10 Cozy Updates to Get You Through Winter
It’s been almost an entire month since Christmas, and I’m still missing the sparkling lights, fragrant greenery and general festive fun that the holidays bring. With all my Christmas decorations packed up, I can’t help but feel like my house is missing something. So instead of leaving my home in a blank state until the next holiday rolls around, it’s time to add some winter charm to my humble abode. That’s where these sparkly, warm and cozy winter decorating ideas come into play.
Evergree Holiday Garland With Magnolia Leaves
Known for its elegant, classic appeal, magnolia garland is popular with homeowners coast to coast. Although it’s considered nearly maintenance-free, there are a few tricks to ensuring your magnolia garland will last throughout the holiday season.
If you miss your holiday garland as much as I miss mine, this magnolia leaf alternative is the perfect way to brighten up your mantel and bring some non-Christmas greenery back into the house.
Keep Your Magnolia Leaves Fresh + Green
Known for its elegant, classic appeal, magnolia garland is popular with homeowners coast to coast. Although it's considered nearly maintenance-free, there are a few tricks to ensuring your magnolia garland will last throughout the holiday season.
Unfurl Floral Wire to Remove Damaged Leaves
Magnolia garland is usually constructed with floral wire. The leaves are bound together in bunches, then grouped to create long strands. If leaves become damaged or discolored, consider unfurling a portion of the floral wire to remove the damaged leaf.
Cut Discolored Leaves
When magnolia garland is shipped long distance or even transported locally, it's likely some damage may occur from heavy-handed handling. If a damaged leaf sits in the middle of a strand rather than near its ends, it may be easier to simply cut the damaged leaf back with shears.
Protect With Plastic
To ensure the magnolia garland survives any harsh frosts or freezes, it's best to keep each strand wrapped in plastic overnight. For further protection, consider wrapping furniture blankets or canvas on top of the plastic.
Keep Leaves Hydrated by Misting
In areas with extra-dry climates, lightly hydrate the magnolia garland to keep its leaves from drying out quickly. Use a small spray bottle and simply mist the leaves lightly by keeping the bottle held eight inches from the magnolia.
But, Don't Overwater
While lightly misting magnolia leaves will protect them from dry climates, overwatering can be harmful. The key to knowing if the leaves are too wet is the amount of beaded water sitting on their leaves. If the leaves are soaked, they've been given too much water.
Secure With Zip Ties
Any time magnolia garland is being added along an expansive surface, use zip ties to keep it secure.
Shape the Garland
In addition to its traditional use, magnolia garland can also be arranged in a variety of different shapes such as wreaths or topiary. To create a magnolia topiary for your yard, add the garland to a wire tomato cage, then keep it secure with zip ties.
Purple Yarn Wreath
When you're finished, you can either add ribbon and turn the wreath into a one-of-a-kind chair swag (guests will swoon!), or use an over-the-door hanger to add festive charm to your front door.
A naked door is a sad door. So, instead of letting your bare entrance get you down, dress it up with a colorful wreath that celebrates the season.
Warm, Wintry Wreath
Add a warm and cozy touch to your front door with a handmade yarn ball wreath. You'll need: skeins of yarn in 3 to 5 different shades of the same color; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks; foam spheres in three different sizes; wire wreath form; scissors.
Create a Color Scheme
Gather three to five skeins of yarn in different shades and tints of the same color. This range in hue will give the wreath depth.
Wrap Spheres With Yarn
Cover each of the foam spheres by completely wrapping them with one color of yarn. To do this, unfurl the skein, then wind the yarn around the ball until the foam is completely concealed.
Secure Yarn With Glue
Once the entire foam sphere is covered, cut the end of the yarn with scissors. Next, secure the cut end of the yarn in place with glue.
Glue Spheres to Wreath Form
Place each complete sphere in place on the wire form, then secure it with glue.
To add depth, create layers by placing spheres on top of and in between each other.
When you're finished, you can either add ribbon and turn the wreath into a one-of-a-kind chair swag (guests will swoon!), or use an over-the-door hanger to add festive charm to your front door.
Make a Statement With DIY Chic, Preppy Pillows
Add warm, menswear-inspired appeal to your bed pillows this winter with quick and easy slipcovers made from old sweaters and button-up shirts. You need a needle and thread, pillow inserts, fabric and your imagination to complete this fun project.
During the holidays, my throw pillows get a major Christmas update. And now that they're gone, my regular pillows just aren't cutting it. This easy DIY not only adds a cozy winter touch to your decor, it also makes the most of those old sweaters you haven't been able to part with.
Make It: Super Soft Sweater Pillow
Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays
Add a different spin to your holiday decor with these simple, colorful pinecones. All you need to do to create this look is wrap bright strands of yarn around pinecones — no glue required. They make perfect embellishments for gifts or placed in a bowl as a centerpiece. Design by Camilla
Remember how those colorful Christmas ornaments used to light up the room? Don't say goodbye. Instead, try your hand at these wintery yarn-wrapped pinecones. Just wrap your yarn around the pinecones and place them in a bowl for the perfect seasonal centerpiece.
Inexpensive Holiday Decor
These ice lanterns are very easy to make, incredibly inexpensive (practically free!) and are absolutely beautiful when lit on your doorstep through a cold night.
Unless you're one of those people who leaves your Christmas lights up all year, you're probably used to coming home to a dark, uninviting front porch. Lucky for you, this beautiful ice lantern takes advantage of the cold weather, illuminating your porch in perfect winter fashion.
Make It: Ice Lantern
Midcentury Modern Sitting Room With Stone Fireplace
A rustic stone fireplace can't compete with the retro style in this sitting room. Graphic wallpaper and a starburst clock surround the fireplace, while midcentury modern chairs and a round coffee table form a small fireside seating area.
If you're really looking to make a change, consider giving your home a brand-new color scheme for the new year. Wallpaper, paint or even just a couple of fun throw pillows should do the trick.
Pantone named this hot red-orange hue , and it's not hard to see why: This happy, rich shade instantly recharges a room and pairs well with dark, moody hues like blue-greens or indigo. Add it to an accent wall in a neutral room, like this contemporary dining space, for an instant shot of vibrancy. Design by Marie Burgos
Feel-Good Mustard Yellow
This smile-inducing shade is guaranteed to brighten your mood — and your living space. "This year's hues are cleaner, clearer colors," says Emily Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design at . "And they're colors that bring on a positive emotional and psychological response." Pair bursts of sunny yellow with classic black and white, or combine it with jewel tones like teal and burgundy.
Not just for the holiday season, this rich hue will look fresh all winter long. "Mix cranberry with metallics, or with shades like mocha and golden brown," recommends trend forecaster . The subtle shine of this patterned, nearly-neutral wallpaper lets this cranberry sofa take center stage. Image courtesy of Stacy Garcia
Go for Gold
On the runway and in the home, gold is the newest go-to base color. "Break the mold and use gold as your neutral. It makes a classic statement whether applied to decor, fashion or serving ware," says Vallerie Drorbaugh, Style Manager for . Here, Secrets From a Stylist host Emily Henderson uses patterned gold wallpaper alongside gray and blue for a masculine, modern vibe.
If you can't imagine covering all four walls with gold, try a metallic accessory or two. "For a more reserved approach, invest in gold accent lamps and serving ware," says Vallerie Drorbaugh, Style Manager for .
Get a Fresh Start With Celadon
This year, look for watercolor-inspired hues, like this room's celadon walls. The move towards rela, watery colors is "driven by our desire to create calm spaces and rela retreats from the outside world," says trend forecaster . "Our home becomes the new oasis."
Pantone gave this nearly-black blue a spot on its list of colors to watch in 2012. This deep hue plays the perfect backdrop for the season's boldest brights, like lively mustard yellow or the shocking pink of this room's playful pouf.
Our color team picked this electric shade as our , and Pantone pinpointed a similar hue it's calling Bellflower in its Spring 2012 fashion report. Use small doses of this deep, bright hue alongside masculine grays like designer did here, or pair with frosty blues and metallics for a new take on a classic winter palette.
"Gray is still an important neutral, but look to camel as the new emerging neutral of 2012," says color forecaster Stacy Garcia. Here, designer Allison Jaffe uses rich camel as the backdrop for cool blues and Asian and Indian artifacts in this beach-chic living room.
No longer relegated to little girl's rooms, this sweet, sophisticated shade is cropping up everywhere from table decor to modern living rooms — it even made the cut as . "This is the evolution of beige," says trend forecaster . Use this kissed-by-color hue as a new neutral, alongside black, chocolate and camel, or emphasize its feminine qualities alongside fuchsia and cornflower blue as designer Jennifer Jones does here.
Teal is a trendy color that's easy to love. "It's easy on the eyes, yet bright enough to make a statement, and it works with male or female interior preferences," says Emily Morrow, Director of Color, Design and Style at Shaw Floors. "If you're brave, paint the walls. Teal is surprisingly versatile, and an accent wall is a quick project," says Vallerie Drorbaugh, Style Manager for . The teal wall in this room by Emily Henderson is the perfect backdrop for the yellow-orange, red and green hues in the jumbo map.
Another fresh way to use teal: Pair it with complementary pinks, like the bright salmon hue of the plates and light fixture in this chic dining room by designer Beth Haley.
White and Silver Modern Mantel Display
Evoke modern style in your home this winter with an all-white, minimalist display. This mantel is accented with white fireplace with a geometric mirror, silver candlesticks, white reindeer and a vase of magnolia leaves. A flokati rug draped over the base of the fireplace adds warmth and coziness.
One simple way to add some sparkle to your home is including a great mirror. Not only will it cast more light throughout the room, it will also serve as a great replacement to the fabulous Christmas-themed mantel you've been missing.
Use Warm Textures
You can easily transform your everyday decor into a winter wonderland using neutral elements. Warm things up by covering glass vases with remnants from old sweaters, and implement rustic decor pieces like antlers for a seasonal touch.
Modern + Graphic
Evoke Scandinavian style in your home this winter with an all-white, minimalist display. Cassie Freeman of accented her white fireplace with a geometric mirror, silver candlesticks, white reindeer and a vase of magnolia leaves from her yard. A flokati rug draped over the base of the fireplace adds warmth and coziness.
The soft creams and browns in this picture of Salt Lake Temple reminded of winter, providing the basis for her winter mantel. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, Leanne wanted a simple, toned-down display, so she paired a few silver candlesticks with ornaments and a glittery bird. Glittering snowflakes hung with clothespins on baker's twine create a sparkling banner that adds shine to the muted mantel.
Holiday or Not? Transitional Mantel Display
Love the idea of dressing up your mantel all winter, but can't imagine it without the usual stockings, mini trees and other festive knickknacks? Go transitional. Create a base of winter greenery and lights, then layer on the Christmas. After the holidays, switch out the Christmas music candles for plain ones and pack away the trees and stockings. Leave the flocked evergreen garland, shiny votives, crystal and silver candlesticks and even the boxwood wreath for a fantastically decorated fireplace focal point for the remainder of the cold-weather season.
Sleek, Shiny and Silver
Silver often plays second fiddle to its more audacious golden cousin when it's time to break out the holiday decor, but don't overlook this shining shade. In this display from Pottery Barn, just a few candles are enough to create a gauzy glow, thanks to silver's reflective sheen. It's all about brightness here: Crystal spheres, shimmering snowflakes and delicate white flowers shooting from etched-silver pots add up to create a warm and wintry fireplace focal point.
Dressed-Up Midcentury Modern
Decorator uses the minimalist shelving of her midcentury-modern home as a staging ground for her fireplace finery. In keeping with the home's feel, she chooses to artfully arrange clean-lined, wintry-colored vintage pieces. Strings of white lights run in the back, creating a soft glow through the timeworn glass bottles, milky-shaded pottery and delicate paper-craft art. Pinecones and shoots of evergreens add visual interest by breaking up the smooth white theme with their sharp colors and lines.
Green + Sparkling Neutrals
Alissa Ditta keeps her blog's theme going by blending hues of bright green with silver and brown. Cedar topiaries and a peace banner made from glittered cardboard letters make the mantelscape great for the holidays, but the display isn't so Christmas-y that it can't stick around all season. Mercury-glass vases and candleholders are a sparkling accent to the natural elements.
Let It Snow
makes an enchanting snowy display using framed photo prints and white vases. After layering a large mirror, the vases and picture frames, Andrea still had space to fill, so she found a quote she liked and put it on a lattice-framed chalkboard. A teeny hourglass is a reminder that spring is right around the corner.
Alternative Winter Display
Winter doesn't always have to mean just pinecones and evergreens. strays from the norm, mi natural elements like a topiary, a tree conk and a beehive with brass candlesticks and antique French confit pots. The pots add earthy warmth to the mantel while their imperfections give the display a one-of-a-kind look.
Borrow From Nature
Jessica Wangelin dreamed of lush greenery, so she adorned her mantel with thick pieces of faux garland layered with real evergreen branches and glitter-tipped pinecones. Instead of buying the antiqued mirror, she made one by cutting a door mirror, distressing it and then piecing it back together inside a poster frame.
Keep It Cozy
Vase "sweaters" made from an old pair of socks, gold poinsettias and a cute "Brrr" printout set the perfect mood for curling up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. Beaded icicle garland and snowflake ornaments add cool whimsical touches to this warm display. Design by
Budget Winter Display
proves an elegant winter display doesn't have to cost a lot: She made these cozy vase covers from a thrifted sweater and filled them with soft brown grass from her backyard. The old windowpane ties the arrangement together.
Snowflake candleholders, decorations and scrapbook-paper snowflakes make mantel a charming display. Inspired by cold, snowy weather, Gina keeps the arrangement simple with two hurricane vases filled with silver berry garlands and a white metal container filled with pinecones collected on a trip to Maine. An empty wooden frame creates the perfect backdrop for the arrangement's centerpiece — a large shimmering star from Pier 1.
Chalkboard Winter Wonderland
Hoosier Homemade author playful winter display makes every day feel like a snow day. Drawing inspiration from her favorite winter activities, Liz created a colorful scene on a chalkboard (actually a very old piece of slate). She then matched it with antique skates, snowmen and a long piece of wool fabric bunched up to look like a blanket. She also added aqua mason jars to her arrangement, filling two with Epsom salt and a battery-operated tea-light candle and one with plenty of marshmallows.
Orange: Not Just For Fall
Orange is typically thought of as a fall hue, but when used carefully and creatively, it's a lively accent color perfect for winter, too. Here, designer creates a warm and inviting atmosphere by blending orange with brown and cream colors. A lantern and vintage cheese box give the display a rustic feel, while bright, fresh flowers create an energetic vibe without being too overpowering.
Simple and Natural
Bright whites and simple natural elements dress up this mantel in 112-year-old upstate New York home. Terra-cotta pots painted in metallic colors add shine, as do the glitter highlights on pinecones gathered from the woods. Candles and lanterns give off a warm glow, great for cold winter nights.
Take Advantage of Texture
mixes different textural elements, including a wreath made of old sweaters, vintage bottles and a basket of antique fabric balls. A monogrammed plate adds a personal, homey touch.
Think Outside the Holiday Section
Forget garland and glitter — sometimes all you need to make a winter scene is an arrangement of the right colors and textures. Lima beans are the perfect creamy white, while a coffee filter-lined mirror captures the light and airiness of winter. For an icy, snowy look, try filling vases or mason jars with Epsom salt. Design by
Rustic Winter Display
Created by the design team of Christi Cline and Sallie Hallmark, this mantel at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., pulls off a festive winter look with nary a garland or light string in sight. By choosing accessories like berry-laden wreaths, raffia spheres and even a vintage lantern, they created a visually interesting and rustically authentic display that delights guests all season long. Photo courtesy of
Shop Your Yard for Greenery
Cassie Freeman wanted a magnolia wreath to decorate her home throughout the holiday season without breaking the bank. Luckily, the blogger had a magnolia tree growing right in her backyard, so she made one herself. Head outside to get inspired by the evergreen trees, berry-filled shrubs or even dead branches in your yard.
Rustic Checkerboard Fun
To fend off winter dreariness, used a handmade checkerboard tabletop as the focal point for this fun winter arrangement. Old and new metal, woven mats, old wood and winter wheat add loads of texture.
Lit Up and Toned Down
While grand and gilded works for some fireplaces, it's not right for all of them. This display, created by Roxanne Cave for the in Whistler, British Columbia, skips the evergreen shoots and poinsettias, but not the seasonal feel. Large off-white vases filled with snow-colored tulips flank the firebox, while candles of different height and intensity create light and interest on the mantel.
A pile of super cozy faux-fur throws are just the thing to keep the chill off in outdoor spaces.
If you want to create instant warmth, both visually and physically, adding some faux fur throws is definitely the way to go. If you need more inspiration, check out our favorite ways to cozy up your home with fur.
Mediterannean Gray Office with Gold Accents
"I've placed a couple of small brass sculptural objects on a bookshelf in this home office that add another layer of luxe." -Camille Styles, lifestyle blogger & Creative Director at CamilleStyles.com
Not only is mi metals super trendy for 2016 (see what these designers had to say), it's also a great way to add instant warmth to your home. If silver and gold is too bold for your taste, gold and bronze is a great first step.
Various shades of gold exude luxury without feeling stuffy in this sophisticated study.
Master Bedroom Metals
A stunning metallic headboard is a focal point in this regal bedroom, but warm gold accents on the mirror and pillows add a luxe touch.
In this dreamy living room, a black and white backdrop sets the stage for an eclectic mix of metallic accessories.
Silver and Gold
In an elegant breakfast nook where silver is the star, a warm gold light fixture offers a captivating contrast.
Rustic Meets Glam
A delicate chandelier and arched gold mirror show off the sophisticated side of this charming dining room that features a wooden table and industrial metal chairs.
It's the small details, like the fur throw, gold lamp and bronze ottoman, that create a subtle look of opulence in this stunning bedroom.
Bring It All In
To create a layered look that screams "designer," consider mi metals along with textiles and patterns. In this bedroom, metallics, wood and even velvet come together for the perfect blend of style and sophistication.
Testing the Water
For those wary of mi gold and silver, a great alternative that looks equally chic is the marriage of gold and gray accents, as seen in this gorgeous home office.
Keep It Fun
For a playful touch in this adorable kids' bathroom, a beautiful toile-patterned wallpaper is accented by a gold mirror and silver light fixture.
A metallic backsplash and dazzling brass faucet and drawer pulls add an unexpected hint of glam to one of the most functional rooms in the home.
In this adorable home, the kitchen and dining rooms use different metals to set each space apart. While the kitchen features stainless steel appliances, the cozier dining room blends warmer metals for a softer look.
Just as this living room unexpectedly marries modern and French-country designs, gold and silver furnishings come together for a decidedly fresh style.
A neutral color palette allows the metallic accents to shine in this gorgeous, vintage-inspired bedroom. Ornate mirrors, simple bronze lamps and a stunning silver chandelier look polished in this decadent space.
Just as the dual tones of gold add depth to the frame in this neutral bathroom, layering different shades of the same metal can create a much more interesting design.
A gold tray on the industrial trunk coffee table makes mi metal a purposeful endeavor that adds a hint of playfulness in this eclectic space.
Make It Shine
Though subtle, this lovely cooking space is filled with shiny surprises, including several mixed metals and a backsplash with mother-of-pearl insets.
All in the Accents
A flashy fusion of gold and silver, this jewel-toned living room oozes opulence at every angle.
Any Color Goes
Depending on the viewer's angle, these gorgeous light fixtures may look gold, silver or a mix of the two, proving that mi metals is a look that goes with anything.
Color + Pattern
Designer Jennifer Jones isn't afraid to mix patterns, so why not mix metals, too? Chrome and brass come together in this tasteful living room for a well-blended look that ties the space together.
Every shade in every way, this stylish metallic backsplash mixes various metal pieces in different directions, resembling a chic puzzle.
You can easily transform your home's decor from fall to winter by incorporating sweater elements, like this lampshade and vase covered in sweater material. The look instantly warms up the space during colder months.
There's nothing like winter white in the form of a comfy sweater to turn your home into an ultra-cozy atmosphere. Want to see more wintry white spaces? Check out these white interiors that'll give you the warm fuzzies.
Add a different spin to your holiday decor with these simple, colorful pinecones. All you need to do to create this look is wrap bright strands of yarn around pinecones — no glue required. They make perfect embellishments for gifts or placed in a bowl as a centerpiece. Design by
White Napkin Ring
This napkin ring is so simple to make and will add that extra touch to your tablescape. cut a small section of an old sweater and sewed the ends. Wrap the rings around silver napkins for a sophisticated winter look, or use colorful sweater remnants for a brighter tablescape.
You can easily transform your home's decor from fall to winter by incorporating sweater elements. brought a wintry feel to her living room by covering a vase and lampshade with sweater material. The look instantly warms up the space during colder months.
Scrap Sweater Trees
You can make these festive trees by using your sweater scraps from other projects. Take the scraps and hot-glue the pieces to tree-shaped cardboard pieces. Apply larger pieces to the bottom, and use smaller pieces as you work your way up the tree. Make a simpler design by starting at the top and winding sweater material around the cone, gluing along the way. Design by
You can repurpose an old sweater to make the perfect holiday gift. felted her sweater and sewed the bottom to create a wine bag. Complete the look with metallic ribbon and a sparkly pin.
Serve warm apple cider to guests by covering an old cutting board with a sweater. To get this look, wash your sweater in hot water and put in the dryer to felt it. Cut a rectangular shape from the sweater big enough to cover the board. Sew the sides and bottom to create a pocket, and slip over the board. Design by
Winterize your home's decor by covering spring vases and candleholders with sleeves from an old sweater. For a rustic look, chose a neutral-colored material and embellished it with twine.
These stylish stockings require little sewing and put your old sweaters to great use. The custom look will impress guests, and can be done in just one afternoon. Design by Marian Parsons of
Colorful Pot Cover
Brighten up your terra-cotta pots with a colorful old sweater. washed her old sweater in hot water and put it in the dryer to felt it. She cut off the sleeve and fit it over her pots. Stitch a card to the top to give as a holiday gift.
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind hostess gift — or a way to bring texture to your space — wrap basic candleholders with sweater remnants. Add leaf accents or pinecones for an easy way to add a winter look. Design by
Wool Sofa Pillows
Sweater pillows add interest and texture to a space. transitioned the look of her living room by accenting her sofa with pillows covered with wool material. The soft-gray palette stands out against the neutral sofa and accessories.
For a classic look, covered vases with a monochromatic color scheme. The different sweater knits add visual interest while keeping a sophisticated holiday look.
Placing a sweater rug in your entryway is one way to welcome your guests during the holidays. The neutral color doesn't take away from the design of the space, while the texture brings just the right amount of interest. Photo courtesy of
Grab your old wool socks and scarves to make this colorful, unexpected wreath. Cut the socks along the seams, and wrap them around a wreath form. Secure socks with floral pins. Design by
A cozy rug can instantly warm up your home. This striped cable-knit warms your toes and adds an inviting feel to this open space. The hints of red, green and blue are the only source of color in the room, making it an unexpected focal point. Photo courtesy of
Etsy shop owner covered her ottoman with an oversized, hand-knit sweater slipcover. The chocolate-brown slipcover also works as extra seating.