Once the glitz and glam of the holiday decor is put away and the tree is taken down, what do you do in your home? I have seen a mixture of two decor options: a wintery, cozy home or year-round decor.
For me, I choose to do the wintery, cozy home decor style. Many people associate garland and lights with Christmas but I do not. I associate Christmas with Santa and ornaments. Who is to say that you cannot have garland after your Christmas decor is put away. In the link below I will show you how I styled my winter garland for my fireplace.
So many people say they miss the warmth of the lights of their tree. But why are lights only associated with Christmas. I have seen so many creative ways to incorporate lights into your winter decor. Look at how I styled my floor vase this winter.
This vase is from ZGallerie, one of my favorite glam decor stores. The greenery and magnolias are from Hobby Lobby. Then I added two white branches with battery operated lights from Michaels. The branches now give my living room a subtle light in the corner that brings me warmth when I look at it. But I do not think it is Christmas at all.
Greenery, pine cones, and even red berries are naturally part of our outdoor winters. I try to make my floral arrangements, garlands, and home decor look as natural as possible to mimic my outdoor surroundings if I can. My dining room, well, that is questionable. It is the opposite of natural, it is glam (I will post about it eventually). But my living room in the winter looks like a forest and I love it.
Here is an example of one of my wreaths in my Etsy shop that is for the winter. It is a mixture of cedar, pine, pine cones, and berries with a burlap bow.
I struggle in the winter because I am not outdoors as much. I like light and it is dark. I like warmth and it is cold. But, when winter comes, it is here to stay for three months, so I try to make the best of it. And I try to capture the beauty because some days, it can be really beautiful. So to me, the beautiful large pine trees, my magnolia tree that keeps its' shiny green and brown leaves, and the berries I see in the bushes are perfect to recreate inside my home.
I encourage you, next time you are outside, to take a look at what is around you, find what you think is most beautiful, and create it in your home.