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10 Winter Decorating Tips (after the holidays)

Greetings!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  Ours was bitter sweet because my grandmother who would have been 90 on Christmas day passed away on the 23rd.  My twin and I share a Christmas birthday with her so this was the first year we didn’t sing to each other.  We did enjoy entertaining friends in our new Iwakuni rental and my husband makes the BEST Christmas clam chowder.

After the holidays the house always feels a little bare.  So today I wanted to share 10 easy ways that to add winter decor to make your home feel warm and cozy!10 winter decorating tips for after the holidays from Up to Date Interiors

1. Mix in warm metals like gold, brass, and copper into your bookcases and tabletop decor for a little winter gleam.  My Christmas birthday poinsettias last year contrasted against this metallic vignette perfectly and I loved the pop of hot pink.  I don’t want to take decor too seriously!
use warm metallics in your decor for a winter vignette

2. Add cozy layers to your living space with throws and pillows.  Causally draping a blanket keeps the space from being too stuffy and makes it easier to plop down and curl up.   Plus, my family never keeps our throws folded and draped so it’s just easier. 😉  Don’t forget to add in an easy DIY fur pillowUse lots of cozy textiles for winter decor

3. Use a winter color palette.  When you think of winter, what colors comes to mind?  White and grays?  Maybe berries and evergreen?  Add decorating accessories with these colors to add personal winter sentiment to your space.  I plan on keeping out my new DIY moss tree this year for a winter vignette. cone-tree-moss-felt

4. Mix soft textures like fur, suede, and velvet in with your textiles or even decorating accessories.  I love our fur ornaments that my husband picked out and couldn’t wait to use them after Christmas last year in pretty vessels.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing them again this year!  If you haven’t noticed,  styling bookcases is one of my favorites.

fur ornaments for a winter bookcase5. Layer smaller rugs on top of area rugs or warm up a bare floor with a new rug.   I couldn’t resist buying two of these soft, faux cow-hide rugs at $35 a piece.  layer rugs for more warmth in the winter

6. Display winter art or favorite winter photographs.  This popular birch tree print can be found at Minted.com.  Winter art doesn’t have to be just outdoor scenes; watercolors and abstracts with a winter color palette can be perfect for these months.Add winter art with a birch tree print from minted

7. Move your furniture closer together for a cozy seating arrangement.  If your furniture is up against the wall, pull it away for some breathing room.  Bonus, cozy seating makes hanging out with friends and family a little more intimate and fun.pull seating arrangements close together in the winter

8. Fun accessories like winter animals can add a little humor to a pretty vignette.  I love having these little “friends” around the house.  They definitely make me smile.  add whimsy to your winter decor with fun winter animals

9. Soft lighting can give your room a beautiful glow.  Perfect for winter months with shorter days.  I kept out our Moravian star after Christmas last year because of it’s interesting shape and luminescence.add soft light during winter months with interesting light fixtures

10. Pinecones, evergreen, and berries will always be appropriate for winter decor.  Scatter them into your table arrangements and vignettes to bring the outdoors in.  Mixing pinecones in with more fur ornaments makes me think of snow.winter accessories with fur ornaments and pinecones

Do you have big plans for the New Year?  We are planning on taking a day trip to a snow park for some winter fun!  It’s been years since we have lived so close to areas that get snow so the kids are really excited.

Head over to the winter holidays, DIYs, and decor page for more articles and resources!

Happy New Year!!

winter-wreath-door-pinterest-jpg winter pillows with fur and recycled clothes


  1. I love the idea of seasonal decorating… but, live in an apartment and don’t have much storage. Your ideas are perfect, like using small items, berries and evergreens and rearranging our space to be more intimate… and, of course, having plenty of small throws around to stay warm.

    Lack of storage limits me to two seasons, christmas and the rest of the year! I got tired of seeing my space go from colorful sparkle to looking lack luster after the holidays. I’ve learned when I pull out the christmas stuff, I repack the same storage area with most of our normal everyday sit-around decorating stuff… all the little pretties and tchotchkes. Likewise, when I take christmas down, I bring it all back out. Helps create some of that seasonal decorating feel.

    First time I did this, I was amazed at how bringing it all back out was just like opening that box of christmas ornaments each year… you know, when the memories flood in when you see that ornament your child made in second grade. Anyway, I think a key to successful decorating is if you can make it meaningful, otherwise, it’s just stuff. Surrounding ourselves with memories, favorites and our connection to others, like how those furballs will forever remind you of your husband, makes all the difference!

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