It’s that weird time between Christmas and the New Year when I start getting excited to pack all the “stuff” away and go back to a simpler, more neutral decor, but at the same time I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. Traditionally, the Christmas decorations come down on New Year’s Day in our house – and it never fails that after a day of packing and cleaning and clearing away the holiday clutter the first words out of my mouth as I sit down to relax are “I miss my tree.”
There is just so much magic in a Christmas tree, don’t you agree?
That said, much like a new year full of promises and fresh starts, I love the feeling of space and possibility that fills the house once all the decorations are gone. I typically choose to let texture do the talking by layering light-hued cozy throws and pillows on the sofa, keeping plenty of candles sprinkled around the house, and allowing natural elements like birch bark, pine cones and weathered accents to fill the space in between.
I was doing what I like to call “window shopping” online last night, and rounded up a few things that caught my eye – sure to bring an extra dose of cozy to your home this winter.
Perfect if you have a decorative mantel, or a fireplace that is no longer functioning. I often think of doing this in the summer for a cozy atmosphere when it’s too warm to have a real fire burning in the house.
I love the cream color, chevron design and pom-pom detail of this pillow – the nubby texture and neutral color are perfect for winter. I couldn’t help but order one for myself.
Super soft and looks like it should cost way more than it does, this pillow is another perfect addition to your sofa.
You can’t have pretty pillows without a cozy throw blanket or two. I love the cable knit and fleece combo of this one.
BIRCH BARK CANDLEHOLDERS
I love the basic elegance of birch bark for winter months. I’m thinking I might need this votive holder trio on my coffee table this winter.
Benches are such a versatile furniture piece. Use them as a coffee table, at the foot of the bed, or for extra seating at the dining room table. The weathered wood/leather/nailhead combo of this one would be beautiful all year, but seems right at home for winter.
I think I need to invest in one of these wreaths. I feel like the color, texture, and simplicity can flow effortlessly from season to season – in addition to feeling right at home with winter decor.
Simple, bare branches tucked in a vase or glass jar add a natural element this time of year when other floral might feel like too much.
All that “shopping” has me even more excited to transition the house from Christmas to winter. What are some of your favorite elements to add a little coziness to your home during the colder months?