Happy New Year to all!
One of the first and least anticipated tasks of the new year is taking all the holiday decor down.
Don’t you wish you could use it a little longer?
Well, some of it you can. Here’s how to use some of your holiday decor through winter.
Keep some of the greenery or move it to other rooms where it can be appreciated. Bring the outdoors in and add a fragrant smell, as seen in Ken Fulk‘s Christmas cabin featured in Elle Decor’s holiday issue.
(We always love his website and can’t get enough of his fresh, fun-loving style.)
However, if you have pine garlands then the needles will dry and drop — if they haven’t already.
Magnolia leaves or other foliage works best for continuing your holiday decor through winter.
Add clementines, oranges, pomegranates and artichokes to change the look, especially if using for entertaining.
Enhance any small artificial trees that are popular, like those from Restoration Hardware, with the added background of winter trees or faux bois peel-and-stick wallpaper or a solid color with texture.
Just one 52 in wide roll will create the accent needed to make your winter trees make sense beyond the holiday season.
Like this Satinwood self-adhesive wallcovering in gray.
Add more ways to light the space with these modern box cubes that can be used as tables or seats.
Complement some Christmas or Hanukkah colored pillows with white or other large fun or textured pillow, This offsets the immediate thought of “holiday” with winter white, warmth and snow.
Elle’s Time for Fashion blog has some great tips.
Any of these holiday pillow covers are generic enough to be used throughout winter and can be used over your current holiday pillows.
In the same vein, if you have some metallic decorations left over from the holidays, these work well into the winter by adding extra sparkle.
Keep some lighting. Neutral, clear star or fairy lights can even go year round and turned on to set the mood or give an extra festive feel during those cold winter months.
Making Lemonade shows 25 Gorgeous Ways to Use Christmas Lights past the holidays.
Use these lights instead or in addition as background lighting with candles and you’ll have a romantic winter wonderland for months until spring.
Remember those magnolia leaves from above? Don’t throw them out when you are finally finished.
Use with a metallic pen to create place cards any time of the year that are lovely, natural and modern.
Hey, but while you might still have a Christmas Tree, even though it is now the start of Mardi Gras season, you can always simply put a few sprigs in a plain white bucket as a simple solution for display and fragrance that might softly remind you of Christmas without screaming it.