January has a reputation of being bare, depressing and gloomy. Once Christmas decorations are taken down and kids go back to school, we set out for an uneventful stretch of winter waiting for the next bright spot on the calendar. Maybe that’s why Valentine’s Day is so popular? This January has been especially emotionally charged but I am not going to delve into the politics here.
Still, somehow this year I was not affected by the grayness and the bareness. Perhaps being forced to slow down and deal with health related issues put a lot of things in perspective. What used to matter, or at least seemed important enough to worry about, now feels a lot less “essential”. House decor is one of such things.
It is important to me to create a home that feels welcoming and peaceful and I appreciate beautiful spaces but I have reached a “saturation” point where I just can’t. stand. all. the. STUFF. Less is definitely more.
I did take a few minutes to collect a few things around the house, working with what I have. I set them out above the fireplace: an old painting of a snowy winter landscape (never happens here), pinecones and a candle that goes with everything (Ikea).
The golden “B” is a cake topper from our wedding. It picks up on the gold tones from the frame and the bowl. The acorn is from a kids’ walk in the park. A box underneath the pinecones bowl adds a little bit of color and coordinates with a coffee table tray which holds remotes and strategically placed Peppa Pig characters.
It’s not much but just enough to add a bit of color and coziness. I will be recycling these pieces throughout the house when I feel like changing things up. But this works for now.
One thing I would like to buy. I hope they still have it when I am able to drive.
Do you update your decor in January? What helps you make a transition to a new year?