Hello 2018! The holidays were a blast…. full of excitement and memories! Now that it’s over, the home can quickly feel empty, cold, and a little gloomy. To fight the post-holiday slump, we have a few tips to keep your place feeling cozy and pulled together for the remaining winter months!

1. Space Planning
Make sure to move furniture back to its original spot. As elementary as this sounds, it’s often overlooked. Or shake things up and give the space a brand new feel by rearranging the room. If you’re not sure where furniture should go, space planning is something our design professionals can do easily with a minimal appointment. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make your home feel fresh in the new year.

2. Holiday Decor vs. Winter Decor
As long as your items do not scream Christmas, leave them out. Put away all of the Santa figurines, but a few snowflakes here and there are great. It’s still cold so layering is still relevant. Chunky pillows and warm fuzzy blankets will add needed texture and warmth to the space. You’ll also need them on those chilly January days!

Try changing fragrances from aromas of gingerbread and candy canes to warm and smoky scents like sandalwood or tobacco. This will keep everything in season, without the heavy holiday overtones.


3. Replace Lights by Adding New Lighting
It’s easy to forget the impact that Christmas lights have on a room. When removed, it changes the ambience drastically. To offset this, remove but replace! Light your candles for some extra twinkle or string some Edison lights on the patio. Adding a new lamp or two is more pricey but will instantly update your decor and brighten the room.

4. Frame family Christmas card photo
Many families take photos for their Christmas cards each year.  But why not take it one step further and get a larger print framed. Proudly hang those beauties up! The reminder of everyone being together can be so refreshing. For any of the singles out there, hang pictures with your closest friends or immediate family to capture the same effect.

5. Pop of Valentine color
About mid-January, we give you full permission to add a little touch of warmth and romance for Valentine’s day with no judgement. Try adding a pillow and throw or changing the accent colors of a few key pieces in the space. Replace the candy canes with conversation hearts.

6. Mantle makeover
If you had garland and stockings up over the holidays, your mantle might be looking sparse now. A few new accessories will make a big impact. Seasonal greenery, birch branches, candlesticks, and some kind of vessel are some of our go-tos. It’s all about building back in some height and interest. For a more drastic re-design, paint the mantle a couple shades darker than the trim color.

We’re so glad to be back from the holiday break and providing more content for you! Looking forward to a new year of inspiring liveable style.