Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Decorating

Happy New Year!

It always seems this time of the year we take stock of not only our prior year but we take stock in our homes by purging unnecessary items.  Do you think it is because we got new things for Christmas that we dive into our closets with so much energy and purge anything old and a bit worn? Or do you think it is because we just had our homes decked out to the 'nines' and embraced the clutter and excitement of Christmas or Hanukkah that we now crave simplicity? 

I don't know the psychological reason behind why but every January I find myself doing these same things.  I dive into my closet and anything I haven't worn in 6 months I donate.  I also find myself purging my home of knick-knacks that don't quite fit my style any longer and longing to make things simple. 

So how do you decorate your home after a decorative crazy holiday like Christmas? 

I like to keep things simple after Christmas.  I use candles, snowflakes, wine corks and pinecones in my after Christmas décor.  Other ideas are flannel and sweater material; think of candles wrapped in a piece of an old sweater or wrapped in flannel.  A basket full of lap blankets sitting next to a chair by a roaring fire evokes images of coziness and warmth. 

For my mantle I chose an old window with a chalkboard in front of it then continued the layering with a photo of pine trees in the snow.  I added 2 of my lanterns and a silver orb on a piece of wood for a rustic feel and an additional picture. 

Remember that the trick to decorating a mantle is layer, layer, layer.  Otherwise things can look like soldiers lined up in a row for inspection. 

I also kept things simple on my buffet.  A blue runner and a gold tray.

I used the other lantern, a metals fleur de lies and 2 mercury cups; one filled with wine corks and the other filled with pinecones. 

Next to the lamp I have another picture of a snow covered pine tree, another mercury cup filled with pine cones, snowflake candles and a ceramic fox.


On the other side of the tray I have a real pine, a decorative plate, a candle on a mercury candlestick that is elevated by another piece of wood (this reflects back to the mantle where the silver sphere is elevated on a piece of wood) and finally another snowflake candle.

I love these snowflake candles they really glow when lit.

How do you decorate after Christmas?  Do you also do a house cleansing like I do?  Right now I've got 2 boxes and 2 bags to go to Goodwill or the Arc.  I'd love to hear your tips and see your pictures for winter decorating! 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll be back next week with the first of several Valentines Day crafts that I have to share. 
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