I kind of love winter.
Living in Kansas, we get to completely experience all four seasons. And while some view winter as just a season to get through, I enjoy it.
I much prefer cold temps to the blazing ones of summer.
And I’m a nester. I love snowy days with soup on the stove and a good movie (or college basketball) on TV.
My husband says I like winter because I don’t have to go out in it every day.
My son says it’s because I’m not the one doing this:
They’ve got a point.
But while they’re busy with all that stuff, I’m inside looking for easy ways to decorate for winter.
The look I love is the combination of something bare and rustic with something pretty or glitzy.
Others must like that combo too, because this centerpiece that I shared last year on the blog has been pinned on Pinterest a crazy number of times.
Pinterest is the second biggest source of traffic to The Family CEO (Google is the first) and this post is the biggest reason why. It’s easily the most pinned picture from the blog. It’s kind of crazy because the idea is so, so simple, but I think that’s the appeal. (Full disclosure: This picture is mine, but the original idea wasn’t. I found it on Pinterest too, where it had been pinned from this site.)
I don’t think directions are even necessary. What you see in the pic is all there is to it.
If there’s anything even a tiny bit complicated at all it would be this: Some of comments on the original post mention that people had trouble with the twigs floating. I didn’t have that problem, but if you do, look for twigs that are wider than the vase. That way when you push them down into the vase, the sides should help hold them in place. The candle on top helps too.
Another super simple winter decoration involves taking a silver tray or dish and filling it with decorative balls, pinecones, and sprigs of evergreen from the yard.
Again, this is a combination of rustic (balls, pinecones, and evergreens) with pretty (glitter on the balls and pinecones, the silver tray). This year I added some battery operated LED lights, but I’ve used this plenty of time without the lights.
It’s pretty either way.
Finally, way back this summer I spotted a large, clear snowflake ornament at an estate sale for a dollar, and I knew immediately that I wanted to use it in a wreath.
I bought a pre-made twig wreath and some snowy branch stems at the craft store and put them together with the snowflake. The whole thing took about twenty minutes. Nothing’s even glued. The stems are tucked in and the ornament is hanging from the same wreath hanger that the wreath is.
It makes me happy because it’s the rustic/pretty combo once again.
Do you like decorating for the seasons? Do you have a favorite season?