Easily transition to winter decor after Christmas with these 5 simple tips.
Today is all about adding winter decor to your home once all the holiday decorations are put away.
The time right after Christmas is always the hardest time for me to decorate my home. Once all the Christmas decorations are put away, everything seems so empty.But, I will say it is a nice refresh! This is the time when I take stock of what is displayed on my shelves, or even what art is hanging on the wall.
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When I downsized to a townhouse after my youngest left for college, I was inspired by Marie Kondo’s Konmari method of only keeping out what truly brings you joy.
I had collected so much “stuff” over the years, and it was really taking over my home. Of course, I kept all the truly sentimental things.
But I had to let go of the clutter. It really is very freeing. If you haven’t read her book yet, I highly recommend it.
After Christmas is the best time to “take stock” and minimize the clutter.
Here are some tips to transition to winter decor:
Bring in the cozy factor with pillows and throws
One of the easiest ways to add that cozy factor is with pillows and throws. I will admit to having a slight addiction to warm cozy throws and pillows.
In my defense, I DIY the pillows to keep costs down. Also, one tip I’ve learned over the years to save on storing pillows is to have double-sided pillows.
For example, this pillow is Christmas on one side, and everyday on the other:
You can see pretty DIY farmhouse stenciled pillows here with a favorite pompom throw on my “mom chair”:
If you are new to making your own pillows, there are so many simple options to make your own.
For example, you can actually buy a pillow kit complete with everything you need to stencil a gorgeous pillow:
I’ve talked before about how I can’t sew, but hope to learn someday. It’s never too late, right? But that doesn’t stop me from fabric crafts.
Several years ago I started making no-sew pillows from canvas bags. It’s a great work around if you don’t sew.
This deer pompom pillow is one of my favorites, and it is double-sided so you can flip it over if you tire of the deer:
My daughter and I like to have movie nights and we both like to curl up with a cozy throw. We both love the faux fur blankets and have found some really good deals at the after Christmas sales.
Check out TJ Maxx or Home Goods for gorgeous throws for a great price. Here are some great options on Amazon:
Is there anything cozier then snuggling up by the fire (if you have one), on the couch with a comfy pillow and throw, watching a good movie with a glass of wine, or hot drink?
Bring in natural elements
Snip some fresh pine from your yard if possible, or repurpose snowy pine trees from Christmas. They look right at home all season long.
Pine cones are another inexpensive idea to bring in nature, and they can be used in so many different ways. Add them to a pretty dough bowl with some fresh pine and you have an instant centerpiece.
Use wood slices to create a winter banner:
Winter decor candles and lights
If I am home for more than two hours, there is a candle burning. Candles and essential oils can really help you to relax and set a warm and welcoming feeling in a room.
I’ll always have a seasonal candle burning, like Pumpkin Spice for fall, Cedar for the holidays and currently I’m burning Home Sweet Home, which has a cinnamon scent to it.
To make the candle glow even more, add a DIY candle sleeve to it. It makes a luminary effect that is really cool.
Add twinkle lights to lanterns, or in clear vases, especially in the living room on the coffee table. It really is cozy at night and brings such ambience.
String lights look beautiful in olive buckets, especially paired with fresh pine and pine cones.
Winter decor wall art and wreaths
One of the first things I do for any season is change out the wreath on my front door. So take down that Christmas wreath and update it with a simple DIY winter embroidery hoop wreath.
Or you may want to try one of these easy to make winter wreaths.
If you have a mantel, that is another great place to decorate for each season. You can repurpose some items from Christmas too.
Bottle brush trees and cone trees can be used all season. Plus, you can usually find them on clearance too!
You can see how bottle brush trees really make this winter mantel. Don’t forget to decorate the hearth too. Can you believe I found that old speedway sled for $5 at a thrift store?
When the outside looks like this:
why not bring it inside with a super fun snowman themed winter mantel:
Add inexpensive winter wall art if it’s in the budget. You can find some pretty pieces at craft stores with a coupon!
Add warm and cozy touches to the bedroom
Don’t forget the bedroom! Please tell me I’m not the only one who looks forward to bringing out the flannel sheets for winter?
I swear they get softer the more you wash them. Flannel sheets are another item that you can find after Christmas on clearance.
The stores will usually mark down sheets that they consider Christmas, but they work just as well for winter.
I bought a pair of snowflake sheets at Target for 50% off that are perfect for winter in New England!
Here are some great options:
Read all about how to add hygge to your bedroom. There are some great tips for making your bedroom a cozy retreat.
To recap, here are the 5 simple tips:
- Bring in cozy pillows and throws
- Add a touch of nature
- Winter candles and lights
- Wall art and wreaths
- Warm up the bedroom
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