Graham comes from a home where decorations and small touches show up for every season/holiday. I love me some Halloween and Autumn decorations, and we always go on decoration overload for Christmas, but after The Holidays are over, I don't mind the lack of decorations. I think it's great that the house looks a little more streamlined and less cluttered in January. However, Graham thinks it looks cold and gets frustrated that I don't like to throw up more decorations after a bunch of them have just come down. So, we compromise. After the Christmas decorations come down and are all packed away, I get a week to keep the house feeling a little empty. It's a mental thing, and in addition to clearing out the decorations, I need to clear my mind and get myself out of "decoration mode". Once I've had that week, I'll bring out a few small items to help warm our home and make it feel a little more welcoming.
A year ago, Graham gave me two wind chimes. He knows how much I love a good wind chime, and I was so excited to finally be able to pull this one out to hear it cling and chime!
I like the snowman in the doorway. He's got a nice, cheery smile for me when I'm coming and going, and even though it's a snowman and it's -12 degrees outside, he does warm my heart.
I've also got a thing for penguins. It's kind of a sickness.
I found this penguin tealight holder at Hallmark a few seasons ago. How cute is he? It's the perfect size for our coffee table, too, so it's not cluttering up the table, and it's a cute little centerpiece for the season.
Another way I like to warm up the house, all year long, is by using candles. I think they add a nice touch and really add some visual warmth to a room.
A few months ago, I found some Febreeze candles at the grocery store. I fell in love with this one, "Winter Evening & Warmth". After 6 weeks of balsam, Christmas trees, sugar cookies, and other holiday scents, it's nice to go to a softer, more neutral candle to warm the house.
Both of these were wedding gifts, made by family members. I love setting them out because they're available if we get a little chilly (Well, one of them is. The other is more decorative than warming) and they make the couch look more inviting to our guests.
So, that's how I warm up the house after the tree and lights have come down. What do you do?