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In With The New

January 4, 2016

It is finally 2016, and after putting all of the Christmas trimmings back in their bins, home can feel bare and uninspiring. This happens to me every year and I try and look at this fresh start as the perfect opportunity for a clean slate in my home. Clearing out the clutter can be a breath of fresh air, and today I thought I’d share a few tips on how to warm up your home while it’s still the winter season. It can be as simple as lighting a candle or adding a few special touches around the house to keep it feeling just as homey as it did when the stockings were hung.

One of my favorite ways to liven up my home is with fresh and faux florals, especially during the winter, when most everything is dormant and gray. My trick is choosing florals that are simple to track down in the winter. For this fresh arrangement, I used ranunculus, hydrangea, billy balls, hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus and lemon leaf- which I found at my local wholesale florist. Helpful tip: when you’re looking for cost effective fresh flowers, wholesale florists will usually let you purchase what they have extras of without a wholesale account.

Fresh arrangements, like this one, are simple to put together and bring life, color and movement to your home. I started with the hydrangea, separated the main flower and added eucalyptus leaves, billy balls and ranunculus to the center. From there, I added the berries, lemon leaves and extra eucalyptus around the edges. There’s no formula for arranging! Just have fun and play around until you like the look of it.

For a vessel, I chose this antique jade pitcher from my cupboard. I liked that it brought a fun and unique pop of color to the kitchen island. I layered it with items I had sitting around my kitchen for a quick and simple island centerpiece. If you find that you have extra flowers after creating your main arrangement, make a few smaller ones to set around. Fresh arrangements like these can last up to two weeks if you allow them to get plenty of water, and set them on the windowsill for some light every once in a while. 

If you want something more long-lasting, I suggest using faux florals, like these Paper White Bulbs. These are from my store, Magnolia Market, but you can use any faux florals you’re drawn to. I created this arrangement with floral foam and moss from the local craft store, and a wooden serving bowl from my cupboard. I stuck the floral stem into the foam, left the bulb exposed, and covered the foam with moss. These are perfect for an entryway, dining table centerpiece, or coffee table.

Alternatively, this same look can be achieved with live florals. These Paper White Bulbs were purchased from the local greenhouse, and were already planted in a small pot. I placed the pot in the same bowl and covered it with moss. These live bulbs can be easily watered by simply moving the moss out of the center and watering the soil underneath.

Another simple way to cozy up your home for winter is by setting out candles and throws. Nothing warms up a space like a basket of blankets and lit candles.

I used this scale from my shop, fresh eucalyptus leaves, billy balls, and white pillar candles to bring warmth to my coffee table. I also added a few pops of yellow throughout the room so it felt cheerful and will seamlessly transition into spring.

Another staple in my winter decor are these simple grapevine wreaths. I bought them from the craft store, and filled them with fresh and faux greenery. When making your own wreath, you can use fresh greenery that will dry pretty, like seeded eucalyptus, or faux greenery, like these olive stems I got from my shop and cut down with wire cutters.

Grapevine wreaths make easy canvases for DIY wreaths because they work like a grid. All you do is tuck and weave stems into the wreath until you’re satisfied with its fullness, and they’ll stay put all season long. I opted to do an asymmetrical design, but you could also fill your wreath completely if you wanted.

My last suggestion for warming up your home is setting out baked goods. This detail is perfect if you’re expecting guests or simply for your family. Setting out baked goods will make them feel appreciated and welcomed.  

I hope you’ll find some of these ideas helpful to make small, simple changes in your home to cozy it up for the winter season, without falling into a winter lull. This year, be inspired by the space you’re in! Happy 2016!

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