture outside on cold nights).


Arrange some of your leftover tree branches in your garden urns 
and accessorize with a candle or a metal garden obelisk.


Moving inside.

The most notable Christmas decoration for most people is the Christmas tree.
Simply remove the lights and baubles and let the natural beauty of the tree
shine through. This works especially well if you have a tiny tree like we had.
I left the white bird and crystals on and moved the simple tree to my office.


Outdoor winter activities continue for months so why not use the sled, snowshoes, 
and ice skates that were featured for Christmas into the cold months ahead? 
Keep the look simple by removing any red bows or ribbons.


In the living room.

In my home, there's no better winter activity than curling up with a good book. 
Old books have wonderful covers and bindings that look welcoming all by themselves.

I had displayed all ironstone on this shelf but decided to gather
all of my old books together for impact and ambiance.
I admit I haven't read them but I'm drawn to their beautiful covers!


Weathered woods with an aged patina add warmth and texture to the living room.
 If you don't have a wooden coffee table, add a bowl of pine cones or antlers on your table.
Next to the fireplace, fill a large wooden crate or basket with firewood or aspen or birch logs.

Fluff up the chunky white or cream-colored throws on your sofa 
and change out the holiday throw pillows for plain linen ones.


In the dining room. 

On the dining table, substitute your colorful holiday centerpiece
with a plain long white tablecloth and a simple candle.


Raid your lovely white ironstone collection and create an unusual planter.
You might use a chamber pot holding a pretty plant or some wintry pine cones.


Try a wooden box or tray on your table filled with sparkling silver tea things.

Use a mirrored tray on your dining table and top it with a candelabra 
or a simple grouping of flickering white candles.

Of course, if you have anything dressed in chippy white paint, 
I'm betting you could find someplace to use it for a wintry farmhouse look.
I like this old window frame in my foyer and am leaving the foyer Christmas
decorations untouched as I love the French Country feel it exudes.


Last but not Least.

When transitioning Christmas to Winter, I removed toys, teddy bears and Christmas cards 
BUT
I just had to leave this little squirrel on display for winter.
I fell in love with his adorable sweet face, snazzy clothes and bushy tail.
I named him Willie. Can you guess what thrift store I found him in? 


Have fun transitioning from Christmas to Winter wherever you are!

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18 comments:

  1. Beautiful ideas! I always enjoy taking down the decorations except I never know what do put up.

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    1. Thanks Carol! And thank you for continuing to read my blog into the new year. Have a wonderful year. Hugs, Pat

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  2. I love everything but I will not put antlers in my decor!!! Husband has deer heads in his office and they are just fine in there!!! Love your blog....

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    1. Thanks Susan! Ha. Hey, antlers aren't for everyone. Glad Huggy enjoys them. I appreciate you reading my blog. Hugs, Pat

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  3. I really enjoyed the transition. I like the old books, the bottle brush trees, the sled and ice skates, and the candles on the porch. The first thing I thought of when I saw the table with the long white tablecloth is what a good time Annie and Bones would have with that. lol.
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    1. Thanks Jan! Yes, your cats would have a ball in my dining room. I hope you have a wonderful new year. Hugs, Pat

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful winter decorating tips. Your home looks fabulous.
    Liz

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    1. You're too sweet Liz! Thank you. And Happy New Year. Hugs, Pat

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  5. As usual you give everything so much thought and care. Your home looks nice and cozy for winter - love the books. We go all out for Christmas then after the holidays we go minimalist or back to normal. We like the clean, open, airy look and feel when all the trees and decorations come down.

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    1. As usual Ann, you are too kind. I really appreciate your sweet comments. Our rooms look so empty with most things put away; that's why I keep a few things up. I wish you a great new year. Hugs, Pat

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  6. I have been taking my time trying to see what i want to do with my spaces now, i have pinned some of your to help me, thanks so much, you have such a lovely home.

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    1. Thanks so much Marlene, and thanks for reading my blog into the new year. Hugs, Pat

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  7. I love everything you've done, both inside and out! White and neutrals are so soothing in the aftermath of Christmas:) xo Kathleen

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  8. Thank you Kathleen!Looking forward to your post on Grant's home. I wish you a wonderful new year. Hugs, Pat

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    1. The Grant House post is up now! And thanks for sharing this with Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

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  9. Looks great and we do that too. I love winter decor out for a few more weeks.

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  10. Loving your winter decor. I'm just getting my Christmas decorations taken down.

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  11. Cute Post---I just put everything away except for two strings of lights and some puffs of fake snow---so Happy New year!

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