spent the past several weeks (dare I say, months?)
celebrating the holidays with friends and family amongst
twinkling lights, glittering ornaments and beautifully
wrapped packages. But now that the parties are over, how
can we maintain that bright dťcor and warm feeling
without using Santa and snowmen?
out these ideas to make your home sparkle this winter:
on the bulbs
no hard-and-fast rule that says you have to tuck away
every piece of tinsel before the ink on your New
Yearís resolution dries. Gather some of your most
glittery bulbs and place them in a glass container
displayed on your coffee table, kitchen island or
light will bounce off the bulbs and create some sparkle
and shine to your room," says Vicki Dye, owner
of Vicki Dye at Home in Champlin, Minnesota.
"Use white and silver bulbs to complement any homeís
color scheme without saying ĎChristmas.í"
winter white and metallic
snow, the ice, the crisp blue sky ó for some, thereís
no avoiding winterís palette. Why not introduce those
pack away the holiday china, the sparkling white cake
stands and platters, but rather find a way to display
them throughout your home. Keep the silver candlesticks
with white taper candles on the mantel, and buy some
shiny metallic picture frames to showcase your most
recent vacation adventures.
youíve packed up all the holiday decorations, itís a
great time to freshen up a space by moving the furniture
around and reevaluating your accessories.
things from room to room," suggests Barbara Greene,
owner of Redesign Today in Jacksonville,
Florida. "Change your artwork. Just because
somethingís been hanging in the same spot for five
years doesnít mean it has to go back there. Itís a
cleaning and a purging."
in some greenery
the dead of winter may not sound like the ideal time to
go plant shopping, it might just lift your spirits.
Bringing potted plants into your house can help clear
stale winter air (literally), while offering a gentle
reminder that spring isnít too far away.
if live plants arenít your thing, feel free to
repurpose your artificial holiday greens. Trim them with
gold bulbs and handmade paper snowflakes for a warm,
in the light
might sound like a no-brainer, but make it a habit that
as soon as your feet hit floor in the morning, you walk
around and open your shutters, drapes and blinds.
your home bright by letting in as much light as
possible," says Mary Jo Cooper, owner of CC
Design Atlanta/Cooperís Creations in Marietta,
Georgia. "Which will help you and the plants!"
also a good time buy new lampshades if your current ones
are looking old and dingy. And take note if the room
needs additional lighting. A bit of brightness can be as
simple as adding a tiny Tiffany-esque lamp on the
up a paintbrush
doesnít like a little new yearís project? You donít
have to paint your entire house, but you can choose a
room and give it a fresh coat of paint. It could even be
the same hue, if you donít want the task
of selecting the perfect paint color.
winter months are a great time to start painting,"
says Beth Goetting, owner of Second Glance
Design in Spring, Texas. "If you need
to hire painters, grab them now before the spring