I truly hope this post finds you all well and enjoying the start to your year! It’s been a little dreary around here if I’m being honest. We have had so many cloudy days without the promise of any snow in return- just bitter cold winds that could knock you on your feet. This is my most favorite time of year for my wardrobe because it means lots of layers and cozying up with all my favorite pieces, but it would be a bit sweeter if I had some snow to romp through on my way to the car in the mornings.
In general, I think this can be a bit of a long season for most people. We all share excitement for spring, anticipating thawing out from the winter chills. Summer comes with promises of vacation and adventure. Fall swoops in with sweater weather, plaid and all the pumpkins you can carve after which come the holiday season full of shiny parties, pretty presents and warm houses full of loved ones. After all that, we are left in January. Don’t get me wrong, the new year is wonderful! It means fresh starts, refresh buttons and clean calendars. But it does bring a bit of drudgery as we make our way through the freezing cold only to look forward to spring a few months away.
Probably the most difficult transition to this time is taking down all our holiday decor. I know this year, David and I waited until the last possible minute to take our tree down. It got to the point where the branches were sagging and little bits would just fall to the ground from the small breeze of passersby. It was so sad to see it taken away. We missed the glow from the lights immediately and I knew I needed to leave us just a bit of holiday cheer for these long, cold months ahead.
I decided to pick my favorite accents that I had up for the season that could be easily transitioned as “winter” decor. Over the past few years, I have really tried to format my Christmas decor around items that could be left up for several months at a time without being accused of having too much emotional attachment to the holidays.
These are my five favorite decor pieces that I have left up to enjoy until spring arrives!
I was absolutely in love with this wreath this year! I made it from the scraps we cut from our tree and it just adds the perfect amount of organics elements to our dining room. I really wanted a piece that had loads of texture so I played with different shapes and settled on this one. The goal was something a bit more rustic than mass produced.
These pine cones were a little gift from David a few months ago and I’m just not ready to put them away! He knows that my love language is gift giving so he came home one day and with a sheepish look, handed me a bag of scented pinecones. To which he added, “All the flowers are ugly this time of year so this is the best I could do.” Kill me. SO they will be out for a while more.
Oh, my star garlands! I snagged these beauties from Restoration Hardware Child & Baby and have been smitten with them every single day I walk past them. They add just a touch of sweetness to the room and I love the texture the rough wool brings. It’s cozy and light at the same time and I dread the day I have to finally take these down!
These sweet felt ball garlands are from Sheep Farm Felt. Loads of shops have been carrying red and white garlands similar to these for years, but I absolutely love these because of all the color choices! With so much cream and white injected into my decor, it was refreshing to find a stockist that carries different colors.
The owner, Megan has the sweetest start up story I’ve ever heard! After experiencing a house fire, her family was left with very little. What they experienced next was an outpouring of love and compassion from their town. To say thank you, her family opened a folk art school and sheep farm where they taught locals in crafts such as wood carving, candle making and doll making. The passion for creating stuck with Megan who began her business after becoming a stay at home mom many years later. My favorite part of this business is that all the materials are ethically produced and sustainable. There’s absolutely nothing better than filling your home with natural, organic products. To read more about Megan’s story, check out her Etsy shop.
Last thing I keep out are my snow globes. This is what I look forward to bringing out all year long! A few have been purchased, but that one on the far left was made from one of my Grampy’s jars in his workshop. After he passed away, my brother and I went through his workshop to take home some of our favorite pieces. I took a few of these jars because I always remembered him keeping all sorts of screws, nails and odds and ends in them scattered around the shop. It seemed a bit chaotic for any else, but he knew where every single piece was being kept and could locate it in under a minute!
Let me know what decor you’ve managed to transition for the season! I have found that the more natural you can go the better. A beautiful wool garland, evergreen wreath and platter of pine cones can stand the test of time again and again.
Until next time!