Home Decor, Winter Decorating


I usually dash off to the beach right after Christmas

but this year the forecast was rainy…

So instead of scurrying to get holiday decor put away, I did something different





I kept a lot of decorations in place, and transitioned them from Christmas to winter





A friend gave me this stunning silver waxed amaryllis bulb for my birthday earlier in December






It bloomed right on cue on Christmas Day!





It quickly became the star of the foyer centerpiece





The foyer is the center of our home, seen from almost every room

so I try to keep something special on the table





I moved the Alabama Cotton Tree from it’s annual fireplace location

into the foyer to brighten January days and nights






We ended up having 5 parties in 10 days

 Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Saturday’s Bowl Games,

New Year’s Day and a January birthday

yes I’m exhausted

so I was glad the house still looked so festive!





The real tree did come down a few days after Christmas

 but I couldn’t bear to put my new nutcracker away





He was holding a wreath and a stack of packages





which I replaced with a couple of MacKenzie-Childs blooms

We are now calling him our “Palace Guard”





I am thinking of leaving everything in place through Valentine’s Day,

the black, white and red create such a happy, warm atmosphere





A colorful bottle brush forest fills the secretary in the great room





Snowy decor took over the bar





With some festive New Year things





HHjr gave me this LED board for Christmas

It came with special markers for drawing and writing

It will be fun to use for seasons, parties, menus






HHjr got creative and made this mantel decoration for our Citrus Bowl party





We watched the Alabama vs Michigan game outside by the fire

with family and friends on New Year’s Day





After the Citrus Bowl party, I moved the citrus into the kitchen





This bright winter island really keeps the mood cheery

instead of January dreary!





Plus it smells so good!





It was perfect for NG’s January birthday party





CC was very proud of the cake she baked for her Dad!

Caramel Candy Wreath Cake recipe here





I am looking forward to a quiet January enjoying my winter decor

I hope you are taking time to relax and renew!




I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Sweet Inspirations

Happiness is Homemade    Sunday’s Best Linkup

40 Responses to “Home Decor, Winter Decorating”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to many more inspirational posts in 2020~

  2. Rita C. says:

    Looks great, Jenna. It does feel bare once all the Christmas comes down, and I always intend to leave some wintry things out, but usually end up just putting it all away so as not to have to keep dragging things in/out of storage. I love your foyer table and cute palace guard (didnt realize those items come off his arms – convenient!) I did buy a few new pillow covers (which cushions just happen to come with, lol. I’m investing a lot of $ in vacuum seal plastic bags these days until I possible yard sale the pillow forms and other covers). Have a great new week.

    • Thank you Rita, I am enjoying having the bright decor as January can be so dull, but I’m sure I will gradually put things away, as I tend to get tired of too much clutter!

  3. The palace guard is so handsome, I am glad to see him in a place of honor. What a great idea to leave up some of the Christmas and winterize it as a transition. CC is a doll with her cake. I know you must be exhausted with all of those parties, but how much fun. I love HHjr’s Citrus Bowl centerpiece! Happy Sunday, Jenna!

  4. Pat Francoforte says:

    Everything is absolutely beautiful! Love your posts! Happy new year from Florida!

  5. I love the bright versus the dreary in winter and your home looks lovely! That amaryllis is a stunner and I adore your new nutcracker. I wouldn’t put him away, either. I’m sort of eager to get the big tree down but the house is completely in chaos with the kitchen re-do and till I get that put back together (part of which includes finishing it) I can’t really take down the tree. I usually leave things up till Twelfth Night (or beyond with some of the more “winter” trees, but right now with everything in a mess, it feels like too much, like my house is caving in on me. All will be well, and I’m a lucky soul. I love that you are leaving some things up. I’ll leave up the bottlebrush mantel, for sure and some of the other winter things. It’s festive!

    • I am sorry your house is in havoc Jeanie, remodeling {especially a kitchen is not for sissies! It will all be worth it, it sounds like you have a great attitude! I think our palace guard will disappear come spring and summer, and march back out next fall 🙂

  6. The amaryllis is so beautiful, as is your whole home!

  7. Sandra Magle says:

    With the dreary gray days of winter, we need some color and lights. We had very few decorations up this year, and I’m also resisting taking everything down. Love your Citrus Bowl…LOL. Clever and your black/white decor really does set up well for winter! Winter is long and any extra lights are welcome!!!

  8. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, I’m with you about leaving out some of the decor. Well, actually all of ours is still out except for the buffet which was transitioned to New Year’s 2020 decor. I start today putting things away, but it will be a slow, organized process. If I take time to put things away with next year in mind, it makes the decorating more efficient. Love the idea of keeping the red, white, and black out through Valentines. And the citrus bowl is perfect for a fresh start!!! Happy 2020!

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    Everything looks so bright and festive for winter. I leave my Winter Frolic out through Valentine’s Day, winter scenes to give a winter mood. I will also leave a few others things on the hutch so it worn’t be so shocking with all the Christmas decorations put away. Sill working on the “put away” here! Have a wonderful week Jenna…..

    • Your Winter Frolic is so perfect for these next few months…around Valentine’s Day, I start to really get Spring fever, but right now I am really enjoying the red. It is nice to have a chance to settle down after busy holidays, but I wouldn’t mind a Caribbean cruise like Jackie and Patti 🙂

  10. lulu says:

    I’m in the process of putting things away but leaving a few things in place as they speak more of the season than Christmas. Heck, I still have my white pumpkins out! Your palace guard is wonderful, but I do have a thing for nutcrackers.

  11. Michelle says:

    Your centerpiece is beautiful!! CC’s cake looks delicious. She’s so adorable!

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I love your idea of transitioning your Christmas decor to winter decor. It allows you to enjoy your decorations longer. The nutcracker standing guard is perfect, and your entry display is beautiful! I hope you enjoy your week!!!

  13. Nancy says:

    Love the bright and cheery buffet area!

    And that nutcracker is fabulous!

    Happy New Year!

  14. Jill Kuhn says:

    You need a spa day! 🏖 I hope you can relax and enjoy your lovely home! 😍 And have some art time. 🎨👍 I noticed your reindeer wearing boots on your table. I have a cat wearing shoes by the same artist. It always makes me smile 😊

  15. How clever!! I love the Citrus Bowl decor. But my favorite is your Palace Guard!! How fun that you can change what he holds with the seasons. I’d leave him out all year too. Fun!!!

  16. Mary says:

    Jenna, Your nutcracker is so festive and cheery! Love the red, white and black combo through Valentine’s Day and he’s the perfect palace or holiday guard. 🙂 I gave some wax dipped amaryllis blooms as gifts last year and they were a hit, how awesome yours bloom for Christmas! Hope you’re enjoying a quiet and restful week ♥

  17. mireilleftm says:

    I love the idea. I like adding some snowmen to my decor: need to pull them out.

  18. Kym Thorpe says:

    Looks beautiful, and I especially like the simple football helmet decor – how fun! I like to leave some of my less obviously Christmas things up through January as winter decor too.

  19. I love all the coloful bottle brush trees and citrus fruits!

  20. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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