Taking Your Decor from Christmas to Winter

I gave myself an early Christmas gift this year. And it wasn’t like that time that I bought myself a new pair of slippers and made my husband wrap them and put them under the tree and then I opened them on Christmas morning with all of the appropriate fake surprise and joy. 😉

Simple winter tabletop decor atthepicketfence.com

No, this year I gave myself the gift of time. The gift of energy. The gift of streamlining the transition from Christmas to the new year.

Back in November when I started decorating my house for the holidays, I made the decision to be very intentional. I was determined that when it came time to pack away the Christmas stuff that I wouldn’t have to work too hard to have the spaces still feel decorated.

After all, those tabletops and mantels and nooks and crannies still need some love even after Santa’s visit, right?

Take for example my entry table.

Christmas entry with garland on staircase

I removed all of the extra ‘stuff’ and kept out this little decorative sled but tucked the tree into a white pitcher for a pop of something bright against all of the brown-ish tones.

simple winter decor with a decorative sled atthepicketfence.com

I switched out the wire basket for this olive bucket but kept the logs and put it on top of the chest.

Simple and lovely.

olive bucket with logs

The living room mantel was the easiest area of all to change from Christmas to winter.

Christmas mantel with noel letters in twig frame

All I did was remove the ‘Noel’ plaque. The pine-cones and greenery help to keep things looking soft and winter-y so it was a no brainer to just leave them be.

Mantel with shutters and frames atthepicketfence.com

The family room fireplace received a little bit more attention but still only took about 5 minutes.

This is how it looked for Christmas.

Simple Christmas mantel decorating idea

And here is how it looks simplified for winter.

simple french country fireplace decor atthepicketfence.com

The little sprigs of greenery which were in the white pitchers all along the mantel (plus a few more) were tucked into a white urn so that there is still some color.

winter greenery tucked into an urn atthepicketfence.com

On the sofa table, I didn’t have to change a single thing. A wire tray held the candles we used for advent this Christmas and alongside a chunky wood column (one of my most favorite decor pieces!) it will stay this way all winter long.

Simple winter sofa table decor atthepicketfence.com

You know, when it was all said and done, I realized that I had given myself the gift that keeps on giving.

When it was all decorated for Christmas, it was more than enough.

And now, it’s just right.

Fill a wire basket with decorative items. Easy and simple decorating! At the Picket Fence.com

I honestly think that my soul let out a big sigh of relief when I stood back and took in the more simple decor.

It could be because it was less fussy, less dusty and less mussy (that’s a word right?).

But I really think that it’s because I won’t have to do any more decorating on these surfaces until it’s time to break out the Spring decor. Whew!

Hope you are all having a great start to the new year!

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  1. Elaine says

    I too decorate for January, I live in south Florida but I put out snowmen and a door plaque that says winter. You have given me great ideas for other decorations, rthank you. I love white and your decorations are just great. I am digging out my white pitcher and putting greenery in it and using my white dishes for everyday during this month.
    Have a happy new year.

  2. Sherri says

    I love this idea, I kind of do something similar. I live in a one bedroom apartment, I put up a small tree and then usually decorate the living room with lots of snowman and garland. This way I can take the tree down and still be decorated for the winter until Spring gets here! Your home is beautiful!

  3. says

    So smart! I need to work on this a bit more next year!!! I unwrapped the gift I picked out this year from the hubs – a red Kate Spade bag! To give the hubs some credit, he went shopping with me to pick something out!!! Happy New Year!

  4. says

    Oh Vanessa, I love it all! What I love most, though, is that it’s “winter” and your decor reflects the season outside instead of jumping ahead to spring. It’s all just perfect:-)
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  5. says

    simply beautiful! I wanted a way to leave the garland and white lights over my living room window, but felt it still looked too Christmassy . I did leave snowmen (tea stained) and some white lights and lots of pine cones… wish I would have thought to keep greenery. I love winter!

  6. Karen says

    I went simple this year, as well. I didn’t put much out for Christmas so that it was simple to put back and then minimized winter decor with only a few snowmen on and around the mantel – and I have 3 poinettia’s and 2 greenery plants. Looks very neat!

  7. Loni Lichfield says

    Vanessa, where do you get your lovely greenery and garlands? The only thing I can find in my small town is the fake wiry bushy stuff. I want so much to use something that looks like I snipped it out of my backyard, but I don’t know if what you have is real or fake. Can you share where you got yours? Thanks!!

  8. Wynne Snell says

    Love your blog! Was just wondering if you can share where you found the wire basket and greens inside? I will begin at Craft Warehouse. Thanks!

  9. PAT says

    Hi there, just happened on your site, although we are now into 2017 and I’m a year late, I loved what saw! what a lovely way to keep in the spirit of winter!! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that keeps it wintry after the holidays!!

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