How to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor

Does your home feel bare after you’ve packed away the holiday decor? If you’re like most people, you find it challenging to transition from Christmas to winter decor.  After all, January is a little early to pull out all the spring items.  Although I’ll admit, I can’t wait for those longer days and warmer spring weather.   Whether we like it or not, winter is sticking around for awhile, so why not embrace the season!

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Today, I’m joining 23 bloggers for a “Cozy Winter Home Tour” . 

For my stop on the tour, I hope to inspire you with some ways to transition from Christmas to winter decor.

Pine cones in apothecary jar - ideas to transition from Christmas to winter decor

Before we get started, I want to thank Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting this first blog tour of the new year!  If you don’t already follow Amber, be sure to visit her blog (1st stop on the blog hop) to see how she decorates her lovely home using vintage treasures and seasonal decor.

*If you are just arriving from County Road 407, …Welcome!  Didn’t you just love how Cindy decorated her lantern for winter?  Her blog is always so inspiring!

At the end of this post, you will find a list of all the participants in the blog hop.  Visit as many as you can for cozy winter home ideas!  Let’s get started…

Cozy Winter Home Tours:

Come get inspired by all these winter decorating ideas!

Cozy Winter Home Tours - ideas for January decorating

Simple Ways to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor:

Pine cones and greenery on foyer table - after Christmas decorating ideas

Pine Cones and Greenery:

One way to decorate for winter without looking too Christmas-y is to display some pine cones with a bit of greenery. 

By now, you’ve probably put away most of your colorful Christmas decor but just remember that greenery can work any time of year.  While I was packing away the faux greens from my kitchen chandelier, I decided to leave out some pieces to decorate my winter foyer table.

January decorating in the foyer - how to transition from Christmas to winter decor

Since January decorating can feel a little dull, I added some greenery to give a little life to the neutral colors.

greenery with black and white accessories for January decor

My mom bought me this pretty table runner for Christmas and I think it makes a perfect base for the winter accessories.  

Decorating with Black and White For After Christmas/Winter:

Since I was using black and white in the foyer, it made sense to continue those colors in the family room for winter. 

After all, you can’t go wrong with black and white photos in simple black frames.

stone fireplace with black and white photos easy ways to transition from Christmas to winter decor

As you can see, I added a couple pine cones to my mantel too.  Instead of packing away my white ceramic houses after Christmas, I kept them out and scattered a few around with my winter decor.  With the houses being so subtle, I think it’s fine to use them for Christmas decorating and also for decorating during the winter months.

Candles Make Any Space Cozy – after Christmas and Beyond:

Whether you use real candles or battery operated ones, think about adding some to areas where people gather

game table and bar stools - transition from Christmas to winter decor

In the winter months, we hang out in our game room a lot more…so it’s nice to add some cozy winter touches.

chess set on game table

And a chess board doesn’t hurt either…Anything to keep those kids off their screens!  

Neutrals and Textures Help Transition for Christmas to Winter Decor:

Swap out a few simple accessories…

seagrass chairs with black and white buffalo check pillows - neutral colors to transition from Christmas to winter decor

In our living room, I removed the dark red pillows and replaced them with black and white buffalo checked pillows and a very plush winter white throw blanket.  Ever since we inherited the baby grand piano, I’ve felt the room needed a little more black anyway.

seagrass chairs with black and white pillows

exact seagrass chairsbuffalo check pillowscozy furry throw

With views of the front yard, this ends up being a cozy place to sit.  Hopefully, we’ll have a snowy winter to make this seating area even cozier.  (Just weeks ago, the Christmas tree was in this spot.)

boxwood and white ceramic house

Once again, I left out one of my little ceramic houses.  As I mentioned, I like they way they blend in with my winter decor after Christmas.  If you love these little white houses as much as I do, be sure to check out my blog post – White Ceramic Christmas Houses (Why We Love Them).

Continue the Winter Colors in the Kitchen:

Instead of trying to come up with new winter decorating ideas for every room, I just continued with the same type of items in the kitchen. 

After all, you can’t go wrong with pine cones, greenery, or black and white during the winter.

White mantel over kitchen stove - simple winter decorating ideas

Since it was getting dark, I used the same photo from last year’s winter decorating post but the stove looks exactly the same this year.

As you can see, I ended up turning on the light for the rest of the photos.  Even though I love the coziness of the winter months, I don’t enjoy how early the sun sets! 

tea vignette

similar wood and metal tiered tray

Basically, I just added more black and white in here… Luckily, I own a set of china that ties right in with my winter color scheme!  Tea anyone?  Actually, a hot chocolate sounds nice right about now, doesn’t it?

cozy candle vignette in kitchen - transition from Christmas to winter decor

exact clove scented candle

Whether you’re sipping hot chocolate by the fire or just enjoying the glow of a simple candle, I hope you are feeling warm and cozy in your home this winter!

Thanks for stopping by to see how I decorate my home after Christmas!

Hopefully, I inspired you with simple ideas to transition from Christmas to winter decor in your home!

January Decorating Sources:

**Next, be sure to visit  Celebrate and Decorate.  You’re going to love Chloe’s cozy winter tablescape!

Also, please remember to visit each of participants on the tour for tons of after Christmas – winter decorating inspiration!

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    1. Yes, some snow would be nice! My kids keep checking the forecast everyday. After the 65 degree temps this past weekend, I’m wondering when winter will actually get here! Thanks for stopping by, Paula!

    1. Thanks Katie! I found that little iron mouse in a boutique a couple years ago. Thanks for your sweet comment and it’s so nice to hop with you!

    1. Thanks Marty! It’s definitely nice to take a little break from color right after Christmas. I’m glad you like the simple way I decorated in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. You’re kiiling me with this gorgeous ktichen, Shelley, love, love, love! It’s so fun to see the way you transition from Christmas to winter decor. Pinecones and grennery has always been two of my favorite combinations. I love the way you have them displayed. Hugs and hope you guys are all on the mend, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Coco! You’re so sweet. True, you really can’t go wrong with pine cones and greenery during these cold, winter months. Thanks again and yes, my son is feeling much better…whew!

  2. What great winter decor. I love using pinecones and greenery as well! It’s very welcoming.
    Happy winter,

    1. Thank you Jann! Yes, I like to keep it simple after I put away all the colorful Christmas decor. Thanks again and Happy Winter to you too!

  3. Black, white, and green is a good color combo for winter. I would not have thought of combining the three. It makes sense to go with what the colors you already have in Your home.

  4. Shelley, your mom chose a fantastic table runner – I love it! Every space you decorated for winter is beautiful. And I love how we have the same banana leaf chairs (is that what they are called?) Stay cozy!

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! Yes, my mom knows my taste! I think the chairs are seagrass…mine are from Pottery Barn from a few years back. Thanks again for your lovely comment!

  5. Hi Shelley, ok, so we have a lot of the same going on. I have the same china and adore it. It’s such a wonderful pattern, we use it every day. Also your white ceramic houses; I’ve kept mine out after Christmas too. they really blend in with a “winter” decor theme. Your recessed range and mantel are gorgeous, love all the wonderful black/white. it’s perfect for this time of year!

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! Nice to hear you are still displaying your white houses too. Yes, I think we can totally get away with it because they are so subtle. And the china! I don’t think I realized you had it too! If you come across any pieces for sale anywhere let me know. I could use some more dinner and salad plates but the pieces I’ve seen on Replacements website are so expensive. I wish Royal Doulton would just bring back that pattern! Anyway, thanks again and great hopping with you!

  6. I love all of the white! Everything looks so fresh and clean, just what I like after Christmas! Yoru little white ceramic houses are so cute! The contrast of the dark pinecones and the greenery along with the white orchid! Happy Winter!

    1. Thanks Chloe! Once January comes, I really have a need to clear out the color (and clutter) and decorate with neutrals. Thanks again and great to hop with you!

  7. Shelley, your home looks beautiful decorated for the winter season. You have shared some wonderful tips with us. That table runner is beautiful! I noticed it first thing, I was wondering if you might share where you found that pretty lantern you have displayed with the chess set? I hope your son is feeling better, and that the rest of your family has been spared from the flu. Take care, and I hope you are having a better week!

    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! Yes, that runner was one of my favorite Christmas gifts. My mom bought it in a local boutique. Regarding that lantern… it’s from Southern Living at Home from many many years ago. The company then changed their name to Willow House and now I believe they are out of business as well. Try looking for it on Ebay. I have actually seen a lot of pieces from them on there. And thank you, yes my son is finally back to school. Last week was a rough one and luckily the rest of us haven’t caught it yet! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Oh Shelley, you had me at “black and white!” Black does double-duty in my home decor as an accent in some rooms and a neutral in others. Like you, I have a grand piano in the corner of one room and it probably started my use of black furnishings, wallpaper, window treatments, rugs and more. I absolutely LOVE your mantle — those black and white family photos are fabulous! Did you take them? They look so professional. Treasures for sure.

    1. Yes, black and white works so perfectly this time of year, doesn’t it? Thanks for your sweet comment, Debbee! Regarding the photos, I took all but the one of all four of us which was professionally done. Thanks again!

  9. What beautiful touches of winter, Shelley! I love the neutrals and the way you decorate with black and white. I have some similar little white houses. I wonder if we got them at the same place. Your kitchen is gorgeous, by the way! Happy to hop with you again!

    1. Thank you Crissy! I bought my houses at Target and at Crate and Barrel. And I think one was from Michael’s or Homegoods too. I will have to go in and update my sources. Thanks again and great hopping with you!

  10. Hi Shelley, I’m enjoying your black and white winter theme so much. Your rustic fireplace mantel is so good looking and the photos are so fun to share. Pinning for inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! Even though I love decorating with color, I always need a break from it this time of year. Thanks for your sweet comment and for pinning!

  11. Everything looks so refreshed and calm for the winter months! I love all the touches of black, especially the runner and that grand piano!!! I also love the kitchen vignette. Beautiful ideas!

    Thank you so much for joining the winter home tours!

    1. Thanks so much, Amber! I love adding a little black this time of year. Thanks again for hosting this fun hop!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! This is the first year I kept the houses out. I figured they are subtle enough and I enjoy them so much! Thanks again for your sweet comment!

  12. These are wonderful ideas for transitioning from Christmas to winter, Shelley… love the black and white ideas (and your little mouse is adorable… I remember pouring that mold as a young girl in the ceramic studio I worked at as my first job… it’s still just as cute today (and cuter!). Thanks for sharing at TTA! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I am always drawn to black and white during this after Christmas period. It’ just feels calming after all the colors (and clutter) of Christmas! Thanks for pinning too!

    1. Thanks so much, Amy! I love how the little white houses are neutral enough to transition from Christmas to winter! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Shelley, I’ve never thought of black and white for winter, but it works beautifully with the winter greens. I so wish that I had not packed away all my pine cones away after Christmas. They are a great addition for winter decor. Love all the candles too. Pinned to my Winter Decor Board.

    1. Thank you, Carol! Yes, using pine cones are an easy way to decorate this time of year. Thanks for pinning too!

  14. Oh I so needed this post as I too and trying to make things look cozy for winter. Things always look so bare when the Christmas decor comes down.

    These are some really Good ideas.


    1. Thank you Patty! Yes, I agree that our homes can look a little bare this time of year. I hope my ideas were helpful!

  15. Love your entry way table! One of these tables in on my wish list, but right now, we are in a tiny home that I don’t have space. Pinning for inspiration for later.


  16. Shelly I love all your winter touches. I love how your styled your tiered tray. I like how simple but pretty it is. Everything looks amazing. Love your winter home.

    1. Thank you, Terrie! Tiered trays are so much fun for every season, aren’t they? Thanks again and enjoy your day!

  17. Shelley your home looks beautiful decorated for winter! I love how you used a black and white color scheme! The black and white photos on the mantel look beautiful and I love the white ceramic houses!

    1. Thank you, Larissa! I think black and white works this time of year…always fun to experiment a little, right?

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