Post holiday doldrums? They hit me me every year. I spend endless hours decorating for Christmas. My home is simply filled with vibrant color and festive sparkle. Then, all too quickly, Christmas is over. The whimsical mercury glass ornaments, snow globes, and army of nutcrackers are packed safely away and the house looks desolate. Because this is so depressing to me (all of that work for such a little bit of time!) I have started a Post-Christmas Winter Wonderland Decorating Scheme. The silver and white concept is certainly not new. But, this January décor weans me off of the exuberant Christmas decorations… at least a little.
Currently, I have numerous vintage snowmen, silver mercury glass and winter white pieces that only make an appearance after Christmas. And this season, I am looking forward to adding to my little cache of snowy objects.
Adding sparkly bits such as mercury glass candlesticks, gem encrusted votives, and cut crystal bowls keeps the festive holiday feeling alive. For a budget-saving solution, inexpensive tag sale glass pieces can easily be turned into “mercury glass” simply by using spray paint. My personal favorite is Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.
And, don’t forget to “shop your home.” Your Great Aunt Gertrude’s Victorian glass bowl may not be to your taste on a daily basis, but, overflowing with fragrant fresh-cut greens and pinecones, it can be a showstopper!
Combine those glam pieces with rustic elements such as undecorated evergreen trees and bottle brush trees (I am particularly drawn to flocked trees this year, which are already on clearance), burlap, or wood. This keeps vignettes from becoming overly theatrical. Save money by scouring your yard (or your neighbor’s, with permission) for pinecones, seedpods, and sculptural branches.
Finally, add warmth with cozy throws, snuggly pillows, and luxe window treatments to keep January’s cold at bay – at least visually.
To inspire you, I’ve included a few of my favorite Winter Wonderland ideas to keep that holiday feeling alive – all the way through January!
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