Now that Christmas is over and the decorations are down – does your home feel a little drab?
After all those bright Christmas colors are tucked away in boxes for another year, I have to be careful or I will find myself getting a little ‘down.’
One reason, is because when it comes to Christmas – I have a tendency to embrace the attitude of …
“Go BIG or Go Home” (that may be a southern thing..I don’t know) 🙂
Every room has a little Christmas magic, so when I take it down, my house feels ‘naked’ until I can get everything ‘put back in place.’
But I confess – I can’t just go ‘cold turkey’ – So, I find ways to continue enjoying the ‘coziness’ of the season with winter décor that brings me joy until the end of Jan when I add a little ‘love’ with Valentine’s Day decorations.
I incorporate pinecones, snowmen, winter white and lights into my ‘regular’ décor – and then on the ‘few days’ that it actually feels like winter here in Atlanta I get to snuggle up and embrace the coziness that these special things bring to my home.
* I found this framed picture of an old train depot in winter at a thrift store for $39 and it’s one of my favorite pieces of art.
Since snow is scarce where I live, I like using artificial snow in pretty silver containers or glass cylinders – maybe you get a lot of snow like my sister (who lives in Maine) and you need to incorporate red berries or cardinals to perk things up a bit during the longer winter days.
* Think Winter Whites and Snowflakes – If you have décor you normally use during Christmas that doesn’t shout “Christmas” feel free to continue enjoying it for a few more weeks.
Here is a photo of my buffet all decked out for winter (I figure deer don’t know when Christmas is over so it’s OK to visit with them awhile longer)
*I removed the Christmas bow and added one of my scarves in a muted tone and I have to say….I LOVE IT.
To help you make things ‘cozy’ at your house I decided to highlight a few of my favorites from Amazon along with why I love them.
(remember, if you click on the picture and make a purchase Amazon will pay me a small commission but I NEVER recommend anything I haven’t already purchased or wouldn’t be willing to purchase)
* Use candles – everywhere! (I personally love faux but they have to look real – if you use the real thing just remember to watch out for the little ones)
But if you don’t want to go this route, even cheap Dollar Store candles can be personalized so – there is NO reason to settle for ‘drab.
Here is a picture of a plain white one I purchased and personalized.
* Add Throws – a throw is a fantastic way to add warmth to a room and because they come in all sizes and price ranges, there’s sure to be one to fit your budget and taste.
(I have this one in mint and LOVE it because not only is it cozy…it comes in a multitude of colors)
*Add pillows in different textures and patterns.
Pillows are like throws – They can be used in so many different ways, and I love that you can now purchase pillow inserts and covers giving you more variety while requiring less space for storage than typical throw pillows.
Not only are these pillows budget friendly — they come in a multitude of colors and nothing says winter like corduroy. (Right?)
There are so many ways to create a home that feels warm and welcoming and I’ve only listed a few of them here but my goal for today was to just to create a short post to encourage you to create a Home that ‘feels like home to you’ – whatever that may be!!
Like I mentioned earlier – Going cold turkey and putting everything away is not the way I want to do things at my house – but if that’s what you choose to do – then you should go for it.
I got the idea for this post last week after seeing so many of my friends discussing on Facebook about how “Guilty” they felt for still having their Christmas decorations up on New Year’s Day.
My response to that is — “Who cares?” – Your home should be a reflection of you and your family. It’s time we stop living by ‘artificial rules’ and start LIVING LIFE.
Life is short and there are too many people dealing with BIG problems for us to be judging ourselves or others about Christmas decorations – Can I get an Amen? — I figure if it’s OK to put them up in Oct — it should be OK to take them down in Feb (I wish WordPress would let me insert an emoji here) 🙂
I try hard to avoid Self-imposed GUILT of any kind. Trust me – I don’t need others helping me in this department – I can be very unkind to myself without any help.
I’d love for you to share in the comments section below how you add ‘cozy’ to your home after Christmas.