How To Transition From Christmas To Winter Decor (tips and ideas!)
I’m sharing a few simple tips and ideas to transition into those long winter months after the holidays to create simple & cozy winter decor!
Hello beautiful friends! We are full-on into winter whether it feels like it or not. I don’t know about you but we’ve had some really wacky weather so far. 70’s one day, 40’s the next. I’m certainly not complaining because the more warm days I can get, the happier I am! haha
And, the chance for snow around here is not that great. Yes, we do have snow some years and sometimes more than once. But it’s not a regular thing by any means, if at all. I don’t mind a day or two but then it’s got to go!
Even so, winter just says “snow” and cold to me. So this year when I took our Christmas decorations down, I decided to leave some of it out to create winter decor for a cozy winter home.
I have mixed feelings about taking down all the holiday decorations every year. I love, love, love the fresh clean feeling of it but I also don’t love the absolutely blank look of it after all the cozy Christmas decor. So I compromised.
A little bit here and there but not overdone. Still fresh and clean looking but with a little cozy winter factor thrown in.
This is the first year I’ve decorated for winter. I’m not sure why I’ve never done it before??
How about you??
Do you decorate for winter??
I think it’s probably because I mentally want to skip right over it and get to spring so I don’t even consider it. But I’m fully embracing it this year and I absolutely love it!! I can see myself putting out winter decor every year going forward now.
This is a picture heavy post. I thought about splitting it up but decided to just put em all here. I hope you enjoy touring our winter home with me.
How To Transition From Christmas To Winter Decor (tips and ideas!)
Welcome to our winter home…
Use greenery left over from Christmas (the ones without the red berries) in and around your home to bring in the “outdoor” wintery feel.
I simply removed my tall Santa that was here ( you can see that Christmas home tour post here) and replaced it with these simple white trees from the Dollar Store. I had these on my dining room table for Christmas.
I made a simple printable with this sweet quote…
…printed it out and stuck it in this fun, whimsical frame.
I’ll have the download for this printable and another sign I made for our winter home next week here for you.
(UPDATE: Get the FREE printables now, here)
As you can see, I kept most of what I had on the dining table. I moved the small white trees to the foyer, removed the large gold tree and stars I had there but kept the rest.
And added sweet little iridescent glass snowflake ornaments. (I added those all around the house)
They are hard to see in the photos but I’ve got more photos coming up where you can see them better.
I removed the white Santa and snowman figurines below and left the rest of what I had on the dresser for the holidays.
It all worked well for winter.
I did add a few “snow” covered pine cones to the bowl though.
Using outside elements like pine cones (and the greenery I mentioned above) to add a wintery feel to your decor.
I used sno-flock on these previously. (the same stuff I used on our Christmas tree a few years back)
You can find the sno-flock, here.
I added a snowflake pillow I purchased several years ago here on the “hall tree” bench.
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Our morning room all cozied up for winter.
I actually removed the green garland I had over this picture during the holidays and put it on our mirror in the kitchen.
Then I put this heavier looking one here.
The throw is new (Marshall’s) and the sweater pillows came from here several years ago.
(more pine cones in the tray)
Add throws in and around your seating areas for a cozy touch. Plus they are great for the cold evenings cuddled up on the couch.
Add throw pillows with lots of texture, like sweater pillows, fluffy, furry, etc.
The white pillow upfront is one of 2 brand new covers I got to cover two pillows I already had. This is a perfect solution as I can simply remove and fold to store till next year when I put the winter decor away. (and more budget-friendly than buying full pillows!)
Like the pillow cover? You can get it here.
Over on the coffee bar, I simply added more pine cones, glass snowflakes, baby pine cones, white trees, and a white snowflake tea towel.
Here’s the green garland piece I had in the morning room over the holidays. I thought the smaller one was better suited here.
I hung more of those glass snowflakes I mentioned above, here.
If you like them, you can find them, here.
On the other side of the kitchen, I added a small boxwood wreath, a glass snowflake, and a brand new sign.
Did you see the sneak peek I posted in my Instagram stories when I was making this one??
As I mentioned above, I’ll have the details on the sign and the free printables for both it and the other new one above, next week.
It’s a shame none of the photographs are able to pick up the pretty iridescence these display.
Snowflakes of any kind just speak winter. Add them throughout your home, here and there, on towels, pillows, throws, etc.
I added this small pine tree I already had to the kitchen.
On into the living room…and Ryder. (who matches my winter decor perfectly!)
Always the good sport laying in his bed all sweetly. lol
But… does he really???
No, not for long anyway!!! haha! He’s such a hoot.
As you can see.
He finally made his way over to the other side of the room…with his bed in his mouth. And the very last picture is where I found him about 20 minutes later…bed still in his mouth, content as can be! He’s so funny.
Anyway, back to this winter decor of ours.
I left the simple green garland I had up on the mantel for the holidays but added more pine cones.
The gold trees stayed over on the shelf but I put up one of my regular signs instead of the “Merry & Bright” one.
I didn’t even use these miniature skis this year in our holiday decor.
But they sure look cute here for winter.
Another small tree I already had and the simple branches in the blue vase work nicely too.
And some baby pines cones in the dish.
Another cozy throw I got new this year. Specifically for winter decor.
And more pillow covers. (plus the other matching set of the white one in the morning room)
Like any of these pillows or throw? You can find them here:
- Aqua Corduroy Pillow Covers
- Sweater Pillow Covers (these are covering my white, furring pillows I always have on our couches)
- Aqua/Brown Throw (SO soft!)
I’m seriously in love with that throw. It’s so soft and the colors are just perfect.
Love the little bit of plaid in it too. I think anything plaid is perfect for winter. I found a few plaid things I liked but most were red and I didn’t want red.
The striped pillow on the other couch is one I found on clearance at At Home on an outing. (you might have seen me over on Instagram talking about it)
It was $7.
The sweater pillows just say winter don’t they though? I really love them.
I also got some tan “linen” covers and pillow inserts to bring in some brown/tan. I didn’t really get any good photos of those but you can see one on the couch above. If you are interested in them, you can find them here. I really like them and will use them all year long.
The green garland on the artwork came after I took my holiday tour pictures but it was there during the holidays. I kept it up for our winter home decor.
The little pine tree on the ottoman tray was a TJ Maxx find. (I got two, one is in the laundry room) They were 50% off after Christmas so I got them for $3.50 each.
Moving on into the laundry room…
I feel like I actually did a little more in the laundry room for my winter decor than I did for the holidays.
The pine cone window garland came for the dollar spot at Target. $5
And the tree below was a Michael’s find for 70% off. It was $7.
(and the other little pine tree from TJ Maxx)
More pine cones in the metal tray.
And not decor-related…well it sort of is.
I started using the detergent pods and decided to keep them in one of my (many!) antique jars. This works so well and I love being able to display it AND with a useful purpose at that.
And yes, I am almost out! I had lots of laundry happening over here with my youngest home from college. lol
I kept the same pine garland over the mirror in the guest bath.
And simply removed the Christmas decor I had in here and added mini pine cones and more of those glass snowflakes.
Didn’t even touch this side…as is from Christmas.
(small shelf on the opposite wall in the guest bath) One simple little pine tree.
Well hey there, you…Roo. :)
I’m still here, not leaving your sight…don’t you worry. lol
I hope you enjoyed touring our home filled with winter decor and all cozied up for winter.
Maybe it will give you an idea or two for your own home this winter.
If you liked anything you saw, you can scroll back through the post and check out any of the links I provided.
Okay, to recap, some tips to create winter decor for your home, things to add:
- layers & texture
- fluffy throws and pillows
- plaids (blues, greens, tans)
- greenery (without the red), small trees, garland, wreaths, etc.
- snowflakes or snowflake patterned things
- white trees
- pine cones
- small branches without leaves
- “wintery” signs and quotes
- and a fluffy white dog (optional…but I highly suggest! ;) )
Now tell me because I am super curious (since this is my first time decorating for winter), do you also decorate for winter?
Am I just way behind the times or what? haha
I’d love to know.
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I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be working on something for our Trash To Treasure next week. I think it might be furniture this month. We’ll see. I don’t have a clue yet!! lol
And, remember, I will also be sharing the brand new “winter wonderland” sign I have in our kitchen, the printable for it and the printable I made and used in our foyer above, next week too.
Love your ideas for winter decorating! Plan on doing some more decorating to help us get through our NY winter!! Thank you for the links. Ryder is adorable as usual!!
Thank you, Mary! Yes, so happy to hear that! I think you will love it! :) xoxo
Yes, I’ve decorated for winter for awhile now. It gets dark about 4:30 here (NY) around the holidays and having those white lights for dark, cold wake ups and dreary want to go to bed evenings make a big difference! I have the Village lit up, and a small tree with no ornaments, just white lights. I also use sprigs of pine and tuck them all around on shelves and wall hangings.
Your house looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)
Oh yes, I think it really does!! I thought 5pm was bad down here! Thankfully it’s getting to be more around 530 now. That’s one of the biggest things I hate about winter. I love the idea of using a tree with just white lights only. Sounds like your home is a lovely winter, cozy space too! xoxo
Great post. What brand and color is the dresser in your dining room painted?
Oh gosh, I almost always link that one and I didn’t this time! :) It’s Aubusson Blue, here’s the link to more info on it. https://www.artsychicksrule.com/aubusson-blue-chalk-paint-dresser-makeover-again/
I love decorating for winter. My Christmas theme for years was snowmen and I always left them out until March. I have switched up my decor and I have passed the snowmen on so your post is a perfect inspiration for me as I felt my space was lacking this year! I have put out my Valentine reds and pinks and I think your white trees, snowflakes and pines cone will look perfect blended with it.
Oh that is a great idea! I have forgotten about Valentine’s day. The red will look great mixed in! I may have to throw a few red hearts here and there to spice mine up next month! :) xoxo
Nancy, your home is a brilliant coastal winter decor. I love the shells, starfish and such mixed with the pine cones and snowflakes. Completely beautiful, warm and welcoming.
Aww… Ryder i so sweet! Give him a hug for me! :)
Aw, thanks, Christina! And yes, I will!! He’s the best! xoxo
Nice job! You’ve inspired me to dig out my big pine cones and frost a few. Furry/fuzzy pillows are on my list as well. Nancy, what brand is your slip covered/rolled arm furniture? Thanks!
Thanks, Ruth! Oh yay, so glad! :) Our furniture is from IKEA. It was called Ektorp but it has been discontinued. They do have a similar one that’s replaced it though.
Love your decor! esp. those white slipcovers!
Thank you so much! :) xoxo
Your home looks wonderful for winter
Absolutley gorgeous. I just love it. Your fur baby is just so cute. I decorate for winter as well. I find it makes it feel so cozy after Christmas.
Thank you, Judy! :) He’s a keeper, for sure. I love that you also decorate for winter. I am not sure why I never have. I’ve been missing out! :) xoxo
I really enjoyed the pictures of your winter decor. I decorate for winter also. We take the tree down soon after Christmas and I put away the most Christmassy decorations. I leave greenery on the mantle,and in a basket near the fireplace. I love snowflakes,too,so I have them all around still. I leave my Nativity scene until Jan.6th when the wise men arrive. I use a lot of nature in the house in all seasons,so I never saw any reason to take out the berries and greenery . I love the whole winter look,complete with furry pillows and a nice fire.
Oh, I love that so many of you already decorate for winter!! I have been missing out for sure. But I am really enjoying it! Your house sounds so cozy and inviting. Now I want to have a fire in the fireplace tonight! :) xoxo
Your winter decorations are wonderful! Here in MN, I also winter decorate and leave up some of the Christmas until March. Which I decorate with white/off-white snowmen, I left up my little flocked christmas trees and added more fluffing on it for snow and have all white and gray ornaments on it. (I took off a couple of the more christmas or reddish ones). I use a fluffy white scarf with some tan at the ends underneath the tree and snowmen to work as a snowy ground. I leave up a “snowy” evergreen tree picture. This is all in a pass through that I decorate seasonally. The rest of my house stays pretty neutral year round.
Thank you, Donna! I love the idea of leaving snowmen up and the white tree with more fluff. And the picture idea too! I actually thought about replacing a print or two around my house with evergreen/snowy looking ones but didn’t find any I liked. I just love that idea! Maybe next year. Your home sounds so lovely! xoxo
I have never decorated for winter before, maybe cause I’m in Southern California, but now I want to after seeing your stunning decor!
And yes, that Winter Lodge look throw is perfect! It’s now on my wishlist.
Oh, yes, Robyn, I can totally understand that! We don’t really get snow (every once in a blue moon) so it’s not quite a wintery wonderland here either except it can get cold. lol I love that throw!! You will love it too…so soft (and those colors). Have a great weekend!! xoxo
Your house looks very cozy and inviting. I love the colors you chose. I have decorated for winter for a few years now, mostly because it does feel so bland after all the festive Christmas decorations come down. Sometimes I keep red in the mix though and throw in a few Valentine’s Day items. I add snowmen, snowflakes and pine cones. One year I used just blue and snowflakes. This year, I have also left my Christmas village up since it looks so nice on my newest creation (long dresser made into entertainment center). :-)
And I love that you include Ryder in the photos!
Thank you, Kathy! Yes, bland is the perfect word. I can’t believe I never decorated for winter before. I am just loving it! And yes, someone else mentioned Valentine’s…I hadn’t even considered that! I may just throw in a little red next month to spice things up for Valentine’s day. Your home sounds lovely (and congrats on the makeover…so fun!)! xoxo
Nancy, you have a beauty home. does your husband live there LOL between my husband & 13yr old yorkie.. I’m for ever cleaning. we have been remodeling our what I call cookie cutter home. I love that you have walls!. I’m not a fan or the open concept.
last summer we redid the entire outdoors and enclosed our lanai,
working the inside now. thank you for sharing your home.
Thank you, Roseann. Haha…yes, and it’s a constant battle!! lol He and our son (when he’s home from college) are both like little boys with the shoes, clothes, whatever, that comes off and gets left wherever. And Ryder…well, he might be the worst of all with his toys all over. One will just not do, he’s got to pull them all out of the basket!! haha But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, maybe a few pickups here or there but I’m thankful for it all. :) And yes, it’s a process with home re-doing. But so nice to get things done, isn’t it? Making home yours and all. :) xoxo
I did enjoy your Winter Decor tour, Nancy. And can you ever have enough pinecones? They are one of my favorite things to decorate with and I love the way you’ve used them, scattered through your rooms.
Thanks for sharing your pretty rooms and Happy New Year!
Hi Naomi! Thank you and no, I love pine cones too, especially the “snow” covered kind. :) Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo
I never have decorated for winter before, I loved the clean slate after Christmas. However, this year I decided to leave some winter items out and I’m wondering if it looks like winter or will people just think I forgot to remove some Christmas decorations? I’m undecided about this “winter decorating”.
Oh, that’s funny you say that, Mary! I sort of felt that way a bit when I started the winter decorating but not anymore. It totally feels like winter-ish decor to me now. Maybe because we are further out from Christmas and the trees are gone, etc. Either way, we are enjoying it very much no matter what others might think of it! :) xoxo
Your home looks SO pretty!! I love all the winter touches…bright and beautiful, but cozy and welcoming at the same time! XOXO
Thanks so much, Christy! :) xoxo
I love you transition from Christmas to winter. I do have a question though: Where did you find the lovely couch cover? I havent had any luck. Thanks.
Thanks so much, Terry! The couches (and covers) are from IKEA. They are called Ektorp. :) xo
I keep decorations that have snowflakes, pinecones and hearts out. Snowflakes and pinecones are the winter decorations. The color red and the heart decorations are with Valentine’s Day in mind. Blankets are a must. I love your garland idea. I just packed mine away!
I love the idea of red for Valentine’s. I think I am going to give that a go this year too! :) xo
Love your website. I’ve been watching for your download for the “Snowflake is like a winter’s butterfly.” I absolutely love it! Did I miss your post to do this?
Hi Kim!! Thank you, I am so glad to hear that! :) And yes, I mentioned it in this post. But it is available for download in the free printable library now. You can find it to download here. (just use the password that’s in the emails I send you each week) Have a great weekend! xoxo
I can’t get to your free printables to work, it just tells me to log in and send me a link to do it again
Are you subscribed to the blog here? Check one of my emails I’ve sent you. You will find the password in there. (scroll down, it’s right under the newest posts and again all the way at the bottom)
I am subscribed to all everything on this site ( even the e book I have never received that either) and I don’t see any password upper right or lower right, is it hidden? can you email it to me? Thanks
Yes, I will! But if you take a look in your email (and find one from me, the password is in there) Also, depending on when you signed up, (in the last few years) then you would have been sent a “welcome” with the link to the ebook. :) You can take a look for that but I’ll also send it.
I have a Department 56 Christmas Village that I leave up through March untilI I decorate for spring. It is on an antique buffet in our living room that we seldom use but pass on the way to the dining room. Love the houses lit up in the darkened room.
Oh, I bet that is beautiful, Judy! xoxo
Living in New Hampshire all of my life, the winters are long, cold and dark. I like keeping greens around, pinecones, twinkling votives and real candles … thick, cozy, handmade afghans to cuddle under, and more hot chocolate for when the kids come in from sledding or ice skating.
Christmas decor gets put away, but the Nativity and the Three Wise Men are front and center for the Feast of the Epiphany.
Late January is the coldest part of Winter in NH.
I leave some of my Angels and Lambs out as we approach Valentines Day, bring out my yarn hearts, display vintage books tied up in yarn and make another pot of homemade soup! This is also a good time of year to be working on a knitting or crocheting project.
Oh wow, I really dislike winter and cold weather but that all sounds so wonderful!! There is just something about “cozy” that I love in the wintertime and you pretty much nailed it! xo
Nancy, Your home is so lovely and inviting. I like the idea of leaving a little winter up and I am going to use some of my bottle brush trees and a few other items to incorporate winder in my decorating. I really enjoy Ryder, and I always look for him in your post. He is a beautiful dog and he looks very comfortable being photographed. I am sure he has his own fan following. Happy New Year to you and your family and I know 2023 is going to be great.
Thank you, Pam. Yes, a little cozy inside with the cold outside, right? And I’m so happy you love seeing Ryder! I love sharing him. :) Happy New Year! xoxo
Yes, I also keep decorations around for winter warmth. I love your examples. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Thanks, Maureen! Yes, it’s a cozy way to have your home during the cold months. Happy New Year!