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.
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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Transform Your Home For The Holidays: Cozy Winter Decor Ideas
Bringing The Outside In
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.
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.
Decorate With Natural Elements
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.
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.
Cinnamon & Pine Scented Pinecones
- 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.
There is no such thing as too much greenery!
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?
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.
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.
Bring In The Layers
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.
Trimming The Tree
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.
Add Festive Touches
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.
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.
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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