After the Christmas holiday decorations are down and all the clean up is complete, it’s time for a refresh. In the wintertime, it’s cold outside and dreary most days, so inside I want the house to look and feel warm and inviting. That’s when I say, Bring on the textures! Warm neutrals, cozy blankets, soft pillows are all decor items that say winter to me. Today, I’ll show you how I do a Winter House Refresh. (Affiliate links used)
I started this year with taking down the Christmas door wreath. I found this adorable galvanized wall bucket at Hobby Lobby. This one is really cute too. I put felt pads on the back so it wouldn’t scratch the door or make a noise if it moved when the door was opened. Then, I filled it with artificial eucalyptus and attached a chalkboard sign I found at the dollar section at Target. That dollar section gets me every time! I used a small command hook on the inside of the bucket to attach the chalkboard sign ribbon to the bucket. Then I just wrote Welcome and it was done.
My galvanized lanterns I bought last year at Target at the end of the season for 40% off. Right before all the Halloween decorations were put out. I filled them with pinecones for Christmas so they just needed some dusting and were ready for winter.
Inside we have a large round bookshelf that I love to decorate for the seasons. This room is supposed to be a dining room, but here in Florida we eat outside almost year around, so I haven’t quite figured out what this room will become. For now it sits empty other than these two pieces of furniture. But, it’s a great place to practice jump rope and dribbling on most days. Or the occasional game of ball, as you can see I forgot to pick up a red ball that ventured under the bookshelf. #picturefail
Staying with neutrals it was fun to shop other rooms in my house for small collections I could display. These old binoculars my Dad gave me a couple of years ago have been well loved. He has had them for well over 40 years. I love the tattered case.
Pictures of my loved ones are splattered throughout my house. They are always changing. When I snap a great smile or a wonderful moment I have them printed and swap out my frames. They make me happy as I travel through the house putting away laundry or picking up toys. They also personalize a space like nothing else.
Sprigs of eucalyptus are sprinkled everywhere. This time of year the grocery store has it with their fresh flowers but the preserved can be picked up at any craft store. Whether it’s fresh or preserved I love the smell and the pops of green.
I have a large collection of these cute glass bottles thanks to my dear husband and his Patron taste. Just peel off the label and they are so cute to display in a cluster of different sizes or a trio for simplicity. I call it recycling!
In the kitchen area I keep the counters cleared off. Counter space is most kitchens is prime real estate. At Christmas time I have plates and candy on the counters, as you can see here in this post about Christmas in my kitchen. When it is all removed I crave simplicity and room to whip up a batch of cookies (or chicken nuggets).
The only decor I have in here right now is my favorite three-tiered tray from Pottery Barn. It was a Christmas present to me from me this year. Of course, I wrote my husband’s name on the tag after I wrapped it up and stuck it under the tree. I always joke with him that he knows me so well he always gets everything I want on my list.
This tray is so much fun. Each shelf has lots of room and I am already thinking up new things to display on it. It’s also large enough to make a great impact without taking up too much precious counter space.
A little closer look of my tray. I posted this one on Instagram last week from my phone. Just a few white mugs, some vase filler in different textures and some finds from a walk one day.
Peaking off into the breakfast nook, you can see I decorated my industrial shelves with some eucalyptus and added some more texture. Honestly, most of these were used in my Fall decor but adding the pops of eucalyptus and twig balls changed the feel of this area. I am always moving things around in my house. Most mornings, I stand here drinking coffee and go over and tweak something that doesn’t look quite right.
The farmhouse industrial feel is so popular right now and this corner is fun to incorporate this style of decorating.
I think your house should be all the styles and things that you love. If a piece speaks to you and you love it then buy it! Hard to believe, but I am really not much of a rule follower if I like something. My children and husband can attest to this statement. They are always telling me that I can’t do something because of some rule, and I tell them to “watch me!”
Well, that’s about it for these two rooms. I will be doing a part 2 of this post in a couple of days to show you the rest of my Winter Refresh. Just a few simple changes and my house transitioned from Christmas to winter.
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