I told my husband the other day that my whole goal in getting dressed each day was to wear clothing that feel like I have on sweats but that don’t actually look like sweats.
Don’t get me wrong, the minute I get home I’m eagerly pulling on those glorious elastic waistband pants (come to mama!) and an over-sized sweatshirt that gives a detailed map of all of the paint colors I have ever encountered.
But, I’ve decided that when I’m out in public (for the most part!) I’m going to attempt to wear what would be considered non-work-out wear.
That doesn’t mean it can’t be soft and comfortable though!
And when it comes to decorating my house for winter, I’m taking the same approach.
I want my home to look like it has on ‘real’ clothes but feel like my favorite warm and comfy sweats…minus the paint stains of course!
Winter decorating has always felt slightly intimidating to me. But not this year! Why you ask?
Well, I gave myself a wonderful gift and it all began back when I started decorating my home for Christmas.
I was intentional. I was determined. I was a woman on a mission.
I was going to make that transition from Christmas decor to Winter decor as seamless as possible by using items that would do double duty.
For example, Christmas time in my foyer included a monogram themed tree and a table top with a winter sleigh in faux snow.
When it came time to pack everything away, I simply kept out the sleigh, took the top part of the monogram tree off and placed it in a basket. A mercury glass candle adds a bit of sparkle.
My living room mantel looked like this all dressed up for Christmas.
All it took was removing the garland and keeping the urns with branches and dried hydrangeas to help it transition to a more winter-y feel.
And with a few simple changes my family room went from this…
The soft glow of these (battery operated!) candles make this room so cozy at night.
You see, decorating is supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to come from a desire to express your personality through your home.
It’s not supposed to be complicated, stressful or anxiety inducing.
So, I do things like this…placing ornaments in a wire basket for Christmas…
…and then, after packing those ornaments away, placing some ball thingy-ma-jigers (that’s totally the technical term by the way!) into that same wire basket without it ever having to be moved.
Pine cones placed inside these trophy style pieces have been sitting there, just like that, since Fall.
So really they are doing triple duty working for Fall, Christmas AND on through Winter!
If the rest of the house is like glorified sweats, then the dining room is like the pretty scarf or necklace that you throw on to try and distract people from the glorified sweats.
Just a tad more fanc-i-fied but still requiring very little effort.
Want to know a secret? Sometimes I don’t want to go through all the work of getting out of my grubby sweatshirt and leggings to run errands or pick up the kids from school so I will just throw on my cute black rain coat over them, add a fun scarf and my black riding boots and I’m good to go!
Of course, I pray that no one asks me to sit down and take my coat off because otherwise they would get to see the map of all of the paint colors I’ve used over the years! 😉
To me, winter is the time for hibernating. For hunkering down together as a family and just being.
We spend more time actually inside our home during this time of the year than any other.
And I want it to be a place that envelopes us…like being wrapped up in a warm and cozy blanket.
I want to feel a sense of calm and peace after the hectic holiday schedule.
To curl up on the couch with a good book even if I get interrupted a million and one times.
I used to feel that I just had to ‘grin and bear it’ through winter. Just bide my time until Spring.
But now, well, I’m determined to try and appreciate each day. Even the cold, dreary rainy ones.
Because, hey! At least I get to spend them in my sweats!
I’m so excited to be joining all of these amazing bloggers for this Creating a Cozy Home Tour!
Here’s the line-up for the week and I encourage you to pop over and visit these ladies for tons of ideas and inspiration:
Monday, January 13th
Tuesday, January 14th
Wednesday, January 15th
Thursday, January 16th
Friday, January 17th
And, as always, I’m so thrilled that you took the time to come and visit me here today At the Picket Fence,