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November 6, 2019

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The pretty leaves are gone and we are getting ready for Christmas.... BUT maybe you're not ready to fully commit to all of the Holiday Decor?? Let us show you our favourite winter decorations we love to use to transition between Fall and Christmas to create a cozy home!

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Start with a Neutral Pallet

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One of the best pieces of advice that we can give you for transitioning between seasons is to stripe it DOWN! Yes, go back to a blank pallet. Remove the pillows, containers, pumpkins, apples or even all of your pieces of home decor you have in a space.

We love starting with a clean home before we start adding in a bunch of winter decorations! Britt often gets asked how she creates simple spaces and the secret is to remove everything and then leave the space for a few days! YES leave it empty. Often we trick ourselves into thinking that we need to fill every space with decorations. Although I've found if you walk away for a few days you may find that you enjoy the simplicity of the space without all of the "THINGS."

Neutral dinning room

Also this is a great time to do a bit of purging! We all know that things tend to accumulate around the holidays so we challenge you to even remove 1 garbage bag of things you don't really need! Stay tuned because we hope to do a purging/ decluttering challenge with you all in the NEW YEAR!

Favourite Winter Decoration

Are you ready for probably the most classic all time favourite winter decor we use?? TWINKLE LIGHTS! Twinkle Lights, especially copper twinkle lights do so many things! Twinkle lights offer a soft glow and create that cozy atmosphere. Especially where we live the days are sunlight are limited so having the soft glow of copper twinkle lights is the BEST!

simple winter decorations

Probably our next favourite winter decor item is red ticking fabric! There are so many ways to use incorporate this fabric. Britt has a red ticking linen coverlet she uses in her bedroom. This soft pop of red is a great way to slowly transition the bedroom to get ready for Christmas. Then to take the bedroom to Christmas Britt can simply add mini trees or a wreath. 

Entice the Senses

So now that you have the pretty glow going on from the twinkle lights why not treat your sense of smell! And we have you covered over on the Vintage Society Co Shop for the best twinkle lights you can find! These strands are on a copper wire and they look absolutely amazing anywhere!

Candles are so classic for the holidays and theres a reason why! They smell amazing and often trigger holiday memories!

alpine candle simple winter decorations

This year we created our own line of candles and we are obsessed! Not only do these candles smell amazing but they come in mini paint cans that are simple and fit in with any winter decorations. 

Make your home cozy

Who doesn't love curling up with a fire on a cool winter night! The ambiance is what makes your home feel like home! So add some neutral coloured throws and pillows to your space to make those winter nights more enjoyable. 

Deb is a bit more reserved with her transition decor and likes to enjoy some in between time when the seasons change. She slowly starts to add colours and textures by changing out the pumpkins for simple pops of colour and texture from blankets, throws and scarves. Hanging a blanket on the back of a chair or on a hook at the front entrance begins to give a cozy feel throughout your home.  

You can even use blankets and plaid scarves out on your front porch. Using these items outdoors not only adds texture but adds a soft pop of colour! You can ever wrap a scarf up in a circular fashion and display it on a stool or the end of the bed as unique way to style.

Natural Elements

By now we're sure that you guys know how much we love to use the natural home decor that can be found in our back yards and winter is no different. 

Winter Decorations on your front porch

You will see as we transition a few weeks into November that we will snip mini trees from around our property. Mini evergreen trees are a great way to prep your house for Christmas without going all out "Christmas."

A great natural element you can incorporate are cranberries. Cranberries easily transition between fall and winter and are very affordable. We have filled up baguette baskets, iron stone bowls, or have left them laying down the centre of the dinning table in the past. This year Britt has used cranberries to hold up skinny taper candles in vintage pots she brought back from France. 

pre christmas winter decorations

Pops of colour?

While Christmas Decorations are no longer just classic reds and greens we still like to limit the amount of colour we use as we transition between fall and Christmas. For the first part of November try to limit the use of bold colours. Rather think whites and muted colours. You will find our houses are quite neutral this time of year. 

To start introducing some colour into your winter decorations think of red ticking towels or scarves. Draping a towel over the back of a chair or sticking out of a basket adds depth, colour and texture to your space. 

Even hanging an apron in the kitchen like our brand new, one of a kind, linen ticking apron!

Grey and Ticking Apron

Styling your home with winter decor

winter decor and decorations

So now that we have gave you some ideas of our favourite items to use to go from Fall to Winter, you might be wondering how to put it all together? So here is a guideline for how we style any space:

1. Strip it down! It never hurts to remove all of the items from the space! 

2. Start with some neutral elements. This could be a winter inspired piece of art above the mantel, or a simple mirror. Out on your porch think above containers that are pretty and have character without anything in them. This is a big reason we collect vintage containers from France - they look good on their own!

Mini Trees for Winter

3. Twinkle lights! Put a strand down the centre of your table, or across your mantel.  Or you could add a candle to give you the glow and scents of the holidays!

4. Add either a pop of colour OR a natural winter item. This is where we recommend picking one or the other and not both until it's Christmas. For instance you could add a wool blanket to your front porch in a unique basket or container. OR you could add a mini tree to one of those buckets. However when you start adding both of these items you start to get more Christmas than Winter inspired. 

When to switch to Christmas decorations

Now that you are following all of our tips about styling for winter as opposed to Christmas... BUT when do you start decorating for Christmas? The answer varies! Now as we are writing this there are some people who already have trees up and are in full on Christmas Mode. Deb, prefers to wait until after Remembrance Day to start pulling out the Christmas ideas. Britt, uses the entire month of November to slowly switch her home from Winter to Christmas.

Honestly our best piece of advice is to do what makes you happy! At the end of the day it is your home and you can do what makes your home a place you love!

Winter Wonderland Presets

Stay tuned in a few weeks as we bring you lots of ideas for decorating for Christmas!!

  1. Marialyce Keane says:

    My Aunt Kay, my DEAR dear friend and Sage asked me this question 37 years ago …. Marialyce what comes at the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade? Answer……
    Santa Claus. My dear friend said , You kick off the holidays by being decorated for Christmas! For 37 years we have hosted Thanksgiving. I give everyone at the table a small token of love. I begin decorating November 1…..this way I can enjoy my favorite Season, the Christmas Season and attend everything I’m invited to or want to see and do. It’s November 10, I’ve already had brunch for friends and family twice and next Saturday., my husband and I are hosting a kick off to the holidays for his colleagues. Dave Koz is playing on my Sonos , our gas fireplace twinkles next to our beautiful Christmas tree decorated with vintage ornaments and my Mil ‘s Swarovski Crystal necklaces and my Grands biscuit sticky buns are coming out of the oven! Ahhhhh. A Bucks County PA welcome!

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Small town girl living in a 1903 Heritage home she dreamed of as a child.

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Living a simple life in a rural Alberta town and painting her house white as she goes!

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