The Christmas decorations have all been stored away and the house is finally put back together. Jordan is recovering really well after his surgery and we have more or less returned to our normal routine.
The freezing cold temps have also returned outside, so I am looking forward to evenings spent snuggling in under a heavy blanket to catch up on some reading and maybe watch a movie or two. Especially now that things are feeling all clean and cozy around the house.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say I like that time right after Christmas when the house feels just a bit empty. It’s like everything gets a chance to breathe and allows for a new perspective on things.
I take a “less is more” approach to decorating for the most part anyway, but this is the time of year when I embrace it the most.
Calm neutral colors.
Soft soothing textures.
Simple understated accents.
I kept those basic ideas in mind as I was putting things back together this time around. And while I usually start with swapping out pillows on the couch to get my decorating juices flowing, I started with the mantel this year and let that guide me to how I wanted the rest of the room to look.
Cotton stems are so perfect for winter.
Ok, ok, so they’re perfect year round. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
I filled one of those metal buckets you’ve seen me use a gazillion times up here on this mantel with a bundle of stems and then framed it by layering an old empty frame on top of another old empty frame. 🙂
Empty frames are great for layering and adding dimension.
I’m still kind of making goo-goo eyes at those snow guards turned sconces from Christmas, so I left those up and topped them with a couple of flameless pillar candles. The timer is set so they turn on before I come home from work – the warm “candlelight” bouncing off the walls when I walk in the door is such a comforting welcome home every night.
A small stack of books balances out the opposite side and a few mercury glass votive holders round everything out and add a little shine.
Simple and cozy and perfect for winter.
I’ll be back with more winter decorating later this week. Have you been decorating for winter or are you still rocking a Christmas tree?
Have a great week friends. Stay warm! 🙂