How to Decorate for Winter After Christmas

So you've got the Christmas Decorations put away, your home is feeling clean and refreshed....... but how do you decorate it? It's not quite time to pull out the daisys and sunflowers yet so what do you do?

Well I'm here to help you out with just this problem :)

This week I've got several tips to help you decorate for winter.......after Christmas. I've also got my 'Top 10 Winter Décor' items for the week. Enjoy!

How to Decorate for Winter After Christmas
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
— Edith Sitwell

How to Decorate for Winter After Christmas

-Get rid of the red and the ornaments. Use neutral soft colors such as white, cream, tan, blue, yellow, silver.

-Use natural elements like wood and spruce accents. Small alpine trees and wood bowels are awesome. Pinecones work great for bowl or tray fillers.

-Rustic ribbons and lace work great for accents in the space.

-Cozy warm blankets and sweater pillows: These create a feeling of warmth and coziness. Don't forget to add these to the bedroom décor as well!

-Snowman & snowflakes are fun little accents to use. Make sure they are in blue, gray, and white tones. We don't want there to be a Christmas vibe by using the red and green :)

-Candles are so fun to use to set that cozy mood. I recommend battery operated candles that have a timer... they are a huge time saver!

-Speaking of lights, try changing out your table lamps to something that is a little shiny or iridescent. They catch the light and add a little sparkle.

-Lighted metal signs are a great way to add some fun on mantles or open shelves and blend in great with the Winter theme.

-Table décor, mantle décor, and wreaths should all follow the guidelines above to create a fun winter feel and avoid the Christmas vibe.

 


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Get the Look: Table Lamps

When you think of Winter décor you don't usually think about your table lamps. But lamps are something that can be switched out so easily to add to the décor of your space. When decorating for Winter it is so fun to add a little sparkle and sheen, something that catches the light. This mimics the sparkle that is created on the snow when light shines across the ice crystals. Here's a beautiful picture of some Mother of Pearl lamps from Wayfair.com, link posted below in the Top 10 List.

Safavieh Eleanor Mother of Pearl Lamps via Wayfair.com

Safavieh Eleanor Mother of Pearl Lamps via Wayfair.com

Top 10: Winter Décor Items

To help you create your perfect Winter space I've got some of my favorite décor items. Generally Winter can be long and cold so why not create a warm inviting space that you'll enjoy cozying up in, and maybe help those Winter months not seem so long ;) Affiliate links are posted below, just click for more info on the product.

Winter Decor

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Summary

Winters can be long, but hopefully these ideas will inspire you and your home décor. The way time flies we'll be getting out those Summer flowers before we know it :)

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7 Ways to Organize Your Home

Happy New Year!

As much as I love decorating for the holidays, there's something fun and refreshing about getting it all put away and starting out with a clean slate. As I type this I'm sitting here stariring at my empty shelves brainstorming about how I can create a fun new look.

I've also been in the mood to declutter and get organized as well. I bet that on a lot of your New Years Resolution lists as well ;) So this week I've created 7 ways to help your organize your home. There's no better time than now to start your year of right and get organized.... right?!

I've also got a list of my "Top Ten" favorite products to help you get organized as well. Enjoy!

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Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, but better.
— Andrew Mellon

7 Ways To Organize Your Home

1. Ottomans with a storage compartment or a storage bench are a great way to keep your home looking cute and stylish and provides an awesome place to store toys, magazines, or whatever else seems to collect in your rooms.

2. Decorative storage baskets are a fun way to store items and can be tucked away in closets, corners, or storage shelves. they come in so many colors, patterns, and various rectangular sizes.

3. Cupboard organizers such as divided trays are great for keeping your papers separated instead of just stacking them on top of each other on a shelf.  It helps me keep piles separated for each of my kids.

4. Desk spaces sometimes seem to be a catch all for all the mail and school papers. I love using the multi-level letter holders, as well as little pencil organizers with small compartments for erasers, paper clips etc. Magazine file boxes are an easy way to keep papers and magazines accessible, but organized.

5. Drawer dividers are great for keeping your pencils and pads of paper separated, so you can actually find what your looking for.

6. Message centers are a lifesaver for keeping me and my family organized. There are many different areas you places them and ways to use them. Meal planners in the kitchen, calendar with family schedules, a place for keys, mail, important notes. You can place these in your kitchen, office, or by your back door all in easy to reach areas.

7.  The last item I love is bookshelves or bookcase units that have rectangular openings. These are so fun for mixing and matching storage baskets. Just fill up your storage basket and slide it into the shelf. Pretty basket, pretty shelf, and the toys are hidden away....Perfect!


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Get the Look: Storage Bench

The storage bench is an awesome way to get more storage space into your home. It creates a fun little vignette that is both usable and functional. The picture below features one of my favorite benches from Birch Lane; the Edwards 4 Drawer Storage Bench. I absolutely love all the fun décor they have added around the space to really make it look amazing!

Edwards Storage Bench via Birchlane.com

Edwards Storage Bench via Birchlane.com

Top 10: Home Organization Items

Getting organized doesn't have to be boring or ugly! Make it fun with some items that will really change up your space and serve a great purpose as well! Here's a few of my favorite items for this weeks Top 10. Enjoy! Affiliate Links are posted below.

Home Organization

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Summary

I hope this week I've given you some fun ideas to get you organized and your year off to a great start. I truly wish you a fantastic year!

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The 9 Best Areas to Decorate for the Holidays

As the holidays are fast approaching are you getting a little ansy? You want to decorate your home, get it all festive for the upcoming seasons, but your a little unsure as to what the best way to do that is. You see so many fun holiday decorations, but you get a little overwhelmed on how to put it all together....... you don't want your home to look like a holiday bomb exploded, right!

Funny story.....When my husband and I were first married I don't think he realized how much I decorated for the holidays... especially for Christmas! Our first Christmas season together he came home (I'd put the decorations up during the day) and he told me it looked like Christmas bomb had gone off! We lived in a very small space, so I took that as a compliment :)

So this week I wanted to help give you a little guidance and direction on some of the key areas to decorate and some tips to make it look good!

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I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers
— Anne of Green Gables

The 9 Best Areas to Decorate for the Holidays

1. The Front Porch: This is the ideal spot to make huge holiday statement to your guests, both those who drive by those who come in. Mix some cornstalks, pumpkins, and a cute bench with some fall inspired pillows and you are set. And Don't forget the wreath on the front door!

2. The Entry or Foyer Table: This is the next best area to make a fun Fall Décor impression, bonus you get to look at it everyday as well! Add some shiny candlesticks with some fall colored candles, a fun burlap banner, and some cute little pumpkins.

3. Fireplace Mantle & Hearth: This a key area to add a fall feeling to your home. You can either add a few fun pieces to your already existing mantle décor, or start with a clean slate and totally deck it out!

4. Open Shelving: Most of us have an entertainment center or bookcase that is the focal point of our Living Room, and most of them have open shelving. What a fun place to add a little Fall flair to your space. I suggest adding some fun pieces to your existing shelves, and clearing out a few shelves and starting from scratch.

5. Dining Table &/or Breakfast Nook: These spaces don't require a ton, just something simple that makes an impression. I love to use pinecones, leaves, candles all placed in a beautiful tray. A fall table runner will also be a great addition.

6. Pantry Door: Just a simple wreath on this sometimes forgotten door is so important to bringing that Fall feeling into your Kitchen. Its the room most of us spend a lot of our time in so you might as well add some Décor here too!

7. Kitchen Countertop or Island: Most of us have a few empty areas here where adding some Fall Décor would be awesome! So when your sitting there in your Kitchen making pies or sugar cookies, lets bring that season inside.

8. Stairway: Banners and railings are fun spots to add some Fall touches. Personally I have a large window with a wide windowsill in my Entry that I love to create some fun arrangements.

9. Coffee Table: Thisis another area that is often overlooked as a place to add those Fall touches to. You can keep it simple, similar to the Dining Table, just enough to make a statement.


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Get the Look: Fall Wreath

The "Iconic" Wreath on the front door is a key part to any Holiday Décor. I love wreaths so much that I also love to put them on my pantry door, in my stairway, on large windows, or even above my fireplace mantle. Wreaths come in all sizes and range from minimalistic styles to very "stuffed" :) Here's a few of my favorite Fall wreaths they are all from Wayfair.com and the affiliate links are posted below.

Fall Wreath

Top 10: Fall Décor Items

The best thing about fall decorations is that you can leave them up through the Halloween and Thanksgiving Holidays. Definitely a great way to save money! These décor items are some of my favorites. They give a little rustic farmhouse flair which I know a lot of people are loving right now! These products are all from Wayfair.com and the affiliate links are posted below. Enjoy!

Top 10 Fall Decor Items

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Summary

This week I hope I've given you some great ideas on where to decorate for the holidays. There are so many happenings and get togethers' during the holiday season that sometimes it can be hard to really focus on the decorations and setting the mood in your home. I remember how excited I was when my mom would put out the decorations, so I've tried to do the same thing so my kids have those same memories. So good luck on letting that "decoration" bomb explode! :)

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8 Ways to Save Money on Furniture

Alright guys, so have any of you been pricing furniture lately.... its a good little chunk of change isn't it?! And when we do invest in some nice furniture pieces like a sofa, recliner, or dining table how many of you want them to last a long time? I'm pretty sure that's most of you!  However, sometimes they don't always last as long as we'd like them to, or perhaps our kids decide to use them as a trampoline or notepad.  Styles of furniture also change pretty fast, which tends to leave our once perfect home feeling a little dated.

Well this week I've got 8 Ways to help you Save Money on Furniture. Whether your in the market for new furniture or trying to extend the life of your existing pieces I've got some tips that will help everyone out.

Photo Credit: Sophia Baboolal

Photo Credit: Sophia Baboolal

Life can be beautiful. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
— Christine Louise Hohlbaum

8 Ways to Save Money on Furniture

1. When selecting large furniture items such as a sofa, recliner, or dining table go for neutral colors. Neutral colors are generally cheaper because the manufacturer can sell more of them. As colors and styles change its also easier just to switch out some accent pillows or a throw blanket to meet the current design trends.

2. Shop online. This allows you to compare prices between retailers, read product reviews, and become informed on all the options/upgrades that are available. Most places also offer free shipping on big ticket items.

3. When your local furniture store advertises a "BIG SALE" I suggest going to the store a week before the sale to check prices. Usually the so called sale price is more than the normal price because of how they mark up their items. So just be cautious of "SALE" prices.

4. I would recommend checking out Clearance Items, or Dented Items in a furniture store because they are priced to move. You can also get a great deal on their floor models.

5. Did you know that if you are nice to a salesperson you could get a discount?! As a former salesperson, I can confirm that this is true :) I knew what the markup was, and how low I could discount the item and still make the store profit!

6. Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, Garage Sales. Estate Sales are all great places to get some great finds for a fraction of the cost. There are also Warehouse deals online, such as Amazon Warehouse Deals, where they have  items that have been returned but are still in  great condition.

7. There's also good old paint or spray paint that can transform almost anything into something bright and fun again. There is paint available for every possible surface, from countertops to floors!

8. Sometimes the option of building a furniture piece can be less expensive than purchasing one already made. This is where the internet and Pinterest come into play with so many "How To & DIY" Tutorials out there. I'm pretty sure you could find instructions on how to make anything!


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Get the Look: Living Room Sofas

One item every home needs to have is a nice comfy place to sit and relax; whether your chatting about the days events or watching a favorite show on TV. Here are three of my favorite sofas right now, all in a neutral color palette, and in three different price ranges to fit every budget. This week I've teamed up with Wayfair.com and have the links posted below for more info about each product.

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Top 10: Base Furniture Pieces.

Here are some of my 'Faves' for the Top 10 Base Furniture Pieces for the week. I wanted to give you some ideas of furniture items that are a great price, have a great shape and style (which will help it stay in fashion for awhile), and have some great neutral tones to match almost anything. These pieces are also all from Wayfair.com, click the links below for more product info.

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1. TV Stand: http://bit.ly/29GjmXV

2. Arm Chair: http://bit.ly/29ujlSI

3. Coffee Table: http://bit.ly/29x8bNO

4. Bookcase: http://bit.ly/29ytdwU

5. Round Dining Table: http://bit.ly/29rYtgf

6. Bar Stool: http://bit.ly/29y38za

7. Console Table: http://bit.ly/29Ot2kd

8. End Table: http://bit.ly/29AytCo

9. Chaise Lounge: http://bit.ly/29OtxLb

10. Rectangle Dining Table: http://bit.ly/29x9tZr


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Summary

I hope this week I've given you some great tips to help you save money on your furniture purchases. Buying furniture can be sooo stressful and time consuming, right?! So I hope you are able to apply some of my tips and help the process go a little smoother and bonus...... save money while your doing it! Feel free to share or pin this info for later :)

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10 Ways to Bring the Summer Indoors

So let me ask you all a question.... Who loves the summertime? Relaxing outdoors on your patio or porch, swinging on your bench swing, watching the sunset with your significant other. Sounds perfect right? But realistically most of us can't spend as much time as we would like to outside..... bummer right?! So to help ease your pain a little bit I've created the "10 Ways to Bring Summer Indoors" Last week on the blog we talked about "Updating Your Outdoor Space" and this week we'll focus on the Indoors.

Photo Credit:  Birchlane.com

Photo Credit: Birchlane.com

Indoor Summer Updates

Here's some quick and simple ideas that will add a little Summer glam to your indoor living space:

--Paint & Wallpaper: Paint little pops of color on an accent wall or on the backs of shelving cabinets. Wallpaper is also coming back in a big way with amazing patterns and MUCH easier to remove!

--Bright, Beachy, & Thin Fabrics: Choose pillows and rugs that have bright colors, with a beach feel. Throws & blankets should be thinner. Draperies should be light, thin, and translucent. This will visually bring a breezy feeling into the room.

--Lamps: Here you have 3 options. You can either use something is bright and fun possibly with a fun summery pattern, you can use translucent colored glass in blues and greens, or something that has a beachy wood feel.

--Flowers & Plants: Fresh Flowers in a glass vase or jar are PERFECT for summertime! Succulents are also very popular and don't require a lot of water for maintenance (sounds perfect for my lack of green thumb). Potted plants, trees, and flowers, either real or faux are great for bringing the outdoors inside also.

--Pots: Speaking of plants make sure those pots are fun and bright!

--Décor Accents: For centerpieces or vases use fruits and veggies, either real or faux. I'm a huge fan of lemons and limes. Nothing more summery than those!

--Kitchen Accessories: Make that cooking a little more fun with a bright terracotta pot to hold your cooking utensils. Switch out your dishtowels for something with a summer vibe.  Mix and match your plates with fun summer designs.

--Window Flower Boxes: Even though these are outside you will have a great view from the inside as your cooking your amazing meal.

--Color Palette: As your selecting your fun summer accents try to stick with 3 basic colors to create your summer color palette. You can use various shades of these three basic colors. Check out my Pinterest Board for some inspiration.

--Beach Accents: For accent pieces on shelves, tables, or mantles use pieces that have a coastal/beach/nautical theme. You can also switch out your gallery walls with frames or wall accents that have that coastal feel. You'll feel like your not far from that pier on the coast!


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Get the Look: Summer Table Lamps

I talked a little about table lamps above and how I love the translucent blue colored glass. These are just perfect for bringing the summer indoors. I think that blue color immediately makes me think I'm right next to the ocean..... smell that salty ocean air?  Here's three different price options for you, one for every budget. These are from one of my favorite stores... Target! The affiliate links are below for you to get more info about each light before you make a purchase.

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Low:  Artisan Glass Table Lamp http://bit.ly/28ZlnMW

Med: Cal Lighting Christi Glass Table Lamp http://bit.ly/28Zo7uD

High: Uttermost Hagano Glass Table Lamp http://bit.ly/28ZagSZ

Top 10: Bring Summer Indoors

This week for my Top 10 Bringing Summer Indoors I incorporated a beach inspired color scheme. I absolutely love the coastal look, with the blues, nautical elements, and weathered wood. Nothing says summer more to me than that! These items will allow you to feel like the beach is right outside the door as the wind billows through the curtains. These are also all items I found from Target...love them. There are affiliate links below with more info on pricing and sizes.


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Summary

I hope these tips for bringing summer indoors have left you inspired to add something wonderful to your own spaces. And I truly hope you each get to enjoy as much time outside as possible. If you have any questions please contact me at Jessica@jessicaharrisinteriors.com. Or if you would like to schedule a design consultation, either in home or online check out my services page here. As always feel free to share this post on your social pages to save for future reference. Thanks Everyone!


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