Today I am sharing with you a simplified, refreshed version of our home after the holidays. I was invited to join in on a Winter Home Tour along with 8 gorgeous home blogs! I have linked them all up at the end of this post so make sure to check them out! If you’re new to Indigo & Honey, welcome! I’m glad you’re here.
The holidays are behind us–I can barely believe how fast they went by. But it’s 2016–a fresh start for all of us. What do you look forward to most about the New Year? Any big plans? I enjoy any excuse to have a new outlook. It’s time to live healthier, both mentally and physically; it’s time to show our loved ones that we care; it’s time to explore new things; and it’s time to freshen up the house 😉
When I put the Christmas decorations away, I felt like there was so much room to b r e a t h e in the house. (Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is my favorite and I put everything up the day after Thanksgiving this year.) But it felt like the perfect time to give the house a deep clean and to simplify a bit. I decided to only leave out the things I really loved and used. It was so refreshing!
First wintery refresh was in the master. Along with some gorgeous new bedding, I switched out my husbands nightstand (again–luckily he’s learning to not be surprised by these things). His ‘new’ nightstand is just the table that used to reside under this round mirror:
I really liked it where it was, but I also knew he needed a taller piece next to the bed and didn’t want to go out and buy more furniture. (Always budget-conscious around here!) So by moving the table we had to shift the bed a little further into the room. Even though it was a matter of a few inches, the room feels bigger now because you don’t walk directly into the bed when you enter. Two birds!
In its place now, lies a basket for extra pillows and I’m thinking it might be the perfect spot to add a little seat.
As for these linens, I am so pleased! They are, by far my new favorite winter items. I saw them in the latest Pottery Barn catalog and though, wow wouldn’t those be dreamy. But it wasn’t until I went to see them in store–and on sale–that I said, okay I have to have them! The quilt is the perfect natural, textured color that I’ll never tire of and it’s the perfect weight for our layered bed. I bought the shams as our version of a headboard. They’re euro size and quite tall in person, they create a perfect cozy backdrop.
[Plaid and Buck pillows are Pottery Barn, Quilt and Shams are too, table lamp, cotton blanket and nightstand are HomeGoods]
I’ve decided to exchange the gray for the same color as the quilt though. They look great with the winter pillows but I think the ‘flax’ tone will be more flexible with my ever-changing pillows ;).
And, through trial and error, I’ve decided that I prefer those light, creamy tones for our bed; their softness really do invite relaxation.
Next change up was in the office. It needed a little rearranging regardless of the season. I love this room that’s filled with sun light and a few of my favorite items, but I didn’t like that the desk was facing a wall when there was an available window overlooking our backyard.
[Desk chair is Home Decorators, Mirror and small set of drawers are HomeGoods, everything else is thrifted, gifted and found]
The room also felt long and narrow the way it was. As soon as I shifted the desk 90 degrees, it completely changed the shape of the room. It’s now more square and there’s plenty more usable floor space. It’s a small space but it fills our needs of an office (and greenhouse!).
Now the desk is cozied up to the bookshelf so it acts as an extension of the work space by providing access to things more easily.
I added a scarf to the top shelf below. It was gifted to me by a dear family member and originally belonged to my great great grandmother from India. It’s so special to me and I love that I can display it this way, until I can afford to frame it.
Here’s a close up of that scarf from my great great grandmother, Grace Violet. Having pieces around that have history make my home feel more meaningful. I love when families display their children’s art as a gallery or when they use a bureau that’s been passed down generation to generation. All those personal touches make a house a home. To me, that’s what it’s all about!
How’s your house feeling after the holidays? Was it bittersweet to take down the tree? (It definitely was for me, in fact, I made my husband leave it out on our front deck so I could still see it while it dropped its messy needles outside instead of all over the living room.) What kind of refresh would you like to do, inside and out of your home?
If you’re not already familiar with the following blogs, you must go spend some time with them! Click on their logos to bring you right to their homepages!
Also, if you’re on Instagram, share your space with us using this: #FavoriteWinterDecor and we’ll pick our favorite to share across all our accounts!