winter house

cozy winter decor

after the christmas decor was all packed up (i won’t lie – it was mid-january), it was time to quiet the house.  i removed all the holiday-specific items, but still wanted a little glitz and sparkle.  after all, its a new year, and thats something to celebrate!

cozy winter decor

i tucked away most of the knick-knacks and only brought out the items that felt fresh and homey – items with shine, sparkle, texture and warmth.  i kept the colors to a minimum – just white, cream, silver, gold, grey, tan & brown.

and i kept the pompom wreath up because its perfect for winter!

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

to keep from looking too stark being somewhat devoid of color, i’ve made sure to add a lot of texture in the furs and sequins.

i had a couple sequined tops laying around and turned them into pillow covers!

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

i love this locker cabinet in here!

cozy winter decor

i’ve also realized that if i’m not adding in color through accessories, i need to have lots of freshness through live plants.  my tip for keeping them alive: every couple days i my kids drop 2-3 ice cubes on the soil.

cozy winter decor

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cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

our beautiful california winter has kept the roses blooming in our yard – it was 80* last weekend!

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

our entryway got a bit of a makeover, too.  i really simplified it for christmas, but i needed to wake that area up a bit.

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

so how about you?  do you go back to your usual decor after the holidays, or do you like to mix it up?  i’m not one for keeping things the same for long in my home, so i’m pretty sure things will change again around here soon…

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

camo pants with converse

camo pants with converse

camo pants with converse

i’ve had this top/cardigan/zip up thing for awhile and i finally am figuring out how to style it.  i definitely don’t like it zipped up, but i love it loose and open, and the cotton is super thick and comfy.  i wonder how many times i used the word comfy, or cozy?  clearly, its a top priority for me!

cardigan – stitch fix //  flowy tank – nations outfitters //  camo pants – target {similar} //  converse – off broadway shoes //  necklace – lisa leonard designs

black dress chambray shirt boots

black dress chambray shirt boots

black dress chambray shirt boots

this outfit is just kind of… meh.  i needed a little extra warmth beyond the dress, but i don’t think the chambray shirt was quite it.  maybe just a thin cardigan next time.

chambray shirt – forever 21 //  black dress – target //  tights – target //  boots – steve madden {similar} //  necklace – lisa leonard designs

distressed skinny jeans

jeans and converse

monogram necklaces

just a super cozy (there’s that word again!) outfit again.  causal yet pulled together.

sweater – stitch fix //  v-neck – forever 21 //   jeans  – forever 21 //  converse – off broadway shoes //  necklaces – jennifer dahl

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