After the holiday decor comes down there's always a moment of calm, peace, and restoration in the house. Unfortunately, it is soon followed (at least for me) by a feeling of emptiness. Gone are the warm twinkly lights, gone are the decorations placed in every nook and cranny. It's streamlined and clean, but it can also feel sterile. Many in the decor world begin shifting to Spring decor after Christmas. Adding greenery and flowers back in. Unfortunately, I live in New England where the next three months are snow covered and cold. It feels odd having Spring decor out, when the real outside is well...dead. Over the years I've developed some mid-winter staples to add some warmth and coziness back into my home, without the clutter and chaos of Christmas. Here are five easy ways to bridge the decor gap from Christmas to Spring. The best thing? You can get them all on Prime!
Candles: I think after the cozy glow of the Christmas lights comes down, the house can feel dark. I'm a candle fanatic any time of the year, but especially when the dark, cold winter months roll in. I like to add extra candles to my decor this time of year to try to bring that cozy glow back.
I know there's a big debate over real candles vs fake. Personally, I'll always take a real candle, but at the risk of burning my house down, and the expenses that come with them, I like to use both. I have one or two real candles that I like on my coffee table, but I then use fake candles to allow me to put candles in places that normally would be too dangerous (such as behind my sofa). I like the mix, and it is more economical in the long run. Pottery Barn has some wonderful flameless candles, but if they aren't in your budget there are some great, and very similar, options on Amazon. They even come with a remote so you can light your room up with one click. You really can't beat that when it gets dark!
Birch: I'm drawn to birch in the winter. It's very common in the Northeast, and something about the texture of the bark and its white color makes it the perfect winter decor. Often times you can get a good sale on birch decor that stores had out for Christmas, and repurpose it for post-holiday by removing red ribbons and such. I love birch logs, vases, and candles. Again, many stores carry sets of logs, but you can also get them on Prime and have them delivered right to your house, I really like their versatility!
Pine Cones: I love bringing outside in, but it's definitely hard to do that in New England when outside in January and February means everything is dead and covered in snow. I feel like pine cones give a nice natural element that doesn't create a huge contrast with what's really happening outside. You can also get scented pine cones to give your home a nice cozy aroma. This is another item that you can get on major sale post-Christmas that isn't really just Christmas decor! I found a huge bag at BJ's (kind of like Costco) for $4, you can also get them at TJ Maxx or Amazon (I like the gold accents of these ones).
Cable knit Blankets: When it's snowing outside, there's nothing better than to curl up on the couch with a big chunky throw. Cable knit blankets that remind me of sweaters are just the thing to make your house feel warm and cozy between the seasons! They look great draped over the arm of a sofa, or thrown on a blanket ladder, and most importantly, you!
Wooden Elements: Bowls, trays, vases, you get the idea. I love introducing wood elements into my home in the time between the seasons. Warm wood tones really play well of winter neutrals and bring both a natural element and artistic element into your space. They transition well into Spring when you can add flowers and greenery.
These are just a few ideas for transitional decor. Obviously there are lots of ways to bridge the gap from the holidays to the flowers of Spring. I think you have to really think about where you live and what makes sense for you. Since I live in a place that sees snow for much of the winter, it doesn't make sense to fill my house with green grass. If you don't have birch trees near you, birch logs may not make as much sense. You have to do what works for you and your home, but hopefully this got your creative juices flowing! What do you do to decorate in between the seasons?