Winter is my favorite season.
There is something beautiful in the blue-gray sky of winter, and of stark trees with twiggy branches. I love cold air where you can see your breath, and frost on windows, and I get excited about wearing a sweater and scarf over shorts and flipflops. Maybe this stems from growing up in Florida, where winters are imaginary, and too many Christmases were spent in nontraditional-75-degree-weather-with-a-nice-touch-of-humidity, but I adore winter. (Seriously, who has ever read A Night Before Christmas where he throws open the shutters to green grass!?)
And after my Winter Woodland Tablescape, I was sort of inspired to add a few more wintery touches to the living room. So after the Christmas tree was brought down, and the decorations put away, and the furniture was moved back into place, I spent a little time bringing January indoors.
As you can see, I did go ahead and keep my little Winter Village Mantle decor from Christmas. I just swapped out the Christmas trees on either end, and added my Birch Cone Trees instead.
I haven’t added a tutorial for this DIY Snow Village, but it was really easy to make. Throughout the months of November and December, I picked up various size wooden or cardboard houses each time I visited Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Once I had enough to create a little village, I spray painted them all white, added glitter rooftops and snowy front lawns, and drilled holes in the backside so I could string a strand of white Christmas lights through. This looks so pretty in the evening, with all the little windows glowing warmly. If I knew how to use my new camera at night, I’d take a picture and show you, but alas, I am still in the process of learning.
These first two pictures are from Christmas (you can see a white Christmas tree to the right of the houses in the first photo, and you can see my own Christmas tree in the mirror in the second photo).
I later played around with some feather boas, trying to add a little softness to the mantle. I ended up cutting one boa into pieces and placed the pieces between each of the houses to hide the cord, but I removed the long strand of feathers in front of the mantle in the end (it just seemed a bit too much).
You can see that I used a variety of filler bouquet pieces as trees.
Here’s a close-up of the church. I hate that I did not notice the string of hot glue leftover from my glittering…grrrrr.
In this last photo, you can see where I removed the long boa strand across the front of the mantle (it became the nest for my snowy owl).
I decorated the rest of the room very simply. I had a collection of fur pillows (I seem to gravitate towards anything fur lately) that I tossed in with my other pillows. I brought in a white, fuzzy blanket from the family room, added some branches to a vase, and brought in a few Mercury-glass items to give that icy, shiny, silvery appeal of winter.
And just to give you something to compare it to, here’s the same room last year in June (you can read more here Happy House: A Year in Progress).