Create a Winter Sanctuary

Create a Winter Sanctuary

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The sun came out in Seattle yesterday and I have to say, it was glorious to get a glimpse of spring. January is usually a pretty gloomy month around these parts!

I think that’s one of the reasons I love being a homebody. It doesn’t really matter what the weather is outside, you can still enjoy creating a comfortable and happy sanctuary.

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Yet a homebody in January can become a bit too focused on a home’s flaws, because you’re spending so much more time looking at them. So instead of obsessing over things I cannot do, I often have to find the balance between fully embracing the imperfection in my home and looking for the small improvements that can be made.

I may have to put in a little extra effort to boost the mood, but it’s all worth it. A winter house should be a cozy house, and what’s not to love about that?

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Create a Winter Sanctuary

So is there a secret to cozying up your sanctuary, when maybe you just don’t feel particularly inspired?

I sometimes start decluttering the surfaces, and then moving things around until I get in a groove. Other times I give myself a gift of indulging in a few new things that will inspire me to look at what I have in a brand new way. It doesn’t take much!

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One of the things I love about making a quick trip to is it is not only a fun way to get out of the house, but I always come home with a few affordable treasures. I never feel like I have to spend a fortune to update my house. The right accessories can be so impactful and often offer just the inspiration I needed to feel refreshed.

Create a Winter Sanctuary

Here are five ways I like to create a cozier winter sanctuary:

1. Put a lamp in a dark corner.
2. Bring in a small table to hold a cup of tea.
3. Rearrange your throw pillows.
4. Add pops of color to unexpected places.
5. Bring in warmer accessories, like velvets, woods and rattans.

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Create a Winter Sanctuary
Create a Winter Sanctuary

If you’re snowed in or maybe just a homebody like me and would like to shop from the comforts of your home, I found lots of cute rugs, furniture and accessories I think you’ll love!

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Scroll the arrows below for sources from this post and more of my finds, and be sure to check out World Market’s

Create a Winter Sanctuary

Decorating in January

Decorating in January


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I received¬†a few messages this week about how to decorate in January, through this “in-between” time after Christmas and before spring! A house can feel a little empty or barren once the tree and ornaments are put away.

If your house feels too chilly or empty in January, it’s a good time to rearrange a few spaces until you feel more nestled in. Spring is coming, but it’s still a ways off so we might as well make the most of it and get comfortable!

On Monday I’ll share a few little January updates I’ve made in my own house. I don’t totally redecorate for every season, as you know. My changes are often fairly subtle season to season, but somehow even simple changes make my house feel different to me! I sometimes enjoy adding a few new decorative things after Christmas to warm things up. Or I will simply rearrange what I have to give my spirits a boost and make my rooms feel cozy again.

Either way, I continue to bring in those cozy organic layers in soft colors. I start adding layers in the fall and then just keep on going! I do the same with my clothes, ha! I’m always adding another layer with a cozier sweater and warmer socks. (Now I get why my grandma would ask if I wanted a sweater when I was younger. I’m always cold!).

I’m still a fan of neutrals and textures, they just feel softest and coziest to me (for this house in particular, every house can be different of course!). I don’t feel as comfortable with a color palette that is too brooding or moody, or one that is too airy this time of year. I personally don’t pay much attention to color trends unless they speak to me.

I definitely understand why people like to add more color, though, since it can seem so barren outside. I also tend to be drawn to a little more color in January. I think a few deep green (or teal) accents can bring a little more oomph to a neutral room. Navy is also a color that seems to feel right in my home all year round, but in the winter it feels best to me when it’s paired with those extra cozy layers and neutrals.

Play around with options in your home and just see what feels right to you!

I think this collage represents a mood I’d feel quite at home with in January!

Come back Monday to see what’s new at our house!¬†

Shop the items from the collage above, plus more of my latest finds below!

Decorating in January

Decorating in January

How do you like to decorate in January?

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