verb re · fresh – to restore strength and animation to (revive); to freshen up (renovate); to update or renew
Now that the Christmas trees have all been taken down, it’s the perfect time of year to give our homes a little refresher, transitioning out of all the ho-ho-ho and into a more tranquil yet still wintry look. I’ve still got an evergreen mantle with white lights up for a few more weeks because I find this look so soothing and refreshing at this time of year.
Cleaning out closets, refrigerators, and reorganizing our lives during the quiet of winter allows us the time we need to assess our projects and goals for the year ahead, with snow days being especially nice days to tackle craft projects we’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t had time for. It’s also an excellent time to plan for the year ahead. Maybe there’s a tag sale you need to think about and get ready for, or you’ve been wanting to rearrange your living room furniture but haven’t had the time to think the process through all the way.
One of my first steps after the holidays was to swap out a Christmas wreath with lots of red in it with one that’s wintry but doesn’t scream Christmas. I love the preserved bay leaf, evergreen, and white berry wreath I’ve got hanging on the inside of our front door. Very crisp and clean looking, and the burlap ribbon gives it just the right amount of texture and warmth.
The next thing I wanted to tackle was to replace some framed black and white landscape images (below, left) with a long cottage style mirror just outside our bedroom (below, right). It really brightens the dark hallway space with its wonderful light reflecting qualities, and I love the shabby feel of it.
But the main thing I want to focus on this spring is giving our bedroom a mini-makeover. I want to create more of a sanctuary feel by incorporating some new bedding options for spring and summer, and by displaying vintage finds that speak to the romantic prairie girl in me while exploring more of the refined rustic style I love. One of the ways I plan to do this is to shift away a little from the cobalt blues and whites and more into the lavender and mauve side of the color spectrum. With a little help from my crafty mother-in-law and a friend, I was able to turn a single lavender linen pillow sham with a crocheted edge that I found at a discount into a pretty lumbar pillow that I backed with deep plum velvet. I’ll be pairing it with a neutral linen pillow with gorgeous embroidery to give it that weathered lavender look that I’ve been gravitating towards.
So aside from continually cleaning up after our fluffy golden retriever, who seems to shed at the drop of a hat, that’s my plan for spring! How about you? Have you done any post-holiday refreshing in your lovely home? I’d love to hear your ideas for your winter cottage refresh!