10 Cozy Updates to Get You Through Winter

Kick those winter blues and give your home the seasonal update you've been missing with these fun ideas for simple, wintry decor.

It’s been almost an entire month since Christmas, and I’m still missing the sparkling lights, fragrant greenery and general festive fun that the holidays bring. With all my Christmas decorations packed up, I can’t help but feel like my house is missing something. So instead of leaving my home in a blank state until the next holiday rolls around, it’s time to add some winter charm to my humble abode. That’s where these sparkly, warm and cozy winter decorating ideas come into play.

Magnolia Garland

Evergree Holiday Garland With Magnolia Leaves

Evergree Holiday Garland With Magnolia Leaves

If you miss your holiday garland as much as I miss mine, this magnolia leaf alternative is the perfect way to brighten up your mantel and bring some non-Christmas greenery back into the house.

Keep Magnolia Leaves Fresh

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Keep Your Magnolia Leaves Fresh + Green

Unfurl Floral Wire to Remove Damaged Leaves

Cut Discolored Leaves

Protect With Plastic

Keep Leaves Hydrated by Misting

But, Don't Overwater

Secure With Zip Ties

Shape the Garland

Yarn Wreath

Purple Yarn Wreath

Purple Yarn Wreath

A naked door is a sad door. So, instead of letting your bare entrance get you down, dress it up with a colorful wreath that celebrates the season.

Tone-on-Tone Wreath

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Warm, Wintry Wreath

Create a Color Scheme

Wrap Spheres With Yarn

Secure Yarn With Glue

Glue Spheres to Wreath Form

Create Layers


  1. yarn
  2. craft
  3. ball

Sweater Pillow

Make a Statement With DIY Chic, Preppy Pillows

Make a Statement With DIY Chic, Preppy Pillows

During the holidays, my throw pillows get a major Christmas update. And now that they're gone, my regular pillows just aren't cutting it. This easy DIY not only adds a cozy winter touch to your decor, it also makes the most of those old sweaters you haven't been able to part with.

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Remember how those colorful Christmas ornaments used to light up the room? Don't say goodbye. Instead, try your hand at these wintery yarn-wrapped pinecones. Just wrap your yarn around the pinecones and place them in a bowl for the perfect seasonal centerpiece.

Ice Lights

Inexpensive Holiday Decor

Inexpensive Holiday Decor

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Unless you're one of those people who leaves your Christmas lights up all year, you're probably used to coming home to a dark, uninviting front porch. Lucky for you, this beautiful ice lantern takes advantage of the cold weather, illuminating your porch in perfect winter fashion.

Make It: Ice Lantern

New Hue

Midcentury Modern Sitting Room With Stone Fireplace

Midcentury Modern Sitting Room With Stone Fireplace

If you're really looking to make a change, consider giving your home a brand-new color scheme for the new year. Wallpaper, paint or even just a couple of fun throw pillows should do the trick.

Winter's Hottest Hues

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Tangerine Tango

Feel-Good Mustard Yellow

Juicy Cranberry

Go for Gold

Glitzy Accessories

Get a Fresh Start With Celadon

Sodalite Blue



Champagne Pink


Complementary Colors


White and Silver Modern Mantel Display

White and Silver Modern Mantel Display

Photo by: Cassie Freeman

Cassie Freeman

One simple way to add some sparkle to your home is including a great mirror. Not only will it cast more light throughout the room, it will also serve as a great replacement to the fabulous Christmas-themed mantel you've been missing.

Decorating a Winter Mantel

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Modern + Graphic

Find Winter-spiration

Photo By: Leanne Jacobs

Holiday or Not? Transitional Mantel Display

Photo By: Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Sleek, Shiny and Silver

Photo By: Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Dressed-Up Midcentury Modern

Photo By: Erin Cochran

Green + Sparkling Neutrals

Let It Snow

Photo By: Andrea Schuneman

Alternative Winter Display

Photo By: Joan Ross

Borrow From Nature

Photo By: Jessica Wangelin

Keep It Cozy

Photo By: Erin Cook

Budget Winter Display

Photo By: Nicole Wilkinson

Sparkling Snowflakes

Photo By: Gina Martello

Chalkboard Winter Wonderland

Photo By: Liz Latham

Orange: Not Just For Fall

Photo By: Jenna Burger/SAS Interiors

Simple and Natural

Photo By: Jessica Wangelin

Take Advantage of Texture

Photo By: Stephenie Atkins

Think Outside the Holiday Section

Photo By: Maryann Caballero

Rustic Winter Display

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Shop Your Yard for Greenery

Photo By: Cassie Freeman

Rustic Checkerboard Fun

Photo By: Kendra Joyner

Lit Up and Toned Down

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Tallevi Studios

Faux Fur

Faux-Fur Throws

Faux-Fur Throws

Photo by: Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

If you want to create instant warmth, both visually and physically, adding some faux fur throws is definitely the way to go. If you need more inspiration, check out our favorite ways to cozy up your home with fur.

Mixed Metal

Mediterannean Gray Office with Gold Accents

Mediterannean Gray Office with Gold Accents

Not only is mixing metals super trendy for 2016 (see what these designers had to say), it's also a great way to add instant warmth to your home. If silver and gold is too bold for your taste, gold and bronze is a great first step. 

Stylish Ways to Mix Metals

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Go Gold(s)

Master Bedroom Metals

Something Shiny

Silver and Gold

Rustic Meets Glam

Extravagant Details

Bring It All In

Testing the Water

Keep It Fun

  1. modern style

Photo By: Rebecca White

Elegant Surprise

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Separate Spaces

Surprise Style

Antique Inspiration

Light Layers

Obvious Pairing

Make It Shine

All in the Accents

Any Color Goes

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Color + Pattern

Pretty Puzzling

Winter White

Sweater-Covered Lampshade

Sweater-Covered Lampshade

There's nothing like winter white in the form of a comfy sweater to turn your home into an ultra-cozy atmosphere. Want to see more wintry white spaces? Check out these white interiors that'll give you the warm fuzzies.

Upcycling Old Sweaters

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Yarn Pinecones

White Napkin Ring

Wintry Lampshade

Scrap Sweater Trees

Wine Bag

Serving Tray

Rustic Decor

Sweater Stockings

Colorful Pot Cover

Cozy Candles

Photo By: Camilla Fabbri Designs

Wool Sofa Pillows

Neutral Vases

Entryway Rug

Sweater Wreath

Striped Rug

Knit Slipcover

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lynn Garrett

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