WINTER DECORATING WITH A CLEAN, CRISP LOOK
Every year I get stressed thinking about the amount of work it is to take down and pack away Christmas decorations, and every year I bang through it in about a full day, or day and a half. It’s as though I’m running a marathon and I won’t stop because I just want my house back! Do you ever feel that way?! There’s just something about that crisp, clean feeling you get when it’s all put away. Couple that with bright white snow everywhere, and our home feels so refreshing, airy and light. Despite the fact that our winters are extremely long and cold here, the quality of the light during the day is gorgeous. Today I’ll be sharing a few quick photos of the winter decorating I pulled together last week. I’m keeping it light, simple and paired back for the rest of the season, using everything I already own. *Affiliate links are provided in this post for your shopping convenience – while I make a small commission on these items, it’s no extra cost to you!As many of you know, I rotate most of my accessories throughout our home, often on a regular basis. My blue and white collection is still a dominant theme in the house (it’s not going anywhere yet!) and I’ve mixed in a few other brass pieces, as well as some whites and creams.If you saw my post last week on our favorite posts of 2017 (see it here), then you must remember the post where I styled our console table four different ways from last year (see all the looks here). I still love all four of those looks! This year I kept the look on our console table simple and clean. I finally have a pair of blue and white garden stools, as you may have noticed in my recent posts. For those of you who are new readers, I have been on the hunt forever, and finally settled on these beauties :)I also mentioned recently in my Christmas home tour of our entryway (read it here), that I’m thinking of painting both the table and the mirror. I’m envisioning a cream, or light grey table, and a gold mirror. Painting them is totally doable, but I’m not sure if I should paint, or just switch them out. What do you think? You should know me by know that my wheels are constantly turning haha…don’t yours?! I love switching things up and we’ve had this mirror here for almost eight years and the table, for maybe about five. I also wouldn’t mind a new carpet here too…It never ends, and yes, I drive my husband crazy.I still do love our foyer, regardless of whether or not I want to change everything, ha! It doesn’t mean it will all happen right away either, I’m just always dreaming up new scenarios ;)
For my winter decorating look in the dining room, I removed all of the blue, and went neutral with layers of cream and grey.
I brought in some of my favorite pillows that I’ve had for a long time – my ikat grey and yellow pillows, and my grey and ivory greek key velvet pillows. Both add a cozy layer of pattern and texture to this space.I kept my mix of candles in here from my recent New Year’s tablescape (see more of it here), I love the silver and crystal combination for the winter months, and layered over my cream, silver and gold table runners they’re even better.I used a few faux branches in clear cylinder vases just to bring in a natural element. I know they’re pussywillows, which you only see in Spring, but this is all I have in my arsenal of faux foliage – I actually have no plain branches! Plus, pussywillows are some of my favorite things, so I’ll let this one slide.
The neutral palette in this room just feels right to me and I love the paired back look.
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Let’s move on to the living room, whereI kept it simple, cozy and comfortable. The bookshelves remain the same as I’ve had them since the Fall, and it feels so good to have this room back after the layers of Fall texture and Christmas decorations. Don’t get me wrong – I love creating a different vibe in here each season, and I always love the challenge of what a new season brings. For some reason though, when it comes to January, I love to shed all the layers and keep things simple.I went with all stripes on the sofas for a casual, laid back vibe. This look can certainly carry into Spring and Summer, and I may have a tough time parting ways with this combination! You’ve seen all of these pillows used throughout our home since last year, but this is the first time I’ve had them all in here together. I really love how they play off of our rug as well.
My pillows in here are mostly from Tonic Living. Two styles are still available to purchase, you can click here to shop Toulouse, in Onyx
And click here to shop Henderson Stripe, in SkyTell me that bright Winter light isn’t amazing – as tough and long as winter is, this light makes me happy!
The buffet behind the sofa is simple as well, with the lamps flanking my gold footed bowl.
And finally, here’s a quick peek at the kitchen. I didn’t get the chance to shoot the full space, but I wanted to at least throw one shot in. I’m keeping with the blue and white along with my staples, as usual in here.I really wanted a light and airy vibe after the last few months of Fall and Christmas layers, and I’m loving that it’s still warm and comfortable to cozy up in here, even with a crisp and clean look. You can still have a warm and inviting home while keeping things light and airy. Thank you, as always, for reading with me! If you’re new to my blog, I hope you like what you see so far, and if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, you can do so right below! xo
Thank you, Kim! I truly appreciate that so much! This color is Collingwood by Benjamin Moore – it’s a beautiful warm grey. It can look dark though, if you don’t have a lot of natural light, so you have to be careful!
Your living room is exquisite !! What color paint did you use? I want to paint my living room and kitchen … I’m looking for something lighter that compliments the white trim.
Thank you so much Maridella :) We love the rug as well! This is the largest size, 9×12. Hope that helps! If you want to purchase it with my affiliate link (where I’d make a small commission at no extra cost to you), I would be very grateful! No pressure of course! xo
Love Love Love your living room! I noticed you changed the rug and I understand it was for your bedroom, right?
Would you be kind and provide me with the measurement of this rug. I went into the website and the measurements are 2′ X 3′ – 5’3″ X 7’3″ – 7’10” X 10’3″ and Lo9’3″ x 12’6″
Patricia, thank you so much! I will let my mother know! My family is also from Syria, on my father’s side, but it was my great grandparents who came here! I’m so happy you like the painting, it is truly near and dear to my heart! Thanks so much for reading with me! xo
Hi Penny, Of course! Our main light grey is Collingwood by Benjamin Moore, the black in the dining room and on all of our doors is Cracked Pepper by Behr. All the trim is Ultra Pure White by Behr as well. I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by! xo
Jen you are the sweetest my friend! Thank you SO MUCH! I’m so happy you popped in! xox
Wondering if you would give the paint colors you used? I am struggling with the right pale gray, charcoal and white.
Your home looks so beautiful and put together! Love it dressed for winter! So elegant!
Its really beautiful – your Mother is so talented ! My husband is born in Syria – came here in his middle twenties (over 30 years ago). I thought he would love something like that, as would I too !!
Hi Brittany! You are so kind, I am so flattered, thank you so much! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me :) How exciting that you will be renovating a 100 year old home, I’m jealous! It makes me so happy to hear you love what you see on my blog! Welcome, I’m thrilled to have you and I would love to hear more from you! Wishing you good luck with your project!! xo
Thank you so much Sarah! That means a lot to me! Thank you for stopping bu to say hi!
Your home looks stunning! I love your style and decoration!
I just came across your insta account a couple weeks ago! It was the like the universe pulled me to your page. I have been dreaming of renovating my 1913 home. I have all the feels of neutrals with splashes of cobalt and navy. For obvious reasons you’re page had me at first site! I’m so grateful to have found you and your colour scheme! I can’t wait to post the change as I go. Have a great week! 💙
Thank you so much, Patricia!Of course I don’t mind! This was actually an engagement gift from my mother! She is an incredible artist! We are Lebanese, and she has painted similar paintings for all of my siblings as well…I’m so blessed to have this piece in our home! And I’m so happy you like it too! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by to say hi! I always love to hear from you! xo
Your home is really lovely – very light, airy and beautifully decorated. I really love everything about it.Would you mind me asking where you found the paining in your dining room of the person in what looks like traditional Arabic dress ?
Thanks for a great blog also !
Marion, thank you so much!! How fun that your grandchildren were with you for Christmas! So lucky for all of you! I can tell you even with the freezing temps and mountains of snow outside, it feels SO good to have a clean slate!! Thank you for reading along and for stopping in to say hi! Happy New Year to you as well!! Wishing you all the best! xo
Love the winter look! I agree…..it is always so exciting to get the Christmas decorations up and get into that festive mood….but then there is something so cathartic about taking it all down and having a clean slate! Your house is beautiful. My grandchildren just left a few days ago after a fantastic holiday with us here in FL. Now to get MY house back in shape!!! LOL….Happy New Year to you and all of your followers.
Michelle, thank you very much, I really appreciate it! So glad you stopped by!
Love this post and your home!