Does anyone else dread the day their Christmas decorations come down? I always loathe packing them away and trying to figure out what to display in their places. Last year was the first year I created a winter-themed mantel, and I loved it (you can see it here). The soft transition from holidays to snowy winter days was so nice, and I decided to do the same this year. I’m also teaming up with a bunch of my blog friends and we’re each sharing a winter home tour today! So grab a warm beverage and cozy up!
Many thanks to my friend Amy of My Life from Home for organizing and hosting this winter home tour!
I’ll be giving you a tour around our wintry-fied (is that a word?) family room today. I contemplated doing a few more spaces, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having the hardest time getting motivated these last few weeks. Our weather has been a steady stream of grey, overcast days. Many have also included rain. And on days like that, it’s about all I can do to pull myself out of bed in the morning and get laundry and cleaning done, much less re-decorate our whole first floor. Anyway, enough rambling. Let’s take a look around!
If you remember last year’s winter mantel, or even my mantel decor from this past Christmas, you’ll know that I love using our paper snowflakes. Tom and I cut them out ourselves several years ago, and I am loving how versatile they are for holidays and seasonal decorating! Plus, they’re easy to replace if one gets ripped or crumpled!
All I’ve wanted to do since the days after Christmas is curl up by the fire and read. And have I spent a day or two doing this yet? Of course not!
I brought a wood serving tray back to our coffee table. I was a little concerned about the wood-on-wood look wouldn’t look right, but I think they work fine together.
A few books (that maybe I’ll sit down to read one of these day!), modern geometric ornaments that I held back from packing away, and a white ceramic owl vase filled with discounted grocery store flowers add some color and personality to my coffee table. I whole-heartedly believe that fresh flowers belong on display year-round. The pop of color is so welcome at this time of the year!—plus, you gotta check the discount bin (if your grocery has one). I got a large bouquet for under $10 that I was able to split into two smaller vases.
The silver antlers were held back from Christmas as well. I’d display antlers any time of the year, but for some reason, they seem like a perfect symbol of winter to me!
Our bar shelf is still sporting this small potted fir. It’s still going strong, and I like the burst of bright green. I probably could’ve removed the silver ornaments, but they do give it some extra sparkle 😉
Despite having had temperatures around the 60-degree mark recently, I swapped out our holiday pillows for these S-N-O-W pillows I made a few years ago. I am hoping the weather will get the hint! If it’s going to be grey and cloudy, could we at least get some snow out of those clouds?? You can find my tutorial for these pillows right here.
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Winter Home Tour Blog Hop
Thanks for joining me for my winter home tour! There are even more winter decorating ideas and inspiration to be found below…
Emily – your winter home is beautiful! It is so endearing that y’all made the snowflakes yourselves. They look fabulous displayed at the fireplace. Our weather has turned warm here as well…and you know how much we really love winter! It is hard to stay motivated after the holidays. Lets give ourselves a break and enjoy our winter homes! Thanks for the tour!
Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod recently posted…Winter Home Tour – 12 Inspiring Homes
Thank you ladies! My brain & my body have definitely been in hibernation mode the past few weeks!
I love it all, but especially those pillows! So cute! Thanks for joining our home tour. I love all the winter touches. Now if we could only have winter…..
Amy @ my life from home recently posted…Winter Home Tour
Thank you Amy! I know… If it’s going to be January, could it at least be snowy?? My sinuses can’t take this back-and-forth between 20 degrees and 60 degrees!
Your mantel looks so pretty Emily! Love the homemade snowflakes you made, now I want to make some a few snowflakes for our home too. I hope you get some time this weekend to curl up by the fireplace and read one of those books :).
Tara @ Lehman lane recently posted…Winter Home Tour
Thanks so much, Tara!
Emily, I really enjoy your home tour. Those SNOW pillows are so pretty!! And I LOVE your mantel!!
Michelle James recently posted…Winter Home Tour Blog Hop-Farmhouse Decor
Thank you Michelle!
Oh my goodness! I adore all your winter decorating but my favorite are the little bundles of greenery hanging on each end of the mantel. Love that pop of green!
Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Thanks so much, Ashley!
This is such a cozy living room! I love the snowflakes above the fireplace, and those pillows are so cozy! Love that tray with the rope, too!
Thanks Meg 🙂
Just purely an arts and craft home. What a wonderful job you did on this post. Love the snow fake, I just did a craft on mini ones.
Thank you Maria!
I love winter white and your snowflakes are wonderful!
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Thank you Carol!
How adorable is that little penguin statue?!! Love it! My mom just got to go to the Wave Crop over the weekend and meet one of the penguins from Newport Aquarium so I’m in super jealous penguin mode right now. Lol!
Thanks Marie! What a cool experience for your mom!! That sounds so neat! My husband bought this little guy for me for Christmas; he found them at Elm & Iron in Over-the-Rhine.
Love what you have done here. The mantle is fabulous and that penguin status is adorable! Also, I think the entire VintageStyleLiving.com team is hooked on your blog. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Kendra! You’re too sweet!
So warm and cozy! My favorite is the grey pillows that say snow. They look beautiful on your couch. #MM