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How to Create a Cozy Home After the Holidays

You know that feeling after the holidays, when everything around the house just feels sort of…stale? It’s that in-between stage, where the festivities have ended and everything feels dark, bland, and empty, but it’s still too early for spring colors and blooms. Blah!

When I need a refresh around my home during this time, I have a few go-to items that always make it feel better around here. They are all simple, easy to do, and make a HUGE impact in my home decor – which in turn, has a huge impact on my mood.

Your Home is An Extension of Your Energy Field

Our homes are extensions of our energy fields, so I think it’s so important to have things feel soothing, pleasing to the eye, and seasonal. Because of this, I tend to go for items that evoke a relaxing, cozy feeling, and bring a sense of warmth to my home. A simple trick to warm up your home is to combine wood tones and neutral textures with greenery in different ways, and I’ll show you how to do that, here.

Here are a few ways you can do the same, with links to some of my favorite items:

My Favorite Items and Tips…

A lantern, green garland, and a wood bowl. The perfect centerpiece for a coffee table, countertop, or console table, a neutral wood bowl brings warmth to any space. You can see I added a simple black lantern with a remote-controlled candle, and another smaller candle to create levels of light. I propped that candle up with a small wood riser – these things are the best! I use them all the time when I need to elevate anything.

I then used a simple green faux hanging plant stem to fill in the bowl and weave through the candles, which fills the space and adds more warmth and texture.

Candles with moss. I add these remote-controlled candles everywhere, and especially love them after the holidays because they make things feel less dark once all the Christmas lights are put away.

There are lots you can find online, but this set of remote controlled ones I got on Amazon are my favorites. They look super realistic because not only do they give a soft light, but the “wick” moves, which makes it look even more real. Turn them all on with a single push of a button on the remote that comes with the set, and you’re done!

I added these to a simple wooden rectangular tray, and filled around them with natural preserved moss. Super easy, and high-impact.

Lush greenery in a basket. Again, simple greenery for the win! It’s a perfect way to fill a space under a console table, and I love that it hides the outlet, too. You could also use this to spruce up an empty corner in a hallway or bedroom. Just grab a woven basket (or two), and fill it with a few cascading stems. I used three here, which filled it up just enough to do the job.

Here’s a photo of the whole console:

Stems in vases. In my home I like to use small, mixed-sized vases of different heights and texture in a group. I fill these with single stems. You can see how I used this idea on our console table, here:

I also like to use larger, statement vases filled with greenery. I used this larger one to fill a corner on our kitchen countertop, here:

Again, just some simple green stems to get us through that hump between holidays and springtime 🙂

Winter wreaths. Lots of times after the holidays we put our wreaths away, and if they are super holiday-themed, it makes sense. But these wreaths make sense during the colder months, so I keep them out:

I love that they are just simple green, and the neutral rope around them adds some interest and warmth to the doors. I hung them using these suction hooks I found on Amazon, which are strong and hold them really well.

The Wrap Up

As you can see, I stuck to lots of the same materials with a mix of neutral woods and simple greens. I just used them in different ways to add warmth and make our home feel cozy.

Honestly, sometimes simple is best! It feels relaxing around here, and nice and clean, especially after we packed up all of our holiday decor. I hope you liked these ideas! Let me know in the comments.


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Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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