Sunday, January 4, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like...Winter?

As I've said before, I have D.A.D.D. That's Decorating ADD for those of you not in the know about my made up diseases. I was all excited about taking down my Christmas decor and getting things cleaned up, but the thought of having the same decor until next Halloween frightened me.

I've been looking all over for a winter print for my mantle, but I'm having no luck. However, I thought I'd add some touches of winter around the house. These urns are one of my favorite things to decorate. The changes are endless.

The benefits of being surrounded by pinetrees, is of course, free pine needles and pinecones. Add a little fake snow and a bird's nest for good measure--oh, and I think I stuck some seashells in there. Recipe complete!

I've been eyeing the birch candles at Pottery Barn for months, but there was no way I was going to spend that kind of money. Good ol' Target pulled through with a half off sale!
Not too long ago, this lantern was dressed up for Christmas...
And what used to be a summery display of rocks......is now warmified with some pinecones and a birch candle.

My biggest deal, however, is these trees. I got the big one for $15.00 a couple of months ago. She was regularly $30.00, but she was beat up. Bark falling off, paint chipped, and tears streaming down her face. I held out for the other one until after Christmas, and I got her for $7.50 (normally $20.00!).

My hot gluegun and I went to work on them, and they are nearly as good as new. Just don't look too closely!

There you go...my winter decor. We face the perils of snow and winter for too long here not to acknowledge it as a season!
Next up? My winter wreath! I'll be back!

45 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous!!

Amber said...

I love how you warmified it, lol. You and your made up words.

Another good idea that I saw in a Pottery Barn Magazine {my favorite} is to take an actual white birch log, hollow out the top just a smidge, then place a tea light at the top. You can cut them in a few different sizes for a nice grouping. I LOVE that idea, and want to do it one of these days.

Love all the stuff! And I think those trees look great! I still can't tell that anything is not perfectly perfect, even after you said something!

julie & joe said...

It looks beautiful. I need to get my living room straightened and clean and add my winter snowmen tonight so I can get back to regular work tomorrow.

The Graves' House said...

your winter decorating turned out great. i love the birch candles, they really warmed things up.
~nicole

PatQ said...

Your designs are beautiful. I love looking at your site for inspiration!

Christi said...

Love you creative ideas! I also love the prints that are behind the new trees that you got such bargains on!

ugagirl30 said...

OMG! I love all of that, but those trees...I probably would have paid the $20 just to make sure that I have them. I got some really great deals post-Christmas. I'll have them posted in the next few days. I'm so excited!!

misselaineous said...

Love the jars...unique, pretty, simple and most definitely "warmified"!! *elaine*

Valarie Lea said...

That looks great! I really need to do something to mine. I think I will take off a couple of days after the kids start back so I can get things done. :)

Sandy Toes said...

I love it! I love what you put in the glass votives...it's beautiful!
-sandy toes

Suzanne said...

I'm doing the same thing here, though I still have my Christmas decorations up though every time I wander through my rooms, I pull a couple of things. My pile is growing and within a day or two I hope to have exercised Christmas!

MeganSloan said...

Great ideas! I've seen so many people with cute bird's nests... now I want one! And good idea with using what you have around the house. :)

Shannon said...

It all looks wonderful!! Love the jars!

Handmade Housewife... said...

Your urns are gorgeous! I have 2 large ginger jars that are similar, but I'm already putting shells in mine since it's 78 deg. in GA. Thanks for sharing you warmified pictures :) I sure do miss the snow.

-Hayley

bec4 said...

Great modified winter decor. I leave a few things up until Valentine's Day--snowflakes in my window and a few red berries here and there. I love your filled apothecary jars--thanks for the inspiration!

Carri said...

You did such a beautiful job decorating for the winter season. I wish I was as creative as you. I dont have a crafty bone in my body.

Betsy said...

Great ideas. If only I did not live in Texas where snow and wintery weather don't exsist. It was 77 and 88 the two days before today. Today was a little chillier but still bright and sun shiny. We are on our way to spring.

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

Love your winter warmth... I thought I made up decorator A.D.D.
hahahaha I have said that for years, because I repaint the rooms in my house about every year... I get bored with things and paint is cheap enough... voila D.A.D.D.

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

I think your blog is adorable! I love your winter decor. Thank your sharing with us.

karlene said...

You did a fabulous job!! Love the birch candles, and I really love your made up word, was it "warmiest" LOVE it, wink!! Happy winter.

Wendy said...

Love them! I'm all about seasonal decor...and I love to fill apothecary jars too! Your idea of the nest in the snow is gorgeous!

Mimi Sue said...

Great ideas. Love the snow in the jars. Mimi

Kelly said...

So pretty. I love your ideas! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Susie Harris said...

Beautiful! Love the nest in snow...purteeee~

AJ said...

I like how you switched it up:) I hear you about winter. It's going to be a long one here in Chicagoland!

Momofgirls said...

I love it! Winter gets ripped off by Christmas it seems and I am not ready for my house to be boring! Love all the winter touches, can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for Valentine's Day

Have a happy first day back!

diXymiss said...

Great ideas ~ thanX for the lovely wintery inspiration.

Marie said...

Great post! I've been wondering what to put up and out when I take down my Xmas decor (yes, it's still up!) but have no clue. I'm thinking of NOTHING. Can you believe it? I LOOOOVE the winter look to all your jars. It must look right at home up there in MI. Down here, we've been wearing shorts for weeks, so it may look a little funny. lol I think today is another shorts day, by the way. :::sigh:::

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

No....I just passed on some of that wintery snow yesterday for 75% off...ugh. It looks perfect in there with the pine cones. Love it all.

Julie said...

Chris love the winter decorations everything looks wonderful!
Have a great week:)
julie

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love those trees! Great job!

mama2one said...

Allposters.com has some great winter prints. Cheap to frame or dry mount & laminate.

Blissful Nikki said...

just beautiful! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Cute, cute, Chris! Love the birch candles & those lovely trees, my oh my you got some good deals. Looks very toasty at your house!

Rambling Girl said...

Gosh I just love your decor that you share...please tell me where to get some fake snow or is it to late....

Love the birch trees! How neat.

The Morgan Family said...

My Christmas decor is down and put away. Can you come winterize accessorize my house for me? You did a fantastic job! Loved the pictures!

Susan S. said...

Your winter re-do's are great. I'm in the middle of that now. Christmas has been taken down and left things looking bare so I'm scrounging the house looking for inspiration. I have a new glass urn with a top, like you have so you've given me some ideas.

Happy New Year from Houston!

Michelle said...

Everything looks fab. I was just telling DH how sad the house looks when we un-decorate it, and that I wished we had more "wintery" decorations....

Thanks for the inspiration!

aimee said...

Love your winter jars! I just took all my Christmas decor down and everything looks so plain and sad. Your ideas are great.

Samantha said...

I have to say I love your blog. I have a chuckle almost every day reading it and your decorating skills are great. I have gotten a lot of inspiration from you.

Where did you find the apothecary jars you used? I have found some but they are either too expensive or the glass is too thin and would probably break the first time I sneezed on them. Not that I have a habit of sneezing over everything I might add.

Brenda said...

Perfect!

Lorie said...

I love them all! As usual!

Julie said...

Where does everyone get these fab urns???? Where oh where?

mx2mommy said...

SAme decor until Halloween - WHAT?!?! I see you now have some V-day stuff and then there's St. Pat's, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July (yes, I am one of "those" who decorates for most major holidays!!) I am loving your blog and so glad to have "found it again" (saw the advent calendar BUT couldn't remember where until I saw it on another blog!).

UPrinting said...

Wow, you're such a genius when it comes to decorating. You can very well apply as an interior designer ir something like that. Hope to see more of your decorations here. :)

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