We recently got our first real snow in several years. Someone commented on facebook that our home looks like Narnia in the snow. I do have to agree it's magical...
Even if you hate winter, I hope you will enjoy some of my winter touches. There is nothing we can do to change the fact that spring is still months away. Why not celebrate the beautiful landscapes God has created through snow, ice and frost, while waiting for the first crocuses to break through?
Ok, perhaps I should have titled this post, In Defense Of Winter.
Moving on to the decorating...
This year I did some simple tweaking after removing all of my holiday décor and kept a woodsy winter theme for my mantel and some shabby-chic touches on my buffet and shelves. As usual I also have a few little primitive items to add to the coziness and homespun feeling I like to create. I used lots of ivories, creams, and whites of course, and layered fabrics, wherever possible. I especially like my shabby chair right now, displaying that fabulous old blanket (love those stripes!), antique lace pillow, and a lovely knitted scarf, a favorite Christmas gift from my sister. This chair just works well year round with simple textile changes.
I started my transition from Christmas to winter with a wintry chalkboard. I traced my little boy's hands and drew some little mittens and snowflakes for a simple design.
In front of my chalkboard is a wonderful big ironstone tureen with a winter scene. I bought this at the flea market in July, always thinking ahead. I topped it with a simple snowman cloche.
Next I created a woodsy-winter mantel using a deer that I rescued from someone's abandoned garden at an estate sale as my focal point. I layered some realistic faux juniper sprigs and pine cones, with small primitive silicone dipped lights. I needed something to balance out the sides. I usually don't go for symmetry, but I got a set of lanterns for Christmas and I thought they would work nicely. I originally used candles in them, but then I found a stack of vintage snow photos in my hoards and decided to tuck a picture of snowy trees in each. For some junky-chic shabby touches, I added the ironstone and silverplate platters to the background and "framed" my deer in an antique frame.
I really need to stop taking photos in my red robe. My reflection always shows up in the glass and bulbs.
I used more vintage silver plate on my corner cabinet and just added a few little winter things.
One of my favorite displays is the Christmas card my mom sent this year, actually more of a winter scene than Christmas.
I topped the corner cabinet with my basket display featuring Grace, my vintage jewelry bust. She is wearing a Scottish plaid scarf and antique aviator cap. I used a winter pine tree, some pine cones, some shabby wooden spindles and a vintage book with a woodsy photo on the cover.
On the little mantel in our sitting room I kept this book from my Christmas vignette, since the children are making snowballs. I am so glad I discovered the joy of using things I already have to create seasonal displays. It's always a treasure hunt around my own house and it takes a little creativity but that's the fun part.
Well there's about 10 minutes left until February and I did it! I got a January post finished! As most of my followers know, I am very sick with Lyme Disease and other autoimmune illnesses and I just really struggle to keep up with blogging when symptoms are bad as they have been for a while. But at least I am getting one post in in January. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Tomorrow, health permitting, I will start changing out some things for Valentine's day, but winter is far from over according to the extended forecast. Eastern KY is predicted to have 10-12 inches next weekend! I love beautiful snow but I think I'm ready to start working on some spring and Easter crafts to combat cabin fever!
Stay warm and cozy everyone. Sip some hot cocoa, coffee or tea. Enjoy the beauty of winter...spring will arrive eventually, it always does!
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