The Winter House {10 Layers to Cozy Up Your Home}

Cozy Winter Room - Chairs Facing FireplaceAtlanta Homes

It’s our first week back to the routine after the holidays! It’s both exciting and kind of sad, I enjoyed Christmas so much this year. But, the new year awaits so it’s good to look forward to what’s next!

This weekend I started taking down the crunchy greenery (it starts to drive me crazy if it’s all over the floor and staircase!), and then the Christmas decor and lastly, our tree made it’s way outside.

Since I decorate pretty simply for Christmas and I like to leave up any greenery that is still fresh and pretty, it really isn’t that much to put away! But it still always feels a little bare for the first day back to the non-Christmas state. Especially the corner where the tree was. At that point, I know it is time for a winter-refresh! I bet some of you are at that point too, or will be this week!

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While I love how clean and decluttered it starts to feel, I definitely start looking for ways to fill the void without clutter :) and simply reset the house to warm it back up again. I’m kind of in love with the idea of a cozy winter house. Doesn’t that just sound like the most wonderful place to be right now?

Even as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us and we have to dive into to the daily routine of winter, I’m dreaming of being curled up as often as I can right by the fire under a big soft blanket for the next few months. If only we had snow outside! We mostly just get rain, yay for living in Seattle, but it’s been really cold so in my mind there should be a soft covering of white snow outside.

When it’s really cold outside like it’s been around here (probably not as cold as where some of you live, but it feels COLD to me, hah!) and the Christmas tree and decor has left the house, my focus turns to adding more of the following elements to bring more layers of warmth.

Winter Entryway - Black and White Staircase - Wood Dresser

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Here are 10 of my favorite layers to reset our home to winter! 

1. Layers of winter linens on the table
2. Fur and knit pillows on the sofa
3. Extra cozy throws and blankets on chairs and shelves
4. Textures like baskets and natural winter decor like sticks and pine cones
5. Curtains on windows and even interior doors
6. Warm area rugs in living spaces
7. Extra layers of blankets on beds
8. More winter books in stacks by the fireplace and beds
9. Groupings of candles on mantels, dressers and console tables
10. Additional table lamps for warm mood lighting

What are some elements you could add or gather around your house to cozy up your winter home? 

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Christmas House Tour {Part One}

Christmas Entry Staircase Decorating - The Inspired Room Blogger House Tour

Forest and Sea Christmas - The Inspired Room

Welcome, friends! I’m SO glad you stopped by today for the annual Christmas tour of my home in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest (I’m joining in with the Holiday Home Tours via Just a Girl!). This is part one of a two part house tour, you can find Part Two here. While these tours are fun to enjoy in their best form, I’m sure you’ll all enjoy seeing what happened in the days following, so after the tours be sure to check out the aftermath post here. On to the tour!

We literally are nestled in here between forest and sea, thus the inspiration for my Christmas house! I’m not much of a theme decorator but somehow, that’s just how it all came together!

As I mentioned in my last post, I intentionally keep things pretty simple around the holidays. I love the whole experience of creating a home all year round but as the holidays approach, I add just a touch more festivity and greenery to hopefully create a cozy magical space for my family to enjoy at Christmas (without causing my stress levels to elevate :). I’m so happy to invite you in to our little world here! Come on in!

We’ve lived here for nearly six years, so every year we feel a little bit more settled here!

I’ll be sharing more photos of the house throughout the week and the second half of the tour with additional pics and details on Friday, so be sure to come back for more! OK, on with the tour!

Jack the Goldendoodle and Lily the Labradoodle - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

As I was getting ready to take pics, Jack and Lily kept peeking their heads out the door wondering who was coming over. I told them friends were coming to visit! They were so excited and curious to meet you that I just had to snap an action shot so you could see them waiting to greet you. They LOVE company!

Now, for any of you who might wonder where our beautiful white and gray rug is that looked so pretty in pictures in the summer time, the truth is it isn’t likely to come back out until the weather cooperates a bit more because mama doesn’t like to have to deal with cleaning a white rug every two hours in the winter. Truth. I’m crazy but I’m not that crazy. Even though the white one is an easy-care indoor-outdoor rug which I love, this one is small enough that I can just toss it in the wash and swap out another one as needed. Easy peasy.

I’m not gonna fake you out that I have a perfectly clean 5 x 7 white rug this time of year so welcome to our real life entry complete with washable throw rugs and pine needles. Embracing those things is a pre-requisite for life in the NW. Are any of you from here? You know what I’m talking about.

(But once the weather turns around, my white rug is totally coming back out!).

Christmas outdoor decorating - hanging basket on the door with greenery -The Inspired Room House Tour

Oh, wait, one more thing before you get all the way inside and then I PROMISE I’ll let you in the house, I wanted to show you my “wreath.” I found this cute hanging basket at World Market and filled it with a mix of fresh and faux greenery. It will be perfect all winter long, which makes it my favorite! Bless those talented crafty people who find the time and creative energy to make new seasonal decor for their doors every few weeks.

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Ok, finally! COME IN!

I love using fresh greenery and it’s readily available outside our front door! But since our neighborhood trees were sopping wet I bought four boughs of cedar at a local nursery for $4 each. Many years I have bought garland from Costco but since we leave our fireplace on a lot, the garland dries out pretty quickly and makes a real mess. Then you have to pull the whole thing down, which creates even more of a mess. So this year, I got smart and just bought the boughs because if they dry out before I’m ready to be done with Christmas, it would be easy enough to replace them.

Christmas Stairway Decorating - The Inspired Room House Tour

I wanted to do something a little different this year on our stairway, so I just tied some rope around the newel posts and added the cedar and a simple ribbon bow. It was so easy and I think it turned out pretty cute. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to full garland!

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour - Entry Hooks

OK, I’m gonna try to just be quiet now and let you look around. I’ll interject a random comment here or there so you’ll know I’m still with you, but mostly you can just wander and look because no one’s got time to hear me ramble on today. Plus I’ll be back with more so I’ll leave some things to talk about in a future post. Feel free to ask questions if you want though and I can try to answer!

Christmas Entry Console Decorating - The Inspired Room House Tour

Simple Christmas Entry Decorating - Antique Globe - The Inspired Room House Tour

Vintage Sled Christmas Decorating - The Inspired Room House Tour

I love winter decor so the sled I found at the flea market this year seemed like a perfect touch for the entry. Once in awhile we get a little snow too, so maybe we’ll test it out if we get so lucky!

Christmas Decorating - The Inspired Room

Christmas House Tour - Gold Deer - The Inspired Room

Linen Settee - Christmas Decorating The Inspired Room

Christmas Decorating - The Inspired Room House Tour 2014

The Inspired Room Dining Room - Christmas Decorating and 2014 House Tour

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Gray Wingback Chairs - White Dining Room - The Inspired Room Simple Christmas House Tour

Simple Christmas Tablescape - The Inspired Room House Tour

I love having fresh greenery outside that I can use all year round. My boxwood bushes and the evergreens always come in handy when I need a little sprig of something for the table!

Christmas Dining Room - Tablescape - The Inspired Room Christmas Blogger House Tour

Christmas Dining Room - Blogger House Tour - The Inspired Room

Simple Christmas Decorating in the Dining Room - The Inspired Room

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The Inspired Room Kitchen - Simple Christmas House Tour

That teapot in the background is a treasured gift from my hubby. We were on an anniversary weekend one year many years ago and went to a fun little tea house. He bought me the teapot as a gift. I love bringing it out this time of year especially, it just looks so festive to me. It has a little cream and sugar bowl too!

Holiday Coffee Station - The Inspired Room Kitchen - Christmas House Tour

Instead of my usual mug tree, I set up a little hot chocolate station with a nutcracker to watch over the marshmallows. We made the “peace” banner out of wood slices last year and loved it so much we just hung it up again in the same spot this year! I’m not too crafty so when I make something you will likely see it every year until I make something new. Ha!

The Inspired Room House Tour - Kitchen Open Shelves Christmas Decorating

Charlie Brown Christmas tunes always make everything a little more festive.

White Paneled Hallway and Barnlight - Framed Wood Chalkboard - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

I wish I could say I did the art on my chalkboard because that would be awesome, but alas, I have no talent with lettering so I snatched up this adorable Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas chalkboard download from Dear Lillie on a Thanksgiving sale. I had it printed locally and I just love it! Such a bright cheery message that always gets me singing as I make my way down the hall to my office.

Map Wallpapered Hallway - White Stockings on Hooks - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour
Mason Jar Snow Globes - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

I made these Mason Jar snow globes because they are my kind of craft.

Christmas House Tour - The Inspired Room Family Room - Neutral Christmas Decorating

So here we are in the Family Room where you can see our freshly cut Christmas tree! You can read the story in my last post about about why we cut down a fresh tree every year. I absolutely love the smell of fresh Christmas trees, my whole house smells wonderful right now! My metal star garland and the deer pillow in my dining room came from the Winter Trunk at Season in a Trunk.

Copper Striped Candlesticks - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

Christmas Mantel - Sailboat - The Inspired Room House Tour

Nearly everything in our house has a memory attached to it or represents something special to us. Even though we don’t use a lot of traditional themed Christmas decor, every element we do use is special to us and reminds us of family times through the years, favorite holidays we spent together on the coast and special memories we treasure. We’ve lived in the NW for almost all of our lives and raised our children here (Portland and Seattle) so while we no longer have our beach house and moved away from our home in Portland six years ago, we feel blessed to still be near our family in a part of the country we love so much.

Forest and Sea Christmas - The Inspired Room House Tour 2014

Forest and Sea Christmas Tree - Woodland Ornaments - The Inspired Room Christmas House

We decorated our tree this year with a quirky collection of animal ornaments. Why? Because WE LOVE THEM! We have all sorts of creatures from the forest and the sea. We crack up over animals with personalities so of course, we find our forest and sea tree to be perfectly suited to our sense of humor. We’ve been collecting these animals for awhile, many of them came to us a couple of years back when I did the woodland tree! We have quirky animals all over our house even when it isn’t Christmas, have you noticed that? :).

Forest and Sea Tree - Christmas Tree Ornaments - The Inspired Room

Felt Sea Turtle Ornament - Forest and Sea Christmas Tree - The Inspired Room House Tour

The cutest sea turtle I ever did lay eyes on, found at my favorite shop on the Oregon Coast, Sesame and Lilies!

Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas - The Inspired Room House Tour

Christmas House Tour - The Inspired Room - Forest and Sea Christmas

So there you have it, the first half of our Christmas tour! Crazy that I have enough pics to take you on another tour, but when the house is clean and festive, you go a bit crazy with the camera.

>>>>>>>You can find Part Two of my Christmas House Tour here!<<<<<<<

Thanks so much for coming!

While I LOVE creating a home and inviting you all over, I do have a little confession. It’s often hard for me to do these Christmas tours knowing Christmas isn’t about my house at all. I’ve been listening to this song ALL WEEK LONG to keep my heart focused on what this holiday is really all about for me and it just gives me chills EVERY SINGLE TIME. Many of the videos have been taken down probably due to some copyright thing but seriously, if you haven’t heard it yet (or even if you have) take a moment to listen to it. I hope it will bless you as much as it does me (and I hope the video will still be up for you to hear it!).

Now is the time to head over and visit the other houses on the tour! The tours will be going on all week Monday through Friday. These ladies are amazingly talented, I’m honored to be a part of the tour with them. They are so gracious to invite us all over, so enjoy your visits! Putting on a tour like this (as fun as it is!) doesn’t happen without a lot of effort behind the scenes. Not only the decorating and cleaning part, but all the photo taking and post writing! It’s quite a feat to pull off and I’m grateful for each of these ladies and all their hard work to make this time of year so fun for all of us! Give them all a big hug because they deserve it.

Thanks to the lovely hostess for the Holiday Home Tours this year, Chris from Just a Girl! Be sure to visit her home, and then the next tour stop is Kevin & Amanda! ENJOY!

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Forest & Sea Christmas Tour - The Inspired Room

See my Christmas House Tour from last year here!

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