Winter Shelves

Have you cleared out all your holiday decorations yet?  Well, I spent my ENTIRE New Year’s Day tearing down every single piece of Christmas decor.  First, we started with the outdoor lights, then the tree, then the needles…oh those needles….

Even though we went with a “fresh cut” tree, (instead of one sitting on the tree lot for weeks), it helped a little.  Although, I think the only way to avoid the needles is to go fake.

Our New Year’s Eve consisted of an early dinner out with friends and the kids.  This year, the big excitement was letting the boys stay up until midnight and then bang pots and pans on the front porch like we did as kids!

I can’t believe both of them made it until midnight!

Anyway, since the holiday decorations were stored neatly back in their boxes in the basement, I had to fill up my baker’s rack shelves again.  After all, the shelves were filled with red and all things Christmas before!

This year, I went with wintery earth tones and some pine cones to ease into winter.

Actually, I was inspired by my End of Winter Tablescape from last year.

(I wish it were the end of winter now!)

So, I displayed some of the Royal Doulton china that I have on my shelves in the dining room.

Along with some browns and a few cream candles.

Pine cones always work this time of year.

Yes, I know my little spider plant is a bit out of control but I needed some green so the shelves wouldn’t look too much like the dead of winter!

Most likely, I’ll keep things this way until spring since I can’t see myself doing a Valentine’s or St. Patrick’s Day makeover!

Unless the kids beg me!

Oh, and speaking of kids, today was the first day back to school for us.

And guess what?

My older son is home with a fever!

Oh, I just love this time of year 🙁

Have you done any winter decorating in your home?




  1. January 3, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    Your bakers rack looks very pretty, Shelley. I still don't have all of my Christmas stuff down. I have been sick, and it just has not been priority! Hoping your new year has started off wonderfully, and stays that way!

  2. Heather
    January 3, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    Your baker's rack looks great! I especially love your Royal Doulton. I need to get back to blogging! My kids don't go back until Jan 9, so my schedule is out of whack. Hope your son feels better soon!

  3. michelle
    January 3, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    Happy New Year Shelley!! I love the shelf, it looks beautiful. I took down all my Christmas stuff the say after Christmas, I was in a zone and cleaned all day long. :)I hope you little one feels better soon, that is no fun.xoxox

  4. [email protected] Home Scenes
    January 3, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    I like the winter look on your baker's rack, Shelly. I am still putting things away and trying to get things back in place. I think the house looks blah after the pretty Christmas decorations so I'm glad to see ideas like your baker's rack to inspire me. Hope your son gets rid of that bug and returns to normal very soon.———– Shannon

  5. Loretta
    January 3, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    Your bakers rack is lovely for the season…Love the china! Hope your 2012 a prosperous one! All The Best, Loretta

  6. Chandy
    January 3, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Very nice baker's rack. The decor looks amazing! Happy New Year!

  7. pam {simple details}
    January 3, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    Ahhh, love the fresh, clean look on the baker's rack! Hope your son is back to school soon!

  8. Kim, USA
    January 4, 2012 / 1:16 am

    Very unique and pretty. Happy New Year!TableTopTuesday

  9. January 4, 2012 / 4:14 am

    Love the look of your baker's rack! Very appealing! First time visiting, now a new friend…drop by my blog soon…gift-giveaway going on!!Blessings for a happy new year!!

  10. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    January 4, 2012 / 5:25 am

    Everything looks so pretty! We finished tearing down today but still have a lot of work left in regards to cleaning up. Happy new year to you!XOKristin

  11. Karena
    January 4, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    Shelley, A great transition and one that will work through to springtime!! Bravo!Happy New Years and All the Best in 2012!I hope you will come to enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily!xoxoKarenaArt by Karena

  12. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    January 4, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    Your hutch is so pretty and your display is gorgeous. I love the Royal Doulton. Isn't it wonderful to have all the Christmas packed away. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  13. My Beautiful World
    January 4, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    Looks amazing my friend love your style. Hope you have a wonderful day.Always Wendy

  14. [email protected] Porch Musings
    January 4, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    I love that piece of furniture and the shelves look beautiful!

  15. Sarah @ Modern Country Style
    January 4, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    We just started clearing up the Christmas things today! You are super-organised!! I like to do it all over a couple of days…with the children if possible!!Your rack looks fab! You've made it so pretty!Sarahx

  16. Anonymous
    January 4, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    I like your winter look… it's minimal, yet warm. Great job!Sharonp.s.I'd love for you to come link up at my Show & Tell party.

  17. Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage
    January 4, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    I haven't even thought about taking down decorations – too darn busy and it's only the 4th day of January lol!Your shelf looks lovely and will work perfect until winter is over (hopefully, sooner than later).Have a lovely week,Mariexoxo

  18. [email protected] of Laughter
    January 5, 2012 / 5:30 am

    Hi Shelley! I did the same thing as you did on Monday! I was exhausted after putting everything away! But we have had a fake tree for the last years and I don't miss the needles everywhere at all. It was my mother who convinced me to go fake and I am so glad I listened! Happy New Year! Angie xo

  19. Acanthus and Acorn
    January 5, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    Nope! I need to do this, but have put it off. This just may be the push I needed…Happy New Year!!!

  20. Susan (My Place to Yours)
    January 5, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    Very pretty! You've inspired me to pull back out the pinecones and put together a quick Winter vignette before hubby gets back in town later tonight. That empty spot's been bugging me anyway… Happy New Year to you and yours!

  21. Robin
    January 6, 2012 / 11:40 pm

    Your shelves are arranged so nicely. I really like the addtion of the pinecones to add a little natural element.

  22. Maria Elena
    January 6, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    Oh, how pretty! Your bakers rack looks gorgeous! Love the pinecones!

  23. Calypso In The Country
    January 7, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Thanks everyone! I hope you all are getting some organizing done this first week of January!

  24. Coastal Cottage Dreams
    January 7, 2012 / 10:15 pm

    Love the bakers rack! So pretty! I am one of your new followers!

  25. Shannon @ COZY HOME SCENES
    January 11, 2012 / 7:30 am

    Hi again Shelley. I know I already left a comment, but just wanted to thank you for joining my party! I appreciate your visits to my blog and hope you'll join me next week too.

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