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!Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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 :)Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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 ;)Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!

I am really loving the simple and elegant grouping here. Sometimes a large scale ginger jar and pair of brass hurricanes is all you need to make a statement under a mirror.
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Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!For my winter decorating look in the dining room, I removed all of the blue, and went neutral with layers of cream and grey.
Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!

The neutral palette in this room just feels right to me and I love the paired back look.

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Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look! Let’s move on to the living room, whereI kept it simple, cozy and comfortable. Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.
Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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 SkyWinter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!Tell me that bright Winter light isn’t amazing – as tough and long as winter is, this light makes me happy!
Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!The buffet behind the sofa is simple as well, with the lamps flanking my gold footed bowl. Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!

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Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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.Winter decorating can be fresh and clean but still cozy and warm! Lighten things up after the holidays with a crisp, clean look!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

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12 Comments on WINTER DECORATING WITH A CLEAN, CRISP LOOK

  1. Michelle
    January 9, 2018 at 6:07 AM (2 weeks ago)

    Love this post and your home!

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    • tamaraanka
      January 9, 2018 at 6:32 AM (2 weeks ago)

      Michelle, thank you very much, I really appreciate it! So glad you stopped by!

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  2. marion duffield
    January 9, 2018 at 9:04 AM (2 weeks ago)

    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.

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    • tamaraanka
      January 9, 2018 at 10:08 AM (2 weeks ago)

      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

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  3. Patricia
    January 9, 2018 at 11:24 AM (2 weeks ago)

    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 !

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    • tamaraanka
      January 9, 2018 at 11:28 AM (2 weeks ago)

      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

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      • Patricia
        January 16, 2018 at 4:56 PM (5 days ago)

        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 !!

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  4. Brittney Hoffman
    January 9, 2018 at 10:22 PM (2 weeks ago)

    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! 💙

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    • tamaraanka
      January 15, 2018 at 6:32 AM (7 days ago)

      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

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  5. Sarah Kennedy
    January 11, 2018 at 1:25 PM (1 week ago)

    Your home looks stunning! I love your style and decoration!

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    • tamaraanka
      January 15, 2018 at 6:28 AM (7 days ago)

      Thank you so much Sarah! That means a lot to me! Thank you for stopping bu to say hi!

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  6. JENNIFER PROCK
    January 17, 2018 at 11:06 PM (4 days ago)

    Your home looks so beautiful and put together! Love it dressed for winter! So elegant!

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