Is it just me or did January feel like the longest month EVER? Maybe it's just me. I live in New England, and as much as I like to tout that we have four seasons, we really have Winter for what feels like most of the year, and then everything else.
Come mid-January, I'm over the Christmas decor. The lights and tinsel have been packed away, and I'm always left with a decorating void. It's too early for Spring, but I don't want to be reminded of all the snow on the ground. So, what to do? I've rounded up five ways to transition your decor for the awkward "teenage years" of decor that span Christmas to March.
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1. Think cozy. For me, it's still sub-zero outside most days, and as much as I want to fill my house with flowers, it just doesn't make any sense. During this time of year, I want all of the blankets and pillows to keep me warm by the fire. I like to use a neutral palet to try to move away from the color saturation of Christmas. I use textures to give some dimension. Gold chenille throws, white cable-knit blankets, and cozy fleece are all in my living room right now. Add to that burlap, white cotton, and fur pillows (you can find the bicycle pillow here) and you have a cozy post-holiday sanctuary.
2. Pinecones. I feel like these are the underdogs of the decorating world. They work for most seasons, but I love to fill vases and bowls with them. Glue one onto an elastic of clip and you have an inexpensive napkin ring! You can buy them in bulk online or at most craft stores. Sometimes I even dip them in glitter to jazz things up. Pine cone garland can be a nice replacement for your pine garland (and you won’t have to take all the hooks down). It's a great way to bring an outside element inside, when everything outside is dead!
3. Eucalyptus, rosemary, olive branches and other greenery. Yes, it's white and cold and dead outside, but bringing in some green elements can remind you that Spring isn't too far off. Green against a neutral palette pops and can elevate your mood. I have eucalyptus splays on my dining room table right now, and hanging baskets in my kitchen, and I smile every time I see them. Use it to fill those spaces left by pine wreaths and holly branches that you had up during the Christmas season. I also love the scent, so I usually buy a eucalyptus candle or two.
4. Birch. I love birch all year, but especially during January and February. Birch branches and logs add a textural element to your room, and they look great with white or twinkle lights. While their bareness is a reminder that it's winter, they again bring some of the outside in. I'm lucky enough to have them available in nature to me, but if you don't live in an area where birch is common you could actually purchase a bundle at Crate and Barrel or online. Incidentally, bf doesn't understand why we have "fancy" logs that we can't burn. I tell him they are decorative logs and he looks at me like I'm crazy. Someday he'll learn!
5. Copper, Rose Gold, or another Metallic. Just because the shiny holiday ornaments are down, doesn't mean you can't add a little shine to your home. Consider using copper mugs in your tablescape (I love these), or a rose gold bowl on your coffee table. Swap wooden candlesticks for metallic ones to give some shine and glam to your space. I think it works best this time of year to use metals on every day objects; bowls, cups, mugs, trays, frames. Just one swap can really elevate a room.
The more I think about it, the less intimidating decorating this time of year becomes. In fact, I love the challenge of it. I think it's a time to renew and refresh both your spirit and your home. What are some ways you decorate your home for the "in between" months?