Simple Ideas to Create a Cozy Winter Home

Welcome friends!  I’m so happy you stopped by!  By this time in the new year, your Christmas tree and holiday decoration are probably packed away.  Even though it can be great to start with a clean slate, sometimes our homes feel bare during these cold winter months.  So to inspire you with some fresh ideas, today I’m joining a group of blogger friends to share our cozy winter homes!  For my contribution, I’m sharing simple ideas to create a cozy winter home!  So, grab a cup of tea or your favorite beverage and enjoy all the coziness!

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Welcome to the Cozy Winter Homes Blog Hop!

Enjoy all the winter inspiration!

Cozy winter home ideas collage

Before we begin, I want to thank Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing this lovely winter blog hop!  Her home is stunning in winter…and every season!  And if you’re arriving from The Crowned Goat, Welcome!  Coco’s home is so beautiful and I’m sure you enjoyed her hygge tips!

Here are My Ideas for a Cozy Winter Home…

Maybe some of my tips will inspire you to decorate for winter!

While it’s cold outside, create a warm and cozy space to enjoy inside!

My Favorite Cozy Idea – Simplify Your Decor with Trays:

When it comes to decorating for the winter season, I like to keep things simple. 

After living with all the holiday decorations for the past month or two, it’s refreshing to scale back on all the accessories.  To keep things from looking too bare, I usually decorate a few simple vignettes around my house.  For instance, the wooden tray on my island is the perfect spot to add some cozy winter decor.

Round wooden tray on kitchen island - cozy winter home ideas

After all, you can’t go wrong with a white pitcher and some greenery.  I also like the way the leaves fluff out and add some height to the center of the island.  (Yes, I used the same pieces on my fall mantel this year.)  With a simple birch candle and some wooden items, this spot is ready for the winter months.  At some point, I might add some fairy lights for some extra sparkle.  To see another way I decorated this tray, read –  Kitchen Island Tray Decor (a Cozy Winter Theme)

Neutrals for the Winter Season:

After decorating with so much red for Christmas, sometimes it’s nice to switch to neutrals for awhile. 

Rather than start from scratch, in some areas I simply removed the red items.  On my stove mantel, I had wrapped some red ribbon around the candles for my Christmas home tour.  Just by removing the ribbon and some greenery (and the wreaths on the cabinets), I gave the spot a fresh new look for winter.  

White kitchen with winter greenery

Since snowflakes are appropriate for a winter theme, I left one up on the ledge along with the wooden candlesticks.  Natural elements like wood help to visually warm up the space during the colder months.  Decorating with neutrals can be a great way to transition from Christmas to winter decor.  Here are some more ideas for transitioning from Christmas to winter.

White pitchers and Greenery for a Cozy Winter Home:

Across the room, I continued with the neutrals and natural elements on my console table. 

Once again, I used a tray to group items together.

Console table decorated with baskets and white pitchers for winter

In my opinion, you can never have enough white pitchers when decorating.  I filled some of mine with some greenery left over from Christmas.  These stems are nice because they have a few pine cones attached.  Then I added a few more pine cones to the tray.  In previous years, I’ve included pine cones in my winter decorating as well.

white pitchers on seagrass tray - cozy winter home ideas

Cozy Winter Home Ideas – Throw Pillows and Blankets:

What’s more cozy than curling up with a fluffy blanket next to the fireplace? 

During the winter months, I drape my throw blankets over my furniture pieces so they are within easy reach.  Once again, I try to keep things neutral as well.

fluffy throw blanket and throw pillows on chair and ottoman

Though, I did add a bit of color with my navy pillow and the new skier pillow…

throw pillows with a winter theme on spindle chair - cozy winter home ideas

Even when I try to go neutral, some blue always sneaks in there somehow!  Ha!

Speaking of blue…

Cozy Winter Decor Ideas for the Dining Room:

Rather than pack away my blue and white pieces, I like to keep them out for the winter months. 

This year, I created a very simple everyday centerpiece with some candles, greenery and a blue and white porcelain vase.  Instead of using flowers, I just filled the vase with a few white branches…perfect for winter decorating.  As Valentine’s Day gets closer, I might hang some little hearts on the branches for some color.

candles and blue and white porcelain vase on table runner - cozy winter home ideas

On my dining room console table, I continued the blue and white look from the dining room table.  Some simple greenery, candles and more pine cones give this spot a winter feel.

white lamps and blue and white vases on wood console table - cozy winter home ideas

Cozy Winter Home Ideas for the Living Room:

Every room can use an extra bit of coziness…

If you have a piano, you know it can be a great spot to decorate. Once again, I kept things simple by adding a fluffy faux fur throw to the bench.  How cozy does that look?  Almost makes me want to take piano lessons…  As a subtle nod to Valentine’s Day, I also filled a glass vase with some woven hearts.  In previous years, I’ve decorated with those hearts in other areas like on a Valentine’s Day table setting.

black piano with faux fur on bench

Besides, the piano, I also added some simple winter decor to my coffee table.  Once again, I brought out the pine cones and candles, stacked some cozy home decorating books and continued with the blue and white porcelain from the dining room…a great way to go cozy and classic for winter!

coffee table and two seagrass chairs in front of three arched windows - cozy winter home ideas

You might notice, I also added a few porcelain hearts to carry us into Valentine’s Day.  Looks like I’ve got the winter months covered…

bowl of pine cones and books on winter coffee table

Cozy Winter Home – Decorating Takeaways:

  • Simplify by decorating with trays or simple vignettes.
  • Take away the Christmas red but leave the neutrals.
  • White pitchers and greenery work for simple winter decor.
  • Throw blankets and pillows are must haves for a cozy home.
  • Winter blues and candles are classic…throughout the year.
  • Add some hearts and subtle nods to Valentine’s Day.

Shop the Cozy Winter Look:

Hopefully, you enjoyed some of my favorite ways to make your home extra cozy for the chilly winter months!

But we’re not done with the cozy winter ideas yet…

For the next stop on the blog hop, visit Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.  Her home is gorgeous so you won’t want to miss it!  Today, she’s sharing budget ideas for winter decorating!

To see all the cozy winter home tours, visit the links below!  Happy decorating!

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    1. Thanks Laura! White pitchers are so versatile, aren’t they? My mom bought us that pillow for Christmas…which is perfect for our family of skiers! Great hopping with you!

  1. So many cozy spaces, Shelley! Thanks so much for the winter decorating tips. They’re fantastic. I love all your white pitchers and your new ski pillow too. Your dining room is really beautiful with all the blue and candles. It looks like the perfect space to host a cozy winter meal. Hugs and happy winter, CoCo

  2. Shelley your kitchen always wows me. So gorgeous and that you have a mantel on the vent hood to decorate. You have so many wonderful winter elements, especially those wonderful white pitchers with greenery. Your blue/white collection of vases is beautiful. I love coming by and seeing your lovely home. Hope you’re having a wonderful January!

  3. Oh my goodness, all that white pottery with the stems has me grinning ear to ear! Everyone in my pottery class that sees anything coming out of the kiln that’s glazed in white says – that must be Cindy’s. And usually they are correct. 😉 Love your fresh winter decorating. There’s just something about white, blue and green that’s so comforting. And I do love a scaled back clean! Happy winter.

  4. I love your home in the winter Shelley. Your white pictures filled with branches of greenery and the touches of blue and white throughout are so beautiful.

  5. i love how you managed to take away a few Christmas items and create such a wonderful Cozy Winter feeling without recreating the house. That takes talent and you did it so well. Love the grouping of white pitches, so simple and so pretty. Thanks for all the tips and ideas.

  6. Shelley, I love the way you styled your coffee table! I think it’s fun to see what other people enjoy reading, and what inspires them. As always, I admire the casual elegance of your beautiful home! Happy New Year!

  7. Gorgeous post and exactly the winter vibe I am wanting for my home, right down to all your beautiful touches of blue! Love your simple, classic and elegant style. It just looks so calm and inviting! I would love to have a cup a tea and check out those decorating books. Then, I would get you started on piano lessons on your swoonworthy piano!

    Take some lessons! Actually, there’s plenty of tutorials for piano on youtube. Going to put me out of job haha!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop!

    1. Thanks Amber – and thanks again for hosting this tour! Yes, quite a story behind the piano (not sure if I’ve told you before). My boys took piano lessons starting at about age 7 or 8. At that time, we bought an old spinet for them to practice on. They’d also go to their grandmother’s house and play along with her sometimes…on her baby grand. She was always thrilled that finally someone in the family took an interest in piano and even mentioned that someday she’d give them her piano. When my boys were about 13 and 15, my mother in law passed away. As promised, we ended up with the baby grand. But as fate would have it, BOTH of my sons got more interested in sports and stopped taking piano lessons right around that time! Such a shame, I know. Luckily, they’ve both retained a little of their skills and will go in there and play sometimes. Hopefully, someday they will go back to it. In the meantime, we have this lovely piece of furniture with nice memories of my mother in law.

  8. What lovely ways to stay in a good mood during those chilly and dreary days! You certainly have created a warm ambiance with all of your decorative ideas and settings! Well done!

    1. Thank you Gail! Yes, these winter months can be chilly – and don’t even get me started on how early it gets dark! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. What a timely post! Things can seem a little barren after all the Christmas decor is put away, but you’ve made your home look cozy and inviting.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks Richella! Yes, January decorating can be a bit challenging. Thanks so much for the feature!

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