We’re not quite ready for spring yet, are we? I’m not ready to get out all the spring things, but after the holidays the house looks so dismal and bleak without all the sparkle of Christmas decorations. It’s a rather melancholy time of year for me every single year and this year was no exception. After all the hustle bustle of fall into the holiday season, January comes and feels like the darkness of winter has arrived.
After I got all the Christmas decorations put away, I began to bring out a few things to add back. Not that much, I kept it pretty simple, but it feels nice for these in between months until we get to March and all things spring.
Daisy always wants to follow me around to see what I’m doing, so my little assistant is front and center. I have this old vintage iron urn that I like to get out this time of year. The white feels fresh and then I stopped at some magnolia trees nearby and asked the owner (of a school in my neighborhood) if I could cut some of these lush green magnolia stems. They are perfect for decorating this time of year. The green leaves are beautiful and the backsides are a velvety brown, which I love.
They dry beautifully too and last for a long time, keeping much of their color even with no water. I never put them in water, just cut and place.
Daisy was all eyes as I was moving around the house.
My little shadow. Daisy just turned 3 years old on January 11th. It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years already that we got her.
In the dining room, I took some of the pieces away, but kept the plaid placemats and blue plates. Just a simple place setting and the blue and white vase with the faux berries is perfect for winter too.
I love the sparkle of candlelight this time of year and my faux candles are a nice touch for lighting and adding a beautiful glow around the house.
The foyer table stays pretty simple too, with touches of green and the sparkle of those candles again. That mercury glass set from Pottery Barn is beautiful and can be used for all seasons. Mercury glass candle holders and brass deer add just the right touch this time of year.
I’ve really enjoyed them and the faux candles are easy to use and not worry about real candles. Unfortunately this set is now sold out.
I have a vintage brass bowl and love to add this boxwood ball for a touch of green.
More magnolia stems are used in the family room on the mantel. I simply took down all the garland from Christmas and left my blue and white and all the brass candlesticks, added magnolia in the urns, a pretty print over the fireplace and called it done.
I love the simplicity of blue and white mixed with the magnolia stems.
Those candles are wax and faux so I turn them on most every night.
They add such a pretty glow at night! So that’s the way I ease out of the Christmas holidays and into winter decor. I try to keep it simple, but yet add in some interesting things to enjoy and savor for this season. I hope my ideas gave you some new ideas to try as well, maybe something you haven’t thought about before! Thanks as always for stopping by.