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Can you believe Thanksgiving is over and it is almost time for Winter and Christmas?! Me either. Time is really flying as we wind down another great year. It seems like we were just decorating for Fall and Thanksgiving and now it is time to unbox all of our winter stuff. So. Much. FUN! I love decorating for each season, but what I *really* love is decor that is dual purpose: Fall AND Thanksgiving, Winter AND Christmas- you get the point. With time being tight it’s important to me that most of my decor lasts the whole season, and winter is definitely a longgggg season. While our Christmas tree is up from Thanksgiving weekend through about December 30th, I like the house to stay “wintery” much longer than that. It just feels so cozy. And who doesn’t love to be cozy?!
This year we have an extra space to decorate- our apartment that we did not have last year at this time. It’s kind of fun to have two spaces to decorate because our cottage (where I live most of the time) is pretty farmhouse, but I like modern/Bohemian style, too, so I get to have a little fun with that at our apartment. For the first time EVER I bought a fake Christmas tree this year. I know, I know. My kids are giving me a world of sass because we’ve been cutting our tree down for years. But the apartment isn’t really “real tree” ready, so I kind of went off the rails a bit. No normal fake tree here. I went ROSE GOLD. I figure if I am going to buy a tree, I’m going to buy a TREE. It’s beginning to look like a pink Christmas here. And I LOVE IT! I mean, how can you not love this rose gold tree? It’s the perfect height, it’s skinny for my small space, it’s pre-lit. It’s under $75. I even bought pink and gold ornaments. My husband doesn’t know what’s gotten into me, and that’s ok. 😉 This is the perfect place to have a little holiday fun because we won’t always have 2 places to decorate. I found a fluffy white tree skirt like this one (but 2x as much $$) at TJ Maxx, along with some cuuuuute pillows and a new blankie and this place is looking a lot cozier than usual.
But that’s Christmas and I like to decorate for the season, so I turned to my favorite place, Pinterest, for some winter decorating ideas for our new space, and to add to our cottage, too. Two spaces, two different looks, I need ideas!
Wait until you see these awesome ideas. You will be decorating for winter this weekend for sure!
These pompoms are so cute! They are perfect decor for winter and Christmas and will last the whole season. Don’t they look like snowballs? The photo is from Hymns & Verses (it’s really a tutorial for the glitter sign) but you can easily copy the pompom look with your own DIY. Momtastic.com has a great tutorial. Pompoms are super easy to make- if you have kids, put them to work!
I love decorating with pinecones. If you live in the country or an area with lots of trees, pinecones are easy to come by. If you live in an urban area, or just don’t have time to pinecone hunt, there’s always Amazon. These pinecones are perfect for this easy DIY winter decor idea. Using candles you have on hand and any size/shape tray, you can have a great centerpiece or tabletop decoration in just a few minutes!
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Of course you can’t forget the porch! This gorgeous porch is from Home Stories A to Z and is one of my favorites. These skis are vintage, but you can find snow skis at just about any cold-climate Goodwill or Salvation Army. Spraypaint them red or brown and you have an inexpensive decoration for the whole season. If you have a fresh cut tree save the boughs you trim and put them in one of your porch pots for instant decor!
Another great item to find at a resale store is ice skates! They are perfect to hang from your front door or over an old wooden sled. Complete the look with these rustic red lanterns!
Put your olive bucket to use as winter decor! If you don’t have one, you can find a large one here. Greenery, birch logs and pinecones in an olive bucket is an easy way to decorate your porch, by your front door or next to the fireplace for the winter season.
I LOVE these sweater candle sleeves! Time to hit the resale stores.
Repurposed skis are an easy and inexpensive winter decor DIY! There are almost always skis at thrift stores and with a little spray paint you’ll have decor in less than an hour.
If your style is farmhouse you may have a dough bowl that is waiting to be turned into the perfect centerpiece! I have been on the hunt for a dough bowl for years- they are so expensive, though! If you don’t have a dough bowl you could achieve the look with a wooden crate or tray.
Don’t forget the kitchen! Just a few touches can bring winter right inside.
If you have a wood burning fireplace put your logs to use! This simple Scandinavian inspired winter porch will welcome guests to your home all season. For as simple as it is, I love the branch with the bells hung next to the door!
I can’t wait to get to Michigan so I can decorate. It’s such a pretty winter wonderland in our area – even though it’s a bit TOO snowy at times!
Have you figured out what to gift everyone for Christmas this year? Be sure to take a look at our DIY Holiday Gifts post! It has so many gift ideas your girlfriends will love! AND stay on track with your holiday spending with this free printable and gift giving guide.