Transform Your Home For The Holidays: Cozy Winter Decor Ideas

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There’s nothing quite like curling up in a cozy home with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Transform your home for the holidays.

Here are a few cozy winter decor ideas to make your home feel extra warm and cozy. It will be the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy and create new memories this Christmas.

Antique Belgium crate with a wooden box filled with greenery, bayberries, white Poinsettias with gold candles burning.

With a little creativity and effort, you can easily transform your home into a cozy winter retreat that’s perfect for the upcoming holidays. You can keep things simple or put up trees in every room. You are in the driver seat as what is enough or when it is too much.

Let’s get started today and enjoy the magic of the holiday season!

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Naked trees with lights and tree collars or urns. Mantel decorated with a mirror framed in gold, artwork of wooden and metal trees.

Have you heard the term “naked tree”? Basically, it is a tree that has simple white lights, little to no ornaments or decorations and is covered at the based with a collar.

A naked tree with the warm glow of white lights is a beautiful statement in any room. If you have a fireplace, you can place one or two trees to flank each side.

Family room with decorated for the holidays with four naked trees, mantel adored with garland.

At night this room is cozy with twinkling of lights from the trees and flickering of the candles.

Faux real touch garland is draped on the mantel to give that woodland vibe. No lights were necessary with the four trees and candles.

Decorating with natural elements such as oranges, cinnamon sticks, fresh greens during the holidays.

Natural elements are a perfect way to make your home cozy and smell incredible too. One of my favorite is using apples or oranges.

You can decorate the fruit with cloves by carefully pushing the stem into the orange or apple. Lay the fruit into a bowl or antique dough bowl in some faux greens.

Decorating with natural elements such as oranges, cinnamon sticks, fresh greens during the holidays.

Cinnamon sticks are great to bunch up in groups of three and tie with ribbon or bakers twine. They also make wonderful Christmas ornaments on a tree.

Gather up pinecones from your or a friend’s yard. You can display them in a bowl or basket. They make great ornaments too.

My favorite is to make Cinnamon and Pine scented pinecones. To make them, you should shake off any dirt or leaves outside.

  • Shake off any dirt or leaves outside.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • Place pinecones on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. This will ensure that any bugs or other little creatures are no longer living in the pinecone. It also will kill any mold spores too.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.
  • Place the pinecones in a small plastic garbage bag or shopping bag.
  • Add 20 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 10 drops of pine essential oil.
  • Give the bag a good shake for two minutes so the essential oil can distribute.
  • Style and enjoy the wonderful scent.
  • You can store pinecones to use year after year. The scent will fade but you can repeat the steps for adding the essential oils to refresh the pinecones.

You can never go wrong with adding greenery into your holiday decor. Greenery is a popular choice for holiday decorating because it has a number of symbolic and aesthetic benefits. Did you know that evergreens, such as pine, fir, and spruce, are often used to represent everlasting life and hope for the return of spring?

Dining room decorated for Christmas. A brindle French Bulldog lays on a blue and white rug.
Piper, 2-year Old French Bulldog (color Brindle).

Evergreens can be used throughout the home on mantels, draped on a mirror, added to arrangements, placed on top of cabinets, etc. You can use faux or real or a combination of both together.

Poinsettias are also a beautiful addition to tables and kitchen islands. I love using the smaller size ones. They are not hard to keep alive for the holidays. You can read about how to care for them here.

Vase in blue and white with evergreen arrangement and two Belsnickle Santas.

The vibrant green color of evergreens can provide a welcome contrast to many colors used for the holidays. Greenery can also be used to add texture and dimension to holiday arrangements.

This ginger jar has faux and fresh evergreens. The faux greens were added first. You can use floral picks filled with water to add a few fresh branches of cedar. Tuck the floral picks in with your faux greens.

You will need to check every few days to see if the water needs to be replaced.

A sure way to transform your home for the holidays to make it extra cozy is to bring in the layers. Pillows and throws are the best way to warm up your space. Lots of wonderful textures and soft warm throws are perfect on a sofa, chair, bench or draped across a bed.

Our 1-year old French Bulldog, Chibi has claimed the sofa faux fur throw as her blanket. Originally, they were being used as tree skirts. She would not leave them alone under the tree. I was afraid she was after the cords to the trees. We swapped out throws for tree collars. Problem solved! She is a funny little 17 lb. of pure energy dog.

Decorate your tree with colors and ornaments that you love. Choose ornaments that can be used year after year and easily combine with other ornaments.

Glass or shattered proof pinecones with glitter are lovely to use on a tree or as decorations in a bowl or added to a winter floral arrangement.

If you are tired of a large bow or star on top of your tree, try adding picks of berries or snowy branches. I have two or three different kinds of silver picks used as a tree topper. They were purchased on clearance from Hobby Lobby and Michaels a few years ago.

The important take away is decorate your tree with items you love. Those handmade ornament the children made are perfect and treasured item for your tree.

Try grouping a collection of items together. I have beautiful decorated bottle brush trees grouped together with one Belsnickle Santa. If you are interested to making some, I have a post on Create a Beautiful Vintage Inspire Bottle Brush Tree.

When creating a vignette, think also about the wall space too not just the surface. A piece of artwork, mirror or wreath can be placed on the wall. It helps to make your collection pop.

Large Mercury glass ornament with blue velvet bow on a stack of books.

A simple festive look is to take an over size ornament and add a beautiful bow. Display under a glass dome cloche or in a bowl on top of a stack of books. You can do the same thing with a large bell.

Green garland with red berries is hung along a staircase with a strand of gold bells and blue velvet ribbon.

Dress up your garland on the stairs or mantel by adding some gold bells and beautiful velvet ribbon.

It is the simple items that can add a big impact.

Happy Holidays, sweet friend xoxo,

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Family room with decorated for the holidays with four naked trees, mantel adored with garland.

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Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best 2023 Holiday Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each home tour by clicking the links below. Enjoy!

Monday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Monday

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // Worthing Court Blog

Southern Home and Hospitality // Our Crafty Mom // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

A Life Unfolding // Living Large In a Small House // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Bricks ‘n Blooms // Cottage In the Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Wednesday

WM Design House // The Ponds Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells

Simply 2 Moms // Robyn’s French Nest // Amy Sadler Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Midwest Life and Style // White Arrows Home // White Lilac Farmhouse

DIY Beautify // Thistle Key Lane

Friday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Pasha Is Home // This Is Simplicite

Decor to Adore // Le Cultivateur // Peacock Ridge Farm

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36 Comments

  1. Tammy, your holiday home looks extra cozy and I’m loving all your winter decor ideas. Your bottle brush trees are so beautiful in their sparkling containers. Seeing your pretty poinsettias reminds me I need to make a trip to the nursery. Happy Christmas!

  2. Tammy, your tree decorations are so pretty and I love the natural accents in your decor. Wishing you a joyous Christmas season, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Tammy – Your home is beautiful. I’m absolutely loving the naked trees. I just love a tree with only lights. I don’t know why I feel like I’m obligated to dress it. It’s perfect just the way it is.

    1. Lynn, thank you so much. My husband looked at me like I had six eyes. I told him they were no going to be decorated. Now, he tells me how much he loves the twinkling of just the lights on the trees. Everyone that has come to the house love the naked tree.

  4. Your home looks so pretty and festive, Tammy. I love all of the Christmas touches you’ve added. Especially the greenery. I agree that you can never have too much…and you can leave it up all winter long!

    I especially love how you draped a garland around your mirror in the dining room. Just stunning!

    Happy to be touring with you today. Pinned!

  5. Tammy,

    I am in love with the naked tree trend. Nothing is as pretty as twinkling lights this time of year. It’s lovely to be hopping with you, Merry Christmas!

  6. Tammy, your home looks so pretty! The large trees next to the mantel are so beautiful! I especially love your dining room all decked out! Lovely tour!

    1. Thank you, Kim. The kids finally figured out the big Christmas tree was not out. It saw it final days last year before it literally fell a part. A new big one for 2024 possibly.

  7. Tammy,
    Your home feels so cozy with all those lovely trees around your mantel. Beautiful tour and I hope your December is amazing.

  8. Tammy thank you for taking us on a tour of your beautiful Christmas home and Shari g such wonderful tips too! I loved your tree with its pops of blue, and your naked trees, and I also loved your sweet pups. Fabulous and wish g you a Merry Christmas!

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