This past fall I read, The Cozy Minimalist and was so inspired to clear out my living room according to her plan and get it into a more serene atmosphere. Her approach is so easy to apply and doesn’t necessitate you getting rid of all extra’s, but of making wise use of what you have to create a space that is restful and inviting. Let me show you where the room started… Continue reading “My Cozy Living Room Makeover”
We’ve been home bound this week due to my husband’s eye surgery, but we’ve had some wonderfully refreshing blessings that have truly refreshed us!
- Did you know you can plant your Mums and possibly get them to come back next year? I’ve enjoyed these flowers so much!
Who cares what Punxsutawney Phil saw on February 2nd? If the Lord allows winter to keep residence in our current location, we can still bring a little bit of spring inside without using tulips and daffodils. It will cheer your heart and encourage your spirit!
Here’s what you can do to freshen up your house and get it ready for spring – no matter the temperature outside.
- Get rid of Christmas decor. Make sure to scour the house for any and all traces of Christmas decor still left out. It can hide in places where it’s easy to overlook, can’t it?! Store it away and get it into its rightful place so it will be ready for next year.
- Use greens. A boxwood wreath is a great intermediate wreath for your front door. Add silk herbs and succulents throughout the house.
- Add colorful fruit – real or faux as a pretty spot of color in your kitchen or dining area.
- Remove heavy throws and blankets that you used as decor. If you live in a place that’s still cold, put those within reach, but don’t use them as decor.
- Change things up! This would be a good time to rearrange furniture or decor pieces a little. I added a mirror on my piano so it would reflect the windows that are opposite it. It brings in extra light and that’s a huge plus in my book!
- Refresh your entry way. Make it bright and airy feeling. Remove boots, scarves and such from this area. Add brighter colors and touches.
I hope this gives you a few ideas as to how to add some pre-spring touches to your home and lift your winter doldrums!
Is it still cold and snowy where you live? Or are you like us and are having 70 degree weather? I know it won’t stay, but we’re loving it!!
The holidays are over and it’s time to pack away all the glittery décor into their red and white plastic containers and let them camp out in the attic.
Taking down the Christmas decorations wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t leave our homes looking as plain as a gingerbread house straight out of the cardboard box!
At least that what it can feel like.
My attempt at redecorating after Christmas is to think “winter.” I ask myself what we see outside in the wintertime and try to incorporate those elements into my home. I’ve taken pictures around the living spaces of my house to give you some ideas as to how I did that. Maybe it will inspire you might do the same.
Here we go!
Add layers onto your furniture just as you would your body. It’s gives the look of warmth and coziness. Quilts and throws on chairs and the sofa and also tucked into baskets are ready for folks to pull around them on those frigid days. Runners, place-mats, and tablecloths are other layers on the furniture that add warmth to a winter home.
Add lots of low lights – candles, hospitality lamps, plug-in’s, and battery-operated strands are all great for adding the warmth that light adds. I put a string of battery-operated star lights inside this basket, just for the soft glow it adds!
If you have chalkboard signs, design one that’s appropriate for the season.
A hot chocolate bar all set and ready for use is a welcomed sight on a cold winter afternoon or evening!
I love these little wooden coffee spoons I found at Hobby Lobby. I think they’re perfect for stirring a cup of hot chocolate!
Here’s another chalkboard design for anytime of the year. Oh, we need the Lord, don’t we?!
Add fresh greenery from your grocery store floral department. It can make things feel more alive!
A heart dish holding pine cones will welcome in Valentine’s Day!
There are lots of other elements you could add like,
- Ice skates
- Long barren tree branches
- Mittens and scarves
Don’t let your house be cold and uninviting during these winter months! There are lots of ways to cozy it up while we wait for the tulips to start popping through the frozen earth!
Do you make a conscientious effort to transition from Christmas to winter décor? How so?