Winter can be a dark and dreary time of year. All the excitement of Christmas is over, the days are shorter and if you live anywhere north, it’s really cold. When decorating our home for the winter I tried to make our home a place of warmth and simplicity or Hygge. I hope my winter home tour give you some ideas of how to make your homes a little brighter and cozier of the winter months. I am sharing our winter farmhouse alongside a few of my blogging friends so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for even more winter decorating ideas.
Winter Home Tour
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One thing I love about the winter is how our life tends to slow down and become a little quieter. No more sport games all week and weekend. More evenings are enjoyed at home together and the darker mornings mean kids sleep in a little longer (well, at least till 7 am:).
After taking down the Christmas tree in our living room we decided not to bring our TV back into the room. We wanted this room to be screen free, a place where we could have a conversation and enjoy a fire without the distraction of the TV in the background. I want the only technology in this room to be that of music playing in the background :).
We moved my secretary to the left of the fireplace where the TV had once been and moved the television down the basement.
Our living room feels more open and relaxing than it had been before.
I am borrowing a dining room to chair to use at my desk for now and we brought in an armchair from Ikea to add more seating to the room.
I brought down all my decorating and gardening book from my bookcase and placed them on or under our coffee table.
Winter conversations happen best when everyone is cozy and warm next to the warmth of the fire :). To see more of our winter mantel, check that out here.
The nesting instinct I have throughout the winter doesn’t just stop with cozying up our winter home but also what we are eating when we are home. I enjoying cooking, baking and eating 🙂 more so in the winter than any other time of year.
It seems that almost everyday, I have something baking in the oven or cooking on the stove. Yesterday, I made my kids their favorite sugar cookies. We had some trouble locating the snowflake cookie cutter so we settled on trees :). Obviously, my cookie decorating skills need some help but the kids and I always have fun making and eating them. Sugar cookies are the best because you can change out the shape based on the season or occasion.
To add a little more color and freshen up our kitchen I added 2 new plants to my kitchen window.
I love the bright white of the cyclamen flowers to echo the white of the snow that is often seen outside my kitchen window.
Our entryway is often full of snow gear to help keep us warm when we go outside. I love our old door turned coat rack and mitten tree to help dry off those wet snow clothes when my 4 kiddos come in.
In the winter, Jason and I tend to head upstairs early so that we have time to read or watch a movie together. I recently brought up our oil lamps to help add a little more ambient light so one of us can go to sleep while the other ones stays up to read.
I really like the vintage farmhouse look they give our bedroom.
When our family gets snowed in, one of our favorite things to do is play board games and watch movies together.
Our favorite board game to play is Ticket to Ride. Even my youngest knows how to play. Here is the Amazon link to the game, Ticket To Ride
Can you spot the furry nose in the above pic? The popcorn was just too tempting for him :).
Moose loves nothing more than to stare outside our large garden window and watch what is happening in our yard.
Ultimately, I try my best to decorate our winter home with my family in mind. My kids are growing up way too fast and it’s important to me to keep the decorating simple, bright, warm and comfortable so that we can spend more time together as a family.
Thanks so much to my friend Amy from My Life from Home for inviting me to share our winter home tour. Be sure to visit my friend’s homes below for even more winter decorating ideas and inspiration!
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