Christmas is but a memory. The decorations, ornaments and ribbon are all packed away in the attic for another year.
After the glitz and glitter that was Christmas, I was really ready to put away and start with a clean slate. Something simpler and closer to nature, but fitting for the season.
I have a lot of woodlands elements — birds, mosses, twigs, pinecones and such — so I pulled them and started to play, placing them on my dining table atop a simple muslin table runner from Sophia’s.
I like the way the bare bark and pinecones contrast with the pops of color and life. It mimics what I see when I look out my windows in the winter. Bare branches, all around, but then a beautiful bluebird flies by. And amid all the gray and brown, I’ll catch a glimpse of green in a patch of moss or a bud popping through the ground.
To bring more green to the table, I popped some faux succulents in a pretty cream pitcher and hauled out the same blue Mason jars (filled with pecans and candles) that I used on my fall mantel.
The little green flower pot was a Christmas gift from my mom. I filled it with a mossy ball and other natural elements and nestled it among some birch bark ribbon bought at an after Christmas clearance sale. (Gotta love those sales! I might have loved them too much this year.)
Here’s the planter from the front. Aren’t the birds adorable?
Our dining room is just off our foyer, and I wanted to keep the decor simple there, as well, while also showing off some of my birthday and Christmas gifts.
Pay no attention to my dog, McCoy, who snuck into frame.
The buffet I painted is decorated with vintage pottery from the 1940s and 1950s, mercury glass, candles and and a verdigris terrarium. My husband gave me the mercury glass lamp for Chirstmas after poking around my blog and reading what I wrote about Target’s Theshold brand. The black shade is also Target, from the Nate Berkus line.
A new mercury glass candlestick joins the pair I already owned, plus my prized McCoy Pottery vase. And since I forgot to put away this shiny silver glass Christmas ornament, I added it to the mix.
My parents gave me this pretty verdigris terrarium (with a bird on top) for my 40th birthday. My mom added the faux snow for a wintry look. And don’t worry, those are battery-operated candles.
I’m not planning on setting the house on fire for the sake of pretty.
Jackson and I went for a walk in the woods yesterday and we collected some pinecones, moss, lichen and other woodlands element. You know how much I love to play pick up sticks. (Remember my twig deer head mount?) I want to come up with another fun project for today’s winter harvest.
I’ve also turned our keeping room, where our family spends most of our time, into a wintry woodlands wonderland. I’ll be showing you that space later this week.
What’s your preference when it comes to after-Christmas decor? Do you dress your house again after undressing it for Christmas? Or do you keep things simple and unadorned?