How to Freshen Up Your Home this Winter

I have officially kissed the holiday decor goodbye, stowing all my goodies away in the basement until next year. Maybe others of you feel the same, but my house looked so stark and cold and naked once all the wreaths and ribbons had been packed up. This gap of time between New Years and spring is especially tricky in New Hampshire–it’s frigid, first of all, and still pitch black outside by 5–and the thawing of spring feels really, really far away. Nevertheless, I wanted to bring some of my favorite spring-ish elements into the house which I’m dubbing “winter fresh.” Come along if you’d like to see!

Tapestries from HomeGoods; Blue glass jars from HomeGoods; Eucalyptus wreath from HomeGoods (similar); Glass hurricanes from Crate & Barrel; Little white ceramic house from Target

I’m a very detail oriented person, so envisioning significant changes in large spaces is not in my wheelhouse whatsoever. Rather, I like to start with one manageable spot and toy around with that space until it makes me happy. In this case it was the mantle of our fireplace. What I’m also loving about this “winter fresh” decorating endeavor is that 99% of what I’m using I already had in the house in random places. There isn’t a whole lot of buying new stuff happening which is great for our bank account 🙂

Window frames from Brimfield Antique Show; Gather sign from Target dollar section (it’s reversible and has greenery on the flip side); Colorful fans from HomeGoods

A quick note and amateur-tip about these window frames. If you’ve been following me over here for a little bit, you know that I am not a pro nor expert especially on finagling with and hanging things, especially if they are more than, oh, 3-5 pounds. The drilling, the anchors in the walls…just, no. So these frames were made for me because they look like those gorgeous heavy-duty wooden window frames but are about a pound each. If you love the look of substantial decor pieces but suck at executing, check out any Home Depot and Lowes for these mullions.

Distressed farm table from Joss and Main; Chairs from Joss and Main
Striped table runner from HomeGoods; Orange stripe napkins from HomeGoods; Galvanized chargers from Michael’s
Pink, purple, orange faux flowers from World Market (similar)
Hanging planters from HomeGoods; Stay Rae Dunn pillow from HomeGoods; Rug from Joss and Main; Arm chair from Joss and Main

After changing up the window frames, the next space I wanted to freshen up was the table and rest of the dining room. It’s a rectangular space and pretty roomy, so I decided to slide the carpet, table and chairs over about a foot to the right. This opened up the back corner for a cozy sitting nook. I find that having the chair there warms up the room and makes it more lived in and inviting.

Sometimes simply moving around furniture is enough of a “makeover”, but this transition into some clean, easy, winter style was the easiest one by far and the one that’s cost me the least amount of money.

Final amateur tip: go through whatever inventory of decorations you might have lying around or packed up. Pick a couple favorite or inspirational pieces/colors and then base the rest of your decorating around those. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top at all. It feels much more doable and fun this way.

Thanks so much for coming along!

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