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Decorating for Winter

Embrace the winter season by making your home cozy!  Here are some ideas for Decorating for Winter.

I have always loved decorating the inside of my home for winter, because I love winter…the snow, the cold, cozy nights by the fire, hot chocolate, comforting dinners, not to mention all the skiing, snowshoeing and skating.  And don’t even get me started on winter clothes…I love them.  I’ll take a toque, sweaters and cozy socks any day of the year.

So it just seems like a natural thing for me, to transition my Christmas decor, right into winter decor.  It feels nice to get the tree and decorations down, clean the house, then add some cozy new elements to my space.  Not only does it feel fresh, but it’s nice not to have a complete empty space after a month of Christmas overload.

Last year I decorated for winter in my living room with very neutral colours, and I was just going to pull out all the same things again for this year.  But then, I saw some pillows and blankets at Chapters that were on sale, and I had to have them.  Honestly, these are my most favourite pillows EVERRRRR.  They are everything I love…they’re cozy, I love the colours, and they remind me of a ski chalet.  And they were on sale for $13.65 each!  How could I NOT buy them?  Chapters always has the best sales right after Christmas.

Decorating for Winter

Anyway, come on in and take a little tour of my winter living space…

Decorating for Winter

I bought 2 blankets and 6 pillows for my couch.  I’m a firm believer in all the blankets and pillows.  We just shove them aside to make room for ourselves…they’re so cozy you just want to dive into them anyway!

Decorating for Winter

Aren’t they great?  I feel like I’m sitting in a cozy chalet when I’m here…the great thing about these pillows is that they feel like a cozy knit sweater!

Decorating for Winter

The pillows have kind of become the focal point in my living room, so I decided that I wanted to keep the rest of the space really neutral.  The only extra colour I added back in were the 2 ice blue glass vases on my mantel.  Other than that, everything is shades of white, brown and cream…all reminiscent of my winters here in Alberta.

Decorating for Winter

My mantel is really simple…I reused a few things from my Christmas home…the candles, the birch sticks and the chunky knit garland.

Decorating for Winter

This chunky knit garland was one of my favourite purchases from the holiday season…I found them at Crate and Barrel back in November.  When I saw them I knew they would be great for my Christmas decorating, but I what I really envisioned was to have them in my space for winter decor after the holidays.  They’re so cozy and pretty.  And because I was missing all my twinkly Christmas lights, I decided to wrap a string of fairy lights around the knitted garland…I love fairy lights because they don’t get hot at all, so I don’t need to worry about them.

Decorating for Winter

I also tied a garland around the birch logs.  In hindsight, I wish I had bought a few more of these.  I guess I’ll have to learn how to do some chunky knitting…it’s been on my to-learn list for years!  Maybe this winter is the time.

Decorating for Winter

I really love this space right now…it feels cozy, comfortable and makes winter time feel great!  My Miss Molly loves it in here too…I had to include a picture of her…she’s my fave 😉  I actually thought she would destroy the pompoms on these pillows because she’s obsessed with pompoms on toques, but she hasn’t touched them!

Decorating for Winter

Thank you for coming on a little tour of my living room all decorated for winter!  Do you decorate for winter?

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Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

A Classic Canadian Christmas Home all decked out for the holidays!

Welcome to my Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour, I’m so happy to have you here!  My home tour is 1 of 27 Canadian Holiday Home Tours hosted by the lovely Shannon of AKA Design and Christina of The DIY Mommy!  27 homes of beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!  I hope you can take a moment to take a tour of the homes…they’re all at bottom of my post.

Today is my day to share, and I’m really happy to have you here!  I was hoping that it would have snowed before you came so you could have the ultimate Canadian Christmas experience.  But the weather, and our chinooks, had something else in mind.  I’m just hoping with all my heart that we have a white Christmas this year!  Anyway, the weather won’t stop me from decorating for my favourite season.  So come on in…I’m thrilled to have you here in my home all decked out for the holidays.

Let’s start here at my front door.  I really enjoy decorating my front porch.  I love being greeted by a cheery porch when I come home.  Most of the time I actually don’t think too hard about how I’m going to decorate.  I just start by gathering things from around my home and let things naturally progress from there.  I’m a big fan of ‘shopping’ around my home first…it’s surprising what you can find from things you’ve already got.

If I don’t have to buy things, I won’t. But if something catches my eye I’ll scoop it up!  That Farm Fresh Christmas Trees sign was one of those things that I had to buy…it’s actually what inspired the theme of my porch this year.  Just a simple sign, and my vision was created.  If you want to see more details of my porch, visit my porch tour here.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now come on inside, and let’s have some tea and snacks by the fire.  Don’t worry, Molly doesn’t bite.  😉

So if you haven’t noticed, I kind of have this thing with plaid and buffalo check.  I can’t get enough.  If I see something in these patterns, I have to buy it…you don’t even want to know how many stores I drove around to track down that buffalo check ribbon (ok, 7…shhhh), and I still couldn’t find it.  My mom eventually found it in Edmonton, then shipped it to me and saved the day!  Yes, I wanted it that bad hahahaha!

But seriously though…can you see why?!  It’s perfect.  And so Canadian with the snowy tree, woodland animals, lumberjack jackets, moose, beavers, skis…  Sigh. I just love this theme.  Red is very outside my every day decorating theme, but come Christmas I embrace it fully!

Because we spend so much time in this space, I really wanted it to be cozy and festive, but still real and functional.  I wanted to us to be able to cozy up on the couch with snacks to watch Christmas movies in the most Christmas-y space possible. And I think that’s what I created in here.

And real it is.  Dog on the couch and all.  But don’t be fooled by how tidy everything looks…once these pictures were taken, it was back to real life.  Kids live here.  A family lives here.  Our coffee table is filled with X-Box remotes, coffee cups, plates, books, crayons and Lego.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Speaking of kids…do you Elf on the Shelf?  Our Christmas season officially kicks off when our elf, Ed arrives…I know that this guy is polarizing, but we don’t mind him…he just moves around each night, and every morning my littlest flies out of bed to see where he is.  I can’t not love him.

Now come on into my kitchen…

Aside from my living room, I actually toned down the number of decorations I used this year.  I kept things really simple in my kitchen and eating nook, and only hung a wreath and added a few things to my counter space.  I’m trying to simplify things…admittedly it’s hard, but I had to start somewhere.

I made this Vintage Truck Wreath last year, and still love it so much.  It’s a nice pop of festive colour in our eating nook.

And the only other thing I did in my kitchen was dress up the counter…how cute are the little bottle brush trees in the flour.  SO cute.  They’re easy enough to take out when I need the flour for Christmas cookie baking too.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now up to my room.  I only started decorating for Christmas in our bedroom in the last couple of years.  One year I kept things really neutral, then last year I went all out with the buffalo plaid…and because I’m still obsessed with buffalo plaid, I brought it back for this year.  Who can resist buffalo plaid flannel sheets?  Not this gal.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

And a tree in the bedroom?  Yes.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

So there you have it…that’s my holiday home.  Now it’s time to sit down and enjoy it.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

More Canadian holiday home inspiration!

If you’re looking for more decorating inspiration, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful Christmas homes that are part of this years Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  Another great way to see more is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!  So many beautiful homes…and ideas for everyone.

Monday

The DIY Mommy | The Creek Line House | Woman in Real Life | Life is a Party | Lemon Thistle | The Learner Observer

Tuesday

PMQ for two | Amidst the Chaos | Clean and Scentsible | A Burst of Beautiful | Rambling Renovators

Wednesday

Satori Design for Living | Love Create Celebrate | The Happy Housie | Craftberry Bush | Sustain My Craft Habit | House by the Bay

Thursday

VinYet Etc. | A Pretty Life | Home to Heather | So Much Better with Age | This Little Estate

Friday

AKA Design | Kim Power Style | Elliven Studio | A Pop of Pretty | The Sweetest Digs

Have a very merry day!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

A classic Christmas front porch with loads of classic holiday colours, patterns, natural elements, plaids and fun!

Welcome to the holiday season over here at ‘A Pretty Life’!  Today I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers, and we’re sharing our Christmas porches with you to get you inspired for your own decorating! Make sure you check them out at the bottom of this post. A big thank you to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this Christmas porch blog hop!

Come take a tour of my Classic Christmas Porch!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

I really wanted to share my Christmas porch all covered in freshly fallen snow.  But our Calgary weather had other plans.  Right now it’s all wind and warm temperatures as we’ve been under chinook conditions for several days.  The beginning of November was cold and snowy and I loved every minute of it, but chinooks are a fact of life here in my part of the world, and they can melt away winter in 2 seconds flat.  Sounds dreamy, but I don’t love them at all…my daughter and I get headaches with the wind, and everything turns brown and mushy…I’ll take 2 feet of snow and cold temperatures in winter, any day! But when the snow does finally come back, I’ll make sure to pop back in here and post another photo.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So if you’ve seen my handmade ornaments or Christmas mantel from this year yet, you already know that I have a classic Christmas theme going on.  Red, greens, plaids, fresh greens…I love it all. Over the years I’ve gone from bright colours, right back to classic, traditional Christmas colours. I’ve learned that I really, really love the classics the most.  I think it takes me back to Christmas when I was a kid…my Mom used to decorate in traditional colours too.  Isn’t it funny how we find ourselves doing what our Mom’s did?  I wonder if one day my kids will decorate the same as I do…who knows!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

For my porch this year, I bought a few new things at Michaels that really inspired the theme of my Christmas porch…but it was this Tree Farm sign that really drew me in.  From here my theme was born…I knew I wanted a rustic, yet classic holiday front porch.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So I gathered quite a few things I had at home, like the benches, the white window, the boxes and lanterns.  Then I shopped my friend Kathy’s place and borrowed the red window, the sled and the joy sign…all perfect elements for my Christmas front porch.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Then I went in search of some small fresh Christmas trees like the ones I found last year and put in my Christmas bedroom.  I was so happy to find them!  So I scooped up two and placed them on my porch.  I dressed one up with a chunky knit garland and some twinkly lights, and made a little chunky knit tree skirt for the other tree.  So cute. I’m going to leave these up all winter as well…

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Also…peek-a-boo!  Can you see my Molly?  She is always where I am.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

And no porch of mine is complete without a wreath!  I made this wreath to match the theme of my Christmas porch…I’ll share the tutorial with you soon.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So there you have it, my Classic Christmas Porch.  I love how it all came together…it’s a classic Christmas over here this year.  Now all we need is some snow…any day now Mother Nature, any day.

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Here are some of the things I used to decorate my mantel. If I couldn’t find the exact item, I chose something similar.  These are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo

 

Looking for more Christmas porch inspiration?  Visit these bloggers beautiful porches!

PMQ for Two | Two Twenty One | Taryn Whiteaker Designs | Finding Silver Pennies

A Pretty Life | Hello Allison Blog | Clean and Scentsible | The Happy Housie

Lolly Jane | Not Just A Housewife

Festive Christmas Porches

Have a very merry day!

Classic Christmas Mantel

Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing our Christmas Mantels with you.  We all hope that we can inspire your holiday decorating!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful mantels at the bottom of this post! xo

It’s Christmas over here and we’re so excited for the holiday season!  I love dragging out all the Christmas bins and decking the halls…it’s such a wonderful time of year to decorate.  The cozy pillows, the sparkly lights…it’s magical.

I started my holiday decorating with my mantel.  Because it is the focus of our living area, it kind of sets the theme of our space. That and I actually find it pretty hard to decorate the mantel at Christmas so I try to get it done and out of the way first.  I find it a little challenging to decorate it just enough to match the Christmas tree, but not too much to compete with it.  I think my most favourite mantel of all was the one I made last year at Christmas, but I do like this one too.  There’s really only so much I can do with this space without having to go out and buy a million new things but I don’t want to do that.  As I always say, I try to make do with what I have, because realistically, who can go out every year and buy all new Christmas decor?  It’s just not practical.

Classic Christmas Mantel

For this years mantel I did buy a couple of new things…I couldn’t resist the Reindeer and Santa garland I found at Michaels, and I also bought the flocked garland to match our flocked tree.  And these are things I will be able to use year after year.

Classic Christmas Mantel

I decided not to decorate the flocked garland because I really just love it the way it is…in hindsight though, I probably will add some red ball ornaments for my Christmas home tour that’s coming up…but for now I’ll leave it be. I also made a little tree bark garland with some string and tree bark cutouts that I had from last year but never used.  I think it looks nice strung along with the reindeer garland.

Classic Christmas Mantel

And because I’m all about soft twinkly lights, I wanted to add some candles to my mantel.  I really love the look of candles in front of the fireplace.  When I don’t want to turn on the fireplace, I’ll just light the candles.  So pretty.

Classic Christmas Mantel

I also found these mini fresh trees at our local home store again this year.  I love how cute they are.  I wrapped it up with some pretty chunky knit garland, and wound some small fairly lights in too.  So cute.  You’ll also see a few of these little guys on my Christmas porch!

Classic Christmas Mantel

Overall I kept things pretty simple, and I like how it turned out!  I can’t wait to show you how it looks with my Christmas tree too!

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Here are some of the things I used to decorate my mantel. If I couldn’t find the exact item, I chose something similar.  These are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo

More Christmas Mantel Inspiration:

Now make sure to take a tour through all these amazing and festive Christmas mantels!  You’ll be sure to leave inspired for your own space…there is something for everyone here!

The Happy Housie / A Pretty Life / Place of My Taste / Two Twenty One / Newly Woodwards / Cherished Bliss

Lovely Etc. / Town and Country Living / All Things With Purpose / House by Hoff / My Fabuless Life / Lehman Lane

Green With Decor / The House of Wood / Fynes Designs / Bigger Than The Three of Us / Casa Watkins Living / Blue I Style

You'll love the gorgeous inspiration in this 18 stunning Christmas Mantel and Vignettes

Have a very merry day!

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

Get your craft stuff together and let’s make some handmade Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments for your Christmas tree!

Today I’ve joined in with a talented group of bloggers and we’re busting out the Christmas decorations…specifically handmade ornaments!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing!  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful ornaments at the bottom of this post.

I’ve been really excited to start welcoming Christmas into our home this year.  It seems like every year, the decorating starts a little earlier.  But it’s hard not to get into the Christmas spirit when it’s winter where you live…we’ve already had winter storm warnings and been shovelling driveways for days.  And I love it. Bring on winter.  And Christmas!

Our tree isn’t up quite yet, but it will be on the weekend.  And this year I’m embracing a full on Canadian Christmas, so brace yourself for everything plaid, buffalo check, and all things that we associate with a Canadian winter.

 

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

So in keeping with my Canadian theme, I decided to make some really simple, really Canadian ornaments for our tree.  And I actually made everything with the craft supplies I had already…the only things I bought for these were the gingerbread ribbon and the buffalo plaid ribbon.  I love when that happens…when I don’t have to spend a lot of money for crafting, that’s a win!

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

Not only were they inexpensive to create, they were really easy too!  Thanks to the glue gun, these ornaments only took me about 30 minutes to make.

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

For these ornaments, I used little mini grapevine wreaths I already had, cinnamon stars I made (you can see how to make them here), and leftover bottlebrush trees from last year.  Then to make them match my theme, I tied on some buffalo check ribbon.  It really doesn’t get any easier than that!

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

I also made a spool ornament, a white mini yarn wreath ornament, and a glass filled ornament in the same theme.  I especially love the mini yarn wreath.  (I made a bunch of the mini yarn wreaths a few years ago, and I just love them…you can find the tutorial for them here.)  I also like the look of glass ornaments filled with different holiday decorations…the great thing about them is that you can change them up when you change your decor.  So simple.

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

But seriously, how cute is this gingerbread ribbon?  So cute.  I found this roll at Michaels…I couldn’t leave without it!

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

And because I’m doing the Canadian Christmas theme, I had to have moose on the tree, right?!  I used the moose from my Canada Day cupcakes for this ornament. I just glued him to a miniature winter tree, and tied a buffalo plaid scarf around his neck.  Because moose wear scarves here up north.  😉

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

These were so simple to make, and are just perfect for my tree!  I can’t wait to get them hung.  I hope I inspired you to get out your glue gun and get crafting!

More Christmas Ornaments to Make:

Now it’s time to check out more beautiful handmade ornaments…there are so many great ones here!

The Happy Housie / The Wicker House / A Pretty Life / Place of My Taste

The Turquoise HomeSatori Design for Living / Hymns and Verses / Fynes Designs

Green With Decor / Southern State of Mind / This is Our Bliss /Blue I Style

Have a very merry day!

Winter Living Room Decorating

Embrace winter and decorate your home to reflect this beautiful season!

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This year during the week between Christmas and New Years I took down all of my Christmas decorations.  It seemed like the perfect time to get our house back in order.  There’s just something so beautiful about that lull between holidays, the pressure of Christmas is off, the fridge is stocked with delicious holiday leftovers…but the best part is that we never have much on our schedule so we’re sloooooow moving.  The kids are busy with their Christmas gifts, and I get busy getting my house cleaned and ready for January.  One of my most favourite feelings is that one when the house is a clean slate again…the tree is down, the decorations are put away, and now I have a fresh start.  I love January.

At this point many people start decorating for Valentine’s Day, but I just can’t, it’s too early.  I don’t want to move too fast into the next holiday, so instead, this is the time of year when I choose to embrace winter.  Currently we are in a deep freeze with more snow in the forecast, so there is no denying winter is here to stay for a while.  And instead of dreading it, we embrace it, both outdoors and indoors.  Outside we’ve been busy snowshoeing, skating, walking, and tobogganing, and inside we’re cozying up on the couch with homemade hot chocolate, fires and tonnes of Netflix.

So come inside my winter home, it’s fresh and cozy in here.

Winter Living Room Decorating

Winter Living Room Decorating

The nice thing about decorating for winter is the use of bright and fresh winter colours like white and and icy shades of blue.  These colours create such a cheery and light space.

Winter Living Room Decorating

I started with my mantel which is the focus of our living room area.  I wanted to keep it simple and light so I didn’t do much decorating here.  I added in natural elements like pine cones and birch branches, which both are things I love so much in home decor.  I used many of the same elements on my Winter Porch!

Winter Living Room Decorating

I actually kept a couple of things out from my Christmas decor…I left the pinecone garland on the mantle, and kept out the tree candle holders, but moved them to my bookcases.  I think they both work great for winter decorating.

Winter Living Room Decorating

But my favourite part of our winter living room is our couch loaded with soft blankets and tonnes of pillows.  I have a thing for throw pillows in case you haven’t noticed!  But I love how they look on my couch, and I like to snuggle in with them…my husband not so much, he tends to shove them aside but whatevs.  😉

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Molly loves the pillows too.  Isn’t she the cutest?

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I found the snowy owl and birch tree pillows on clearance at Chapters…they were part of their Christmas decor, but I thought they were perfect for winter…the snowy owl and birch trees are all images of our Canadian winters and I LOVE that.

Winter Living Room Decorating

When I was growing up seeing Snowy Owls swoop between fields was a regular occurrence, so when I saw this pillow I was instantly in love.

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Love love love so much.

Winter Living Room Decorating

Winter Living Room Decorating

Fresh and airy, yet comfy.  I’m really happy with how it came together, I especially love it at night with the fire going and candles lit.  It’s all of this that helps me love January as much as I do.

Winter Living Room Decorating

So there is my winter living room!  We’re going to enjoy it for a couple of weeks until I pull out all of the Valentine decorations!  Do you decorate for winter?  Or do you go straight to Valentine’s Day?

If you haven’t seen my Winter Porch, make sure to pop over!

Decorating the Porch for Winter

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Decorating the Porch for Winter

Decorating the Porch for Winter is a great way to embrace this beautiful season and greet your friends & family!

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Let’s take a little adventure today and visit a couple of beautiful winter porches, and maybe gather some inspiration to decorate your own porch, entryway or front step for winter!  I’m participating in a Winter Porch Blog hop with Design, Dining and Diapers and House 214 Design, and we are excited to share our winter decorating with you!  Winter is a beautiful time to decorate…

With winter being our most predominant season here, I think we should welcome it with open arms. Or at least a decorated porch!  Haha!  But honestly, I like welcoming in our different seasons with a little festive decor…it helps break up the monotony of what can feel like a verrrrrrry long winter/spring.  And I have to admit the house feels pretty bare after all the Christmas decorations come down.  So to keep our home feeling cozy during our winter, I add some winter decorations.  I’ve got my living room all decorated, and yesterday I decorated my porch.

Welcome to my Winter Porch!

Decorating the Porch for Winter

Because our winter has been SO cold and snowy this year, I decided to decorate to reflect this weather…which I love, I might add!  Cold and snow needs cozy and rustic, so that’s how I decorated.  And as you can see we have a tonne of snow, and it just keeps coming and coming but I love it.

Decorating the Porch for Winter

To decorate this porch space, I decided to ‘shop’ my home, so to speak.  My goal this year is to keep things as simple and minimal as I can around here, so that means less shopping for stuff.  I have too much stuff already, so I’m just going to try to decorate in new ways with it all.  This porch was decorated with items I have already.  Love that.

Decorating the Porch for Winter

Cozy blankets, pillows, candles, my favourite Sorel winter boots, snowflakes, birch logs and pine cones.  Wintery indeed.

Decorating the Porch for Winter

Decorating the Porch for Winter

What I love most about this space is how quiet and neutral it is.  All soft  colours that reflect what our winters look like here…white, brown, grey, sparkly.  Calming and really lovely.  Winter really is a nice season.

Decorating the Porch for Winter

Add some light from the candles and this is a lovely winter space.

Decorating the Porch for Winter

I love how it all came together…it almost makes me want to sit out here with a cup of hot chocolate.  I said almost.

Decorating the Porch for Winter

Now hop on over to visit Taryn’s Winter Porch over on Design, Dining and Diapers!

Design, Dining and Diapers Winter Porch

So how about you?  Do you decorate for winter?  Or are you all ready for Valentine’s Day?

Have an inspired day!

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