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Winter Decorating: 3 {Free} Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Here are some easy Winter decorating ideas to spruce up your home for FREE!

It’s always around this time of year that I start to get a little antsy in the house. Do you?  In most areas, the weather forces us to spend more time indoors in the Winter. At first, it’s fun and cozy, but after a while, I start to feel a bit cooped up and bored.  I find myself looking around the house and thinking of all the changes I could make and all the projects I want to tackle, but my budget usually snaps me back into reality. So here are three easy {and FREE} winter decorating ideas that I do to beat the winter blues!

1. Redesign: Shop Your House

What is redesign you might ask?

To design something again in a different way.

So basically, taking what you have, mixing it all up, and coming up with a whole new look. That’s right. A free home makeover.

This is truly the easiest and fastest way to freshen up your home without spending a dime!  It’s as easy as moving things from one room to another, changing up your mantel décor, displaying something different on the dining table, or even creating new vignettes using things you already own. 

It’s very important to take into consideration an item’s potential, not just its traditional use.  For example, a pitcher is great for serving beverages to guests, but works equally well holding flowers or even kitchen utensils.

Spring vignette with purple flowers, ironstone and feathers

The same is true of a serving tray. When not in use for serving, it can be beautiful on a coffee table to contain groupings of other items to create a vignette! 

Coffee table vignette with books and branches

Old trophy cups? They are great as vases or utensil holders!

The beauty of shopping your own home is that everything is free and there is an unlimited return policy.  That means that you can move things around and try them out with no risk!  If you try it and don’t like it, put it back to how it was and in the process, you’ll have learned something about design, as well as about your personal taste.

2. Bring the Outdoors In

Adding a bit of nature always seems to freshen things up a bit.  If you have any Winter blooms, why not cut them and bring them inside to enjoy?  But even branches and leaves can make beautiful displays, as can logs stacked by the fireplace. Just the idea of bringing nature into the home has a way of lifting the spirits.

Don’t have a green thumb? No problem! Faux flowers and plants often look so real nowadays, that you have to touch them to find out! Here are some of my favorites:

Items found in nature instantly warm up a room with their organic shapes and interesting texture, so don’t limit yourself to thinking that bringing the outdoors in means flowers only.  I even use my fresh produce to create a display in the kitchen in lieu of flowers this time of year!

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3. Clean and Organize

For some reason, Spring is most often associated with the time of year when we clean, organize, and purge our homes of items, but once the weather turns nice, I’d much rather be outdoors. Wouldn’t you?!  Instead, I prefer to do all of my cleaning while it’s cold and rainy and I’m stuck inside anyway. And if you’re looking for some new cleaning products, you can check out my favorites {HERE}. 

And as you know, getting organized and cleaning out those long-overdue areas/rooms provides a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and is an instantly lifts our spirits.  As an added bonus, once you clean up and rid your home of things you no longer need/want, there’s room to add some new things!

DIY Pantry Makeover

It might seem simple, but moving things around your home so that they appear “new”, adding a bit of nature, and tidying up a bit can really make a difference! These are easy, free Winter decorating ideas that anyone can do.

What do YOU do to banish the Winter blues?

Want some tips for shopping your own home?  Check out {this post} for more information!

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6 Comments

  1. Love your blog. Where did you get the Neroli petals candle?

  2. Teddee Grace says:

    I don’t get the winter blues, thank goodness. In fact, I don’t know if fall or winter is my favorite season, but I truly love winter and decorate at Christmas more generic winter so I can keep my decor up until Valentine’s Day. I just got my one-bedroom apartment fully decorated today when I put some holiday touches to a shelf over my tub and went out and spruced up the balcony, which I’d decorated several weeks ago and which had collected a lot of fall leaves. It was warm enough that I could work out there with just a sweater on and I fluffed the garland and added a string of lights, shook out all of my faux fur throws and fluffed the pillows that give my Colorado balcony a ski resort look that I just love. We got up in the low 60s today but will be down to 19F tonight and I’m snug as a bug. Happy holidays!

  3. These are great ideas. I recently did the shopping at home and rearranged a few surfaces in our family room. That always makes me happy! I’m with you, I tend to clean more in depth in the winter months and once spring arrives, I’m in the garden.
    xo,
    Karen

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