Archives for December 2010

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

FALL  TO WINTER

Many of you are already taking your Christmas decorations down. I haven’t taken my down yet, but then again, I didn’t put that many up so I’m fine with seeing the twinkling lights for the rest of the week. And even when I do take the trees down, the “winter” influence on my house will remain for awhile longer.

As I’ve shared before, I like my home to naturally “evolve” from season to season. A Christmas inspired room gives way to a winter inspired room, and the winter inspired room will gradually evolve into a spring inspired room, etc. I enjoy having a home that gracefully evolves with the seasons because it keeps me feeling creative and connected to my home all year round.

My rooms never feel exactly the same in one season as they did a few weeks earlier.  I’m not talking major changes like needing to repaint a room or buy new furniture, simple rearranging is really all it takes to completely transform your home for a season. And if you aren’t happy with it, you can tweak it a bit until you are. Nothing has to be permanently in one place unless you LOVE it there.

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

SUMMER

This year I removed my blue coffee table at Christmas because it just felt out of place to me once the holiday decor came out — it just didn’t make me as happy as it did in the summer.

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

WINTER

For the holidays, I put two slip covered ottomans in the blue coffee table’s place. The ottomans were already in the house, I just moved them together near the sofa. It just feels more cozy and wintry to me to see the ottomans. But I am positive as spring and summer rolls around, I’ll bring that blue table back out and it will make me happy all over again in the summer months. I’ll change around accessories, lamps and pillows and everything will feel fresh and new again. It doesn’t take much time and I love the process.

I can even change color schemes throughout my home each season with a few updates to my accessories! You can see by scrolling through this post how different things looked around my house as the seasoned evolved. All together, the rooms feel wrong and disjointed. But within the context of the season, each room fits with the rest of the house. No major changes required to get a different look or feel! Seeing the seasonal changes all in one place on this post makes me a little seasick, actually. Heh he heh.

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

SUMMER

This past summer I used a striped rug and yellow accessories in my family room to bring on a more summery feel. An easy update that was just as easy to change back in the fall. I keep the rug on a shelf in the garage and it is ready to come out again in the spring!

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

CHRISTMAS

Obviously having two complete sets of furniture … one for “winter” and one for  “summer,” would be a bit much, but many of us have a piece or two that is easy to move around and could spend some time in a basement or garage or even a different room for a short season without taking up excessive space. But if storage space is a premium, stick with changing around accessories only. Most of my changes are done by trading places with accessories in other rooms.

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

FALL

Evolving to a Winter House: Season to Season Transformations

WINTER

I changed my Fall mantel to a more wintry look — it looks completely different in the winter than it did in the fall. The framed faux bamboo mirror took the place of the green shutter, which will likely return this spring! The wreath got a dusting of winter snow and my accessories were also updated from the warmer colors of fall to the more silvery tones of winter.

If the metals or colors feel too cold to me once my Christmas decor is taken away later this week, which I suspect they might since I LOVE color, I can bring in other textures and colors until I am happy with how my home feels again. Soon my home will evolve right into spring!

If I feel something doesn’t feel right about my home in any season, I can remove something or add something to it at any time. Feeling the freedom to evolve and change your home is kind of like the freedom when you first realize you are a grown up —  if you want to eat cookies for dinner you can! If you want to change things around your home each season, you totally can.

Making regular changes is a simple way to fall in love –and stay in love — with your home.

I’ve moved enough to know that moving to a new home is a more exhausting (and expensive) way to get something new and fun to work on. Changing things within the home I have helps me to feel content, I don’t need to go buy something new — not a new house and not new furniture! I can use what I have in new ways and find new creative expressions for what I already own.

There is no right or wrong way to decorate, it is all in what you enjoy and what makes you happy and content at home!

There are some seasons I am content with how things look and I just want to leave things as they are, and that is OK too. Once you find the right combination and style for you, you might not feel a need for much change at all.

Do you enjoy having your home evolve or do you like to have one set way your decor looks most of the year?

{my daughter is doing great after her surgery, thanks so much for all the prayers and well wishes!}

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

Prayer chains from church were wrapped around a tiny tree.

We remembered the needs of others and gave thanks for all the blessings we can take for granted.

Christmas 2010

Not really sure why this is laying under the tree, or what it is. Moving on.

Christmas 2010

We remembered to sing Christmas carols all the day long. (update: you can find the chalkboard idea here).

Christmas 2010

We drank lots of coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Christmas 2010

We treasured cards and gifts from friends we hold dear!

Christmas 2010

We played with furry friends (yes, Winston got his Christmas haircut).

Christmas 2010

We enjoyed traditions and laughed at silly jokes.

Christmas 2010

We remembered the Reason.

Christmas 2010

We repeated our motto when worry crept in to steal the joy.

Christmas 2010

We read the Christmas story out loud and joined the weary world in rejoicing.

Christmas 2010

(update: this ornament came from DaySpring)

Christmas at our house was really wonderful. I chose peace and it made such a difference!

We traded in laptops for heart to heart conversations, stress for fun and busyness for rest.  We watched our favorite holiday movies, ate way too much goodness and snoozed by the fire often!

Today I’m saying good-bye to the last of our family guests and getting my daughter ready for surgery on Monday (tonsils!). But I wanted you to know how much my blogging friends are thought of and loved!! Thank you for stopping by and always making this blog merry & bright!

Meanwhile, praying for Edie who lost her beautiful home in a fire over the holidays. A tragedy, yet her entire family escaped unharmed — and that is a gift beyond measure.

css.php