I love finding new ways to re-invent the style of my home. I am one of those people who will sit down in your living room and start contemplating how I would rearrange your furniture or hang things differently on your walls. Trust me, I’ve done it enough times to my own home, I could do it to yours! My husband jokes and calls it “my disease” and I’ve even been forced to promise I’d NOT rearrange the furniture for up to 6 months at a time. That was a long six months!
But honestly, it’s not like I can help it – it’s how God wired me – to be creative. One of my favorite messages on creativity comes from one of my favorite devotionals, Jesus Calling, written by Sarah Young: (hint: she writes this as Jesus would be speaking directly to you) “I, the Creator of the Universe, am the most creative Being imaginable. I will not leave you circling in deeply rutted paths. Instead, I will lead you along fresh trails of adventure, revealing to you things you did not know. Stay in communication with Me. Follow my guiding presence.”
Fresh trails of adventure. That sounds pretty awesome to me. I love the feeling that comes along with starting fresh. Once all the Christmas decorations are finally packed away, I am always amazed at how nice and fresh the house feels. It’s what led me to want to leave the house feeling somewhat “de-cluttered” with decor for the rest of the winter season.
Lately I’ve been trying to follow the “less is more” motto when it comes to my decorating. But I always strive to make my house feel cozy too, so it’s definitely all about finding that happy medium – the border between chaos and control.
I was inspired by a recent thrift store trip to play up the concept of winter whites this year. I found a pair of old white ice skates and an ivory wooden sled and decided to work around a snow/ice theme. But I do love some pops of color and so I still found ways to incorporate my love of red and blue as well.
My fireplace mantle scene is calm and collected with a wintry feel. Ice skates paired by a tall blue vase with frosted twigs and a smaller ivory mason jar I painted holding some red berries. The ‘Count Your Blessings’ sign is one from my Uppercase Living days (I used to be a consultant) and is a great reminder to do just that.
The little wooden sled with glitter I found is housing a few battery operated candles – I love those things. Next to it is one of my favorite signs describing my “everyday life” as a mom of 3 kids, along with the two remaining waterless snow jars that did not sell from my seasonal collection in my shop.
Ironically, they are a perfect representation of my 3 kiddos and their love of ice skating and sledding.
I was able to create some easy snow bowls for end table decorations using some fake snow and nature-inspired reindeer moss, birch bark, twigs and red berries. I added a simple white candle in the middle. It’s like I’m instantly transported back to our cabin up north.
The DIY custom “Sleigh Bells Ring” pillow cover I made is still making an appearance in here as well. You can read about how I created it here.
I love changing out the 8 x 10 print inside this black frame seasonally. It now reads the 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 verse, and for this time of year especially, it is a good reminder of what LOVE is really supposed to look like.
And since I love me a chalkboard, I could not resist picking up this Dollar Spot mini easel at Target, so perfect for little handwritten messages. After all, it is January in Wisconsin, so we might as well embrace the inevitable and enjoy all that fluffy, white stuff.
My kitchen doesn’t feature all that much seasonal decor, but I did find this cheery little red & white snowflake garland on clearance in the days after Christmas sales at Target. Love that big, blue wintry sky background!
This adorable little snowman sign was created for me last year by my children with the help of their grandmother. My mom is so crafty and thoughtful. She always surprises me each year with something handmade from my children. I will cherish those gifts always.
As well as my new calendar that I have hanging in my office. My son’s preschool teacher has the kids make these each year for their parents as Christmas presents. I still have the ones my older 2 daughters made me when they were in preschool. *sigh* I will now silently die a little inside thinking about how fast my kids are growing up. But just look at how cute that little hand print snowman is! Each month is a different finger/hand/foot print design. So very sweet!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my winter themed home decor and were left with some inspirational ideas for what to do in your own home now that the Christmas decorations are all packed away. Stay warm and enjoy the months ahead as we celebrate another season God has blessed us with that can be beautiful in its own unique way.