I feel like we all need to take a big, deep, breath. The past two weeks has been insane for me, I am sure you all too. My kids start back at school today. It is back to our normal routine, I am both happy and sad to see our carefree, sleeping in Holiday break go. I took advantage of two cold and snowy days in a row here to tear all of my Christmas stuff down. The tree has been pulled to the curb, the lights are down. The Christmas paraphernalia has been removed, my house is cavernous and seems to have a echo with all of it gone. It is wonderfully bare!
My plan was to do what I always do. Take down the Christmas stuff and put in my year round gear. However, it does not feel right to do that yet. My home is usually as bright, colorful, and flowery as possible. I just cannot wrap my head around that yet. Here in Wisconsin we have at least 2 more months of winter. Three of four if it is a rough one. So I am creating a winter wonderland theme in my home for the next few months. Taking out the Christmas and leaving the winter-ific stuff. I am thinking whites, off white, green, and anything nature and snowy. In keeping with that theme I needed a new fireplace mantel wall picture. Since Halloween I have put up a different picture for each season. Here is the Halloween/fall one and the Christmas one. I am getting really detailed here with this project, hold tight. It gets complicated. I purchased this wreath from Target 90% off. I went a little crazy and my eyes probably bugged out when I saw the price.
My plan was to attach this wreath to some wood pallets and then mount it on the wall. But, I was not feeling that. I needed something different. Not sure what exactly, nothing like a not fully thought out idea. I wish I could say this was a rarity for me, unfortunately a lot of my decorating is a thrown together random act of loveliness. While doing laps around my house picking up things my kids leave around the house, inspiration struck. I had a wonderfully shabby chic empty frame down stairs.
When I first set out to re decorate I had a huge yearning to go crazy country and shabby chic. I had to tone it down for a couple reasons, but this frame was purchased before the country was toned down. I bought it at a garage sale for a few dollars and kept it around just in case. This is my just in case. I tied some twine around the wreath, creating a loop at the top.
I hung the twine on the hook that is strategically placed in the center of the mantel. Hung the frame on the hook after. And, that my friends is the steps needed to create this winter wonderland look. I cant even call this a tutorial, tie some rope and hang. But, I will take claim for my awesomely random idea and even more so for the random frame in the basement at the ready for my decorating whims.
I also created a few new things to make this winter theme work. Believe me, I would love to live in a climate where there is flowers and sun. I have snow and cold. Even the flowers cower away and hibernate, or just flat out die. Nothing here should live in winter. But, since I am in this freezing forever winter I am going to have my house reflect that. Spring will come, and then my sunny and floral motif can rock on. Until then it is muted colors, snowflakes, and some crisp white additions to my home. I am going to be giving a mini tour of my newly de cluttered and winter wonderland soon. Now I am off to enjoy a little time with my littlest Little Gavin before the others come home from school, time to build a train track!
How is this time of year where you live? Are you in a deep freeze or back to warm as usual? Does your house reflect that?