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Keeping It Cozy Winter Home Tour

Cozy winter cottage decor ideas


Hello dear friends and welcome to our winter home! Today I am so happy to be hosting the Cozy Winter Home Blog Hop where 16 blogging friends are getting together to share cozy winter decorating ideas. For my post I am going to show you how I have transitioned from Christmas to winter and how I am “keeping it cozy” in our home for the season. *This post contains affiliate links.

After Christmas I always keep some winter greenery on display.  For January I made a wreath to hang on the butler door in between the kitchen and dining room using my favorite Hearth and Hand with Magnolia seeded eucalyptus garland and pretty blue juniper picks. Blue juniper is one of my favorite evergreens to use in decor all winter long.


This winter I am also using beautiful paperwhites throughout the house. I love how these elegant flowers are perfect for winter but hint at the promise of spring. I styled up our cozy corner breakfast nook using a paperwhites theme and I am loving it. I also used lots of comfy pillows for snuggling up in the nook with a cup of tea and watching the snow fall.


I was inspired to decorate with paperwhites when I purchased this gorgeous handmade sign by my friend Laney of @pine.and.birch (Instagram).


Farmhouse winter decorating ideas Paperwhites black and white winter kitchen
I ordered these beautiful faux paperwhites from Pottery Barn on sale after Christmas and I love them. The paperwhites came in a rustic-farmhouse galvanized container, but I “planted” my paperwhites down in vintage ironstone and covered them with a little more moss to make them look even more realistic.


Beautiful ideas for decorating with paperwhites from winter through spring
Yesterday I shared an inspiration post all about  winter decorating with paperwhites. There are also some tips for forcing bulbs and growing paperwhites. I am so happy to have finally embraced this lovely flower!


When I last checked the Pottery Barn website, they were sold out online, although some may still be available in stores. I also found some pretty faux paperwhites on Amazon.



beautiful faux paperwhites in vintage ironstone bowl with moss Pottery Barn faux paperwhites



I am also decorating with paperwhites in the living room along with a mix of various realistic faux evergreens. Blue juniper and paperwhites add a bit of color to the styled tray on our vintage steamer trunk, while two tall urns filled with a mix of evergreens grace each side of the fireplace. For early winter I styled the mantel simply with candle sticks, candles and two pretty evergreen trees in gold urns.


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Beautiful winter decorating ideas paperwhites and blue juniper, neutral decor



Beautiful Faux paperwhites Pottery Barn



There are plenty of plush pillows and throws on the sofa and recliners for relaxing on cold winter evenings. Overall our decor is neutral, and I love a calm and neutral palette for winter. Nevertheless I wasn’t quite ready to part with the beautiful green velvet pillows that I shared on my Christmas Home Tour. I think they work beautifully for winter as well, especially with all of the wintry evergreens.


I also love animal print pillows and textiles for winter. The small leopard print pillow on the recliner is actually a $1 scarf that I purchased from Dollar Tree, simply wrapped around a pillow. I just remembered the scarf before taking pictures for this post! How’s that for stylish, last minute decorating on a budget?


I love refreshing the decor for the seasons simply by using what I already have in different ways. This favorite deer pillow was in the music room for Christmas, but I moved it to the living room for winter. I  always decorate with a rustic deer theme in winter too. I collect antlers and use them year round, but they work especially well in winter vignettes.


Cold, dreary, winter days or evenings can be made a little more cozy and special simply by lighting a few candles.



In addition to green, I wanted to add just a little bit of winter blue, to help chase away the “winter blues!” While I was looking at Dollar Tree for some books for crafting, I came across this one titled, Winter Journal. I knew it would be perfect for use in winter vignettes. Yet another unexpected decorative accent from Dollar Tree!


This pretty blue transferware ironstone gravy boat was a thrift score last weekend. I have only been out junkin’ twice since Christmas but both times I had luck. It’s looking like 2019 is going to be a great year for treasure hunting!




After taking down the Christmas tree and most of the lights, the house always seems so dark! To keep things cozier a bit longer I leave out my large dough bowl on the antique buffet filled with evergreens, pine cones, and white lights for about six weeks after Christmas. Some salvaged chair spindles add farmhouse-cottage charm.


My vintage garden lawn deer is bedding down in the pine for the winter months in place of the primitive Christmas goose I had on display for the holidays.


Gorgeous winter home tour staircase garland Balsam Hill Wintry Woods GarlandAfter Christmas I removed the bells and bows from the staircase, but I am keeping the beautiful Wintry Woods Garland from Balsam Hill on the banister for several more weeks. It is nice to still have the glow of cozy lights on dark, winter evenings.



 winter decorating ideas Belsnickle and vintage deerI also always keep a few of my neutral German Belsnickles on display during January, re-imagining them as “old man winter” characters. Silver mercury glass ornaments and votive holders remind me of “silver white winters that melt into spring…”


I like to create a few vintage winter vignettes with bottle brush trees and snowy themes to keep around our home during January and the first part of February.


Cute handmade snow globe cozy
This adorable little snow globe was a gift from sweet Linda of Itsy Bits and Pieces blog. She is certainly one of my vintage soul friends! Today I woke up to work on this post and was surprised to find some “snow sparkling on the branches!”


A few more ivory bottle brush trees are in the music room along with more evergreen touches in vintage winter vignettes. I am also starting to add just a few hints of Valentine’s Day.



Custom farmhouse heart rag wreath by Amber Lyon Ferguson of Follow The Yellow Brick Home blog
I just completed this neutral shabby-farmhouse heart wreath and I love how it turned out! Tomorrow I am sharing a DIY post for this wreath so be sure to stop back by to see how easy it is to make. Last week I shared a red ticking stripe shabby-farmhouse heart wreath too, if you’d like to check it out.

I printed off a pretty winter graphic from The Graphics Fairy just to tuck in the wreath to give it a little more of a winter look for January.





vintage winter vignette shabby chic flower head vase girl with bottle brush tree
Learning to knit scarves is on my winter bucket list.  I didn’t knit the scarf for my vintage vase head lady, but she still looks stylish and cozy with her make-do winter accessory.

A little bird is nesting near an evergreen tree as a reminder that spring will surely return! The small vintage Florentine picture was a 10 cent thrifted find from last weekend. It depicts a snowy scene. A timely find!

I could shop retail for months and never find the type of decorative accents that make me as happy as little treasures such as this one!


Moving into the dining room, we find more vintage treasures in our antique corner cabinet. I have tucked a couple of cute snowmen, ivory bottle brush trees, and winter ornaments in with some of my ironstone collection.



I decided to order more faux paperwhites to use in the dining room since they are such a good deal on clearance. For these photos I have borrowed the two from the kitchen until my new ones arrive.


After months of creating fall and holiday tablescapes, I was craving simpler table decor for winter. For now I have placed paperwhites and antlers on each end of the farm table and a simple, styled tobacco basket with filled vintage treasures and antlers as the centerpiece.


These two fabulous pieces of antique advertising ironstone were my first junkin’ finds of 2019. You can read my post all about Antique English and French Advertising Ironstone here.






I purchased the pretty flocked tree in the corner on clearance just a couple of weeks before Christmas this year. I love how it looks unadorned for winter! The lights add a cozy glow to the dining room too. I am also LOVING our faux lead glass windows that my husband completed right before Christmas. They look so pretty on bright, snowy days like today! (DIY Faux lead glass window post coming soon!)


Next  to our antique church pew sits a large vintage crock filled with a mix of faux evergreens for winter. I didn’t have any logs, so I used my skinny dough bowl to add some wood texture.


Use neutral Belsnickle Santas after Christmas for winter decor
The dough bowl that I often use for a centerpiece on our farm table now adds interest in the corner by the flocked winter tree. “Old Man Winter” Santa in his black suit will remain on display along with the tree for just a few more weeks. Hopefully we will have some real winter snow before I pack away all the winter decor for the year!


I hope you enjoyed seeing how we are “keeping it cozy” in our home this winter! Now it’s time to grab a cuppa tea or coffee and your favorite comfy blanket and check out all of the other beautiful winter decorating ideas on today’s Cozy Winter Homes blog hop.


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Next up is Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. I can’t wait to see her beautiful home cozied up for winter! You can also visit all of the participants via the link up at the end of this post. They are all so inspiring!


Thank you so much for visiting today. Stay warm and cozy friends!

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  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, you have transitioned from Christmas to winter perfectly. Paperwhites are so fragrant and are lovely used in your home. What an enjoyable tour, I loved visiting with you this cold morning. Stay warm and thanks for sharing your gorgeous home.

    January 21, 2019 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Paula

    Your home looks both cozy and gorgeous decorated for winter. I always enjoy your pictures, each one has so many thoughtful details. Now that I’ve seen your paperwhites, I realize what a perfect touch they add to a home for winter. I find the smell of real ones overpowering and I’d much prefer faux ones like you used. They look wonderful in your breakfast nook with your new sign. I so much enjoyed your decorations!

    January 21, 2019 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Beautiful vignettes Amber. Your home looks so warm and cozy and I love the paperwhites! Pinned several beautiful photos for inspiration. Thanks so much for organizing the blog hop!

    January 21, 2019 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    I always love your beautiful vignettes! Your paperwhites are gorgeous and it’s so nice to see some greenery mixed in to your decor. Gorgeous tour!

    January 21, 2019 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Cindy@countyroad407

    You have such a warm and cozy home Amber. The decor is perfect. I love your collections. Each tabletop and corner is perfectly styled. And I seriously can’t get over that those paper whites aren’t real! Wow.

    January 21, 2019 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Terrie

    As always your home is beautiful. Love how you use paperwhites in your winter decor. I have not try growing them but you have inspired me.

    January 21, 2019 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I adore your paperwhites and the sign, too! I kept up some of my greenery and even a few white lights to beat the January blahs! Thanks again for organizing the hop! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    January 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    I love the paperwhite theme that you centered everything on, Amber! Every year I tell myself I should plant some, because I love their fragrance, but never thought about using fake ones! I love how they look with the juniper! Your home looks absolutely lovely with this soft, wintry look. I love the architectural pieces with the chippy whites against all your beautiful wood; I’d never tire of this look! Thanks for hosting this wonderful hop!

    January 21, 2019 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Amber your home looks wonderful and very cozy. Love where you layered pedestals for displaying pretty pieces. You always inspire me. Love the small Florentine art shown

    Enjoy your week


    January 21, 2019 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Pat

    Amber, your home looks so beautiful for winter. I especially enjoyed the deer theme. I’d love to be involved in a blog hop like this sometime. Could you explain how to be part of this? Thanks! Pat

    January 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Pat! Send me a direct email at and I will give you some info.

      Thanks for visiting!

      January 22, 2019 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Carol

    Amber, I always love everything about your home and the way you decorate it. Your vignettes are so stunning. I love the sign and your faux paperwhites, so much that I check online and even though the paperwhites are on sale, there’s none at our store and they won’t ship them. UGH! Anyways, thank you for hosting this blog hop.

    January 21, 2019 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Janet

    Hello Amber,

    I love your home! You always have the most delightful and beautiful vignettes! There are so many wonderful details that catch the eye. I particularly love the sign and the greenery mixed in to your decor. The architectural pieces add interest while the flowers bring softness! Gorgeous home sweet friend.

    Thank you for organizing this fun blog hop Amber

    Rosemary & Thyme

    January 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage

    I love paper whites and I Love that sign. I will have to check in with your friend that makes those.
    Everything in your home is always so pretty. Love this tour of all the homes.

    January 21, 2019 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Amber, your whole house is beautiful adorned for winter. However, my favorite area is the piano. The plates and gorgeous vignette are so pretty! I also love how you have incorporated paperwhites throughout your home. They are just so lovely and elegant! Thanks for organizing this fun hop. This is one of the sweetest, encouraging, and talented group of girls!

    January 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Kendra |

    Your home is so warm and cozy Amber! Love the dark wood tones and all your wintery touches! And what a fun blog hop… so many beautiful homes!

    January 22, 2019 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    I will say it again…..your home is one of my absolute favorites in blogland! Your winter home may just be one of my favorite looks. I love the idea of the faux paperwhites because I never have the best of luck growing my own. I even tried again this Christmas. Everything is just gorgeous! I adore the breakfast nook. That is totally the look I’m working on for my son’s bedroom makeover. Thanks for all the inspiration and organizing another lovely tour.

    January 23, 2019 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Kristin

    I don’t even know where to begin! Its all so stunning! I love the paperwhites and the greenery and that you kept out the green velvet pillows! I love all the deer left out and the white bottle brush trees. The tree on the ladies head is priceless!! All so lovely as always Amber!

    January 23, 2019 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply maryjo materazo

    your winter home is lovely amber! so many fabulous details and I love, love all the greenery. xo- maryjo

    January 23, 2019 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    I LOVE how you decorated your home for Winter and it truly is Warm and Cozy!! So charming!! I feel like a can just pull up a chair and have a nice hot cup of Tea in your home!!

    January 23, 2019 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Miss Kitty

    Wow! Your Winter decorating is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    January 23, 2019 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Your home is gorgeous!!! Love all the winter decor! Your faux paperwhites look amazing! And, of course I LOVE all the vintage goodness!! Absolutely beautiful, my friend!!!

    January 25, 2019 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I love all of your cozy winter accents but your kitchen nook with the paperwhites is my favorite! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    January 27, 2019 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Michele Morin

    Paperwhites bring such beauty indoors, and these shots are so hopeful.

    January 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes they do bring hope and promise of spring ahead! Thanks so much for visiting!

      January 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Alayna

    Very pretty. My favorite area is that little breakfast nook. Love the colors and the coziness!

    January 28, 2019 at 10:14 am
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