Today I am really excited to be partnering with some wonderful blog friends to bring you inspiration on our “Cozy Winter Home” blog hop. Be sure to scroll down for links to all the blogs. For my part I’m sharing 5 EASY Farmhouse Touches for your Winter Decor. After all the Christmas decorations come down my home can feel a bit sparse. (Christmas definitely takes over around here.) And while I do find the paired down decor restful after the season of abundance, I still want my home to feel cozy and welcoming. I’m super busy, so I want the decorating process to be as simple as possible. I also want the ideas to be affordable and come together fast. Do you like the sound of that too? If so, then read on for my 5 tips that you can do today to make your home cozy!
Create simple, neutral vignettes with evergreens snipped from your yard or even faux greens like this topiary shown here. For me, little scenes like this are visually soothing to the eye and yet they draw you in. It makes me want to sit down with a cup of tea and linger. Perhaps read a book, or do a bit of bird watching out the nearby window. The petite white ironstone pitcher and the distressed urn lend farmhouse charm. A tray like this takes mere minutes to set-up.
Of course I love to keep cozy throws and a couple of favorite books nearby for those rare quiet moments when I can just sit and “be”. You can read my review of Chip and Joanna Gaines The Magnolia Story here (plus download a FREE PRINTABLE I made to go with it), and Life in Season by Vanessa Hunt & Heather Patterson here.
Easy Farmhouse Touches for your Winter Decor – Tip #2
If you saw my Live Holiday Home Tour on Facebook with HomeTalk then you got a chance to see my mud room bedecked for Christmas. I purposefully decorated much of this space with colors and accents that I knew I would continue to enjoy long after Christmas Day had passed. For example, my growing collection of stuffed scottie dogs in a variety of common farmhouse fabrics including plaid, gingham and a sweet heart pattern make a delightful display that add a cheerful bit of whimsy during these winter months. Mixing fabrics like these and other calicos are a surefire Farmhouse touch that you can easily recreate with pillows in your living room, bedroom, or even mud room like I’ve done here.
Easy Farmhouse Touches for your Winter Decor – Tip #3
The “make do and mend” concept is a hallmark of true farmhouse style. With that in mind you see many items that are repurposed, salvaged, or just plain “old” in homes sporting this look. If you are in a new home but are trying to give it a sense of history, the fastest way to achieve an authentic, believable farmhouse look is to get a few honest-to-goodness “old” pieces. That patina is hard to beat and lends almost instant gravitas to your room. A large piece of furniture is certainly a wonderful way to make this statement, but don’t overlook small items either. Here a chunky old frame with all its glorious scuffs and scratches conveys a similar message at a fraction of the cost. Paired with an out of date but pretty calendar illustration these two transform from forlorn relics into charming winter artwork in my dining room. You can see the entire dining room here.
Easy Farmhouse Touches for your Winter Decor – Tip #4
Chalkboard art is a pillar of farmhouse style. No matter if it’s a wall painted or just a frame, chalkboards are a common thread woven throughout our homes. I enjoy chalkboards like this framed one in my kitchen because it lets me personalize my decor easily. Simply scribble the current message of choice, enjoy, and when I’m ready for a change, just wipe it away draw something new. It’s a space to be funny, inspiring, informative or just be silly and doodle. Best of all, it’s an inexpensive decor item that you can create easily, and customize to your decor and mood. This line from “My Favorite Things” is a perennial winter favorite of mine!
Easy Farmhouse Touches for your Winter Decor – Tip #5
I love architectural farmhouse accents: columns, corbels, and beams – oh my! But it’s not always practical or even possible to incorporate these elements into our homes. I have found that a few small items strategically placed can still give you that well-worn welcome you desire. Sometimes it can come from something as simple as a couple of mismatched lanterns like this duo above filled with some yard clippings….
Or by simply leaning a couple of old shutters against your kitchen wall! Here I’ve got a pair of shutters flanking the kitchen table. Antique decorative porch railing pieces crown the shutters for some extra architectural interest and mini boxwood wreaths add an important pop of color. Small salvaged pieces like this are inexpensive on their own but can be combined to create a larger impact on a budget.
So there you have 5 EASY Farmhouse Touches for Winter Decor that you can do on a budget and in a hurry. Ready for more inspiration?! Then let’s hop over to my friends!! Here we go:
Welcome to the Cozy Home Decor Blog Hop!
Let’s Get Cozy!
Thank you so much for reading and following along! Stay tuned for more winter fun this week when I’ll be sharing a closer look at my mudroom decor, an easy homemade marshmallow recipe, another blog hop on kitchen organization, and an update on my own farmhouse kitchen renovation project which is in full-swing!