Winter Decor

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012

Today’s post is written by Stephanie Van Hoesen, an interior designer in Nashville, TN.

Do you have the Christmas decor blues? Are you mourning the sparkle your mantle once had? Does your house feel bare? Well, you’re not alone. 
Many people are sad the day the Christmas decorations go back to the attic and the house is left empty. So many wish they could keep the decorations up for a little while longer, but know the tree is a fire hazard and the neighbors are going to start complaining about the blinking Charlie Brown lights on the house.  So, they have no choice but to put it all away and wait for spring.
Or maybe not…
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Why wait till spring when you can decorate for winter. Yes winter, a magical time of year when the world slows down for a bit.
Call me crazy, but I actually love winter. I love any excuse to be at home more and enjoy the simple things. Winter is the time to cozy up to the fire, read a good book and sip on a hot toddy. It’s a time when you bake bread and make your mother’s famous vegetable soup. It’s a time when you want to snuggle with the family instead of going out. Winter is a season of home. 
Here are a few of my favorite ways to celebrate winter in the home:
Winter decor is all about texture, candle light, neutral colors and organic elements. Neutralize the colors in your living spaces and bring in texture for interest.
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White. I love bringing in lots of white into the home during the winter months. It’s fresh, calming and reminds me of snow.
If you have Christmas decorations that are white, woodland inspired or made of organic materials, you can leave them out till March! (Although snowflakes, stars, deer, owls, penguins and pine cones are used during Christmas, they are not strictly holiday decor.)
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Fill glass mason jars with artificial snow and place candles inside. They look lovely in a window.
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Lanterns. Instead of ornaments, hang little lanterns throughout the house or place one large one in the entry way. I love seeing candle light bounce around in lanterns, makes me think of foggy nights in Cape Cod.
Place snowy branches or a simple strand of white twinkle lights on your mantle. Add glass jars or apothecary jars in varying height. Fill them with pine-cones, acorns and twigs…sprinkle a little artificial snow on top and voila! a winter mantle.
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A stack of antique books, white pillar candles and a collection of antique finds makes for a beautiful coffee table display.
Place grapewood or a manzanita branches on your dining table and surround it with mercury glass votive holders.
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Switch your Christmas wreath out with a rustic or woodland-inspired wreath for your front door.
Cover your backyard trees with twinkle lights, make an outside fire, grab your favorite throw and enjoy the winter night.
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Burlap, linen, heavy cotton…layer the house in these wonderful materials to create texture. From bathroom and kitchen towels, to table runners, to rag balls piled in a pretty bowl.
Furs and Hides. Throw a sheep skin over the sofa or your dining table chairs. Put a cow hide under your coffee table or at the foot of your bed. Bring warmth and texture to your home in unexpected ways.

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Take your empty hanging planters and string floral lights through them. It dresses up the front porch instantly!
If you have empty planters, create a floral arrangement with branches and hanging tea-light holders. Place the arrangement on an entry table or buffet.
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Wood. Whether it’s cut logs, tiny branches or a stack of firewood, wood brings a wonderful element to your home. Whether you burn the wood daily or you use it just for decoration, it adds a lot of wintry character.
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