Do you hate it when it’s time to remove the holiday decorations?

The house feels so bare, even a little sad. All of the extra lights, reflective surfaces, candles, and ,of course, the beautifully decorated tree are gone.

On top of that, there are many dark and dreary weeks left before spring shows its pretty head.

Even though the following suggestions can certainly be used as holiday decorations, they can be kept to light and brighten your home all winter long. Not only will they add to the beauty of your spaces, you’ll feel happier, too.

Skip Santa’s village this year and utilize items you already own or ones that can serve multiple purposes from season to season. These mason jar votives make for a simple and gorgeous display when lined up in a vintage crate — the epitome of crafty-chic holiday decor.
No need for poinsettias this season. Why not try some metallic tissue garlands instead?
I just adore this Eiffel Tower tree topper. A little bit of Paris in my living room? I couldn’t resist picking this up during Cyber Monday sales.
This glass garland will be a showstopper on the tree and draped from your mantel later in the year.
White birch candles are a particular favorite of mine. They have a spot on my dining room table and mantel from Thanksgiving through spring.
Made of aluminum, these hooks are witty representations of animal heads. Mount them over your fireplace to hang stockings on or along your doorway to hang guests’ coats on.
This antler candleholder would bring a little cabin chic to your tablescape or coffee table or shelf or …
Stock up on bay leaf and boxwood wreaths and garlands, and you will be able to use them regardless of the season, indoors or out.
This stunning table is holiday ready with the silver-dipped pinecones. It’s even budget friendly, because you can easily create them on your own. Say it with silver, not Santa.
Silver and gold. A silver and gold and ikat table runner. C’est parfait.
These napkins have just a hint of shine, making it easy to mix and match them with any place setting. They’re sophisticated enough for special occasions and casual enough for every day.
These kits from West Elm are full of entertaining essentials. This silver-themed set includes decor, drinkware and serveware for six. It’s ideal for a New Year’s Eve champagne toast.
Mercury glass vases are for every occasion. Just change up your flowers from month to month: orange around Thanksgiving, red and green holly in December, and monochromatic white arrangements for New Year’s.
Use these mini appetizer plates as toppers for your place settings or for the main course at a cocktail party. When the party is over, they can make great trays for jewelry.
The highball is elevated to another level in gold chevron. It’s a cheeky take on old Hollywood glamour, making any cocktail look like a million bucks.
I have been on the hunt for gold flatware, and this set from Zara may just have me taking the plunge. It’s too pretty to pass up.
How inspired is this Plumage wrapping paper from Anthropologie? If only all my presents looked so pulled together.
Talk about luxe! This Baccarat crystal bottle stopper takes your wine from mundane to marvelous. It would also make a lovely host gift.
I am dying to line up two rows of these tile-print votives along my tabletop. Nothing is as lovely or as flattering as candlelight.
If candlelight isn’t your thing, give these electric mercury lantern lights a spin.
This town-square sculpture by Molly Hatch is a modern take on a miniature Santa’s village.
Mini LED light strands can be used anywhere. I have some wrapped along my fireplace mantel and all along my stair banister. In the off-season they add soft lighting wherever I need it.
Seriously, can a stocking holder get any cuter than this? This is great for the mantel, and you can use it in your bedroom to hang necklaces on during the rest of the year.
This luxe throw looks like it came straight from Santa’s sleigh. But it would look infinitely better on a sofa.
Driftwood is not just beachy keen. This candleholder would look lovely on a holiday table surrounded by red berries or pomegranates.
Glittery feathers are terribly underused. I aim to rectify that by stocking up this season. Tucked into a napkin ring or floral arrangement or just on a coffee table, they are stunning.

Photo credits: HOUZZ

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy

Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around


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