Winter Decor: How to Style Your Home After the Holidays

It is always a struggle to decorate my home during the winter months. The house feels a little cold and empty once we take down the Christmas decorations, but it is still too soon to pull out the spring decor. I have found a happy medium mixing pieces from my holiday and spring decor in with a few special valentine touches.

Interior design has always been an interest of mine. I am definitely not a design expert, but I have always enjoyed creating a space that I enjoy spending time in and that changes with the seasons. Stopping by an open house, browsing through photos on Houzz, taking in my surroundings at a friend’s home, watching HGTV or thumbing through a home decorating magazine are all activities that make my heart happy. I love gathering inspiration for turning a house into a home whenever the opportunity arrises.

When changing my seasonal decor I mainly focus on these areas of my home:

  • entryway
  • family room
  • kitchen
  • powder room

I am the type of decorator that adds to my collection slowly, over time. I have to either fall in love with an item or have an emotional connection to it before I place it in my home. I have linked a couple of the accessories in the photos below that I know are currently available. Let me know if something catches your eye in these pictures that I have not linked, and I would be happy to give you more information about where it was found.

Entryway

frenchy flag, hurricane vases

This is the first space guests see when entering your home. I like to add a few seasonal touches here to set the tone for the rest of my home. My entryway table always includes a set of hurricane vases, a potted plant and my Frenchy Flag. Although my Frenchy Flag stays here year round, it seems especially appropriate for the space close to Valentine’s Day due to the hand painted heart. The tulips replace my Christmas poinsettia and the green moss balls offer a taste of the spring greenery to come.

Family Room

We have built in shelving in our family room that I like to change to reflect the season. The picture frames, hurricane vases and black wooden crate remain constant fixtures. I simply change out the vase filler, add seasonal books to the wooden crate and place a few seasonal decorations such as the quotes about love and red heart shaped leather bound book. The metal decorative spheres compliment the valentine decor but won’t look out of place in the space after Valentine’s Day had come and gone.

I love to mix patterns and colors when adding throw pillows to my couch. I The red and green plaid pillow, red polka dot pillow, and red knit pillow are all leftover from the holidays. I simply removed a more Christmas specific wreath pillow and replaced it with a red floral appliquéd pillow that will remain through spring. A decorative Kleenex box is another way to add a pop of seasonal color and practical for the runny nose weather.

Kitchen

buffalo check placemats
buffalo check red placemats are appropriate for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day

Dishtowels, placemats, salt & pepper shakers, flowers and decorative bowls are easy ways reflect the changing seasons in the kitchen area. I like to keep a festive bowl or platter next to the door that leads in from the garage to collect keys and phones as we come and go.

Powder Room

heart candle, red ticking stripe guest towels
cranberry vase filler, red ticking stripe guest towels, heart candle

The cranberries and guest towels are remnants from Christmas. I simply switched out candles to give the powder room a touch of valentine’s cheer. Bath towels are another easy seasonal switch.

I hope you had fun taking a peek into my home. Check out my Decorating for Fall post to see how I transformed these same spaces and accessories to reflect my favorite elements of fall.

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