winter decorating

double duty decorating

Winter can be dull, drab, damp and dreary – but your home doesn’t have to be.

Let your holiday decorating do “double duty” by using items that are perfect for Christmas AND for winter.  What better way to maximize all that effort you put into your holiday decorating than by keeping up some of those decorations throughout the cold winter months.

Decorate for Christmas and all through February with cardinals, snowmen, snowy scenes and snowflakes – all universal winter icons that don’t scream Christmas.  Happy snowmen figurines will chase away the gloom.  Snow globes with winter scenes add a touch of magic and fun.

In the bathroom and kitchen, hand towels with snowmen, snowflakes or cardinals brighten up the room.  Scented pump soaps in pine or cranberry scents give the room a boost.

Serve snacks or sandwiches all winter long on dishware featuring cardinals, snowmen, snowflakes or winter scenes.  Colorful trays, candy bowls or fruit bowls with these same themes can give your home a fresh pop of color.  Check out coasters or placements in shimmering snowflake designs or practical, easy wipe-off placements with winter birds, snowflakes, snowmen or winter scenes.

Light up houses with a soft glowing light (try blue or green lights), will give your nights an instant glow of warmth and they also make great nightlights.  Put your house on a small table or plant stand surrounded with sprinkles of fake snow.

Snowmen and snowflake ornaments can dangle from doorknobs, curtain rods or hooks for a festive feel.

Do you enjoy eggnog?  Irish coffee?  Hot coco?  Enjoy your favorite hot drinks in your eggnog mugs or punch bowl cups throughout the chilly months.  Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read – fill a festive bowl with popcorn – snuggle up!

Colorful sprigs of pine branches or holly (real or artificial), in bud vases or regular vases give your home a “wintery green” — I love the realistic artificial pine springs with berries and pinecones, dusted in glistening fake snow.

You spent ALL that time decorating.  Use your imagination – with a little extra thought, you can leave some of your holiday decorations up through February to help chase away those winter blues.