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Winter Decorating Ideas After Christmas – Home Tour

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If you’re looking for winter decorating ideas after Christmas, then this post may be for you. I’m sharing my own home as it looks today and simple tips on what you can do as well.

winter decorating ideas after Christmas

The last couple of days have been spent cleaning and decluttering and it’s a good feeling after the holidays. Undoubtedly many of you have been doing the same! With the decor stripped down to a minimum I gave everything a good cleaning. Here are a few tips on refreshing your space from how I tackle mine…

The Before – Winter Decorating Ideas After Christmas

    • Remove all clutter then box up to store or bag up to donate.
    • Wash all slipcovers and spot clean upholstery where necessary.
    • Clean rugs. I’ve just ordered a new rug for the living room and will share it when it arrives!
    • Dust everything including lighting. I have some fun dusting tips in THIS POST and deep cleaning hacks HERE.

Differing from the abundance of decor in the living room during Christmas, I added only a few accessories here. The mantel has a vintage French girandole lamp and a Victorian painting of a woman in repose gazing at flamingos. The painting was executed by a Sunday painter on wicker and is so unique! A simple coastal tray on the coffee table with candles, a pair of tall pillars and clippings from trimming our garden finish the look. Even though it’s winter, if you have access to garden clippings they add so much to a serene winter room.

winter decorating ideas after Christmas

Texture in fabrics add interest and warmth to my neutral French style decor.

This vintage mannequin sits in a corner of the living room that I don’t often show. I love a great whimsical piece in every room when possible!

vintage mannequin with cage

Garden clippings in the dining room and a bouquet of winter peonies on the table. I’ve removed the chair slipcovers to wash and iron them and may leave them off for now. Simple, simple!

A single element such as a palm leaf can add such drama! While I’m fortunate to have a constant supply outside, you can find some great fake palm leaves as well.

winter peonies - winter decorating ideas after Christmas

This is wax myrtle and I was trimming them anyway, so put some branches in a vintage crock. Adding water keeps them fresh for a couple of weeks.

winter decorating ideas after Christmas - wax myrtle

It’s perfectly acceptable to hang on to some Christmas decor, especially plants. This mini cedar tree in a French urn is too nice to toss and (not shown) a Christmas cactus that’s still blooming is in the kitchen.

winter decorating ideas after Christmas - cedar tree

Ice blue linens were added for a cool look and to keep us warm on nights when the windows can be open.

Although the fireplace mantel has no working firebox, birch logs are a great winter addition. Faux eucalyptus drapes the top and adds interest. If you have no greenery available where you live, faux is the way to go with winter decorating ideas after Christmas!

I’ll be sharing a quick tutorial with these faux greens next week, so watch for that. We may have a most welcomed cold front coming here to Miami today and I’m so excited!


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  1. Odessa Graham says:

    Janet, I do not know how you do it! I could look for years and never find a treasure such as your painting on the mantle! When I go to visit my daughter in Mississippi this year, I will be scouring the antiques shops in search of a flamingo treasure like that! Kudos to your talent again Janet! You are good!

    1. Thank you so much Odessa and I obviously have a thing for flamingos, lol! Good luck in your search.

  2. I love this cool and clean warmth. Your grace and talent is inspiring. I admire your willingness to decorate in a style that pleases you. I am working on trusting my senses more. I am looking for your wall scones?

    1. That’s such a heartwarming compliment Eunice and much appreciated. I’ve always believed that one needs to decorate to please themselves…not others. The sconces are antique French pieces that a friend gifted me.

  3. Your home looks so serene and welcoming Janet and I love the way you’ve added fresh greenery straight from the garden. There’s nothing more beautiful than the real thing to bring some nature inside, especially in WInter. Beautiful as always

  4. Great ideas! Working on this transition today. Happy New Year

  5. This is so beautiful Janet! I love the freshness and the green plants, and of course your gorgeous whites! ๐Ÿ’— Thanks for another inspiring post and great ideas!

  6. Teresa Snipes says:

    As a Central Floridian, I hear you! Tonight it should get cool again and I’m sooo excited! Tomorrow’s high is 69, which for us is sooo nice! These last few days of 80s weather has not been fun when I’ve been transitioning decor from Christmas to the new year.

    I’ve been using a black and white theme for the last couple of years for January just so I can keep lots of white out. It tricks me into thinking it’s cool! It is also serene and clean.

    I LOVE how you’ve done everything in a simple, clean, but welcoming environment. That’s what I go for after Christmas as well, since I’m over the Christmas bling.

    Thank so much for all your efforts to inspire us!


    1. We’ve been having some fabulous weather so far this winter in Florida Teresa! I’m enjoying a somewhat bare home after the clutter and glitz of the holidays. Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Shirley Brown says:

    Where did you get your headboard/bed?

    1. It’s an antique Shirley that someone gave me and was badly damaged.

  8. Ann Drayton says:

    Janet, your mannequin is fabulous.
    Lovely home tour. I start packing up on 1st or 2nd January as I like to have the tree up for New Years Eve.
    Will be following your advice and do a good cleanup as I pack away the Xmas stuff.

  9. Lovely article!
    Please can you tell me what the green clippings are in the planter, beside the fire with flamingo picture. Thanks

    1. Thank you Linda! I’m not sure what they are. Something just clipped from a wild area in my yard.

  10. Angel Williams says:

    Hi Janet. Youโ€™re amazing. I have a smile when I see your post notice. Always feel inspired. Thank you for all you share with us.

    1. Angel, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely comment. I am thrilled that you enjoy visiting the blog!

  11. The touch of light blue gives your whites a warm touch. Our bed blanket gets lots of use this time of year. I mix flannel with percale cotton sheets to allow for the warmth but also my hormone fluctuations:0)

    I’m ready for the new year!

    Happy Holidays Janet! Thank you for sharing your inspiration with me…makes my world a bit brighter.