Taking down Christmas decorations can leave the house feeling a bit barren and gloomy. Growing up, we took down the holiday decor and put back standard non seasonal decorative items. But you know me! Glitter and sparkle make me happy! So why not continue to surround yourself with what makes you happy even in the dank days of winter. In fact, maybe it’s even more important to glitz up your winter decor during these days when you may be trapped inside by snow, ice and cold temperatures!
For this very reason, several years ago I started being a little more analytical about putting out my holiday decorations so that transitioning to winter decor could be done easily and with a minimum of fuss. Let me show you what I mean.
Step 1–Plan for Winter Decor
Don’t freak out on me! I’m not talking about some grand blueprint to be meticulously fine tuned and slaved over! This planning is simply the act of preparing for an entire season prior to decorating for Christmas rather than just a holiday. Start slowly by analyzing any new seasonal purchases. Try to start assembling items that can be used with your current decorations and then left in place for winter decor.
Case in point, these white glittered pine cones are perfect to accessorize for Christmas, but they also allow you to keep the glitz going through the winter when used with your regular decorative pieces.
Bottle brush trees used in the vintage silver tray for Christmas remain in place to give this vignette a winter feel. Just remove anything that surrounds them that would be more holiday themed and you have the perfect winter display!
White pom pom pillows layer well with holiday and non holiday pillow partners!
Step 2–Be Crafty in Your Crafting!
Again, this is easy! Just be thoughtful about color and material choice when you are planning a crafting project. This will allow you to use the final product an multiple ways and will transcend seasons!
Pom poms are fun and easy to make and can be added to ready made items to make them look unique and expensive. I made small pom poms in white for a wreath for the front door last year and made extras to add to braided jute twine to use as a winter garland inside. This year I added the giant pom poms to my collection and used them over the holidays with my angel wings in the dining room. After Christmas these where tied onto another braided jute garland and paired with pine cones of varying sizes and finishes to adorn the winter mantle!
Step 3–Don’t Turn Out the Lights!
Who says that fun lighting can only be used at Christmas? Consider leaving some lights in place to drive away the shadows of early winter evenings.
Mr. Moose continues to preside over the living room from over the mantle. He looks warm and cozy during the day sporting his faux boxwood wreath, and adds a much needed glow to this side of the room after darkness falls in the evenings. Again, choice of materials used from the start made this a hands off transition. Boxwood greenery, white lights and a raffia bow means that this guy moves seamlessly into winter decor!
Be sure to add lighting to the area where the tree stood during the holidays! That huge, bright beacon of cozy holiday cheer leaves a giant void when removed, so be sure to replace it.
I added a table back in between the two chairs and moved a crated vignette to it that sports one of the Wildman’s fan light creations to keep this corner from looking gloomy.
This is a table that I painted for my mom several years ago. She needed a smaller piece in her new living space, so I traded with her. I love the table and it’s pretty lines, but the larger size meant some creative positioning of furniture to keep from covering the heat vent. As you can see, Franklin P. Kitty does not care if he covers the heat vent leaving the rest of us to freeze!
Step 4–Add Some Cozy Layers
Consider adding an extra cozy pillow or throw to your rooms to give them a winter vibe and provide soft, inviting pieces to snuggle up with on cold winter days!
This faux fur throw was originally the skirt for the Christmas tree, but now it makes my leather desk chair a warm and cozy place to sit and work.
A fuzzy pillow adds a winter touch to the top of the cedar chest in my office nook. From a utilitarian point of view, I always keep a couple of pillows here in case someone wants to sit down to talk with me when I am at my desk. This gives them something soft to lean against.
The moral of the story is to think about undecorating for Christmas while you decorate for Christmas. Design your displays in a way that will allow you to remove the hard core holiday pieces and leave behind the more neutral seasonal items. This keeps you from having to redecorate from the ground up. Also consider simply moving pieces, or even entire vignettes from one place to another to make the space look fresh and fill voids left by the removal of large Christmas pieces. Believe me, this simple change in mind set will make your post Christmas life so much easier!
My last tip may be the most important!!!!
Step 5–Take Down Christmas When YOU Want To!!!
There is no rule about when Christmas should be down!!! Leave it up as long as you like. I know people who leave it up until Valentines Day and replace Christmas decorations with Valentine ornaments on the tree. Do it when you want to! My Christmas had been up for quite a while in order to take pictures for blogging purposes, so I was ready to have it down by New Year’s at the very latest.
Let’s face it, though. Sometimes life happens and our best laid plans and easy solutions are still not enough to get things done on our preconceived time table.
This is the real story of my winter decor transition this year. You will notice that I didn’t show you any pictures of the dining room. That’s because it is in a bit of disarray still. The Wildman gave me a new chandelier for our entry for Christmas which is still sitting in it’s box on one of the dining room chairs. I removed the greenery from the table centerpiece and that’s where I stopped.
Our household was visited right before New Year’s with a not so friendly wave of strep throat, stomach flu, and severe colds that have left us plumb worn out!!! I kept telling myself to get off the couch and get it done, but then I would get up and work for a few minutes and end up right back on the couch. Needless to say, I did not get the job done quickly.
I tell you all of this to remind you that there are very few people on this lovely earth who have their house together at all times. When a blogger puts together a post of pretty pictures they are doing so in an effort to provide tips and offer inspiration. They are not trying to show you a level of perfection! The truth is that they have cleaned and spruced especially for the photo shoot. (Cleaning is used loosely here and may or may not involve stuffing unwanted objects under the couch.) They then pray that the other beings who inhabit the house along with them don’t walk through and mess something up before they have a chance to get the shot they need.
In other words, GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! Nothing has to be perfect! It just needs to be perfectly comfy and cozy for you and your family!
Hugs ’til next time!
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