Happy Thursday, friends! I had every intention of posting earlier this week. In fact, I have several posts in the que, but we had our adorable grandson for a few days this week and that took precedence over everything. And we wouldn’t change a thing! But, I have been meaning to share with you a few of our winter decor ideas! Come on over!
I took down the majority of our Christmas decorations well over a week ago. Everything started seeming so bare to me so I decided to leave up just a bit of the decor for a bit longer to ease the blow of the transition. For starters, here is how our front porch looked decorated for Christmas. I used real greenery and wreaths on the exterior and just added red bows, white lights and vintage ice skates. Simple and festive!
After New Year’s Day I took down the wreaths and tossed most of them. I stashed the red bows in the attic until next year. The rest of the greenery and the wreaths out front still looked and smelled so fresh, so I left them up! It adds a softness to the entry that I love.
And at night the front porch still looks festive and inviting.
I also left up the large lighted wreath in the window in the great room. It doesn’t have a bow or anything but still gives us a sparkly glow at night. Plus, both the large wreath and the greenery over the front door require our largest ladder, so when I decide to take it all down, we can do it all in one fell swoop. (My husband always loves these types of chores~wink, wink!)
I also left one of the fresh wreaths in the Butler’s Pantry for a bit of greenery and I love the scent. It’s like having a cedar candle in the room!
My little Norfolk Island Pine tree is still looking good (despite my lack of a green thumb with house plants.) So, I took off the red wrapper that came on it and put it in my vintage plant stand. I think I’ll plant it over at our lake house the spring. (If it makes it that long.)
Somehow my poinsettias in the dining room have also survived. So, I left them too.
I added a few pinecones in a brass bowl on the coffee table in the great room. We have several large pine trees in our yard, so these are plentiful. And free. These are just a few ideas to keep some of that holiday magic in our home until the weather warms and spring starts creeping in. Did you go cold turkey and take down everything? Or are you letting just a bit of the holidays linger? Do tell!
And this little prince is the reason I’ve been so busy lately. We are so thankful that we get to keep him as often as we do. Isn’t it the job of grandparents to love and spoil them as much as possible? And his parents kindly allow us this pleasure and privilege. It means the world to us!
Well, friends, I hope you are having a great New Year so far, despite the craziness and sickness. Around here I”m trying to stay positive and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. I hope you’ll continue to follow along and please feel free to give me feedback and comments! I’m so thankful for you and your support! Have a great day! Much love, Dell