The Winter House

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Being down with the flu this week wasn’t in my plans. I had grand plans for saying good-bye to the holidays and immersing myself in NESTING and getting things done around the house! I planned on BLOGGING! But instead, I’ve been curled up in my bed with a fever, chills and coughing and not feeling up to doing much of anything. It’s not been fun start to January. My whole family has been sick, so I didn’t even have anyone to wait on me. Meh.

Even under the best of circumstances, it’s easy to get in a winter slump in January, with the cold weather and lack of sun in the foreseeable future. I usually combat the looming winter blues with puttering around the house, cozying up spaces with more blankets and textures and creating a comfortable place to sit by the fire.

I love nesting and getting cozy so I rather enjoy the opportunity to nestle in.

Winter House Decorating


As I get on the mend here I am especially looking forward to making plans for some design updates for my home this year. I do that every year but I’m especially excited about it this year. Since we don’t have a major remodel in the works, I’m looking forward to the smaller projects that make a house more cozy, personal, functional and livable. But until my flu brain fog lifts and I can emerge from my cocoon, I am just peeking around online for inspiration.

cozy bedroom


I do know that I am always evolving and refining what I want to live with versus what I love to look at online. Sometimes the two conveniently merge in the middle, but sometimes not. Sometimes a clean and simple room grabs me online, but in real life in my own house I know it would feel cold and dreary and I’d miss the personality that a bit more color or pattern brings to a home. I know I need my house to have a bit more life to it, so finding the balance of what I love in pictures and need in real life is a part of the challenge. I definitely have a heightened sensitivity to how my house feels and never would settle for it looking pretty in a picture if I didn’t LOVE it in real life.

Cozy Winter Bedroom

Cozy Winter Bedroom

In the winter I often just walk around my house looking at every angle. When I love what I see, I’m happy. But if I feel unsettled at all, I know I need to keep working on it. Right now I have so many of those areas I want to keep working on. I’m making progress, but still feel like I have a long way to go. And with a small budget of time and money, I want to find contentment and prioritize what is important so I don’t really obsess over it all the time. New furniture would be nice and all, but sometimes just re-imagining what you already have is a better idea. I’m looking forward to rethinking and repurposing this year. And organizing. Lots of organizing.

Cozy Winter Fireplace


How are you enjoying this first full week after the holidays?

Did you get lots of snow? I’m sure that wasn’t in your plans any more than the flu was in mine. I hope none of you got the flu!

I guess if we had some setbacks this week to our big plans for the first full week after the holidays, we can start over again NEXT week and have more success, right?

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