“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel
As much as I love the twinkling lights of Christmas, I do crave the simplicity and calm that takes over once it all gets packed away. In some way, I always look forward to the days right after the season – when the house seems kind of bare and open.
When everything feels like a fresh start.
Each room a clean slate.
So many projects and possibilities start flooding my brain during these first few weeks of the new year – and although I know we’re not likely to finish every single one, it’s still exciting to think about.
I seem to follow the same post-holiday decorating pattern year after year: a lot of the wall décor that came down to make way for Christmas doesn’t go back up, many surfaces are left naked except for maybe a stack of books and a candle or two, and festive pillows and throws are replaced with those in neutral shades like chocolate brown, white and ivory.
Because I’m doing my best to declutter and get stuff out of the house rather than bring stuff in – I tried my best to dig through my current collections and use things I already had. Not an easy task for a girl who likes to shop. 🙂
I kept things feeling cozy in the living room by layering textures on the sofa…
Having lots of candlelight sprinkled throughout…
And mixing old things with new things…
Some may find this lack of color and sparse decorating boring – but to me, this is cozy.
This is comfort.
This is home.
I love it all so much I may keep it this way forever.
Well…at least through…say…the weekend? 😉
Have a wonderful weekend, friends! 🙂
Sectional, Faux Fur Throw, Button Pillows, Brown Tweed Pillow, Fur Trimmed Pillow, Knit Pillow, Striped Pillow, Glass and Iron Candleholders, Wood Beads – Pottery Barn
Chippy White Vase, Glass Lamp – Home Goods
Jute Rug – RugsUSA
Olive Bucket, Faux Fur Pillow, Birch Votive Holders – World Market
Floor Lamp – Target
Tin Wall Buckets – Magnolia Market
White Flower Branches – West Elm
As always, if there is something you see that I didn’t address – feel free to ask! 🙂