“Oh Deer… It’s Winter!” Rustic and Woodsy Winter Decor

 The holidays may have come and gone but, winter is just getting underway. Things may seem a bit drab after taking down all the bright and festive holiday decor, but that doesn’t mean our homes have to look and feel boring during the long winter months! Today I am sharing some “deer” winter looks from the past few winters, as well as some Christmas-to-Winter changes I am currently enjoying in our dining room.

 I am excited to be joining some talented blogging friends in sharing how we are “Welcoming Winter” with simple and beautiful winter decorating ideas! A special “thank you” goes out to my friend Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction for organizing this lovely and inspiring  mini-blog hop. If you are coming over from the oh so creative Lora Bloomquist or if you are just stopping by for a visit, I am so happy to have you! 




When it comes to decorating our home for the seasons, I am always inspired by nature. For winter I bring the outdoors in by using rustic and woodsy decorative elements built around a deer theme. This is very appropriate since there are always deer playing in the beautiful forest just across the street.



Green is my favorite color, and I consider it a neutral mainstay that works for all seasons. After Christmas I remove the red and glittery golds decorative accents, but leave a bit of greenery mixed in with winter neutrals to keep things cheery and lively during the dark winter months. For a few weeks after Christmas a simple faux cypress garland continues to adorn the mantel along with some pretty cypress trees in urns.



As winter progresses, I always change things around. I remove the mantel garland and some of the other winter touches bit by bit, as I start craving a less cluttered space in preparation for the fresh changes that will begin in early spring.


This beautiful deer lumbar pillow with a botanical design is one of my favorites. The past two winters I have used it on my recliner in the living room, but currently I have moved it to the dining room which you will see in a bit. This year I have been feeling very much under the winter weather with chronic health issues, so I have been spending a lot of time in the recliner with a warm throw blanket (no need to make a fuss over pillow styling in this chair right now!)




I have several vintage fuzzy and celuloid deer that I like to use creatively in Christmas and winter vignettes.


Ragon House Belsnickel Belsnickle Santas woodland mantel winter neutral decor




Rustic winter mantel antlers old books corbel neutral mantel hygge decor

I have been collecting deer antlers and sheds for many years and I keep them out year round.  I think they are especially perfect for winter vignettes. 



In addition to antlers and greenery, I always keep plenty of cozy and cuddly pillows, blankets and throws on hand for the cold winter months. I love mixing my dark green velvet pillows with animal print and neutrals for winter.


Cozy candles are a must for winter too!



On the large antique buffet behind our sofa, my vintage concrete garden doe always beds down for the winter in a dough bowl filled with greenery, birch logs, pine cones and white lights. A few vintage chair spindles add an extra bit of vintage charm.





The rustic, woodsy winter theme continues in our dining room this year. A medium-sized dough bowl is perfect for a simple winter centerpiece made up of three battery operated pillar candles, mixed evergreens, pinecones, moss spheres and deer antlers.


A beautiful new buck tapestry pillow and my favorite olive green velvet pillows on the church pew tie the rustic-woodsy deer theme together.


buck pillow deer pillow with acorns rustic winter decor

It just wouldn’t be winter in our home without plaid!  With all the dark woodwork in our home and a bit of the English country style I have been working to create, I think I can get away with using this neutral pillow year round.


Every year I beat the after-Christmas blues by keeping my flocked winter tree in the dining room through late January. The lights on the tree along with flickering candles around the room add a bit of winter magic to ordinary, dreary, January days.


After Christmas I remove any red, gold, or vintage Shiny Brite ornaments from the flocked tree. I leave moss green bulbs, rustic-shabby icicles, prisms, tarnished silver bead garland and light weight faux antlers, all inspired by the woodsy-winter views out our front window.


Beautiful deer in snow Kentucky white Christmas snowy scene winter scene

I still can’t believe we had such a perfect White Christmas this year (the one amazing memory from 2020!)


We haven’t had a bit of snow since! I am still hopeful, as I love the quiet stillness of a January snow. For now I will have to get my snow fix from my flocked trees indoors.


Deer playing in the winter snow

Here is an older photo of another view across the street from a few winters ago. The deer are out year round here, but they seem to love snow days!


I have two little flocked mini-trees that I will keep out for through the end of January. They seem to look cute no matter where I put them!




The faux fireplace and mirrored antique buffet piece behind our farm table are adorned simply for winter. I love the look! 


Easy juniper candle rings and flickering candles look so pretty in my beloved French petite urns on each side of an old thrifted mantel clock that I shabbied -up with white paint many years ago.



After using this pillow for a couple of winters in the living room, I am really loving here in the dining room on my vintage French cane-backed chair. It’s always nice when you can create new seasonal looks with what you already have on hand!



Winter can seem a bit depressing and you might actually find yourself grumbling and sighing, “Oh Dear…it’s winter!” Nevertheless, creating a cozy home with rustic and woodsy winter touches can help make the season a bit more special! I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the ways I incorporate rustic winter touches in my home and that you are feeling inspired to try something similar!


Now it’s time to continue checking out all the other beautiful ideas for welcoming winter on today’s mini-hop. Next up is Open Doors, Open Hearts. I know you will be inspired! Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs on via the links below.

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  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, I find your style simply stunning. You’ve taken what we see outside in winter (at least in our neck of the woods) and brought it inside, making gorgeous displays at every turn. I love the greens with winter whites and browns. I agree, having the snow on Christmas Day 2020 was one of the best things of the year. I hope you soon feel rejuvenated and the chronic issues subside to a manageable level. It’s a real pleasure being in your company on Cecilia’s mini hop today.

    January 15, 2021 at 8:05 am
    • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

      Beautiful cozy decor, Amber…and you’re right our deer do look like cousins!!

      January 15, 2021 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I love your rustic deer-inspired decor for winter. I’m a big fan of velvet pillows and your centerpiece is so lovely! Pinning and sharing on IG later! Happy winter, Friend!

    January 15, 2021 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    Amber, I always know I’m in for a treat when I visit your blog! Your rustic winter decor is so beautiful and inspiring. I love all the greenery and the natural elements…gorgeous centerpiece. And how nice that you had a white Christmas! Happy winter to you!

    January 15, 2021 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Cindy


    Love your cozy winter decor. Antlers, greens and your pillows are perfect.

    Love your dough bowl!!



    January 15, 2021 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Amber you have the best decor! I always find so much inspiration no matter the season. Your rustic deer inspired winter decor is no different! So jealous of all the snow you got over Christmas. We have had little bits here and there but I too would like more in January! Beautiful post!

    January 15, 2021 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I always love visiting your blog for great ideas and inspiration Amber! Your rustic deer inspired winter decor is so beautiful. Love that dough bowl!

    January 15, 2021 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Marlene Stephenson

    I love the snow it’s so pretty and quite and the birds chirp and sing. I love all your deer you use they are so graceful and pretty. You have a wonderful place to start feeling better and hope you will soon.

    January 15, 2021 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Stacy

    It’s beautiful Amber! I love all the pops of green and your living room is seriously gorgeous! xoxo

    January 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Your winter deer theme is perfect for your home, Amber; especially since you can see them outside your window:) I love letting what’s outside the window guide my home’s decor. We’ve got a highway of deer tracks, but I haven’t seen any for a long time; think they come through at night. Your home has such beautiful classic details, I love when it’s adorned with simple whites and greens and earthy wood tones. Hope you start feeling better!

    January 15, 2021 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    oh I love it all but those fuzzy deer take the cake. so adorable! Love your dough bowls and all the greenery and lights. I still have my tree up (just lights) so I’m glad to see others doing the same. Have a restful and cozy weekend!

    January 15, 2021 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply CoCo

    So many gorgeous vignettes and vintage touches, Amber! I love them all. The way you’ve used all the greenery is beautiful and your snowy scenery is positively magical. Love, love, love the way you put things together lady! It’s stunning. Hugs, CoCo

    January 16, 2021 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I could never be depressed or grumble about winter while in your home. You have the coziest of homes – ever! I could sit and be happy all day long. And the snow with the deer… fantastic! Do you see them when it’s not snowing? Seems like you live in one fabulous place.

    January 17, 2021 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Love all your Winter decorations…The deer pillow is so charming as is your mantel!! I decorate the Den and Kitchen for Winter…. My Deb has a Winter Wonderland theme this year….
    Thanks for sharing!!

    January 19, 2021 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    This is so darling. We have only seen one deer out at the new country house. We know they are there because of the tracks. You have a cute collection of deer decor.

    January 19, 2021 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, your winter decor is exactly what I like to do. I’m a fan of winter, unlike most. I love the cozy feel, sitting by a fire, enjoying stews and tasty hot soups. I made a note of your clever title. Love that! I have a few deer, but its the snowmen who reign there in January. Thanks for sharing, and I certainly hope you begin to feel better soon.
    I added the tapestry deer pillow this year too, but mine is a rusty plaid. It’s one of my favorite winter pillows!

    January 20, 2021 at 12:49 am
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    January 22, 2021 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Linda Primmer

    Such lovely winter decor Amber. I love the deer! A cozy place to sit by the fire and take in a winter day. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. i am happy to feature your post on Sunday.

    January 24, 2021 at 11:49 am
  • Reply rachelle

    Your title made me smile, as well as the winter decor. You always have a fun mix of decor items, Amber.
    I have a new link party, called Friday with Friends.
    If you have time pop over and link some posts!

    January 25, 2021 at 8:46 am
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