Winter Decor | Decorating in January

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.

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

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).

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

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).

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

You can see that I used a variety of filler bouquet pieces as trees.

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

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.

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

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).

Winter Decor | DIY Snow Village Mantle | My Creative Happy

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.

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

Winter Decor | West Elm Mercury Glass Dove |My Creative Happy

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

 

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

 

Winter Decor | My Creative Happy

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).

Before and After | A Year in Progress | My Creative Happy

Happy January!

Kelly Hedlund | My Creative Happy

8 thoughts on “Winter Decor | Decorating in January

  1. Mandy

    Love your winter village!!❄️❄️

  2. Susan McMahan

    Looks Terrific!!

  3. Absolutely loved your winter living room! You’ve definitely brought an outdoor winter look inside! Your silver and white accents are perfect and love the white village on your mantel. Course, your living room has great bones to begin with as evidenced by your “June” look – love your style! Glad I found your blog at Craftberry Bush.

    • Thank you so much, Lori! I wasn’t ready to go completely decor-free after the holidays, and this sort of helped fill in the gap between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Plus I just love, love, love winter. And it’s so short here in Charleston, that incorporating it in my home decor makes it last just a little longer. Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you did.
      Happy Winter!
      Kelly
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