I came across this quote by Edith Sitwell a few days ago: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” This quote struck me because I’ve truly never seen winter in a positive light. As someone who is very cold natured, I often dread the days of rainy, overcast weather. However, Sitwell provides a more positive perspective on the season. Winter can truly be enjoyable if we trick our minds into thinking so… just kidding… but seriously.
As I’ve grown older, I have come to the realization that my surroundings greatly dictate my mood, stress levels, and sometimes happiness. If winter is a difficult season for you as it is for me, then I have some good news for you. Here are five tips for creating a cozy space after Christmas.
Keep up the greenery. All the garland, little trees, floral pine & cedar picks can definitely be used in the winter. Greenery doesn’t have to scream festive after Christmas. Instead, try pulling out the reds and berries and see if what you already have will work. Another idea is to add greenery to a flower vase with a mix of eucalyptus for a textured look.
Okay, I promise I’m not crazy. Who doesn’t love the glow of twinkle lights during the holiday season? This year, I chose to keep my fairy lights on my garland to keep the cheer through the winter. It’s also no secret that I love candles – real or faux. Try adding candles to a dough bowl full of pinecones or winter stems. On your side table or coffee table, add a wintery candle on top of books to create a cozy vibe in your home.
I’ve always loved the look of glass bottles, vases, and demijohns, but this year glass has really inspired my winter look. One reason I love glass is because of its versatility. Glass can be used on a coffee table, on a shelf, on your mantel, and even as a centerpiece display on your dinner table. Be creative and use what you already have around the house.
Layers, layers, and more layers. While this may sound like a relatively dated concept during the winter months when it comes to clothing, the same can be applied to your home. Knitted blankets and pillows helped provide layered texture to your chairs and couches during the winter season. I also love to place blankets and pillows in baskets to use in various spaces around the house. Keep it simple. I would suggest incorporating a wintery blanket or two on one of your couches and using winter pillows here and there amongst your everyday ones. Consider adding a quilt and quilted pillow shams to cozy up your bedroom like I did here.
Wood allows for texture in the home. Try using birch logs in a bucket, basket, or old vintage toolbox like I did here. I especially love to incorporate woods and greens to give it a more realistic look. Another idea is to use wood rounds as chargers on your winter table. You could also incorporate wood candlesticks.