Yesterday the photographer from American Farmhouse magazine was here to take pictures of my Christmas decorations. I have to admit, it feels a little odd having a stranger become so intimate with your home. Don’t get me wrong, he and his assistant were very nice and he even gave me some photography tips. But as the day came to a close I realized my Christmas decor would soon be taken down and put away, which always makes me a little melancholy. The house tends to look a little bare afterwards, but sometimes a little simplicity is good after all the glitter. So today I’m sharing winter decorating ideas with the help of some blogging friends, to help with the seasonal transition.
In my family room one year I created a DIY pom pom garland for winter decor.
Another year my family room displayed a “cozy” sign and touches of blue.
Someone who loves blue as much as me is Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors. Her snow owl pillow is the perfect touch for winter decor. And don’t you just love her chandelier?
You’ll always find a touch of romance at French Country Cottage and her winter mantel is beautifully warm and inviting. Such pretty decor to replace the refinery of Christmas.
I was introduced to winter white when I worked at a clothing store many many years ago and immediately fell in love with it. Janet at Shabbyfufu shows how to infuse winter white throughout a room to create an elegant look.
Plants and Flowers
Flowering bulbs like narcissus and amaryllis are popular plants during the winter months. They add a delicate freshness to short days. (Photo by Rafe Churchill Traditional Houses.)
I like to beat the winter blues with a little pink and this time of year you can always find pretty carnations at the store.
My friend Kristen at Ella Claire created a beautiful winter wreath for her front door. She shares the tutorial on her blog.
Lanterns and Candles
An easy way to add cozy warmth to your home during the winter months is to use candles and lanterns in your decor. Jamie at Anderson and Grant has a beautiful home and her winter decorating is inspiring.
In the past, I’ve used mason jars for votive holders in my winter decor. Flour can be used to resemble snow while LED tealights cast a cozy glow. Twine and raffia replace the sparkly ribbons of Christmas. Wine corks lend a bit of texture to the winter vignette.
I hope you’ll visit my blogging friends for more winter decorating ideas. Their homes are beautiful and I always gain inspiration from them.
What winter elements do you like to include in your decorating this time of year?