Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Decorating

It is snowing again today. The temperatures have been so strange. For over a week it was below freezing... like way below and then the temperatures shot up to 60! Then the deep freeze returned. And, as I said, today it is snowing so I am home. That means I have to time to take a good look around, straighten and fuss a bit with things I've not had time for.



Christmas seems like it was so long ago! I had to be very pro-active about getting my decorations for the holiday put away. January 2nd we back into the swing of my baby's senior year of high school and I had two jobs that took we away from home so I knew that I would not have time to worry about Christmas decorations past January 1st.

There is a sadness that comes with taking out the decorations and I am usually left feeling like my home is naked. I know for some people there is a feeling of freshness... a little breathing room, if you will. Or maybe, it's like eating all the junk food around the holidays that leaves one really just craving a simple, well executed steak. Either way, I was not quite there. I decided to put away all the Christmas decorations except for those things that could just pass as "winter".

I left the greens out on the hutch top in the living room.




The ladder stays dressed with warm blankets that are ready to curl up with on a snowy day.






I cleaned up the buffet in the dining room.



And, redressed the table a bit...



Mister found these plates at Crate and Barrel. He likes to dabble in design stuff once in a while and if I can just let go of my ideas for things a bit he usually does pretty well. Dressed with my great-grandmother's silver and some crystal water glasses, the table is ready for dinner and guests.








I replaced some of the red dishes in the kitchen, left the greens and cocoa/coffee station.







I think I will grab a hot cup of cocoa and start planning some Valentine's decorating while I watch the snow fall. Thanks for stopping by... you're always welcome here.

Linking to parties:
The Dedicated House, Pieced Pastimes, Finding Silver Pennies, Nifty Thrifty Things, The Painted Hinge, Life On Lakeshore Drive. DIY Showoff, Create With Joy, Coastal Charm , I Should Be Mopping The Floor, Plucky's Second Thought, Celebrate & Decorate, Our Home Away From Home, Make It Pretty Monday, Cupcakes & Crinoline, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, DIY By Design, Ducks N A Row, The Vintage Nest, Share Your Cup, A Delightsome Life, Katherine's Corner, Imparting Grace, The Pin Junkie, Our Hopeful Home, Up To Date Interiors, French Country Cottage, The Cottage Market, The DIY Village, Life With Lorelai, Olives & Okra, Follow The Yellow Brick Home

26 comments:

  1. Oooh, I'm with you. Not ready to stash away all of my pinecones and a little of the winter greenery. Besides, it's a simple thing, to remove the red and just have the whites and greens and natural tones. So pretty! I did the same thing - and I will leave it up until after Valentine's, probably!

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    1. Ah, a kindred spirit! I am usually Last Minute Lucy when it comes to decorating for Valentine's but maybe since it's already in my mind I will get a bit of a jump on it this year.... maybe.

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  2. So pretty, Jolena. I much prefer the "general" winter elements over holiday décor.

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    1. Hi Jean! Thanks for visiting with me today. De-Christmasing definitely gives one a chance to breath and the whites and greens do feel like a breath of fresh air.

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  3. Our temps have been totally crazy too! The snow is almost gone now and should be warming up again! Your table is simply beautiful! I love to keep pinecones, greenery, and twinkle lights out in the winter too. I'm your newest follower. Hope you can stop by for a visit soon.

    Winter Blessings,
    Rebecca

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. I am glad your temperatures are warming up and I hoping that it travels this way. I will pop over and check out your blog at Chippy White Cottage; http://chippywhitecottage.blogspot.com/ And, thank you for following along.

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  4. I love your chalkboard scene! Can you share a clearer, straight on pictures? I so want to copy it.

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    1. Hi Jenny! Thank you for the kind words. I tried to post a photo here but it doesn't work; you can check the photos in the link here: http://whileilinger.blogspot.com/2017/12/christmas-2017.html


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  5. Love your beautiful winter decor. I was inspired by the ladder with the beautiful throws, such a simple but very effective idea.

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    1. Thank you for the kindness. This time of year I do like to curl up with one of them and find a good book or a hallmark movie.

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  6. I just love your cozy winter decor and the blue of the napkins really pops against the greener on the table. So very beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for this kind words and for visiting with me this evening. I hope you stop by again soon!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment!

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  8. Your winter home decor is just lovely, it definitely gives off a warm and cozy vibe. Thanls for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. So glad you could stop by!

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  9. I'm with you. I too left touches of winter out. Just started putting it away today and gradually changing over to Valentines décor. Everything looks so beautiful! I especially love your blanket ladder with the pom pom garland. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you for the party and for visiting with me, Jann!

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  10. So very beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at The Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/sunday-showcase-make-pretty-monday-8-33/ Hope you have a lovely week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Kathryn! Hope you week is wonderful!

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  11. This is all so beautiful! I found you via the features from Make It Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House. I would love for you to come over and link up a post or two at Thursday Favorite Things on my blog too. The party starts at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Hope to see you there!
    Amber
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/cozy-neutral-winter-home-tour/

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    1. Thank you for visiting with me, Amber and for the kind words. I will definitely pop over and link up a post or two @ Follow The Yellow Brick Home! Thank you for the invitation.

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  12. Hi Jolena, just hopping by to let you know that you will be one of the features at SYC today.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. Love it! I do winter decorating every January! That's when you see the wintry throws, skis, skates, snowmen, sleds, Scandinavian socks & mittens on the drying rack, felt bucket of snowballs, amaryllis, pine cone vignette, themed pillows & pictures. Usually stays up through February, with a small temporary Valentine vignette in the kitchen. Then March is usually also a transition month. Love to highlight childhood toys, and old sewing/quilting stuff, old books, old photographic equipment, etc. Then spring begins in earnest in late March/April!

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    1. Sounds beautiful! I always feel bad having the winter stuff up for such a short time before Valentine's and spring decorating but I just can't go back to the nakedness after Christmas. Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me today!

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