First, I have to say that I was able to pack up ornaments and garlands much faster this year since I simplified my holiday decorating and didn’t put out nearly as much stuff as I have in years past. That’s one of the best decisions I’ve made! Christmas was a lot less stressful because of it.
And now, I’m relishing a cleaner, less cluttered look to take my house through winter. I keep several pillows on the sectional sofa because pillows are an adult’s version of stuffed animals and everyone needs warm fuzzies through the winter. The hanging pothos got a haircut because it was too long for anyone to sit in the corner without getting eaten by it.
The plants always need a bit of nurturing through winter. I don’t fertilize them during this time but I do move them to a sunnier location if they need it. Luckily, most of my houseplants have low-light requirements. I use them a lot when creating vignettes. Vignettes are perhaps the easiest way to personalize your home. I typically group vignettes in threes, but not always. Honestly, I just go with what my eye likes best.
One thing I did was to remove the vintage green glass jars from the kitchen into other areas of the house. I bought them to match the color of my kitchen floor but I like seeing the French glass jars in other areas. This olive oil jar is one of my favorites. I wish it was bigger.
On the buffet’s opposite end is a favorite vintage mirror, brass vase, and wooden heart bowl.
My other dining buffet – well really it’s a console table, has a vintage French pickling jar. I filled it with gold ornaments for Christmas. The stone rabbit reminds me that spring is on its way.
Simplicity rules in the entryway, as well. The glass cabinet and wooden bench have been put back in their places.
Another vintage mirror joins a couple of old books and a white ceramic house that lights up. It’s kind of a Christmas decoration but I like to keep it out during winter, too.
I always have old books out somewhere. They’re perfect for adding height to objects and I love their colors, too.
The sitting room is probably the least uncluttered room in the house. My poinsettias are still looking good and I can’t bear to toss a healthy plant out so they’re staying put for the time-being.
I paired a few French canning jars with the smaller poinsettia on a worn-looking metal tray. I love the details of the glass jars and especially love the deeper shade of green.
I decided to keep the green theme going and added the rest of my green jars to the mantel, along with a couple more houseplants.
The other corner of the sitting room enjoys yet another plant on the old cabinet under the cow painting.
I tucked three candles in an old wooden box that I found at last summer’s flea market. All of that sits inside a wooden bowl. I’m trying to add a bit more natural wood in the house.
That’s the extent of my scaled-back winter decorating for now. I need to purge other rooms of stuff and do some rearranging first.
Shop the Look
Here’s a collection of some of what’s in my home. Click on any photo for the source on where to buy it. People sometimes ask where I found something so I occasionally like to include the sources to make it easier for readers.