After Thanksgiving, I gave myself a Christmas Challenge to use what I had to decorate. I loved it so much that I didn't want to pack it up after Christmas. So I didn't. Not all of it anyway. I was inspired to keep out as much as I could, to create a "Winter Theme".
I live in North Florida. Just far enough north that I don't live close to the beach, and we don't keep hot weather. I dream of the beach ALL YEAR LONG but especially during wintertime.
Hello Beach Theme!
(in the winter)
You can see all of my Christmas photos here: Decorating for Christmas
Here's how I changed things up:
I loved the window and the vintage photos on the mantel. I also liked the stone candlesticks here. All of these were in different places in the house. I wasn't ready to put them back yet.
I kept them there and I also kept the lights. I took away everything red.
Then, I beachy-fied it.
I added snowflakes, to pull in the idea of winter. I also snatched the pine cone garland from my Christmas Carolers theme. Then came the words, which I cut myself. (Yes I need to invest in a Silhouette or Cricut.) I used rubber cement to attach them to the glass. It will rub off easily later.
I started a beach sand collection this past summer. They are PERFECT here.
I included some shells and a sweet Willow Tree figurine I received from a friend years ago.
A small jar of sea shells alongside some glittered pine cones and the vintage family photos.
Here's another view (because I love it so much).
I used tree branches, which I spray painted white, as part of my Christmas decor. Then, I decorated around them. Here are two corner areas:
How I "winterized" those same corners using the beachy theme:
I want to carry the same winter theme into my foyer area, but I'm not sure if I get it done anytime soon. Oh well, at least I'm ready for winter!
Or am I ready for summer ?
I've linked this post on the following blogs:
Create with Joy Inspire Me Monday #54
Serendipity and Spice Manic Monday 1/14