Hello dear friends and welcome to our winter home! Today I am so happy to be hosting the Cozy Winter Home Blog Hop where 16 blogging friends are getting together to share cozy winter decorating ideas. For my post I am going to show you how I have transitioned from Christmas to winter and how I am “keeping it cozy” in our home for the season. *This post contains affiliate links.
After Christmas I always keep some winter greenery on display. For January I made a wreath to hang on the butler door in between the kitchen and dining room using my favorite Hearth and Hand with Magnolia seeded eucalyptus garland and pretty blue juniper picks. Blue juniper is one of my favorite evergreens to use in decor all winter long.
This winter I am also using beautiful paperwhites throughout the house. I love how these elegant flowers are perfect for winter but hint at the promise of spring. I styled up our cozy corner breakfast nook using a paperwhites theme and I am loving it. I also used lots of comfy pillows for snuggling up in the nook with a cup of tea and watching the snow fall.
I was inspired to decorate with paperwhites when I purchased this gorgeous handmade sign by my friend Laney of @pine.and.birch (Instagram).
I ordered these beautiful faux paperwhites from Pottery Barn on sale after Christmas and I love them. The paperwhites came in a rustic-farmhouse galvanized container, but I “planted” my paperwhites down in vintage ironstone and covered them with a little more moss to make them look even more realistic.
Yesterday I shared an inspiration post all about winter decorating with paperwhites. There are also some tips for forcing bulbs and growing paperwhites. I am so happy to have finally embraced this lovely flower!
When I last checked the Pottery Barn website, they were sold out online, although some may still be available in stores. I also found some pretty faux paperwhites on Amazon.
I am also decorating with paperwhites in the living room along with a mix of various realistic faux evergreens. Blue juniper and paperwhites add a bit of color to the styled tray on our vintage steamer trunk, while two tall urns filled with a mix of evergreens grace each side of the fireplace. For early winter I styled the mantel simply with candle sticks, candles and two pretty evergreen trees in gold urns.
There are plenty of plush pillows and throws on the sofa and recliners for relaxing on cold winter evenings. Overall our decor is neutral, and I love a calm and neutral palette for winter. Nevertheless I wasn’t quite ready to part with the beautiful green velvet pillows that I shared on my Christmas Home Tour. I think they work beautifully for winter as well, especially with all of the wintry evergreens.
I also love animal print pillows and textiles for winter. The small leopard print pillow on the recliner is actually a $1 scarf that I purchased from Dollar Tree, simply wrapped around a pillow. I just remembered the scarf before taking pictures for this post! How’s that for stylish, last minute decorating on a budget?
I love refreshing the decor for the seasons simply by using what I already have in different ways. This favorite deer pillow was in the music room for Christmas, but I moved it to the living room for winter. I always decorate with a rustic deer theme in winter too. I collect antlers and use them year round, but they work especially well in winter vignettes.
Cold, dreary, winter days or evenings can be made a little more cozy and special simply by lighting a few candles.
In addition to green, I wanted to add just a little bit of winter blue, to help chase away the “winter blues!” While I was looking at Dollar Tree for some books for crafting, I came across this one titled, Winter Journal. I knew it would be perfect for use in winter vignettes. Yet another unexpected decorative accent from Dollar Tree!
This pretty blue transferware ironstone gravy boat was a thrift score last weekend. I have only been out junkin’ twice since Christmas but both times I had luck. It’s looking like 2019 is going to be a great year for treasure hunting!
After taking down the Christmas tree and most of the lights, the house always seems so dark! To keep things cozier a bit longer I leave out my large dough bowl on the antique buffet filled with evergreens, pine cones, and white lights for about six weeks after Christmas. Some salvaged chair spindles add farmhouse-cottage charm.
My vintage garden lawn deer is bedding down in the pine for the winter months in place of the primitive Christmas goose I had on display for the holidays.
After Christmas I removed the bells and bows from the staircase, but I am keeping the beautiful Wintry Woods Garland from Balsam Hill on the banister for several more weeks. It is nice to still have the glow of cozy lights on dark, winter evenings.
I also always keep a few of my neutral German Belsnickles on display during January, re-imagining them as “old man winter” characters. Silver mercury glass ornaments and votive holders remind me of “silver white winters that melt into spring…”
I like to create a few vintage winter vignettes with bottle brush trees and snowy themes to keep around our home during January and the first part of February.
This adorable little snow globe was a gift from sweet Linda of Itsy Bits and Pieces blog. She is certainly one of my vintage soul friends! Today I woke up to work on this post and was surprised to find some “snow sparkling on the branches!”
A few more ivory bottle brush trees are in the music room along with more evergreen touches in vintage winter vignettes. I am also starting to add just a few hints of Valentine’s Day.
I just completed this neutral shabby-farmhouse heart wreath and I love how it turned out! Tomorrow I am sharing a DIY post for this wreath so be sure to stop back by to see how easy it is to make. Last week I shared a red ticking stripe shabby-farmhouse heart wreath too, if you’d like to check it out.
I printed off a pretty winter graphic from The Graphics Fairy just to tuck in the wreath to give it a little more of a winter look for January.
Learning to knit scarves is on my winter bucket list. I didn’t knit the scarf for my vintage vase head lady, but she still looks stylish and cozy with her make-do winter accessory.
A little bird is nesting near an evergreen tree as a reminder that spring will surely return! The small vintage Florentine picture was a 10 cent thrifted find from last weekend. It depicts a snowy scene. A timely find!
I could shop retail for months and never find the type of decorative accents that make me as happy as little treasures such as this one!
Moving into the dining room, we find more vintage treasures in our antique corner cabinet. I have tucked a couple of cute snowmen, ivory bottle brush trees, and winter ornaments in with some of my ironstone collection.
I decided to order more faux paperwhites to use in the dining room since they are such a good deal on clearance. For these photos I have borrowed the two from the kitchen until my new ones arrive.
After months of creating fall and holiday tablescapes, I was craving simpler table decor for winter. For now I have placed paperwhites and antlers on each end of the farm table and a simple, styled tobacco basket with filled vintage treasures and antlers as the centerpiece.
These two fabulous pieces of antique advertising ironstone were my first junkin’ finds of 2019. You can read my post all about Antique English and French Advertising Ironstone here.
I purchased the pretty flocked tree in the corner on clearance just a couple of weeks before Christmas this year. I love how it looks unadorned for winter! The lights add a cozy glow to the dining room too. I am also LOVING our faux lead glass windows that my husband completed right before Christmas. They look so pretty on bright, snowy days like today! (DIY Faux lead glass window post coming soon!)
Next to our antique church pew sits a large vintage crock filled with a mix of faux evergreens for winter. I didn’t have any logs, so I used my skinny dough bowl to add some wood texture.
The dough bowl that I often use for a centerpiece on our farm table now adds interest in the corner by the flocked winter tree. “Old Man Winter” Santa in his black suit will remain on display along with the tree for just a few more weeks. Hopefully we will have some real winter snow before I pack away all the winter decor for the year!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how we are “keeping it cozy” in our home this winter! Now it’s time to grab a cuppa tea or coffee and your favorite comfy blanket and check out all of the other beautiful winter decorating ideas on today’s Cozy Winter Homes blog hop.
Next up is Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. I can’t wait to see her beautiful home cozied up for winter! You can also visit all of the participants via the link up at the end of this post. They are all so inspiring!
Thank you so much for visiting today. Stay warm and cozy friends!