This week I took the time to give our living room its annual post-holiday winter refresh. I will admit, I am a little bit behind schedule, but it was still important to me to get this done before spring. And after a very busy holiday season, a living room winter refresh was just what my house needed.
As much as I love my holiday decor and the joyful energy it brings to the house, I must admit, I do enjoy the clean slate that comes with taking it down. I think there’s a lot of us in agreement with that. We love starting the new year on a fresh note and that comes down to our environment too. What we want to avoid, though, is having the house feel empty and bare once the decorations are down. So the key to a living room winter refresh is to make the space feel warm and cozy even though it’s still cold outside.
Step to a Living Room Winter Refresh
The first step I take in this living room refresh is to deep clean everything. I wash my sofa slipcovers, chairs, and rugs every winter. This helps make everything feel really clean. Not to mention its perfect timing because it’s cold and flu season. And I want to eliminate any extra germs that might be lingering after the holidays. For any spots or stains on my slip covers, I like to treat them with this stain remover.
Once the base furniture pieces are super clean, I add back in the decor elements in layers. By this I mean I add in cozy throw blankets like this faux fur one alongside this waffle knit one. Then, since the holiday pillows have been put away, it’s the perfect time to switch up your throw pillows. My favorite throw pillows, and all of the ones on my couches are from Tonic Living. They are so beautiful and such high quality. One of my tips to you, to avoid buying and having to store throw pillows with inserts for every season, is to invest in a good set of inserts and then buy pillow covers. This will save so much space when it comes to storing ones that aren’t in use at the moment. My favorite inserts are also from the same shop- get the down alternatives.
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Next, I will switch up the decor on the fireplace mantel. The mantel usually feels especially bare once I take the Christmas decor down, so I like to bring in a couple of pieces to draw the eye in, while also keeping it simple. I kept my large mirror, as that’s a year-round mantel staple. To that I added this large, modern candle stick holder that perfectly balances the vintage botanical peel and stick print . Everyone who purchases my “I want a christmas that whispers Jesus” sign… I placed this peel and stick canvas right over top. You can easily peel it off again once Christmas rolls around. What a great way to reuse an Item we already have right? To round out the fireplace, I added a large pot with branches to the hearth.
To finish up the space I might switch out some of the decor pieces on the console table behind the couch, as well as the coffee table. Just to freshen them up after the holiday decor has been put away. I added this scalloped bowl and this acrylic book stand with one of my favorite coffee table books.
That post-holiday living room clean up can leave your space feeling bare. But with just a couple of steps to my living room winter refresh, you can add back in the coziness that’ll get you through the rest of winter.