It can be a sad, cold time of year. Once the holiday decor is down, there’s this frigid void in our homes. The rooms that had been filled with colorful presents and glittery garlands now look blank and barren. In January and February where I live, the landscape looks stark, desolate and cold. No plants, no birds. Life is slow. Frozen. And that kind of matches how our house can feel when that last box of Christmas ornaments is finally stashed away. So to combat the inevitable winter blues that come with this Christmas hangover, I’ve adopted some winter decorating ideas. This ensemble of winter decor will help warm our homes and breathe some life into those blank, barren spaces.
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1. Toasty Tartan
It’s no secret that I’m a bit mad for plaid. But plaids and tartans are such a gorgeous, easy accent. I have a stash of plaid scarves and blankets, and those are out in full force at this time of year. There is nothing cozier than curling up in a big, wool blanket. And the prettier, the better, as far as I’m concerned. Now is a great time of year to shop for them, too. After the Christmas shopping season, winter decor tends to go on sale. PERFECT.
I bought my favorite tartan blankets on Amazon…and they have a BUNCH of options. Here are a couple of my favorites:
My plaid scarves don’t get off the hook, either!
Table runners are probably my favorite way to use them, but I will also make quick bolster & pillow covers with them as well.
2. Can’t forget Candles
I mentioned these in our post about easy ways to up the ambiance in your home, but I use these so much, I think it bears repeating. Shop for and buy some battery-operated candles on timers. Years ago, these things were cheesy, cheesy, cheesy. But they’ve come a LONG WAY. It’s tough to tell sometimes if these candles are fakes or the real deal. And the timer component is so clutch. Mine are set so that each evening, around dusk, the house comes alive with candlelight. It’s warm, friendly, and inviting.
3. Buffalo Check/Glorious Gingham
Granted, I don’t think that gingham goes well with every home’s aesthetic, but if you have a subtle country vibe going on, buffalo check is beautiful. I bought a bolt of this fabric, and have used it for quick bolster covers (seen above). And in the summer, this fabric is outside draped on our pergola as outdoor curtains. It’s inexpensive fabric, and super versatile. Lots of people go for gingham in their bedding. Ooooohhhh…flannel sheets! What could be more cozy in winter?! Here’s a great example from Pottery Barn.
Or this one from Pottery Barn Kids:
I use pinecones to decorate starting in the fall, and I keep them around until spring. They add so much texture and such pretty, deep, warm tones.
I sprinkle them everywhere. Like a little pinecone fairy. Why not? They’re cheap. And cute. And super seasonal.
5. Fabulous Faux Fur
Faux fur. So fuzzy and fluffy and fantastic. Blankets, pillows and rugs are readily available, almost anywhere these days, and they are perfect for winter decorating. And the material seems to just scream “come snuggle up in your old pjs and fuzziest socks.” Can’t get much better than that.
We have a faux sheepskin rug, and I’ll just throw that on top of another rug to add a little seasonality to a space. Faux pillows are fantastic, too. Pottery Barn has a ton of options, and this time of year, they are typically on sale.
If you just buy the pillow covers, you can simply change out the covers in the off seasons. Here are some other options from Target and Amazon…
6. Vintage Winter Sporting Goods
Being the junker and lover of all things antique that I am, I have a pair of vintage snowshoes that I adore. I also have a pair of old ice skates that I’ll decorate with as well. Wooden skis are on my short list of items that I always have a lookout for at tag sales and thrifting trips.
Usually, I’ll just prop these up in a corner somewhere and call it a day. A great place to find vintage sporting gear is eBay. That’s typically my go-to for all things old and unusual.
7. Seasonal Scents
Around Christmas, we break out the Yankee “Christmas cookie” candles, and all kinds of other seasonal smells fill our homes. But for some reason, I don’t think a lot of us carry this idea through the rest of winter. But I love the idea of carrying those nostalgic seasonal scents with us into the new year. “Winter”, in my mind is pine, cinnamon, and citrus…maybe even vanilla. Sure, those could be considered Christmas-y as well, but unlike those Santa tchotchkes and reindeer lawn ornaments, having some pine scent or cinnamon hanging around the house after Dec 25th is A-OK in my mind. One of my favorite ways to bring scents into our home is a stovetop simmer recipe I dished in our ambiance post. It’s comprised of a variety of ingredients, one of them being citrus. Either lemon or orange.
Just having a bowl of citrus fruit sitting out in the winter is pretty, and reminds us that warmer days are ahead. Cinnamon is another favorite. It’s also in the simmer recipe, but I also like to have sticks of cinnamon sitting out in the winter. They look lovely in a mason jar…
I buy cinnamon sticks in bulk.
Otherwise, they can get pretty pricey.
8. Evergreen Garnishes
If you’re lucky enough to have any pine trees at home, a super easy, affordable way to get that pine scent at home is to simply go lop off some branches! I do this ALL THE TIME.
Plus, the green color is so gorgeous at home in the winter. Don’t love pine? What about a boxwood, magnolia or bayleaf wreath? Or choose to use those types of leafy greens as a garland or simple scattered loose leaves.
9. Winter Dishware or China Patterns
I have been collecting a set of seasonal dishes for years. Each Christmas, my family will buy me a couple pieces. And I use those dishes not only to set our table, but also for decorating in other ways.
Like a simple candle in a teacup.
My pattern is called “Friendly Village” by Johnson Bros. But there are so many lovely options. Here are a few:
Try hanging some on a wall!
But no matter what you do with them, gorgeous seasonal dishes like these will be treasured by your family for years to come.
10. Please sir, may I have S’More?
And if all else fails, and cabin fever finally starts to get the best of your family, head outside, to a firepit…
Let’s make this winter wonderful!