Friday, January 16, 2009

Decorating Between the Seasons

I'm in a dilemma. It's not Christmas, and it's not Spring. So how do I decorate? Do I take down all the seasonal decorations . . . Winter and Christmas? Or can I leave the Winter decorations up, including the trees?

I just felt I wasn't ready to take everything down. My house would be too bare. So this is what I decided. Winter could stay . . . snowflakes, trees, snow . . . but not Santas, ornaments, or Christmas lights. I still have seasonal decorations, just no Christmas.

Now I'd like to hear from you. How do you decorate between the seasons? Do you take all the decorations down, or do you leave some up? I'm just curious. And then let me know what you think of my Winter decor. Do you think it still looks to Christmas-y? Or do you tend to just be so sick of Winter you put Spring out anyway? Let me know. I appreciate your comments.

35 comments:

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

It all looks beautiful to me, I did the same thing, but for some reason mine still looked to christmassie so I took it all down and just redecorated...Yours looks amazing, hugs, Lisa

Marge said...

Everything looks gorgeous. My personal opinion is that if you take down Christmas and go with a really springy look, you'll be tired of it by mid-March. Might as well keep out the winter decs and enjoy them -- and try to enjoy winter, too. It's not going away! The white feather trees are especially beautiful. I'm with you. Leave the winter, hold off on spring. I don't do Valentine's either -- just not my style.

snowman hill said...

I kinda did what you did. I leave up the winter stuff like trees, pinecones, pine garlands, etc. I also left out a few primitive snowmen too. I'm thinking I should do some sort of Valentine's display though, I've been getting into V-day lately. Do you do any decorating for Valentine's Day? I love your house, your displays are beautiful! thanks for sharing-Krista

Meadowview Farm said...

Lani:
It looks so serene - which is how I think we are supposed to feel after the holidays and at the start of a new year. Beautiful, just beautiful.

I am a color nut - so after Christmas I do leave up some of the winter white & some red --- but add black for a Valentine's Day look. I add red and black checkerboard & of course hearts, hearts, hearts!
Kari

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Personally I think your Winter decor is gorgeous! I went into Valentines Day rofl...I had to have some red. cherry

Gretchen said...

Lani-
This all looks great. The white feather trees are awesome, and I can't believe that I never even got all of mine out this year. I definitely will next year after seeing how great they still look in your house. I left some of my winter items up, but the majority is put away. You will still have a lot to put away when it is time for Spring, as you have a great variety of Winter items showcased here.
Noticed the new piece in your mantle in the sitting room. : )

Ki said...

My favorite idea is the ice skates in the aquarium. Love the nuetrals...elegant and peaceful.
Peace,
Ki

delighted heart said...

Such a beautiful home! I'd feel really comfortable there....we've got very similar tastes! I am having such a hard time taking my stuff down also...I was really sad when I dismantled my dining table of sticks and snow! After your inspiration I think some of mine is going to stay for awhile! Thanks for showing all the photos. love them!
Blessings!
Patti

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

I tend to keep wintery things up...my sled coffee table, the vintage skis & snowshoes vignette, silver trees, etc. However, I've started incorporating green and gardeny items in anticipation for spring.

P.S. There's an award for you on my blog! :)

karlene said...

I think it is looking great. You have great style.

Gretchen said...

I have an award for you on my blog.

snowman hill said...

Hi again-
There's a message for you on my blog..an award! Krista

Junk Sophisticate said...

I think it looks just like winter, Lani...no thoughts of Christmas here. Beautiful stuff! The only "wintery" thing I have out is the toboggan wall hanging because I went through an organization frenzy. Now my house looks just plain naked!

bec4 said...

It looks great Lani--I love all of the snowflakes and the ice skates on the shelf are displayed wonderfully. I usually add touches of red too for valentine's day.

Cindy said...

This is how I do my winter decorating, also. I gradually go into spring starting in March.

By the way, there's an award for you on my blog!! That makes 3 from these comments!! Congrats!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Your home looks SOOO pretty! I love all of your winter decor! I have taken down all of my Christmas and winter things, but I live in NC and it's a lot warmer here! I haven't started decorating for spring yet (although I have birds and nests and garden things out year round), but I have done a couple things for Valentine's day. I love how your house is decorated now, especially all the trees and ice skates :)!!

Barb said...

I love your between-the-seasons decor. It's beautiful. I did the same thing but on a much smaller scale. Spring is such a long way away in our climate that I would probably just feel worse if I started getting out my spring items.

Cottage Elements said...

Thanks every for all your kind and general comments! I am totally in awe . . . and thanks for all the awards! I will be posting them soon. I really don't know what to say. I love my blogging friends!

Lanette

Barb said...

I think we all have the same dilemma. Especially at my little gift shop.
Too soon for Spring yet.

I think your Winter decor is lovely.
I'd leave it up through Feb.
You can add reds or pinks with all your whites for Valentine's Month.

Blessings,

Barbara Jean

Jill said...

Are those ice skates in a fish tank with snow?! Lovely. Lovely decor.

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

So lovely! Fantastic Mpls art print!

Frippery said...

I leave winter up til I am ready for Valentines day. Even then you can mix the whites and silvers with red and pink. Your decorations are so pretty. I agree that spring decor too early is boring. Once St. Patty's hits you can start up the spring greens. Pam

starsfault said...

Yep, that works beautifully! I do much the same thing, keeping to a simple, spare theme, lots of old silver, dark velvet pillows, lap rugs, a few forced bulbs, a bird's nest sprinkled with snowflakes.

Somehow that rest for the senses is good after the color of Christmas. Spring here is months away yet.

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Love the pictures...everything is beautiful!

Deb said...

I have just spent a lot of time on your blog. I love all your decorating ideas. Now I want to go to some more garage sales, and thrift stores. Love it all!!!

Entertaining At HOME with Natalie said...

I am needing some great valentine ideas that don't look too cheezy so I haven't done much myself. I love the shelves you have decorated it looks like in your bathroom. I LOVE your decorating ideas and you have FABULOUS taste darling!

Karen said...

Wow, I'm inspired by your winter decor! Personally, I like winter till the end of January, then I have to put out my vintage Valentines for 2 weeks, and then it has to be spring!

Susan S. said...

I just popped in from another blog and gotta tell you how CUTE your blog is! I Love all the Winter decorating. BEAUTIFUL!

I have a mantel that I'm going to re-finish and put in my bedroom and saw you had done something similar. How did you (or did you) attached is to the wall? Happy New Year from Houston!

Mark and Trisha said...

I absolutely love your winter decor. Very tastefully done. I love your taste in decorating!

tardevil said...

You decor is awesome (except the toilet paper :O) Ha, Ha!) Love all the feather trees combined w/ silver. Also love that white pottery. Makes me want to pull out my milk glass collection. My favorite thing is your cloches. I know you have more reason than I do, given where you live, but I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ready for winter to move on into spring!

restyled home said...

I'm with you. I leave up all the wintry decorations...snowflakes, snowy things, glittered houses. I can't bear to see it all go away right after Christmas!

Your seasonal decor is gorgeous!!

David said...

The pictures look great. I like your choice of music! But I'm so ready for spring!

Cynthia Holt Ziemian said...

Lani...where r u? I'm waiting to see your Spring decorating ideas! Hope you're doing well...

cynthia

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A Touch of Country said...

I love what you've done! I always get sick of mine and tear it down right after christmas and start bringing out a few touches of spring like bird nests, grass, feathers, etc.

Hugs,

Natalie

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