Hello everyone and welcome to my cozy neutral winter home! If you are visiting from my dear friend Debra’s beautiful blog, Common Ground, I am so glad you are here! I am happy to share my home with you today and to celebrate the winter season. Being a lover of all things white, I certainly love the beauty of snow. If we must have a winter then let it snow! It may be cold outside, but it is easy to create a warm and welcoming winter home using neutral decor and woodland accents. Although I could do without the extreme cold, I love a crisp winter day with a bit of snow outside. Days like those are perfect for settling in and celebrating the coziness of home.
This morning I awoke to find around four inches of freshly fallen snow, our first big snow of 2018! As I came down the stairs, the living room was so bright and beautiful, as the magical white wonderland outside was bouncing light all around. It was a perfect day for capturing a few last minute pictures of my cozy neutral winter decor to share for the Neutral Winter Decor Blog Hop put together by Kathy at A Delightsome Life.
On my last Christmas home tour I shared a house full of Christmas plaids and traditional reds and greens. With the exception of a vintage green cabinet by the fireplace, the holiday color is gone and our home is once again light and neutral. Shades of white, creams, taupes, and browns create a calming space that blends together effortlessly.
Some Christmas decor has been left out as winter decor, such as this vintage sled and antique ice skates.
A small spiral evergreen topiary helps to ease the transition in an empty space where a bright and festive pencil Christmas tree just stood a few weeks ago.
All of the vintage bulbs, bits and baubles that were adorning the top of an antique shabby chic dresser have been replaced with simple, antique treasures and an endearing winter card that my mother gave me several years ago. The wonderful rusty-chippy fireplace cover is my latest junkin’ find, just in time for this home tour.
The living room is decorated with neutrals year round. Shabby-Frenchy-farmhouse painted furniture in various shades of white harmoniously blend with the creamy white painted walls. The dark espresso woodwork pops against the lighter colors and provides a bit of warmth to our home.
On the antique buffet I have placed a dough bowl (a find from Vintage Market Days) and filled it with evergreens, pinecones, cotton, antlers, neutral wooden beads and a birch candle. A strand of mini-lights has also helped to ease the transition from Christmas to winter. Since Epiphany is celebrated January 6-15th, for the first part of January I have kept out my antique Italian nativity on the top shelf of the buffet.
The sitting area by the fireplace is filled with rustic and woodland decor that reflects the wildlife and forest which is our beautiful view out the main picture window.
Cozy neutral decor becomes more interesting when layering lots of different natural textures. A plaid wool throw in neutral tones is a quintessential winter home necessity.
Sometimes you just need a little green to get you through the winter! Although the vintage green cabinet is not neutral, it works with my neutral winter decor along with all the evergreens I have kept out for the season. Since I just found this amazing piece in late November, I didn’t want to move it out of the living room for winter. I am loving the pop of color among the neutrals.
As always with my seasonal decorating, I have taken cues from nature right outside my window to inspire my cozy neutral winter home decor. You will find pine cones and evergreens tucked here and there, and antlers are on display year round.
I love the concept of Hygge decor style and design. Little candles are often lit even in the daytime throughout the winter months for extra coziness and ambiance.
My vintage lawn garden deer is bedded down for winter in a thicket of pines and wooden bead garland.
For winter I have styled a simple mantel with two of my
Belsnickel Santas that I just can’t pack away yet “Old Man Winter” statues in beautiful cream cloaks, along with a woodland deer, a tall chippy candlestick topped by a shabby snowball, an old chippy white mirror and a woodsy votive holder on the left side.
In the center are two vintage clocks and a wooden January sign…a reminder that time seems to stand still in January.
A stack of neutral books tied with twine and topped by my favorite antlers is stacked next to a neutral corbel and another woodsy votive on a mountain of snow, which balances out the right side of the mantel.
Heading into the dining room you can see more of my shabby chic, vintage and rustic farmhouse styles combined. Most all of my decor is neutral and white so decorating for the seasons is really easy.
How can you tell it’s a snow day? The blue lights from the t.v. at the top of the folding doors. My twelve year-old is happily enjoying his cozy snow day in the family room! Keepin’ it real here!
My dining room centerpiece was inspired by this beautiful statue of Baby Jesus and Mary, which I found at a thrift shop at the start of Epiphany this year. Epiphany marks the time when the wise men actually visited our savior when he was a bit older, (Matthew 2: 10-11)and not as typically depicted in Nativity scenes.
I styled a large wooden tray with more neutral treasures and a mix of textures.
I love all things brocante, French and Nordic, and this centerpiece really captures that style. With all the snow outside it was easy to be inspired to decorate the table for winter.
My tablescape theme is “Silver-White Winter.” This is not the grand rustic tablescape I had planned for this home tour, but since we have had a lot of ice and snow for about a week, I have been snowed in and this has forced me to shop my house to come up with something else. That is my favorite way to decorate anyway, so I am happy with how it turned out, although it is much simpler than what I had in mind.
I used stacks of pretty, mismatched antique ironstone plates topped by teacups and vintage silverplate teapots on the 100 year-old farm table, without any runner or place mats.
I just love the simple combination of ironstone and wood.
On the vintage secretary in the background, a Christmas Belsnickel Santa who wore a berry red cloak has been replaced by another “Old Man Winter” in a shimmery icy silver cloak. My silverplate collection is perfect for winter decorating as it is reminiscent of the icy weather outside.
Let it snow!
Back on the other side of the dining room on the antique mirrored buffet above the faux fireplace, the shabby chic, neutral winter theme continues. You can always find vintage pretties displayed there. I am no minimalist when it comes to collecting and decorating with vintage treasures. Take a closer look…
I have imagined this stunning doll head as a winter princess with her beautiful antique brooch, which reminds me of a glittering snowflake. Cotton is re-imagined as big, fluffy snowballs. A little bird is a reminder that spring too, will eventually return in all it’s glory.
Tiny neutral winter vintage vignettes are all around my home. The woodland theme from the living room continues here on the shelf.
Below the faux mantel a faux fireplace calls for a faux fire, so I use twinkle lights! An antique iron log holder is filled with beautiful winter white treasures: birch logs, glimmering icicles, snowballs, flocked evergreens, twinkle lights and some neutral salvaged window rosettes create a beautiful “wintry mix.”
As I head into the kitchen to fix my tea, I will show you just a few more photos before retiring to the couch to sip my tea and to watch the deer play in the freshly fallen snow.
The kitchen was extremely easy to decorate with neutral winter decor. Because the kitchen has various shades of white with black accents, I just removed my Christmas decorations and left out my pines and a few snow men. Stacks of creamy ironstone are always to be found in the kitchen.
I will be sharing more in a winter kitchen post next week. I am planning to use the beautiful copper tea kettle my mother got me for Christmas then too. I hope you will grab your favorite coffee or tea and come back and visit! I would love for you to subscribe to my email list and become a regular reader so we can get to know each other better.
Now it is time to take my tea and head back into the living room to snuggle up in my favorite robe and get cozy for the evening. In all honesty, I should say “continue to snuggle up in my favorite robe…” It has been an all day pajama snow day! Since working on this post we have gotten about 3 more inches of snow, and there is the most amazing pink sky this evening, making everything look so lovely. The roads are all covered and school has already been called off for tomorrow. Yay! Another family day together, cozy at home.
Oh look… just in time, the deer have come out of the forest to play! I am so glad I get to share my view out the window with you! For as much as cold disagrees with me, this beautiful nature God has created in all it’s winter splendor is worth celebrating!
I hope you have enjoyed my Cozy Neutral Winter Home Tour today. If you love winter decor, but prefer a little more sunshine and flowers, you can check out my Neutral Cozy Cottage Spring Home Tour from last year. If you are looking for vintage style decor to give your home a little winter style refresh you might also enjoy shopping Bits Of Vintage.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and visit Leanna’s beautiful home at Clare and Grace Designs as the Neutral Decor Winter Blog hop continues. The entire tour schedule is posted below. On Friday, we would love for you to share your winter decor with us too! You can link up here.
Stay warm my friends!
The Neutral Winter Home Decor Blog Hop will continue with these wonderful bloggers on these dates:
Make sure you visit each participant – you’ll love the wonderfully, beautiful and inspiring home decor posts!