Simple Ideas to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor

Have you packed up your Christmas decor? Here are some simple ideas to transition from Christmas to winter decor.

We just stored 5 trees and multiple (I’m afraid to count) storage totes. Slowly, the transition from Christmas to winter decor begins.

I’m a little slow. I pack a tote and then take a break to eat a leftover Christmas cookie. Not a very good work ethic!

Finally, surfaces are cleared, the Roomba is running, and our dog, Bentley, has much more room to roam and create mischief.

Sigh. It feels open, clean, and fresh…BUT!

The house feels a little bare, a little stark, a little (dare I say)…naked!

Time to warm things up a bit!

Texture, nature, and color (or lack of) is my recipe for transitioning from Christmas to winter decor.

Christmas to Winter Decor…Nature to the Rescue

As cold and stark as it is outdoors, nature can still come to the rescue with lovely texture and color.

Pull out your favorite bowl or tray and layer the bottom with some fresh evergreens.

Leftover greens from Christmas will do. Or, do as I do and head outside with a pair of scissors. We have a lovely arborvitae tree that is always willing to share!

We also have some prolific pine trees in our yard and I gather the best pinecones throughout the year.

This year’s crop got a quick coat of silver and rose gold spray paint.

Toss pinecones on top of the greens and you are done! Instant winter display!

Blue and white bowl full of greenery and painted pine cones to transition from Christmas to winter decor.

Texture Over Pattern

While I will be the first to overload your visual senses with colorful, patterned pillows, there is something crisp and cozy about a simple, cuddly white pillow.

Swap out your fall and Christmas pillows for ones that are full of soft, yummy texture.

Fleece, velvet, chenille, faux fur….can you feel it? You are mentally “snuggling in!”

Squeezy pillows are an added bonus!

Two white pillows sitting on a brown leather sofa.

Green It Up

Every January, I am reborn as a plant expert. At least in my head I am!

Green plants can retake their centerstage position in your home and, literally, breathe life into the starkness of a post-holiday home.

Once upon a time, I shared how to create a portable plant garden. Perfect ways to chase away winter blues!

I like to take the green theme further and display my favorite garden books.

When you get tired of winter, grab one of these books and crank up your imagination! This is garden dreaming at its best!

A stack of gardening books sitting on a coffee table.

Here are a few of my favorite garden books for winter dreaming!

Whispers in the Wilderness by Erik Stensland

Gardens of the Garden State by Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry (New Jersey…I had no idea!)

Royal Gardens of the World by Mark Lane

An Affair with a House (my FAVORITE home decor book!) by Bunny Williams

Edible Home Decor

When will I learn?

I should know by now that, if the cookies are sitting out on a cookie plate, I will eat them.

Refer to my Christmas packing routine!

Now is the time to take my newfound snacking awareness and set out fresh fruit on the kitchen island.

Healthy and beautiful!

Even basic apples and oranges can look pretty and elegant when displayed intentionally.

Colorblock your fruit on a tiered tray for an instant winter fruit stand.

Pre-wash all fruit and remove the stickers so they are ready to eat.

And, don’t forget to keep your citrus away from other fruits so as to keep fruit fresher longer!

A three tier tray full of fresh fruit to transition from Christmas to winter docor.

One of my favorite things to do is create displays for the kitchen island. Here are 13 of My Favorite Kitchen Island Displays!

Color…I Can’t Help It!

Just like a winter infusion of vitamin D, I need some color in my life!

Not a lot. Just a nice little punch.

Color brightens grey days and brings vibrancy to longer hours of darkness.

Pink roses in small glass vases decorated with black and white striped ribbon.
This is one of my favorite ribbons. You can see this black and white stripe ribbon HERE.

The fireplace is now ready for a January fireplace blaze, some February hearts, and maybe even some March birthday presents! (Guess who?)

A fireplace decorated with pink roses in glass vases. a great way to transition from Christmas to winter decor.


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p.s. Who am I kidding? I love to add “pops of color” all the time! Here are a few other color related posts you might enjoy!

3 Easy Steps to “Pop of Color” Books

A Living Room Revamp that is Bright and Colorful

How to Make a Sweater Weather Candle Cozy


    1. Hi Mireille! Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad you found some ideas. Happy New Year, my friend! ~Missy

    1. Hi Mary Jo! Thank you so much! I really appreciate you visiting Sonata Home Design! Happy New Year to you as well! ~Missy

  1. Most of us are right there with you. At least I am. It’s nice to get back to basics once the holiday season is over. I love the muted colors ad lots of texture too. And the added pops of green/ery really make it cozy. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. Pinned. See you next week.

    1. Hi Clearissa! It does feel good to clear out, clean up, and start fresh. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Love #omhgww! Have a great weeek! ~Missy

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you so much! I will, as always, look forwaard to the next link party. I appreciate the feature!

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